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Title: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on July 26, 2017, 09:08:36 PM
Someone (markj?) mentioned in a post on the main forum that someone from Larrivee said at Summer NAMM that they're going to start making electrics again. Any more news on this? Any reasonable rumors? Walkerman - have you seen anything at Oxnard lately?

Inquiring minds want to know. I'm really not interested in any more electric guitars - BUT - if Larrivee were to start building again, I would be - especially that double humbucker tele style (the Malibu)... OR the older, more pointy Strat style (which I'm sure they won't do again...).

 :?


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: tulk1 on July 29, 2017, 03:04:08 AM
I was told Matthew wants to start up the Bakersfield again. No mention  of other electrics, tho.

I wasn't told not to tell, so .... that's the word I've heard.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on July 29, 2017, 04:36:29 PM
I was told Matthew wants to start up the Bakersfield again. No mention  of other electrics, tho.

I wasn't told not to tell, so .... that's the word I've heard.

Bakersfield - as in with the standard Tele bridge and pups? I made the mistake of selling mine (I believe mine was the first lefty they made); wouldn't mind having another one...

...but would also like to see the HxH pup "Jeff Beck/SD/Malibu" version... 


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Walkerman on August 28, 2017, 09:55:52 PM
They will not be called Bakersfields though .... copyright matter.  Baker-T


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: willynelson13 on August 28, 2017, 10:11:40 PM
Bakersfield - as in with the standard Tele bridge and pups? I made the mistake of selling mine (I believe mine was the first lefty they made); wouldn't mind having another one...

...but would also like to see the HxH pup "Jeff Beck/SD/Malibu" version... 

At the Vancouver Guitar festival, Matthew was not clear which version, he just said a Tele-style would be coming back. I guess either Matthew will chime in or we will be left to guess, and GAS.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Strings4Him on August 28, 2017, 11:52:32 PM
So no RS-4s?


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on August 29, 2017, 01:48:34 AM
So no RS-4s?

I suspect at the price point they'd have to compete at with a set-neck electric, it's just to hard to get someone to buy a Larrivee instead of a Gibson or Collings or even a Gretsch.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on August 29, 2017, 04:01:49 AM
Having owned a few Gibson's and Gretsch's and having played a couple of Collings the RS4 very much has its own tonal responce what players need to do is listen to them.Matthew's pickup's have there own tone they don't get muddy in the mids like the others.Wish I played more electric music because I'd own one.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on August 30, 2017, 11:04:15 PM
Having owned a few Gibson's and Gretsch's and having played a couple of Collings the RS4 very much has its own tonal responce what players need to do is listen to them.Matthew's pickup's have there own tone they don't get muddy in the mids like the others.Wish I played more electric music because I'd own one.

I agree, Rob. Between Matthew's very clear, low powered pickups and the longer 25.5" scale length, it has a more balanced, less muddy (or thick, if you prefer) tone than a Les Paul. Very versatile, because you can still get humbucker/hog growl by backing off on the tone controls.

However, play it next to a Strat-style with a maple neck loaded with humbuckers, and it doesn't sound quite like one of those either - then the hog body/set-neck really comes into play and you see (hear) how that's impacting the tone.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: George on August 31, 2017, 12:28:04 AM
I agree, Rob. Between Matthew's very clear, low powered pickups and the longer 25.5" scale length, it has a more balanced, less muddy (or thick, if you prefer) tone than a Les Paul. Very versatile, because you can still get humbucker/hog growl by backing off on the tone controls.

However, play it next to a Strat-style with a maple neck loaded with humbuckers, and it doesn't sound quite like one of those either - then the hog body/set-neck really comes into play and you see (hear) how that's impacting the tone.

Right on the mark Rev!    :+1:


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: norum on October 22, 2017, 12:15:38 PM

God!!!! I hope they will re-manufacture the 80's models, RS2-CM with Floyd Rose, neck thru, 24 frets


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Barefoot Rob on October 22, 2017, 04:12:56 PM
 :cop: NO FLOYD  :cop:

The best system was the Kahler Spider but I think Floyds bought them and the spider disappeared.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: norum on October 24, 2017, 01:50:21 PM
I suspect at the price point they'd have to compete at with a set-neck electric, it's just to hard to get someone to buy a Larrivee instead of a Gibson or Collings or even a Gretsch.


