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Title: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: guitarcrazy on January 17, 2008, 04:32:39 PM
The Big News from NAMM is the introduction of carved top Electrics!  Check them out at www.larriveeelectrics.com!  I have some headed my way!  JB

P.S., it looks like the Creature won the free strings for guessing correctly!  J


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: guitarcrazy on January 17, 2008, 04:36:23 PM
It looks like they are having some issues with the new website, but check back later as they will hopefully have it up and running soon!  J :nana_guitar


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Steve on January 17, 2008, 05:03:55 PM
Wow, I can't wait to see these.....come on Larrivee get that site up!   :nanadance


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: guitaradoptions on January 17, 2008, 05:04:25 PM
Photos are on UGF.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Blue in VT on January 17, 2008, 05:18:03 PM
Am I the only one thats a little dissapointed that this is the big news???  I actually liked the fact that Larrivee was an all acoustic builder...in recent times anyway.  This would be like Martin reissuing there electric line.....just dissapointing....IMO.  Plus I don't play electric....so oh well... :yawn

Cheers,

Blue


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mr_LV19E on January 17, 2008, 05:31:28 PM
Am I the only one thats a little dissapointed that this is the big news???  I actually liked the fact that Larrivee was an all acoustic builder...in recent times anyway.  This would be like Martin reissuing there electric line.....just dissapointing....IMO.  Plus I don't play electric....so oh well... :yawn

Cheers,

Blue

I'm with you Blue.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: jeremy3220 on January 17, 2008, 05:36:01 PM
Am I the only one thats a little dissapointed that this is the big news???  I actually liked the fact that Larrivee was an all acoustic builder...in recent times anyway.  This would be like Martin reissuing there electric line.....just dissapointing....IMO.  Plus I don't play electric....so oh well... :yawn

Cheers,

Blue

I wasn't disappointed cause I wasn't expecting anything to come out that I'd be interested in. I'd have been interested if they came out with some lighter built guitars, but I think thats about the only thing that would make my ears perk up.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Steve on January 17, 2008, 05:47:19 PM
Here is the brochure.

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Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 17, 2008, 05:52:47 PM
I'm not sure I like the looks of the cutaway -- it seems a bit stubby to me compared to what I expect to see there -- and I don't know why they've gone with a 25.5" scale length rather than the shorter scale that I would expect on that configuration.  But they've done one thing absolutely right, which is separate volume and tone controls for each pickup.  To me, that's part of the essential magic of the traditional Gibson design.

Can't complain about the Lollar pickups or the long mortise and tenon, though.

I wonder how much luck they'll have at that price; they'll be competing with the higher-end production line Gibs, as well as the new Collings electrics.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: guitarcrazy on January 17, 2008, 06:06:54 PM
Website is now live!  www.larriveeelectrics.com  J


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 17, 2008, 06:33:51 PM
Oh be still my heart. I have a 80's LT1 and I have GAS!!!


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 17, 2008, 06:40:38 PM
The more I look at these the more I like them.  It's funny, because I've only become an LP fan in the last two years, but it's now one of my favourite tones.  Nice to know that these will be weight-relieved too.  (My own LP weighs in at about 11 lbs.!  The Bigsby doesn't help.)

I'll definitely be checking these out.   My guess is that they'll be a bit brighter and snappier than an LP, because of the longer scale.

So much for the GAS-free year.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 17, 2008, 06:42:06 PM
So when do we get to start complaining that we want one with Lollar P-90s?   :laughin:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 17, 2008, 07:11:02 PM
 :laughin:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: el guitana on January 17, 2008, 07:43:20 PM
(http://www.larriveeelectrics.com/01_TheModelRS4/04_Finishes/electricImages/4-in-1.jpg)


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 17, 2008, 07:44:43 PM
The amber and charcoal aren't doing it for me -- too PRS -- but I like the two 'bursts.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: flagstaffcharlie on January 17, 2008, 08:42:11 PM
Interesting. Taylor has the thinnest carved top and now Larrivee has the thickest. 


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Post by: poki on January 17, 2008, 08:51:19 PM
wow thoughs are some fine looking edlecrtics.  i like the tobaco or cherry sunburst best :nice guitar:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Johnny M on January 17, 2008, 08:51:49 PM
Pass ...

I don't play electric and even if I did, I just don't find the new Larrivee's attractive to the eye.

Hopefully they sound great and everyone that buys one love it.  In the meantime, I'll stick with my OM-03-12 acoustic!

John


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: tikabear on January 17, 2008, 11:39:36 PM
The body shape kinda resembles an L body cutaway acoustic.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 17, 2008, 11:47:29 PM
At first when I saw the body shape, I was pretty disappointed, too.  BUT, when I read through the specs, and remembered - "Wait a minute - THIS IS A LARRIVEE electric!" I started getting more excited.

I actually like their choice of the longer scale length, and I think it was a good idea NOT to be the same as either Gibson or PRS. 

My biggest question is - will there be lefties in the electric line like in their acoustic lines?  Please, Jean and Matthew, say "YES"!!!

If they make lefties, I'm not going to be able to stop myself...and I guess I'm one that likes the Charcoal Burst, with Tobacco Burst being my second choice (I've never been able to warm up to any cherry burst).

I was going to save some pennies for another pretty pricey electric this year, but if this is available in lefty, I won't think twice about getting one, with those high quality specs...I think they're right up there with Collings, even if the shape is a little 'stubby'.  Something tells me it will play very nicely (wide open cutaway) and have incredible tone.  And it goes without saying that the woods and quality of build will be better than any Gibson under $5K street price.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: inspector13 on January 17, 2008, 11:53:14 PM
I wonder if Jean is painting all of the burst on the electrics???

I would love to give one a test drive.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 18, 2008, 01:06:32 AM
The body shape kinda resembles an L body cutaway acoustic.

You're right.  I was looking at them with my "LP" goggles, but now I can see the L resemblance.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: guitarcrazy on January 18, 2008, 01:13:58 AM
That is what my rep said they were going for.  They scaled down an LV, and tried to improve upon the existing high-end electrics using better wiring, better pickups, and better fit and finish.  Knowing Larrivee, they did all of that and then some.  J


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: flagstaffcharlie on January 18, 2008, 01:17:05 AM
Well.. these are Larrivee guitars and I expect they will be excellent quality instruments. However, I think it is a little bit odd that they don't have an "affordable" model in the line. One of the things that sets Larrivee's acoustics apart from many competitors is the affordability of high quality guitars in their -03 series. I've got to believe street price for these guitars is going to be above 2K. You can get some carved top LPs for less money.

