Posted 5 years ago
I recently purchased this sparkling burgundy 1967 Epiphone Rivoli bass, and I’m curious about a small detail. Inside the bass, instead of having a light-blue Epiphone sticker, it has an orange Gibson sticker. Epiphone was, of course, manufactured in Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory at the time, but it still seems a bit odd that they would have used a Gibson sticker. As you can see in the photo, the sticker has been filled out by hand instead of being typed or printed. I’m no expert on the matter, but I’ve never seen another Rivoli in this color, though I’ve seen a couple of Gibson EB2s (the bass the Rivoli was modeled on) with the same finish. Does anyone know if it was common to put Gibson stickers inside Epiphone guitars?
As a historical note, the Epiphone Rivoli was popular with British Invasion groups such as the Animals and Yardbirds. Even John Entwistle of The Who played one for a spell, but then there aren’t too many basses he didn’t play at one time or another.