Reverb Madness, 12-String Week Day Two: Epiphone

During my Epiphone Les Paul hoarding, I always had an eye out for their irregularly available Riviera 12-string model, but never found a good one. [I bought an Eastwood Nashville 12stg instead, and it is radness incarnate.] I like the 335 double cutaway semi-acoustic design, and under-performing mini-humbuckers are perfect antidote for the boominess that afflicts so many 12stg’s. I’m not wild about their rather blah red finish, but this seems like a good intermediate model for the twelve-string electric guitarist.

The Epi 12 below with a Bigsby vibrato must be a bear to tune up and keep in tune. There are reasons why, to my chagrin, 12-string guitars don’t have whammy bars. Looks cool, tho.

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