Just looking at the specs and the prices I'd be more interested in the Taylor SBs, though I think it's a pretty nice thing to have these quality builders entering the electric market. It can't hurt to have more US/Canadian made guitars to choose from.

 :beer


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: FNG on January 18, 2008, 01:25:16 AM
http://www.guildsofgrot.com/images/full_size/Guitars/1973bM-75CS.jpg

Looks like an older Guild M75 or 65.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 18, 2008, 01:36:39 AM
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However, I think it is a little bit odd that they don't have an "affordable" model in the line.

On the other hand, if these guitars ever got really popular, the dynamic on this board would change considerably.   :tongue:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Caleb on January 18, 2008, 02:07:58 AM
P.S., it looks like the Creature won the free strings for guessing correctly!  J
Very cool!  It was a bit of a wild guess, but I based it on Taylor's success with the T5.  It only seemed natural for Larrivee, or some other high-end maker, to start making electrics as well. 

FWIW, I really like the design.  They look like if a Les Paul was made out of ice cream and started to soften and melt.  Very nice. 

 :nice guitar:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: guitarcrazy on January 18, 2008, 02:28:41 AM
You have a way with words!  I liiiike Ice Cream!  Send me your address and I'll get the strings in the mail.  J


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: doctor_gogol on January 18, 2008, 03:41:49 AM
I'm disappointed. I was hoping for a 1-3/4" nut dread.

If they are doing electrics, I would have liked to have seen an L-5 style or Super 400 type.

I already have 2 electrics that I don't play.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: rrgguitarman on January 18, 2008, 04:15:24 AM
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Am I the only one thats a little disappointed that this is the big news???  I actually liked the fact that Larrivee was an all acoustic builder...in recent times anyway.  This would be like Martin reissuing there electric line.....just disappointing....IMO.  Plus I don't

 :+1:

I would have never guessed.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on January 18, 2008, 05:32:11 AM
Am I the only one thats a little dissapointed that this is the big news???  I actually liked the fact that Larrivee was an all acoustic builder...in recent times anyway.  This would be like Martin reissuing there electric line.....just dissapointing....IMO.  Plus I don't play electric....so oh well... :yawn

Cheers,

Blue

You are not the only one.  I am EXTREMELY disappointed...almost disgusted (although that is a little over the top).  Of all the things I (and most of us on the forum) could have hoped for...a high-end electric?   :yawn
How about cedar tops?  My money would be down.  -03 series slotted headstocks and 000's/00's?  Return of satin parlors in a variety of back/side woods?  Custom shop?  Blank fretboards, LS special editions....argh!!!  Alternative acoustic instruments???:  mando, tenor, bouzouki, octave mando, standard series baritone??    :crying:
I respect Jean's independent spirit, but it looks like Taylor following to me...sorry.  This makes me really glad that I commissioned a custom instead of waiting for Larrivee to get on board for true acoustic players.  I still love my larry, but this is sad.

Best of luck with sales.  If anyone wants to buy one, get it from Jason at Notable - he's the best!!!  :)


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: guitarcrazy on January 18, 2008, 05:58:02 AM
Hi Michael, the problem with all the other suggestions mentioned (slotted 03 series, LSV-03, baritones, etc.) is that they aren't profitable.  Larrivee tried the baritone and OO/single O, and they were very slow sellers.  They cannot make high-end guitars at a 03 Series price.  Jean is a craftsman and artist, but he is also a businessman who has to make business decisions that enhance the bottom line.  I agree that a high-end electric is a big departure from the norm, but there is a market for very high quality electric guitars.  Hopefully they are successful at breaking into the Gibson/PRS market and make these instruments successful.  If they aren't profitable, Larrivee' will have to discontinue them just as they did the satin parlors and baritones.  It's unfortunate, but I doubt you will ever see satin parlors or a satin LSV or OOO.  J

P.S., How 'Bout them Tigers!  J


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mr_LV19E on January 18, 2008, 02:27:19 PM
Actually, if these electrics become popular with the professionals those same professionals may start using Larrivee acoustics which will give them more visibility. Let's face it, we Larrivee owners are informed buyers. We are aware of many brands and choose to support the ones we like the best, in other words we are buying a instrument because of what comes out of it not who uses it. There are many guitar players out there that have only thought about saving up enough money to buy that Martin, Gibson or Fender that their favorite artist uses.
Larrivee needs more visibility in the professional market to obtain Martin, Gibson or Fender status one day. These things don't happen overnight, it takes decades to establish a record of quality, and it takes more than quality to make a business big. It takes smart business decisions, and Jean Larrivee is a smart businessman.  :thumbsup


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 18, 2008, 02:31:40 PM
So a little over 2k when the smoke clears? That's not too bad if the guitar is what I think it is. I can see myself owning one if I can get my hands on one. Probably before the year's out. I like the orange one!   


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Barefoot Rob on January 18, 2008, 02:35:34 PM
I wasn't going to post anything "BUT"........there are a bunch of "HIGH END" electrics on the market just hanging in music store that they can't give away because it doesn't say Gibson,PRS or Fender on the headstock.With the major glut of guitars on the streets new and used updating the line would have been a better choice,IMHO.
The good news is that used these guitars will be cheap.Just look at the used market of the acoustic's,no one wants to pay much for them yet everyone screams there praise but don't want to pay anything for them. :wacko:

OK back to my cave while you guy'sthrow rocks.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 18, 2008, 02:39:16 PM
You are undoubtable right Unc. I think I'll wait for eBay. My LT1 is already a lot of Larrivée electric. 


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: bluesman67 on January 18, 2008, 02:44:38 PM
Well.. these are Larrivee guitars and I expect they will be excellent quality instruments. However, I think it is a little bit odd that they don't have an "affordable" model in the line. One of the things that sets Larrivee's acoustics apart from many competitors is the affordability of high quality guitars in their -03 series. I've got to believe street price for these guitars is going to be above 2K. You can get some carved top LPs for less money.

Just looking at the specs and the prices I'd be more interested in the Taylor SBs, though I think it's a pretty nice thing to have these quality builders entering the electric market. It can't hurt to have more US/Canadian made guitars to choose from.

 :beer

According to the website, they focused on creating one specific guitar and wanted to push the limits with what they created.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: AtlasHeating on January 18, 2008, 03:08:26 PM
I am not thrilled with the body shape. I understand the cutaway is similar to the acoustic, but this is a solid body electric.
I find that the electric market has about 4 or 5 major shapes.
1. Hollow Body Arch top. 2. Strat. 3. Tele 4. Les Paul and 5. PRS.
When you get too far away from any of these shapes, you are on thin ice.
When I look at all of the offerings by Gibson of the Les paul, I am amazed. AAAAA Flamed maple, cherry burst, PAF '57 Humbuckers, looks old on purpose.
Look at all of the different Fender Strats. It is the same thing. American made, Pickup configuration, finish, color, etc.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: prof_stack on January 18, 2008, 03:52:26 PM
If the new electric helps Larrivee's bottom line, then that should keep the acoustic line intact for us bottom feeders who think the 03 series is all we need.

