EPIPHONE manufactured the RIVOLI between 1959 and 1970. It was a Gibson designed model and made in Kalamazoo. The design of the Epiphone Rivoli is based on the Gibson EB-2, and they share the same body, neck and hardware; differing only in the shape of the headstock and the tortoiseshell pickguard material sometimes used on the Rivoli. During the first year of production the single pickup was a single-coil - this was soon changed to a Sidewinder humbucker in 1960. The bridge was changed from a bar-bridge to a two-point bridge with mute & individual saddles in 1960 and the original banjo-tuners were changed to the standard Kluson tuners in 1961
Epiphone reissued the Rivoli bass from 1993 to 1999 as a Japanese/Korean made model. This resissue looked the same but its neck was maple instead of mahogany, the pickup was differently made, with a different tone. . A two pickup version was also available as the Epiphone Rivoli II.