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NMM 5221.  Electric bass guitar by Epiphone, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1967.
Rivoli EB232.  Serial number 865243.
James S. Patterson Estate, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1991.

NMM 5221.  Electric bass guitar by Epiphone, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1967

Epiphone began with the founding of a musical instrument-making workshop in New York by Anastasios Stathopoulo, a Greek immigrant. Following his death in 1915, the family continued to expand the business. In 1923, the business was incorporated as Epiphone, named for Epiminondas "Epi" Anastasios Stathopoulo, Anastasios’ son and leader of the company. The name Epiphone translates as "Epi’s sound." The family sold the firm to the C. G. Conn Company in Elkhart in 1953.

The Rivoli, with a thin-line, semi-hollow body, was introduced in 1959, two years after Epiphone was bought by Chicago Musical Instrument Company (CMI), also the owner of Gibson. The Rivoli went in and out of production during the next decade until it was permanently discontinued in 1970. The Rivoli was Epiphone’s most expensive electric bass in 1968, offered at $425.


Front, Side, and Back Views

NMM 5221.  Electric bass guitar by by Epiphone, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1967. Treble side of guitar Bass side of guitar Back of guitar


Front and Back Views of the Body

Front of guitar
Back of guitar

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Fretboard and Peghead

Fretboard Front of peghead Back of peghead


Neck Heel

Neck Heel


Soundhole, Bridge, and Controls

Soundhole
Electric guitar controls

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Lower End of Guitar

Lower end of guitar

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