Personally I have no need or desire for an electric guitar.  But I wish Jean well on this one. 


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 18, 2008, 07:55:23 PM
I started a thread on The Gear Page about them.  The people there are both opinionated and (usually) highly knowledgeable, so I was curious to know what the response would be.  So far, while a vocal minority thinks they're ugly, others are impressed by the features.

Oh, and one guy wondered when there would be a P-90 version.  That didn't take long!  :laughin:

Here's the thread:

http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=340337 (http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=340337)


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Caleb on January 18, 2008, 11:38:26 PM
There seems to be lots of folk disappointed with the electric guitar offering.  I'm not an electric guitarists (though I used to be), but I think they look really nice, and the specs sound great as well.  If nothing else you have to give Larrivee credit for not doing the same old tired Strat and LP copies.  How many companies have come out with the "utlimate" electric guitar, when in reality it's nothing more than a slightly altered Strat (in most cases) or a LP with a twist.  If I were an electric guitarist, and if I still had any amplifiers laying around, the new Larrivee electric is the guitar I'd be playing.  Personally, I think it SCREAMS creativity and originality.  It would have been easy for Larivee to offer a new finish or some other minute optional change, but instead they went to the drawing board and came away with a unique product.  I am really impressed and think they've done a great job.

 :nice guitar:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: LaminateBoy on January 19, 2008, 01:43:33 AM
There seems to be lots of folk disappointed with the electric guitar offering.  I'm not an electric guitarists (though I used to be), but I think they look really nice, and the specs sound great as well.  If nothing else you have to give Larrivee credit for not doing the same old tired Strat and LP copies.  How many companies have come out with the "utlimate" electric guitar, when in reality it's nothing more than a slightly altered Strat (in most cases) or a LP with a twist.  If I were an electric guitarist, and if I still had any amplifiers laying around, the new Larrivee electric is the guitar I'd be playing.  Personally, I think it SCREAMS creativity and originality.  It would have been easy for Larivee to offer a new finish or some other minute optional change, but instead they went to the drawing board and came away with a unique product.  I am really impressed and think they've done a great job.

 :nice guitar:
That's my thinking, too.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: whiskeyjack on January 19, 2008, 02:13:09 AM
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Looks like an older Guild M75 or 65.

That was my first thought.  But I'm glad the Larrivee family is willing to take chances to stay profitable.  And though I'd like to play a lot of the electrics I see online, I'm not particularly impressed by any of them anymore.  They all look the same or similar; they all seem to sound the same or have the same features - electric guitars are wasted on me.



Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on January 19, 2008, 03:21:25 AM
There seems to be lots of folk disappointed with the electric guitar offering.  I'm not an electric guitarists (though I used to be), but I think they look really nice, and the specs sound great as well.  If nothing else you have to give Larrivee credit for not doing the same old tired Strat and LP copies.  How many companies have come out with the "utlimate" electric guitar, when in reality it's nothing more than a slightly altered Strat (in most cases) or a LP with a twist.  If I were an electric guitarist, and if I still had any amplifiers laying around, the new Larrivee electric is the guitar I'd be playing.  Personally, I think it SCREAMS creativity and originality.  It would have been easy for Larivee to offer a new finish or some other minute optional change, but instead they went to the drawing board and came away with a unique product.  I am really impressed and think they've done a great job.

 :nice guitar:

Sorry creature.  non sequitur as far as I am concerned.  No one ever doubted Jean's creativity or independent streak that guides him not to copy...but I think those less than impressed (like myself) may have falsly associated Larrivee as being purely acoustic-driven.  (I know he make electrics in the '80's, but the website clearly states market downturn as the reason).  Not that making a great electric was a bad move (and potentially a great one economically-speaking), but I and others were hoping for Larrivee's efforts to be on either:

a) expanding the options across the acoustic line
b) increasing the diversity of acoustic instruments.

Neither happened, save the return of the bass, which is cool...but if you can do a bass....I'm sure a D-09 baritone or D-03 Baritone would sell....or small body options in the -03 series....or....or...ad nauseum.

Hey, good for him - it just does nothing for long-time players and purchasers like me (and I suspect many others on this forum) who were hoping to see other things.  The electric is so disappointing primarily because it took a lot of time (4 yrs according to the website) and intellectual energy to get it running....at the expense of acoustic R&D. 

I guess Martin is next....  :yawn


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Caleb on January 19, 2008, 03:27:24 AM
Martin may very well jump back in the electric guitar market.  I remember back in high school this kid had a Martin electric guitar.  It was one of those kinds with the pointy headstock that went really good with a mullet (which this kid had).  I've never forgotten that guitar because that guy was the first person that I'd ever seen --- in person --- who could play really well.  I tried playing electric, and I got to be a decent blues player, but who can't play blues on the electric? I quit several years ago and have never regretted it. 


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: rwnyc on January 19, 2008, 04:04:34 AM
There seems to be lots of folk disappointed with the electric guitar offering.  I'm not an electric guitarists (though I used to be), but I think they look really nice, and the specs sound great as well.  . . .  I am really impressed and think they've done a great job.

 :nice guitar:

I agree. I'm happy to see Larrivee produce what looks like a terrific electric guitar.  It IS ok to like . . .and even PLAY . . .  electrics AND acoustics. I'm looking forward to trying the RS-4.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on January 19, 2008, 05:25:56 AM
I agree. I'm happy to see Larrivee produce what looks like a terrific electric guitar.  It IS ok to like . . .and even PLAY . . .  electrics AND acoustics. I'm looking forward to trying the RS-4.


Indeed it is.  I play electric a good bit (especially with a boss BD-2 as a Christmas gift from my wife), but I just look to Larry for pure acoustic bliss.  It seems that while they were on the threshold of unloading acoutic creativity, but while there core market salivated, they faltered for favor of another market.  Hope it sells well, fueling more $$ into JCL for more development in acoustics, but I remain disappointed in the interim.

