Epiphone Noel Gallagher Riviera review

She’s electric! Noel’s signature invokes ’90s nostalgia with a familiar face

Epiphone Noel Gallagher Riviera
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

It could be suggestion, it could be fandom, but it feels like this guitar has ideas in it – and all you’ve got to do is find them. Noel used a similar-level instrument to cement himself in history, and the potential is inspiring.


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    Inspiring sounds and playability.

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    Standard sized ’buckers make for authentic Oasis-era tones.

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    Classy finish and understated signature flourishes.

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    Hardshell case included.


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    Purists might prefer the original Frequensator-equipped Riviera.

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Cast your mind back to 1996 and the height of Britpop, and there’s every chance this guitar will ring a vivid bell. Oasis had released their second album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, ‘Cool Britannia’ was in full swing, and Noel Gallagher was busy reigniting the nation’s six-string passion. His Wine Red Epiphone Riviera played a huge part in this.

Not only was it featured in the Don’t Look Back In Anger video, but it made an appearance in the promo for Champagne Supernova too, alongside loads of live performances.

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.