Cool and classic basses: Epiphone Rivoli
1st May 2012 | 13:41
Cousin of the Gibson EB-2
When Gibson bought out the Epiphone Company in 1957 it allowed the company to bypass its rather foolish decision to only supply Gibson instruments to 'vetted' music stores in each town. Epiphone allowed them to supply many more.
The EB-2 bass was doing well so it made sense to bring out the virtually identical Epiphone Rivoli just a year later using the same parts. Like the EB-2 the first models had banjo-style tuners with plastic pegs and the pickup resided under a black plastic cover. Both were changed in due course, as was the bridge, which was upgraded to a more adjustable unit.