Taylor's new electric is pretty good and sounds ok.  Except I cannot get past the vacuous hubris that surrounded the release of their electric (if you have not yet, then get a copy of the "wood and steel" magazine and read how BT "reinvented" the electric pickup.....sheesh!  It has enough prideful arrogance to give you diarrhoea) - as is typical for all their acoustic design adventures.  That alone prevents me from getting one (sans money as an issue).  JCL, on the other hand, took an idea, made it his own, and beat the paradigm with improved designs...with no "reinvention" myth BS.  So I can swallow that with more ease...I just want that talent back in acoustic designs and new releases...


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: hovikmx on January 19, 2008, 08:10:27 AM
i'm pretty dissapointed that larrivee made an electric.....stick to what you do best! Making unbelievably balanced and awesome sounding acoustics...looks to me like a very taylor move with the new electrics....


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 19, 2008, 01:18:01 PM
What has one got to do with your enjoyment of the other? What actual difference does it make to those who don't care for electric guitars? Are you losing something?  Am I missing something here?  :?


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: olchip on January 19, 2008, 01:56:51 PM
Hovikmx, I would agree with you if that electric guitar was simply crap! And I doubt Jean would accept to produce a "crap" guitar...What if these turn out to be simply awesome guitars @ a reasonable price?


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: bhika on January 19, 2008, 02:03:58 PM
Will it ever be offered with a 1 3/4" neck and wider string spacing? I'de still love to pick up an electric that is set up more for fingerstyle play.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 19, 2008, 02:40:38 PM
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Will it ever be offered with a 1 3/4" neck and wider string spacing? I'de still love to pick up an electric that is set up more for fingerstyle play.

I can't remember if we discussed this before, but find a used Gibson Chet Atkins Tennessean.  (You can't get them new anymore.)  It will be the answer to your dreams.

The Larrivee electrics are clearly intended to compete with rock/blues machines like Les Pauls and PRSes, so I doubt that you'll see fingerstyle-friendly specs on them.



Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Walkerman on January 19, 2008, 03:26:51 PM
What...no whammy bar?  I want one with a Bigsby.
And I do have to ask....why so many complaints about Larrivee making an electric guitar?  It's not the first one they've made.  You guys who are complaining that Larrivee is an "acoustic" maker, and shouldn't be making electrics remind me of the folks who booed Dylan at Newport when he played "Like a Rolling Stone" with electric guitars......same complaint....Bobby should only play acoustic.  Why?  If you can do both....and do both well, why not?

No one complains that folks like Gibson and Collings make great acoustics AND electrics.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: tikabear on January 19, 2008, 03:39:53 PM
I'm happy, and shocked, that they brought back the florentine.  The molds were supposed to have been broken.  As far as the new electric is concerned, I think it's great of them to try it and I'm sure it's a high quality instrument.  I think it will be hard for them to compete in the high end market they are aiming at but I'm sure they knew that when they decided to try it.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: bluesman67 on January 19, 2008, 04:10:48 PM
If I ever bought another electric, it would be a used Line6 guitar.  For six hundred bucks, they are great quality, look fantastic, and it's like buying 35 guitars in one.  It has built in electronics and with the flick of a switch or change of a setting, in seconds will go change tunings from standard to open A, E, D, G or whatever.  Or, go from sounding like a strat playing through a Fender Blues tube amp to a steel guitar, to a bango, to an acoustic, on and on and on.  My friend has one and they are really fun.  Personally, I think Larrivee is wasting their money and taking far too big a risk to enter a heavily saturated market.  Not that they couldn't be successful doing it, not at all, but it is a big risk.  Best of luck and I hope it doesn't drive up the cost of their acoustics.
 :guitar


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 19, 2008, 07:05:18 PM
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You guys who are complaining that Larrivee is an "acoustic" maker, and shouldn't be making electrics remind me of the folks who booed Dylan at Newport when he played "Like a Rolling Stone" with electric guitars....

Ha!  I was actually waiting for someone to stand up and shout: "Judas!!" 

 :humour:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: LawDogStrgsAttach on January 19, 2008, 09:04:41 PM
Ha!  I was actually waiting for someone to stand up and shout: "Judas!!" 

 :humour:

Guys, guys....read the posts more carefully.  I specifically said "falsely associated" and "was aware of previous Larrivee electrics in the 80's."  My concern was the lost chance to bolster the acoustics at a time where it seemed imminent.  No screaming Judas here.

I do not understand the Dylan rage...never will.  Start throwing now....  :yak:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 19, 2008, 09:09:11 PM
If I ever bought another electric, it would be a used Line6 guitar.  For six hundred bucks, they are great quality, look fantastic, and it's like buying 35 guitars in one.  It has built in electronics and with the flick of a switch or change of a setting, in seconds will go change tunings from standard to open A, E, D, G or whatever.  Or, go from sounding like a strat playing through a Fender Blues tube amp to a steel guitar, to a bango, to an acoustic, on and on and on.  My friend has one and they are really fun.  Personally, I think Larrivee is wasting their money and taking far too big a risk to enter a heavily saturated market.  Not that they couldn't be successful doing it, not at all, but it is a big risk.  Best of luck and I hope it doesn't drive up the cost of their acoustics.
 :guitar

bluesman67,

Even though I'm a fellow lefty, I couldn't disagree with you more - AND THAT'S OKAY - we all have our own likes, dislikes, opinions and musical vision...I've played the Line 6 guitars, and, well, hmmmm, just give me one good guitar instead of one that ALMOST makes a lot of different electric (and acoustic) signature tones (I know, this is just MY opinion and what MY ears hear!).  IOW, the Line 6 didn't do anything for me personally.  To each his own.

Knowing how good Larrivee's acoustics are, I'm now COMMITTED to getting one of these electrics, if Larrivee follows their acoustic philosophy and makes these left-handed as well...I can't think of an electric I'd be more proud to own or more excited to pull out of the case and play!  I'm just waiting for Jason or Dave or someone to tell us that they will be available as lefties - what a gift that would be for us!

(sending e-mail to Dave at GA...)

 :thumb


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: guitaradoptions on January 19, 2008, 09:13:25 PM
Yes, Lefties are definitely available, and on they way!


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Walkerman on January 19, 2008, 09:21:00 PM
Ha!  I was actually waiting for someone to stand up and shout: "Judas!!" 

 :humour:
Well, at least no one shouted "give us Barabas..." :roll


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 19, 2008, 09:39:36 PM
Well, at least no one shouted "give us Barabas..." :roll

That's "Barabbas" - two 'b's in the middle... :whistling:

And Hallelujah on the 'good news' - that lefties are available - thanks Dave - you da man!!!

