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Epiphone Rivoli

EBV232 solid-body guitar.

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New from Epiphone, an electric bass, notable for its fine sustaining bass tone, full rich bass volume, and fast, easy-playing action...

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Epiphone is proud to present solid body instruments that offer the depth, the sharp treble, the biting tone and the virility that all guitarists seek from a solid body instrument

1967 Epiphone Rivoli bass
1967 Epiphone Rivoli bass guitar
The Rivoli was the Epiphone equivalent to the single pickup Gibson EB2, the only differences being the Epiphone style headstock, and Epiphone scratchplate, with E logo. Both models were made side by side at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and are priced identically: $360 for a sunburst bass, $375 for cherry (1/10/66 prices). Like the EB2, the Rivoli has the incredibly fat, bassy tone of the EB humbucker, and the woodiness of a semi hollow bass.

The Rivoli was very fashionable in the 1960s, especially in Britain, finding favour with such legendary bassists as Chas Chandler (Animals), Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds), Ronnie Lane (Small Faces), Andy Fraser (Free) and many more.

Just under 2000 Epiphone Rivoli basses were shipped in the 1960s, with 1967 being the peak year (see the Epiphone Rivoli shipping figures). Production ceased in 1968.

In the 1970s the Epiphone (now Japanese manufactured) launched a new bass dubbed Rivoli, however with a model number EA260. This was a double pickup instrument with a similar body shape. but a bolt-on neck, long (34 1/2") scale, and very different hardware.

ModelRivoli EB231, EB232
Available1961, 1963-1969
PickupsOne Gibson EB0 humbucker
Scale30 1/2"
BodyMaple. 16" wide (lower bout), 19" long, 1 3/4" thick
NeckOne-piece mahogany, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. No binding, 20 frets.
Hardware1 volume and 1 tone control, presence button. Bar bridge with mute.
FinishesSunburst and Natural. Cherry from 1966

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John Carroll Comment left 11th September 2014 21:09:17
Hi I have for sale a 1960 Rivoli Bass Guitar. Any interest please contact me by email. Regards John

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