It is not so difficult. There are many people who want to buy a larrivee, models from the 80's. Included me.
I'm dying to buy an RS2-CM. But friend Jean refuses


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: dlsteel on October 24, 2017, 01:53:26 PM

It is not so difficult. There are many people who want to buy a larrivee, models from the 80's. Included me.
I'm dying to buy an RS2-CM. But friend Jean refuses
dont hold yer breath


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Strings4Him on October 24, 2017, 02:51:02 PM
Buy a modern RS-4 and your electric itch will be scratched.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: norum on November 03, 2017, 01:32:29 PM
Buy a modern RS-4 and your electric itch will be scratched.


For tastes. I have 2 Larrivee of the 80s and they sound great, but I do not find a rs2cm, which is what I want


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Walkerman on December 14, 2017, 03:17:50 PM
On theQT, I saw a rack full of electric bodies ... old newstock .... at Yarnell Place.  Mostly Malibu bodies ..... I would think if anyone wants an electric, and has an “in” with their local dealer, they might be able to get the electric of their dreams made.  Don’t know this for a fact, but I know they are working on finishing the bodies one-by-one as time permits, wiring etc. if you have a hankering for something special, it might be worth contacting you dealer, or John Jr. directly.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on December 14, 2017, 06:04:37 PM
Thanks for that heads up. I'm gonna have to contact John Jr. or Matthew to see if there are any lefties (and a lefty neck to go with it...)  :bowdown:  :rolleye:


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on December 14, 2017, 06:44:09 PM
Hmmmmm maybe a Forum Malibu :?

Any interest  :? I think if we got 10 definites whom didn't need the guitar yesterday that might get Larrivée's attention/interest.

Should I start a Forum V1 thread  :?


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Scrambler17 on December 14, 2017, 07:35:10 PM
Hmmmmm maybe a Forum Malibu :?

Any interest  :? I think if we got 10 definites whom didn't need the guitar yesterday that might get Larrivée's attention/interest.

Should I start a Forum V1 thread  :?

Interested... but maybe more in the used market price range.  What neck profile does the Malibu / Baker T use?  Same as the RS or more fender like?  I still think I like the profile on my G&L ASAT more than the wider C of the RS-2. 

But a Malibu with a coil tap would be pretty versatile. 


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Walkerman on December 14, 2017, 08:38:00 PM
Hmmmmm maybe a Forum Malibu :?

Any interest  :? I think if we got 10 definites whom didn't need the guitar yesterday that might get Larrivée's attention/interest.

Should I start a Forum V1 thread  :?

Don’t know there are enough  for a forum edition.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: willynelson13 on December 14, 2017, 08:45:29 PM
Don’t know there are enough  for a forum edition.

Well if they are going to be doing electrics again, and the Baker-T style has been mentioned, then perhaps a Forum VI malibu could be a possibility?


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Cybercanyon on December 15, 2017, 01:19:58 AM
Forum VI malibu, sounds like a plan.   :+1:


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: tulk1 on December 15, 2017, 03:34:06 PM
Considering how active this room isn't I'd be surprised if 10 people committed to a forum buy. I might have, had I not found my Lancaster, and already have a Bakersfield (and RS2). And an L-03E, and an LV-03RE coming. No funds left at the moment for guitars, at all.  :crying:


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: vates on December 15, 2017, 04:28:52 PM
Mmmm.... Forum VI Hog Malibu...

Mahogany body and mahogany neck; 24 3/4 neck scale....    :guitar

Just dreamin' ;)


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on December 16, 2017, 11:34:01 PM
I'm certainly interested in the HxH version for a Forum VI, if that's what you mean by "Malibu"... stop tail, etc.

I don't care about coil taps; if you do the volume and tone controls right, just turning them down a bit gets you everything you need.

Mmmm.... Forum VI Hog Malibu...

Mahogany body and mahogany neck; 24 3/4 neck scale....    :guitar

Just dreamin' ;)

Nice to dream, but I don't think you'll get 10 people to agree on such varied specs... and you can get aftermarket short scale necks from Warmoth and others (in lots of different wood species) and do this on an MIM Tele if you really want one...


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on December 16, 2017, 11:39:23 PM
I do think if you're going to do the Malibu, it should either be a sunburst (Larrivee's sunbursts on ash are GORGEOUS!) or the vintage Butterscotch (which Jeff Beck's original modified by Seymour Duncan had...). 

Maybe Larrivee offers those two color/finish options only on the Forum VI, kinda like the two top options they offered on the Forum III.

I liked the original Bakersfield  1 3/4" nut necks, but would also be fine with 1 11/16. Slighty bulky (on the vintage side) would be my preference for neck profile...