 :nanadance :nana_guitar


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: bluesman67 on January 19, 2008, 10:11:33 PM
Yeah, I know what you're saying Mikey.  I wouldn't trade my Strat in for a Line6, for sure.  I love Fender Strats, for me they are the perfect electric.  I just thought it was a fun guitar.  I didn't actually have a chance to really play it because it wasn't a lefty, so I can't really say for sure that it even would feel good for me, but my friend loves it.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 20, 2008, 03:11:50 PM
Here's a clip of Matt showing one off at NAMM.  I like the looks better when you see it in real life.  It actually looks pretty sweet:

http://livefrom.musicplayer.com/clip.aspx?key=6A2B45AD4C9BCC37&ctx=feat (http://livefrom.musicplayer.com/clip.aspx?key=6A2B45AD4C9BCC37&ctx=feat)


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 20, 2008, 04:04:51 PM
Only one question occurs to me. Will it be possible for me to NOT get the tobacco sunburst?


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 20, 2008, 04:28:32 PM
Heh.  That's the one I have my eye on too.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Caleb on January 20, 2008, 06:03:25 PM
bluesman67,

Even though I'm a fellow lefty, I couldn't disagree with you more - AND THAT'S OKAY - we all have our own likes, dislikes, opinions and musical vision...I've played the Line 6 guitars, and, well, hmmmm, just give me one good guitar instead of one that ALMOST makes a lot of different electric (and acoustic) signature tones (I know, this is just MY opinion and what MY ears hear!).  IOW, the Line 6 didn't do anything for me personally.  To each his own.


In my view, the only thing more lame than the Line 6 guitar that pretends to sound like other guitars is the Gibson LP that tunes itself.  Why not just have one that plays all by itself and be done with it?
 :rolleye:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: brandon on January 20, 2008, 10:50:12 PM
i like em, unfortunately while in graduate school its hard to produce the funds to pay for such a nice instrument. hopefully someone can purchase or play one soon and give us some feedback on how they play, sound, and feel.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: bluesman67 on January 20, 2008, 11:47:17 PM
In my view, the only thing more lame than the Line 6 guitar that pretends to sound like other guitars is the Gibson LP that tunes itself.  Why not just have one that plays all by itself and be done with it?
 :rolleye:

Okay, so you are making fun of a guitar that other people like...yeah, like that has never happend before from creature.  I don't actually own one, but I think that they are definitely cool, and I loved the feature to switch open tunings instead of retuning.
 :nice guitar:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 21, 2008, 12:12:12 AM
One thing the nay sayers seemed to have forgotten is that there are always new and different acoustic guitars coming out of the Larrivée shops. NAMM isn't the only time we see them. Check Dave's site or the 12th Fret out often. There's always new goodies. The electrics are real news to some of us however.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: dxn2 on January 21, 2008, 12:46:55 AM
One thing the nay sayers seemed to have forgotten is that there are always new and different acoustic guitars coming out of the Larrivée shops. NAMM isn't the only time we see them. Check Dave's site or the 12th Fret out often. There's always new goodies. The electrics are real news to some of us however.

Well said.  Exactly what I was thinking while reading this thread.

I don't know much about the NAMM show but I do see that there is a summer show as well.  Do new models get introduced there also.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 21, 2008, 01:23:14 AM
One thing the nay sayers seemed to have forgotten is that there are always new and different acoustic guitars coming out of the Larrivée shops. NAMM isn't the only time we see them. Check Dave's site or the 12th Fret out often. There's always new goodies. The electrics are real news to some of us however.

Excellent point.  Think of some of the amazing special editions that were issued during 2007.  It seems a bit churlish to complain because they didn't save a few of them for NAMM.

And lest we forget, there are some cool-looking acoustics that were unveiled this week, such as the silver oak model.

It seems to me that NAMM is about the broad market, not the connoisseurs.  Some of us may want to see a standard dread with a wider nut, but I can't see something like that making any sort of splash at NAMM.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Caleb on January 21, 2008, 02:22:13 AM
Okay, so you are making fun of a guitar that other people like...yeah, like that has never happend before from creature.  I don't actually own one, but I think that they are definitely cool, and I loved the feature to switch open tunings instead of retuning.
 :nice guitar:
Yes, I'm being critical of the product. I'm not saying anyone who owns one is an idiot, etc.  I just cannot take a product like the Line 6 guitar seriously at all.  It's much more of a computer than it is a guitar.  And you can't "play" a computer, but you can play a guitar.  You can "play on" or "play with" a computer and that's pretty much the only use I can see for such an invention as the Line 6 guitar.  It might be a cool toy to have for a day or two, but then I'd be ready to move on to a real guitar to make music with. 


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: rockstar_not on January 21, 2008, 04:37:32 AM
Well, at least they don't look like the Larrivee electrics from the 80's!!!!

I do believe that Jean might be following in Taylor's place or vice versa.  You know Jean and Mr. Taylor aren't the sworn enemies that we might think they are.

In fact, when I got a personal tour of Oxnard from Jean, he mentioned that he and Bob trade technical tips and such.  I remember him saying this to me when we were looking at one of the more hi-tech pieces of gear - I think it was the CNC machine that was doing basic shaping of neck blanks.

Who knows, it could have been Taylor following Larrivee's lead from a phone call or something and Taylor just made it to market first?

I have to say:  Ho Hum to the announcement.

For electrics, I go the other way in price - much less than my Larry.  If I ever go high with a tune-o-matic bridged guitar (which I loathe), I'll probably buy a Heritage from right here in Michigan.  Or a Reverend, another home-grown product.

-Scott


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: olchip on January 21, 2008, 09:46:50 AM
Those quick interviews are so unfair to the speaker, poor dude sounds like he's selling just another electric guitar!!! :rolleye: all I remember after seeing him is: loaded, er, vintage, maple mahogany schallers sunburst... :? But I have to admit that speaking to a camera is an art not easily mastered....Any samples of the thing out yet?


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 21, 2008, 12:18:16 PM
Well, at least they don't look like the Larrivee electrics from the 80's!!!!

I do believe that Jean might be following in Taylor's place or vice versa.  You know Jean and Mr. Taylor aren't the sworn enemies that we might think they are.

-Scott

We like to joke about Taylors but I never heard anyone suggest that Jean and Bob were enemies. Far from it, it's well known that luthiers tend to collaborate and Mr. Larrivée has a reputation for generosity to other guitar builders, bar none.
Hey watch what you say about my baby! I turned down one recent offer for my 80's LT1. Some of us feel differently about those, as well. 


