Epiphone Riviera fans should check out the new Lou Reed box set that covers the rocker/poet's work for RCA and Arista from 1972 to 1987 including his landmark albums Rock and Roll Animal, Coney Island Baby, and Transformer, which was produced by Reed's the late David Bowie and featured the smash hit, "Walk On the Wild Side." 

Reed's albums for Arista are among some of his best work including Growing Up in Public and The Blue Mask which were made with jazz guitarist Robert Quine. Reed's main guitar during the Transformer years was an Epiphone Riviera which Reed was also using during the sessions for Metal Machine Music, one of the most infamous albums of his career--or for that matter- rock 'n' roll. Look for more Lou Reed surprises in April for Record Store Day. And if you can find this rare bird, the Ltd. Ed. Elitist "1966" Riviera Outfit --which quickly sold out of its limited run in 2015, will get you closer to 1966 than a homemade time machine. Made in Japan with USA pickups and electronics, it features Gibson USA Mini-humbuckers, Gotoh® "Deluxe" Machine Heads and Tailpiece, finished in Nitrocellulose Lacquer, and comes ready to rock in a 60s style hard case.