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Title: 50th aniversary?
Post by: headsup on July 29, 2013, 04:38:25 PM
Any educated guesses (or non-educated guesses) on what we might expect for a 50th aniversary model?


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Walkerman on July 29, 2013, 05:35:47 PM
Yes....you may have to sell your first born. 


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on July 29, 2013, 06:48:36 PM
Yes....you may have to sell your first born.  

Is that with or without a return policy,could I get a restocking bonus if they return him. :whistling:




Love to see an LS of some sort in a gloss finish.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: ducktrapper on July 29, 2013, 08:15:17 PM
As long as they don't suggest, point out or otherwise imply it might be better than some other guitars, it doesn't matter.  :laughin:


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Walkerman on July 29, 2013, 11:27:53 PM
OK...what would you like to see for the 50th.....and let's not get too esoteric.  I am assuming it will be an L or a dread, so limit it to that.  What would you like to see with
woods
purfling
inlays

And, I am assuming this ain't going to be no plain jane machine.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on July 30, 2013, 12:04:41 AM
Something very similar to the 30th,  BR with a fantastic Wendy designed headstock would be a start. Lot's of bling - something that I,  for some reason have always equated to Larrivee

Saving my pennies that's for sure!!


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: tuffythepug on July 30, 2013, 12:11:25 AM
I suppose something like an L-09 with some of that great figured Indian Rosewood I've been seeing on the Larrivee Facebook page for starters.   Top it with Italian Spruce; bind it with flamed maple, and stick herringbone all around including the rosette.  Put diamond-shaped fretmarkers on it and throw a set of Waverliy open-back tuners on a headstock that has an inlay specially designed by Wendy to commemorate the big Five Oh.   That oughta do it   :wink:


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Walkerman on July 30, 2013, 12:30:14 AM
You know that earlier anniversary model, with the inlay of the lady looking in a mirror?  I thought a cool inlay would be something similar...with the current JCL looking in a mirror, and the image looking back would be JCL of 50 years ago....


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on July 30, 2013, 01:53:10 AM
You know that earlier anniversary model, with the inlay of the lady looking in a mirror? 

Yeah:
Something very similar to the 30th,  BR with a fantastic Wendy designed headstock would be a start.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: headsup on July 30, 2013, 02:07:38 AM
maybe a simple return to building design of 50 years ago.
 maybe simplistic rather than over the top.
or maybe something incredibly new and innovative that they've secretly been working on in the cool dark place, late at night....

bling has been done, all the fancy woods have been done, I dunno, just tossing it out there, cuz those folks are so good at surprizes, and i suspect they will have a doozy for this milestone....
or maybe not.....


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on July 30, 2013, 02:47:41 AM
maybe a simple return to building design of 50 years ago.
 maybe simplistic rather than over the top.
bling has been done, all the fancy woods have been done, I dunno, just tossing it out there

Hadn't realized the basic design had really changed  :?

As far as bling it's been done - not often enough in my books. No knock on the basic stripped down o3's 05's and 09's - BUT there are lots around  :blush:

Don't see too many in the league of a 30th anniversary tho

Is it just me, but I equate acoustic Larrivee to the likes of guitars like the 30th anniversary - that's what always got my motor running. Seems a large camp around here kinda go for the "simple". For an anniversary as huge as the 50th simple would be a huge  :yawn in my books

Now the real question for me - we are all expecting an Acoustic - well that's a given, but why not have a Larrivee Electric as well. No denying the importance of Electric to Larrivee thru the times  :?