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: bluesman67 on January 21, 2008, 12:34:18 PM
Yes, I'm being critical of the product. I'm not saying anyone who owns one is an idiot, etc.  I just cannot take a product like the Line 6 guitar seriously at all.  It's much more of a computer than it is a guitar.  And you can't "play" a computer, but you can play a guitar.  You can "play on" or "play with" a computer and that's pretty much the only use I can see for such an invention as the Line 6 guitar.  It might be a cool toy to have for a day or two, but then I'd be ready to move on to a real guitar to make music with. 

creature,

I would say that Lenny Kravitz takes his music and playing very seriously when he plays his Line6.

Yes, it has more advanced electronics than other electric guitars, more like a computer if you want to think of it that way.  It isn't a whole lot different than a piano player who plays keyboards.  If you say that someone can't be serious about his playing with a Line6 because it uses too much technology for your liking, then I don't see how you wouldn't feel the same way about a piano player who plays a keyboard.  What is the difference?

bm


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 21, 2008, 01:20:49 PM
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For electrics, I go the other way in price - much less than my Larry.  If I ever go high with a tune-o-matic bridged guitar (which I loathe), I'll probably buy a Heritage from right here in Michigan.  Or a Reverend, another home-grown product.

What don't you like about the tune-o-matic?  I have quite a few electrics and I've become a huge fan of the Gibson design just in the past couple of years.

I'm with you on Reverends, though.  I have two of the old Eastpointe models, and I like the newer Asian-made ones that I've tried.  They're great guitars, made for people who are willing to be a bit adventurous (especially the older US-made ones -- the newer ones are a bit more copycat).


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Caleb on January 21, 2008, 03:27:17 PM
creature,

I would say that Lenny Kravitz takes his music and playing very seriously when he plays his Line6.

Yes, it has more advanced electronics than other electric guitars, more like a computer if you want to think of it that way.  It isn't a whole lot different than a piano player who plays keyboards.  If you say that someone can't be serious about his playing with a Line6 because it uses too much technology for your liking, then I don't see how you wouldn't feel the same way about a piano player who plays a keyboard.  What is the difference?

bm
Keyboards are for wimps.  Bach would puke on one if he were alive today.  And it makes me no difference what Lenny Kravitz or any other MTV bobble head plays, I cannot take Line 6 guitars seriously.  IMO, they are and always will be mere toys.  If someone likes them, great.  I do not. 

 :wave


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Randy_R on January 21, 2008, 04:54:18 PM
We like to joke about Taylors but I never heard anyone suggest that Jean and Bob were enemies. Far from it, it's well known that luthiers tend to collaborate and Mr. Larrivée has a reputation for generosity to other guitar builders, bar none.
Hey watch what you say about my baby! I turned down one recent offer for my 80's LT1. Some of us feel differently about those, as well. 

Ya.. three cheers for pointy heads...    :nana_guitar

(http://randyrick.us/guitars/1smElectric.JPG)

And you can use them for hockey sticks in a pinch...   :humour:




Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: bluesman67 on January 21, 2008, 05:46:27 PM
Keyboards are for wimps.  Bach would puke on one if he were alive today.  And it makes me no difference what Lenny Kravitz or any other MTV bobble head plays, I cannot take Line 6 guitars seriously.  IMO, they are and always will be mere toys.  If someone likes them, great.  I do not. 

 :wave

Idonno, if Bach were alive today,  I think he'd be rockin' out on MTV, VH1, YouTube, and MySpace with a keyboard.  ...maybe even a couple country numbers on CMT where he tries out his new Line6.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 21, 2008, 09:14:26 PM
Well, at least they don't look like the Larrivee electrics from the 80's!!!!

I do believe that Jean might be following in Taylor's place or vice versa.  You know Jean and Mr. Taylor aren't the sworn enemies that we might think they are.

In fact, when I got a personal tour of Oxnard from Jean, he mentioned that he and Bob trade technical tips and such.  I remember him saying this to me when we were looking at one of the more hi-tech pieces of gear - I think it was the CNC machine that was doing basic shaping of neck blanks.

Who knows, it could have been Taylor following Larrivee's lead from a phone call or something and Taylor just made it to market first?

I have to say:  Ho Hum to the announcement.

For electrics, I go the other way in price - much less than my Larry.  If I ever go high with a tune-o-matic bridged guitar (which I loathe), I'll probably buy a Heritage from right here in Michigan.  Or a Reverend, another home-grown product.

-Scott

Just goes to show, we all like different stuff, have different wants/needs, and the free market addresses all those individual desires.

There are at least three reasons why the new Larrivee electrics appeal to me:

1.  First and foremost, they're designed and made by Jean Larrivee.  He has an incredible reputation for making high quality guitars with some of the best materials (probably THE best materials in production line guitars). I have strong reason to believe the Larrivee electric will be of the same high quality as his acoustics.  And the price really is not out of line for a guitar with the Larrivee name on it.Have you priced the Collings electrics?  Yes, they're extra nice, but their prices DO reflect that!

2.  He is making lefties at no upcharge, just like he does in the acoustic lines.  THANK YOU!  :thumbsup

3.  It really is a 'ground up' design. Any similarities to some current models from other makers (like the Les Paul) stem more from the fact that every guitar has a body, neck, tuners, pickups, etc., and they all have to function in a usable fashion...other than that, I think Larrivee have gone for ergonomics (thinner than an LP with some extra body cutaways) and tone (upgrade from typical OEM pickups, bridges and pots/caps, etc.). I'm also glad he didn't try to copy what Taylor was doing by adding an acoustic option.This would just add unnecessary cost and make the guitar LESS marketable, IMO.  Can you name ONE "crossover" guitar that has become a "standard" model that players want to have in their gear collections?  (Crickets chirping...)

As I've been agonizing trying to make up my mind which finish to get, I realized that, if these are all that nice, and they stay in production for a year or two, I'll just have to get both of 'em: Tobacco Sunburst and Charcoal Burst!


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mr_LV19E on January 21, 2008, 11:34:17 PM
Here's a Larrivee electric bass on eBay........

http://cgi.ebay.com/Larrivee-electric-bass-guitar_W0QQitemZ300192489582QQihZ020QQcategoryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Zork on January 22, 2008, 09:14:21 PM
When are these shipping? 


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Larravette on January 22, 2008, 11:11:02 PM
  With all of the talk about electric guitars, I didn't realize that Larrivee introduced some other stuff too.  Looks like pointed cutaway 09 and 10 guitars and a blonde colored wood on some 03s.  Those pointed cutaways look great.  Theres a page on this NAMM coverage with some shots of the Larrivee family too.

http://www.12fret.com/new/NAMM2008index.html


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 23, 2008, 02:10:49 AM
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With all of the talk about electric guitars, I didn't realize that Larrivee introduced some other stuff too.

