Started by StringPicker6, November 15, 2023, 05:57:49 AM
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Quote from: mike in lytle on November 16, 2023, 01:40:44 PMYou may have guessed correctly. I texted John and he supposed they may have been factory seconds and they were satin finished to move them quickly. John didn't look deeper into it. Based on the low prices on Dave's website, and the rough satin finish, it sounds reasonable. At least we now know Larrivee will do that.Mike
Quote from: StringPicker6 on November 16, 2023, 08:28:00 PMAll I got from the Larrivee website was the build date of July 6,2023. Thanks again for all the fantastic info, Mike! I still can't find any flaws in my L-09, so maybe they just messed up trying to do a gloss finish and they decided on satin?
Quote from: B0WIE on November 17, 2023, 02:28:22 AMInteresting approach. I'm used to companies stamping them as 2nd so it's clear they are not up to the spec of a standard model. I actually love finding 2nds for sale as they are usually great instruments. Selling as used with non-standard specs is different, but maybe it makes more business sense for them. Or, maybe it relates to what Duck said about them refusing to sell a 2nd quality guitar. I can't see them actually destroying a lot of completed guitars with all the man-hours that go into an instrument, especially if they have enough of them to stock stores like Dave's, and the fact that there are ways to mask a finish flaw. I do believe Duck is being honest, I just have a feeling they reserved that for functionally flawed instruments or ones where the clear was completely botched. This makes me wonder... Around 2015 to 2017, an online Larrivee dealer offered to sell me a brand new SD50 at a massive discount. He listed it for standard retail and when I asked what his best price was he took $750 off and said "used/no warrantee". It seemed sketch but he had a good rep so I grabbed it. The instrument had a lot of finishing compound still in the nooks and crannies and the glue job on the bridge was poor. I long thought this was bad QC and after owning a different Larrivee, with glue slopped all over the bracings, I was under the impression they had inconsistent quality control. Now, I wonder if I got one of these B-stocks and the seller just didn't explain it. The finish on this instrument was an immaculate gloss though so I still don't know what the deal was with that guitar. Anyway, now I'm tempted to look at Dave's online inventory... someone talk me down....
Quote from: StringPicker6 on November 17, 2023, 09:10:36 AMFound the pic
Quote from: B0WIE on November 17, 2023, 11:33:42 AMI can only share my opinion about how 2nds look to me as a consumer.
Quote from: mike in lytle on November 17, 2023, 12:43:17 PMI have never thought about it much, though I have seen non-Larrivee guitars online listed as B-stock. My only thought at this point is how a downstream consumer can identify a B-stock Larrivee that has left the dealer and is "in the wild". All we know is Picker said the Larrivee online lookup did not identify his L-09 as B-stock. I am pretty sure it isn't a huge problem, but it would be nice for a potential buyer to know, aside from contacting Larrivee directly.Mike
Quote from: StringPicker6 on November 17, 2023, 06:51:21 PMI checked the Dave's guitar website again today. The prices on their larrivee inventory are really low, compared to what they usually go for. It's a B stock bonanza!