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: brandon on July 30, 2013, 03:05:59 AM
I like the thought of an acoustic and electric as well. It will be interesting to see for sure.  The 45th edition was tastefully done in my opinion. Maybe it won't be too far out of my price range whatever it is.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: broKen on July 30, 2013, 04:52:13 AM
There's no way of knowing, but what would get me salivating is a twelve fret L with slot head, with a simple yet elegant inlay. Rosewood would suit me just fine. I expect it will be some alternate tonewood though. Perbaps Lacewood. The folks at Wildwood are very impressed with the L09 lacewood they are offering now. It sure looks great.
Oh yeah, almost forgot, how about a mosaic rosette, or some other fancy wood soundhole decor.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: tuffythepug on July 30, 2013, 04:54:25 AM
Is it remotely possible that the 50th could turn out to be a holllowbody electric ?  along the lines of Gibson, Gretsch, etc.  ?  Make it a maple hollowbody and they could do a similar L-body acoustic in the same woods.  hmmm   a maple L-09 really doesn't sound too bad now that I think of it.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: 247hoopsfan on July 30, 2013, 05:53:25 AM
Everyone seems to be concerned with the looks, but no one has talked about how it should sound.  Yes, I know that all Larrivees sound great.  But my JCL 40th Anniversary Reissue is basically an L09/10, but it sounds much deeper and richer than an L09/10.  It really is a special instrument, with hand shaped bracing that creates a beautiful, mature sound.  So I would hope that the 50th Anniversary is something special in the sound department.  I would think it should be Brazilian Rosewood if available, or if not, then some other rare tonewood that has a unique sound.  We all know that Jean Larrivee builds as fine a guitar as anyone in the business, from Olson on down.  The 50th should be the culmination of his years of experience, his finest creation.

As far as inlays, binding etc, I think Koa binding goes very well with rosewood, like on Goodalls.  I like the idea of a special Wendy headsotck inlay, with special fret markers.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Walkerman on July 30, 2013, 01:39:12 PM
Hadn't realized the basic design had really changed  :?

As far as bling it's been done - not often enough in my books. No knock on the basic stripped down o3's 05's and 09's - BUT there are lots around  :blush:

Don't see too many in the league of a 30th anniversary tho

Is it just me, but I equate acoustic Larrivee to the likes of guitars like the 30th anniversary - that's what always got my motor running. Seems a large camp around here kinda go for the "simple". For an anniversary as huge as the 50th simple would be a huge  :yawn in my books

Now the real question for me - we are all expecting an Acoustic - well that's a given, but why not have a Larrivee Electric as well. No denying the importance of Electric to Larrivee thru the times  :?

Whoa........how about the 50th being a matched set of electric AND acoustic guitars......


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: tuffythepug on July 30, 2013, 02:49:49 PM
No matter what they come up with;  be it a matched set acoustic and electric, or a blinged-out Brazilian tone monster with Wendy's best-ever headstock inlay, it's probably going to be beyond the means of many of us.   I don't think I want to sell my 4 existing Larrivee guitars in order to buy a single 50th anniversary model no matter how nice it is. 
Still it's fun to speculate on what it may turn out to be.   I may have to buy a 50th anniv.  T-shirt instead  :roll


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on July 30, 2013, 03:11:46 PM
No matter what they come up with;  be it a matched set acoustic and electric, or a blinged-out Brazilian tone monster with Wendy's best-ever headstock inlay, it's probably going to be beyond the means of many of us.   
Well there are approximately 1400 days from now to when it will likely be released give or take  :blush:

So one way may be to look at a low cost daily item that maybe you could substitute and religiously ( if I'm allowed to use that word here :-) put those funds away to the Anniversary Guitar Fund.

For example if you smoke - then maybe now is the time to quit and put away $5/day. Or if you get your daily coffee from a coffe shop rather than make your own................. I'm sure there are lots of ideas as right now we have time on our side. I know I have already started saving my pennies!!


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Tuba Mike on July 30, 2013, 04:02:25 PM
maybe a simple return to building design of 50 years ago.
 maybe simplistic rather than over the top.
or maybe something incredibly new and innovative that they've secretly been working on in the cool dark place, late at night....

perhaps we, the forum, could have a Forum "50th Anniversary" model in addition to what Larrivee comes up with? 


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Walkerman on July 30, 2013, 05:53:10 PM
Is the forum 50 years old?


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: tuffythepug on July 30, 2013, 05:56:37 PM
Is the forum 50 years old?