Someone started a thread here that listed the other stuff too, but it got eclipsed in all the hubbub about the electrics.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 23, 2008, 02:12:26 AM
Here it is.  It was Dave's thread:

http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?topic=19662.0 (http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?topic=19662.0)


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: morlll on January 23, 2008, 03:29:25 AM
In my view, the only thing more lame than the Line 6 guitar that pretends to sound like other guitars is the Gibson LP that tunes itself.  Why not just have one that plays all by itself and be done with it?
 :rolleye:


Luddite :bgrin:

Have you got indoor plumbing? :rolleye:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: morlll on January 23, 2008, 03:38:59 AM
The Electrics Larries look nice I'll try one, but i don't need one.

I've a 60's Tele, a Strat, a Guild BluesBird and a Les Paul Goldtop. I'm covered in the electric guitar area.

I didn't like the Taylor Electric I tried enough to buy one.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 23, 2008, 11:57:03 AM
Need one? Hmmm. Interesting concept. For electrics, I have a strat, tele, jazzmaster, 335 copy, Les Paul jr. copy, Larrivée tele, 12 string Pacifica, Drop 6 baritone. If you notice I don't (at the moment) have a Les Paul type guitar. So ... why not one of these? It's like "needing" a Mickey Mantle rookie card, I guess.  :arrow 


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 23, 2008, 05:27:39 PM
It's like "needing" a Mickey Mantle rookie card, I guess.  :arrow 

Yeah, but if you sold the MM card, you could by four of the Larrivee's - one in each finish!   :winkin:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: flagstaffcharlie on January 23, 2008, 05:47:56 PM
If you notice I don't (at the moment) have a Les Paul type guitar. So ... why not one of these? It's like "needing" a Mickey Mantle rookie card, I guess.  :arrow 

ummm... Duck? What do you call a Les Paul Jr. copy?  :arrow


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: tuffythepug on January 23, 2008, 06:01:04 PM
Hmmmmmmm   Did someone say they "needed" a Mickey Mantle Rookie card ?   Will this do ?

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Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 23, 2008, 06:27:12 PM
ummm... Duck? What do you call a Les Paul Jr. copy?  :arrow

It's made by Univox but it's close to an exact replica of a Gibson Les Paul Jr. limited edition (2 pick up model). The 335 is also a Univox and also an almost exact replica. You can see the jr. copy at the website below under limited edition series but the 335 appears to be extremely rare. No pics below, anyway. I should send them some. Anyway, they are two nice guitars. In 1979 the 335 cost me $425.00 and the jr. $200.00. About half of Gibson prices at the time. Not cheap for 1979. Most guitarists who've played them think the 335 is, in fact, as good if not better than similar Gibsons of the era. They became popular when Kurt Cobain played a Univox Mosrite copy. 

http://www.univox.org/guitars/ 


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 23, 2008, 10:00:41 PM
ummm... Duck? What do you call a Les Paul Jr. copy?  :arrow

Yikes, no!  A Junior is very different from yer standard (or Custom or Deluxe...) Les Paul.  About the only thing they have in common is the name.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 23, 2008, 10:56:53 PM
Yer Gibson Les Paul Jr.

(http://www.rocknrollvintage.com/images/1955-les-paul-junior.jpg)

Yer Gibson limited edition

(http://www.woodbrass.com/images/woodbrass/LPJRDCVOTVNH1.JPG)

Here's the two pickup model that I have a copy of,

(http://www.deaf-eddie.net/guitars/lp-sp.jpg)



Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: flagstaffcharlie on January 24, 2008, 04:21:44 AM
Cool guitar collection Duck! You've got a real blue collar stable of instruments and I mean that as a compliment. Looks like fun!

To me, that's an LP style guitar minus the carved top. But that's just me. I see the classic shape, a humbucker or two, blah, blah, blah.

Guess I'm still  :arrow


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 24, 2008, 12:24:55 PM
Those aren't my guitars, btw. Just googlers. My special edition is a real screamer with a Gibson dirty finger (recent addition) in the bridge position. You can see some of my guitars at the link below. I can't post pictures of them right now because all my photos are trapped in my other computer. My nephew went and moved and I no longer have a "computer guy" on call. Drats!   


http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/66770349iHmhMB


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: rockstar_not on January 26, 2008, 02:32:58 AM
What don't you like about the tune-o-matic?  I have quite a few electrics and I've become a huge fan of the Gibson design just in the past couple of years.

I'm with you on Reverends, though.  I have two of the old Eastpointe models, and I like the newer Asian-made ones that I've tried.  They're great guitars, made for people who are willing to be a bit adventurous (especially the older US-made ones -- the newer ones are a bit more copycat).

I've never got on with the bridge - my right hand technique needs my pinky anchored on the pickguard.  The Tune-o-matic puts the heel of my palm too high off of the body to do my standard pinky anchoring thing.  Probably bad technique on my part.

I did play an SG recently that I took a shine to - nice and light.

BTW, what's the weight of these Larry Lectrics?

-Scott


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: billchivers on January 26, 2008, 03:01:00 AM
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What has one got to do with your enjoyment of the other? What actual difference does it make to those who don't care for electric guitars? Are you losing something?  Am I missing something here?

What we are missing is research and development effort and money into acoustics. What is rare these days is a company that concentrates on one product and does that product well. There are already 100 PRS or Zachary wanna-bes on the market.

Larrivee could either a) concentrate on one product and be the best, or b) make everything and be mediocre. I wish they would be the former.

Bill


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 26, 2008, 03:10:30 AM
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BTW, what's the weight of these Larry Lectrics?


An average of 8 lbs., according to the bumf and to what Matt said in the video.

A very nice weight for a guitar in the LP vein.  (My own LP tips the scales at almost 11 lbs.!)


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: ducktrapper on January 26, 2008, 04:18:52 AM
What we are missing is research and development effort and money into acoustics. What is rare these days is a company that concentrates on one product and does that product well. There are already 100 PRS or Zachary wanna-bes on the market.

Larrivee could either a) concentrate on one product and be the best, or b) make everything and be mediocre. I wish they would be the former.

Bill

Perhaps they will excel at both. The glass may indeed be half full.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: TrinityGuitars on January 26, 2008, 02:34:07 PM
Am I the only one thats a little dissapointed that this is the big news???  I actually liked the fact that Larrivee was an all acoustic builder...in recent times anyway.  This would be like Martin reissuing there electric line.....just dissapointing....IMO.  Plus I don't play electric....so oh well... :yawn

Cheers,

Blue
Blue, Martin introduced electric archtops a few years ago. Not doing very well from what I undersand. My Martin rep even offered me one on consignment. They never do that! No solid body's yet however from Martin. I think the design of the Larrivee E is very cool. I like them and cannot wait to get the first one in.  I love what they did with the cut a way contor on the top!
Jim Holler


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Blue in VT on January 28, 2008, 03:45:50 PM
Jim...

