1973 Epiphone EA-250 Riviera MIJ We wouldn't be here if we didn't love Epiphones and I'm a pretty big offender. Made an impulse buy on a 1973 Epiphone EA-250 Riviera that was completely in parts. Taking the chance required putting it back together and hoping for a playable guitar and not a nice antique to hang on the wall. I did my research on the EA-250 Riviera and people selling on eBay make more money selling a guitar in parts than the whole guitar in one piece, not that I have ever done that... Everything checked out and I knew it would take some work as it had the top separated from the sides around the neck pocket for the bolt on neck, uncommon for most archtops but a feature of this 1970's mid range model. All the parts were there except the bridge, pickguard and pot knobs. I've bought restoration projects before that I wished I hadn't but this guitar looked to be in primo shape for a slightly damaged 47 year old guitar. Maxon humbucker pickups and even the original wiring harness in one long string - 3-way switch, 2 volume, 2 tone pots & jack all wired firm with the old style braided grounding wire, with the pots, jack & switch pretty corroded outside. Won't bore you with all the laborious details but I did get her up and running after gluing the top back on and using "Gluboost" and red pigment to repair the chipped finish in the neck pocket cutaways. Had to shim the neck also and fix a 20" hairline crack on the side by the binding, plus fabricate a pickguard. I knew the pickups had to be good and crossed my fingers on the wiring harness + contact cleaner might work, and they did. And here she is "Ruby" as my wife calls her. For an old gal this guitar plays nice and the most incredible tone from those old humbuckers.