No..    It's 10 years old.  I just posted a new topic about it


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Walkerman on July 30, 2013, 06:24:19 PM

No..    It's 10 years old.  I just posted a new topic about it

How about a special edition 10th Anniversary forum T?


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Mikeymac on July 30, 2013, 06:46:38 PM
My two cents on the guitar - I agree the SOUND should be special; I was sorry I missed out on the 40th and 45th Ann. models...but the sound should dictate the top and B/S/ woods...

I'd like to see the option of L/LV/C bodies, and I'm intrigued by the 12 fret neck on a C...but I also think the guitar should reflect accurately on what makes a Larrivee uniquely a Larrivee, don't know if a 12 fret meets that criteria.

Also agree a special Wendy headstock inlay is a must. Not anything gaudy, but something 'special'.

Personally I don't care for maple body binding - would like to see something special here as well: koa, snakewood, or even BR.

(Gotta start saving my pennies, too!)


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Mr_LV19E on July 30, 2013, 11:53:43 PM
I'm intrigued by the 12 fret neck on a C...but I also think the guitar should reflect accurately on what makes a Larrivee uniquely a Larrivee, don't know if a 12 fret meets that criteria.



Seeing as Jean started out making Classical guitars I would think that a 12 fret neck wouldn't be out of the norm. Maybe the 50th should be a Classical.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Tuba Mike on July 31, 2013, 01:15:16 AM
Is the forum 50 years old?

I don't know?  Are we talking dog years?  Not that I should have to for I thought my statement as it stood was clear enough for all to understand what I meant.  However, let me rephrase my original comment.

Maybe the forum could have a Forum Guitar made during Larrivee's 50th year in celebration of the 50th year of Larrivee, the guitar company.  It could be called something like "Forum ??, in celebration of 50 years of Larrivee Guitars", or perhaps the "Forum 5-0!  Book 'em Dano!". 

... or not.  We have 1400 days to think about it. 


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: brandon on July 31, 2013, 01:38:36 AM
I don't know?  Are we talking dog years?  Not that I should have to for I thought my statement as it stood was clear enough for all to understand what I meant.  However, let me rephrase my original comment.

Maybe the forum could have a Forum Guitar made during Larrivee's 50th year in celebration of the 50th year of Larrivee, the guitar company.  It could be called something like "Forum ??, in celebration of 50 years of Larrivee Guitars", or perhaps the "Forum 5-0!  Book 'em Dano!". 

... or not.  We have 1400 days to think about it. 

That's a cool idea in my opinion. I wonder if Larrivee would support it or if they would fear it would detract from their 50th anniversary edition? I can't see that being an issue though if they only make 50 total of the anniversary editions, plus from everything I've seen they are very supportive of the forum and forum guitars.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on July 31, 2013, 02:07:06 AM
That's a cool idea in my opinion. I wonder if Larrivee would support it or if they would fear it would detract from their 50th anniversary edition? I can't see that being an issue though if they only make 50 total of the anniversary editions, plus from everything I've seen they are very supportive of the forum and forum guitars.

My guess is they would support it, only problem now is I'm now up to 3 guitars!! The 50th Acoustic, the 50th Electric and now the Forum 50th - OMG where am I gonna get all the pennies  :laughin:


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Gary787 on July 31, 2013, 02:11:09 AM
My vote would be a simple L body with IR back and sides a Canadian sitka spruce top. L03R maybe :+1: to make her special iwould add a 12th fret logo of some kind. Limit the run to a couple of hundred


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on July 31, 2013, 06:24:52 AM
To me, the main consideration would be what is the objective of creating a 50th anniverary guitar in the first place, (as opposed to a 49th or 48th or 47th or 46th anniversary guitar for example)?