I was referring to the solid body guitrs that Martin put out in the 80s(?) apparently they didn't last to long...and thats what I'm afraid will happen with Larri's new electric.  It seems to me that the market for electrics is pretty well flooded with well known and well respected builders...and I would prefer if Jean and crew focused their energies on more acoustic lines....and GASP....maybe reopen the custom shop!?!?!  instead of trying to get a toe hold in a market in which they have no percentage at the moment.  Anyway, I hope they do well for the company as a whole...I'd hate for them to lose money cause of this gamble... :?

They just don't interest me in least....I don't play electirc....yet... :arrow

 :beer

Blue


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: jimmy buffett on January 28, 2008, 06:20:25 PM
Am I the only one thats a little dissapointed that this is the big news???  I actually liked the fact that Larrivee was an all acoustic builder...in recent times anyway.  This would be like Martin reissuing there electric line.....just dissapointing....IMO.  Plus I don't play electric....so oh well...

No, Blue - you are not the only one....

jimmy


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 28, 2008, 09:13:43 PM
Well, if it's true that Larrivee has been developing these for four years (in some manner, whether just daydreaming or literally building and refining actual pre-production instruments), then he's had plenty of time to weigh the financial and business implications of this decision...and he's decided it's worth it from that standpoint.

I for one have been in love with Larrivee acoustics for over 15 years...and that is precisely the reason I'm excited about a Larrivee electric (but I'm also an electric player).  If I love their acoustics this much, I'm sure I'll also find a musical soul mate in one (or more...!) of their electrics.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Pilgrim on January 28, 2008, 10:01:06 PM
No wonder Larrivee has been ignoring the custom shop for so long.  They must figure there's more money in a standard line of electrics than in custom acoustics.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: didymus21 on January 28, 2008, 10:56:10 PM
Is a 25.5 inch scale pretty long for an electric?  I could look it up, but I'm lazy.  A guy from work was raving about the Gibson 24.75 and said anything larger was just way too long.  I understand the acoustics are 25.5 and I haven't really had a problem.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 29, 2008, 03:14:50 AM
Is a 25.5 inch scale pretty long for an electric?  I could look it up, but I'm lazy.  A guy from work was raving about the Gibson 24.75 and said anything larger was just way too long.  I understand the acoustics are 25.5 and I haven't really had a problem.

25.5" is standard scale length for most Fenders, including Strats and Tele's.  Some of Fender's student guitars had shorter scale lengths, as did the Jaguar (at 24").  I believe the Jazzmaster is 25.5".

So, no - 25.5" scale length obviously isn't a problem for electric players, unless they have short fingers/small hands.

It DOES affect tone, however.  The Larrivee's will NOT sound like a Les Paul, and the biggest reason will be the longer scale length of the Larrivee (and there will be a few other minor factors as well).


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 29, 2008, 04:02:38 AM
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It DOES affect tone, however.  The Larrivee's will NOT sound like a Les Paul, and the biggest reason will be the longer scale length of the Larrivee (and there will be a few other minor factors as well).

I'm guessing that the longer scale length will make the Larrivees brighter than a Les Paul, and with more "zing" (to use the scientfically accepted term).


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 29, 2008, 06:20:26 AM
Tycho,

That has been my experience with several other long scale humbucker guitars.  The LP sounds more "throaty," thick, or meaty, while the longer scale has more definition and snap, sparkle, highs, or "sing" as you put it.   


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on January 29, 2008, 03:37:05 PM
My favourite descriptions of the classic LP sound are "midrange grunt" (bridge pickup) and "flutey" (neck pickup).


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Gemnoc on February 01, 2008, 03:32:19 AM
Well, a lot of things happened when I was away. Larrivée electrics! :ohmy:

I have to confess, though, that I'm a little disappointed. Apart from its reduced L-shape body and the headstock, you'd confuse the RS-4 for a Gibson Les Paul.

I'm not against Larrivée taking inspiration from the LP, but I wish they'd forego (forgone?) the HUGE fretboard markers (that screams Gibson - can't stand it!), and used different buttons. Folks, apart from the body shape, headstock and buttons placement, it looks so much like an LP it's uncanny.

Taylor has annonced its electrics too (at the same time as Larrivée, what a coincidence! Jean and Bob sure seem to talk to each other :tongue:), and I like much better what they've done, aesthetics-wise. The Custom is gorgeous.

Anyway, that won't prevent me from seeking to try out an RS-4. Second thing that came to mind when I saw those was, maybe that's what I need to get interested by electrics. :bgrin:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: drathbun on June 18, 2008, 11:49:27 PM
Just saw two of them at Long & McQuade in Calgary. They have a charcoal burst and a solid amber. They are in the 2.4K range. I must say that Larry headstock looks good on an electric!


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on June 21, 2008, 08:18:04 PM
There are four of them at the downtown Long & McQuade in Toronto.  I played one this afternoon (the tobacco burst).  It's very sweet, and they look great in real life.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Randy_R on June 22, 2008, 10:26:27 PM
I posted pics of the electrics that were at Summer Namm show under another thread here. I didn't play any of them.

http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?topic=21979.0


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on June 25, 2008, 08:07:52 PM
You know, you guys are worthless, totally worthless!!!   :whistling:

We need a "plugged in" review!  These are Larrivee ELECTRICS, see?!?! 

Tycho wrote:  It's very sweet, and they look great in real life. 

Wow.  I'm underwhelmed by that descriptive statement.  PA-LEEZE!!! Aren't you guys man enough to plug in??? Someone - plug one into A TUBE AMP and report back!   :mad:

(There's a lefty Tobacco Burst at Guitar Adoptions that's making me crazy...)   :drool:


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on June 25, 2008, 08:29:28 PM
I actually did play one plugged into a tube amp...but my ADD will not permit me to write a longer review.    :bgrin:

I liked it.  It had a good beat and you could dance to it.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Tycho on June 25, 2008, 08:32:47 PM
I will say this: in my brief experience with it, it seemed to me that it sounded more LP-like than I would have expected with the longer scale length.  I should have tested that subjective reaction by AB'ing it with one of the many nice LPs at Long & McQuade, but there wasn't really the chance to do that.


Title: Re: LARRIVEE ELECTRIC GUITARS!
Post by: Mikeymac on June 26, 2008, 02:45:07 AM
Thanks, Tycho, that's a START, anyway... :angry:

Just kidding...I'll take any bones thrown my way!   :humour: