Excellent condition featuring double cutaway semi-hollow body constructed of laminated maple, bound top and back edges, two f-holes, Epiphone/Gibson EB humbucking pickup with chrome cover, single ply elevated tortoiseshell grain pickguard with chrome metal bracket and E Epsilon logo, one volume and one tone control with original black witch hat knobs, Epiphone string through bridge with mute, mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays starting at the third fret, bone nut, Epiphone headstock with black peghead overlay and mother of pearl Epiphone logo and cloud inlays, Kluson open back tuning machines with cloverleaf buttons, serial number impressed into the back of the peghead, two metal strap buttons, Sparkling Burgundy finish, and period correct Gibson black hard shell case.
This Epiphone Rivoli bass is in excellent cosmetic condition with the exception of some finish checking and play wear here and there (see photos). The frets are in top notch condition and the bass is set up in extremely good playing order. There are some faint scratch marks on the pickup and peghead face. These are very faint, but it appears someone tried to clean the instrument with something a little too abrasive. This bass is all original with the exception of the E Epsilon logo on the pickguard. The original E is in the case. The bridge stud on the bass side has lifted slightly but this does not affect the playability of the bass. The Sparkling Burgundy finish on the back of the bass has not faded and, as seen on the majority of these, the top finish has faded a good bit to a coppery shade. The sides have also faded, though not as much as the top. The finish on this bass has not changed nearly as much as others we've seen in the past.
These Epiphone Rivoli basses were used in a ton of British bands during the 1960s and have a killer thumpy sound plugged in. This bass in this finish is particularly hard to find, especially in this condition. This is a super cool highly collectable and highly useable mid 60s Epiphone bass that would be ideal for the studio and live performance.