Is it to create a guitar that incorporates all the best qualities and characteristics and wood combinations that JCL has learned in his guitar building experience over 50 years in terms of tone and playability?  Or is it to create a guitar that accomplishes all of the above while also incorporating all kinds of extra bling and custom headstock inlays?  Or is it to make a guitar that simply has identifiers on it that confirm it as a legitimate 50th anniversary guitar and thus is a collectors item and worth a premium price.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: ST on July 31, 2013, 08:10:14 AM
If the 50th Anniversary model is to be a celebration of 50 years, then I think that it would be appropriate for all guitars made in that year to a serial number that starts with 50.  No need for a special model. Here's why.

I have a 30th Anniversary model ( 1 of just 100 produced ).  Back in 1997 price was in US dollars (no negotiation, the price was the price), and the exchange rate made the sticker price about 50% more in Canadian dollars.

So 100 of us got to join the celebration.  With the price of admission being what it was, I have to wonder how many of those guitars actually get played (much) or get shared in live shows. I know mine does, but that's my philosophy about my guitars. They have to be good enough to play out, and not so precious that I won't.

It's been a bumpy ride with the Larrivée guitars with the higher numbers in the model numbers. It's great that Recording Series guitars (03 primarily) are terrific instruments borne out of a different aesthetic shunning the stunning visual appointments of earlier Larrivée guitars. They present a different but completely credible value proposition. And in so doing, they undermine the resale value of the other guitars in the line.

I consider the Recording Series guitars to be a triumph for Larrivée. They  are a wonderful embodiment of what a guitar is (an accessible instrument for the masses), in a form that is accessible to many.  And I really mean... many more than the 10, 19, 09, guitars that came before.

I think the triumph will have been 50 years of making guitars that provide the "solid-wood" value proposition to so many people over the years.

I'm thinking that the best celebration would be one that Larrivée shares with everyone who gets a Larrivée guitar that year.

A 50 in the serial number or a special label commemorating 50 years: That would do it for me.  I hope that the price of admission to the 50th anniversay celebration would be zero (no upcharge).


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Walkerman on July 31, 2013, 12:37:01 PM
"A 50 in the serial number or a special label commorating 50 years: That would do it for me.  I hope that the price of admission to the 50th anniversay celebration would be zero (no upcharge)."

So, you're saying that on your 50th wedding anniversary, your wife should be happy with just a card that says happy 50th?


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Tuba Mike on July 31, 2013, 12:47:45 PM
"A 50 in the serial number or a special label commorating 50 years: That would do it for me.  I hope that the price of admission to the 50th anniversay celebration would be zero (no upcharge)."

So, you're saying that on your 50th wedding anniversary, your wife should be happy with just a card that says happy 50th?


Same here.  As for the wife, she should be happy with a guitar that says the above.  "Check the label, baby!  Who loves ya!"  After 50 years, she shouldn't be surprised.  :humour:


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Tuba Mike on July 31, 2013, 12:49:15 PM
How about a special edition 10th Anniversary forum T?

I just caught the "T" in your post.  Completely missed it the first time.  Yes, a 10th anniversary T would be a good idea.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Mikeymac on July 31, 2013, 07:51:58 PM
Seeing as Jean started out making Classical guitars I would think that a 12 fret neck wouldn't be out of the norm. Maybe the 50th should be a Classical.

Maybe offer a classical as a 50th Anniversary model, but it has limited market appeal, so I'd also do the L/LV/C/whatever.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on July 31, 2013, 08:07:41 PM
"A 50 in the serial number or a special label commorating 50 years: That would do it for me.  I hope that the price of admission to the 50th anniversay celebration would be zero (no upcharge)."

So, you're saying that on your 50th wedding anniversary, your wife should be happy with just a card that says happy 50th?


That's quite a leap.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: GGBB on July 31, 2013, 09:13:33 PM
It's gotta be the guitar that put Larrivee on the Map - a 'C' - presentation series and a special 50th anniversary headstock inlay.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on July 31, 2013, 11:26:34 PM
It's gotta be the guitar that put Larrivee on the Map - a 'C' - presentation series and a special 50th anniversary headstock inlay.

