Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 8:30 am
The retainer wire on a standard Tune-o-matic bridge can buzz and rattle if the bridge isn’t machined to perfection.
I didn’t expect this to bother me as much as it does. The buzz doesn’t come through the amp, but I don’t usually play very loud, so hearing a buzzy rattle from the bridge results in a real lack of clarity in the sound I’m hearing.
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 6:31 pm
Speaking with Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe Guitars about possible dog-eared P-90 pickup replacements for the Riviera P93, Pete recommended I first try bypassing the guitar’s electronics to see if they’re sucking the tone away. This experiment requires disconnecting the pickup wire from the electronics, and routing it directly to the output jack. The results are interesting. Read on for pictures, and audio, video before/after.
Gathering my tools, started to feel a little crazy! Soldering iron and solder, needle nose pliers, locking pliers, big and small phillips screwdrivers, wrench, wire stripper, multi meter, alligator clips, 1/4” jack, magnifying glass, flashlight, tuner, string winder, spool of thread, soft cloths.
I did all my work on the floor – bad idea! Why am I always too lazy to clear off a table top before starting?
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 10:01 am
The factory setup of my Epiphone Riviera P93 was horrible! I had a luthier to do a full setup on the guitar, and it’s much better now. Read on for all the measurements before/after the setup.
Here’s the “Pre-Pack Checklist” that came with the guitar. What a joke! I imagine the inspector works like this:
- Intonation? Sucks, check!
- String height? Crazy high, check!
- Buzzing? Yep, check!
- Fretboard cleaning? Yuck, check!
Well, Mr. 24 in the USA, I’m not impressed!
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Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 10:20 pm
Just uploaded my first YouTube video ever It’s a quick overview of the Riviera P93, along with some demos of the three P-90 pickups individually, and my thoughts on possible mods/improvements.
I’ve got some more videos and audio examples, coming soon, so stay tuned…
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 11:01 pm
There are several things about the P93 that I’d like to change. The pickups seem dull and lifeless. The wire retainer on the Tune-O-Matic bridge rattles and buzzes, so I’d like to change to a better bridge. And I hear occasional pinging in the nut when tuning and using the Bigsby, so perhaps I’ll change the nut to a Graphtech teflon nut.
I often read folks saying that a new nut gave them better sustain, or richer sound. Or how a new bridge gave them less high frequency response, etc. It all sounds a bit wishy washy to me.
I’d like to be more scientific about it. For each mod, I’ll do some before/after recordings and post them here.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 11:14 am
This is an ES-335 style guitar, with three dog eared P-90’s. I bought this in late July from Guitar Center: Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar
I’m planning some upgrades and tweaks, and I’ll be posting more on this soon.
Here’s a link to Epiphone’s page on this guitar