oasis

Classy design extras, ultra-buttery playability, and sweet, growling pickups distinguish this excellent ES alternative.

Faultless construction. Very nice PAF-style tones. Exceptional playability. Beautiful visual presence and cool vibe. Comes with a hard case.

The extra 200 bucks you’ll pay over the price of a more modest Epiphone ES-335 might be too much for practical players.

$899

Epiphone Noel Gallagher Riviera
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Whatever your opinion of Oasis—and they have a way of engendering opinions—there’s little arguing that Noel Gallagher has an ear for a tune. And like many contemporary British indie guitarists and forebears like his hero, Johnny Marr, Gallagher also understands the romantic and iconographic power of a great tune played on a classic guitar—particularly as a means of asserting difference from the pop and hair metal tribes that came before.

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