:+1:


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: headsup on July 31, 2013, 11:41:49 PM
LOVE speculation!
maybe the company will go public!
Maybe Jean will retire (doubtful).
personally, I feel they have taken the acoustic guitar to a whole new plane, both with construction, new and exciting tone woods, high end presentation models to the simplest and subtlest of modest, yet wonderfully sounding and playing guitars, and have been taken around the world 20,000 times in the ISS.

Maybe the introduction of a new and bold model is in order.

Perhaps a fine arch top, cutaway, flame maple, spruce top (carved or pressed), with a tribute to the fine old builders from NYC in the 30's and 40's.

Just a preferential thought, about a new venture to shake the guitar world up a bit.......
Besides, I already have the best acoustics and electrics they make, but I NEED the afore mentioned product.....


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Mr_LV19E on August 01, 2013, 04:15:12 AM
A gold "50" at the twelfth fret.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Walkerman on August 01, 2013, 01:42:14 PM
That's quite a leap.

Not so much of a leap when you consider this......."I hope that the price of admission to the 50th anniversay celebration would be zero (no upcharge)."


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 02, 2013, 12:57:08 PM
Maybe an Anniversary Model in each series say from the Recording Series(03's) to the Presentation Series ( 72's etc) with just a little oomph added in each to distinguish it. And limit each series to 50 guitars or so. Any suggestions on what the oomph in each line could be  :?


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: headsup on August 02, 2013, 06:36:00 PM
Maybe an Anniversary Model in each series say from the Recording Series(03's) to the Presentation Series ( 72's etc) with just a little oomph added in each to distinguish it. And limit each series to 50 guitars or so. Any suggestions on what the oomph in each line could be  :?





bevelled arm rest.....


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: hadden on August 02, 2013, 06:39:19 PM
Stainless Steel frets.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Mr_LV19E on August 02, 2013, 06:44:57 PM
Stainless steel arm rest.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: headsup on August 02, 2013, 07:24:42 PM
aw heck,
stainless steel guitar.....
with an ebony 50 imbeded on the 12fth fret


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Queequeg on August 02, 2013, 07:53:14 PM
aw heck,
stainless steel guitar.....
with an ebony 50 imbeded on the 12fth fret
Tricone Larrivee? with palm trees for oomph
I want one.

(http://www.nationalguitar.com/admin/media/national_resophonic/national_guitar_baritone_tricone_main.jpg)


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: hadden on August 02, 2013, 08:52:37 PM
aw heck,
stainless steel guitar.....
with an ebony 50 imbeded on the 12fth fret
Stainless steel robot tech it could come with for repairs. With a switch for roadie mode.


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: headsup on August 03, 2013, 03:08:05 AM
 :+1:


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: tuffythepug on August 05, 2013, 11:58:53 PM
I just caught the "T" in your post.  Completely missed it the first time.  Yes, a 10th anniversary T would be a good idea.


If you are still interested, see the New thread to sign up for the Larrivee Guitar Forum 10th Anniv. shirts. 


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 22, 2013, 01:52:50 PM




bevelled arm rest.....
:+1: that would do it for me


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: Walkerman on August 22, 2013, 02:35:14 PM
Personally, I would expect a Larrivee 50th anniversary model to embody and showcase the very best of every aspect of Larrivee guitar making.  The finest woods, the nicest bling, and an outstanding one of a kind Wendy headstock inlay.  In other words, I would expect it to be a celebration of what the Larrivee family has accomplished over 50 years.  I would also expect it to be a very limited edition, and something that I have already started saving for. 


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: headsup on August 22, 2013, 02:43:57 PM
My understanding is, it will be just that, something along the lines of a presentation C model with all the bells and whistles,
 I have several Larrivee acoustic and electric guitars, all spectacular, all with a story to tell.
  my current favorite is the first one (1971 steel string) , simple, rich sounding, and has at least a million songs and stories in it...

I would hope, that Jean might pay tribute to his early classic guitar building days....


Title: Re: 50th aniversary?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on August 22, 2013, 02:46:09 PM

I would hope, that Jean might pay tribute to his early classic guitar building days....
I feel he already does with each guitar he releases