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: George on December 17, 2017, 12:41:27 AM
I do think if you're going to do the Malibu, it should either be a sunburst (Larrivee's sunbursts on ash are GORGEOUS!) or the vintage Butterscotch (which Jeff Beck's original modified by Seymour Duncan had...). 

Maybe Larrivee offers those two color/finish options only on the Forum VI, kinda like the two top options they offered on the Forum III.

I liked the original Bakersfield  1 3/4" nut necks, but would also be fine with 1 11/16. Slighty bulky (on the vintage side) would be my preference for neck profile...

Hey Rev.  My Malibu is Sunburst over Ash and is Gorgeous...  It also has the 1 11/16" nut width, but I was surprised that the neck profile is a bit chunky and not real slim like a Fender...  Plays and sounds really nice with the Gen 3 humbuckers.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: vates on December 17, 2017, 08:02:00 AM
Mikeymac, thanks for your input. But that's the point of the Forum editions: something special. You can easily buy a used Malibu with standard specs for a good price.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on December 17, 2017, 05:10:41 PM

Nice to dream,


Just dreamin' ;)

 :thumbsup


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on December 20, 2017, 04:15:26 PM
Hmmmmm maybe a Forum Malibu :?

Any interest  :? I think if we got 10 definites whom didn't need the guitar yesterday that might get Larrivée's attention/interest.

Should I start a Forum V1 thread  :?

Don’t know there are enough  for a forum edition.

We won't know unless we ask, huh... Andrew, you in charge of this? Or is Christmas not a good time to try to get 'er goin'?


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: headsup on December 24, 2017, 12:22:32 AM
I'm all for another "forum" run, of something everyone agreed to.

I posted pics of my Malibu when I got it, and I was excited to have it.

For my needs, on the gigs, beside my standard tele, and the RS4, it came up short.

 I believe I posted something about the whole "tele-gib" thing, where it's not really possible to have the better part of both in one guitar.

A tele is a tele, and we play them for their own personalities and tonal canvas.
 Similarly, the RS4 brings so much of it's own tone palette to the table.

Putting ML Humbucking pick-ups in the malibu ( Tele-gib) just didn't do much for me, and as a result I sold the guitar.
Clearly my loyalty, history and respect for the brand is evident, the Malibu is a fine guitar by any standards.

Matts care and attention to detail with regards to his pick-up R&D is most inspiring,   :bowdown:: and I have a set in another brand where the pick-ups up came up short.

Here's the Malibu i had-As you can see by the pictures, it was a real beauty, (although it did lack coil tap option) and I was sad that ( for me) it could;t find a place in regular rotation with the other guitars. I would be inclined to lean towards a Forum Baker T or what ever they call it now, or will call it, if/when it goes into production again.

just my 32 & 1/2 cents....


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on December 25, 2017, 05:28:01 AM
Point well taken - no guitar can do it all, and those that try to be all things to all people usually please none.

For example, some folks think a PRS captures both Strat and LP tones, but it really doesn't sound like either.  I suspect that's true of the Malibu. I have a Warmoth Strat (Ash body, Maple neck) set up with two humbuckers - it doesn't sound like either a Strat or LP either - and it has a certain sonic palette that works great for overdriven tones, but I find it more limited when used for clean tones.

 :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Crocefan4life on December 26, 2017, 02:20:26 PM
Reverb has a butterscotch blonde Larrivee Bakersfield listed.

I want one so badly.

But it's a new seller that joined Oct 2017 and has no feedback. Even worse he's not in the US.

Can't risk a transaction for that much $$$.  I just have to pray a legit seller lists one.

Is there a way to save a Reverb search and get email when a listing is posted?

Somebody in this country will eventually list a Bakersfield again. It may be ten years from now, but it will happen.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: ducktrapper on December 26, 2017, 02:30:53 PM
I've been following this with interest but, actually, my two Larrivee electrics (RS-4 and LT-1) and my excellent 1994 Strat are pretty much all the solid body electrics I'll ever need. Now some kind of hollow body ....


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: headsup on December 26, 2017, 06:13:45 PM
I highly recommend this as an option.

I've installed ML Gen 3 pups.
 lovely guitar.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on December 26, 2017, 07:55:09 PM
I highly recommend this as an option.

I've installed ML Gen 3 pups.
 lovely guitar.


Lovely guitar, indeed.  Gorgeous, stately, classic.

I'll say it again - I wish Godin made that model as a lefty.  I'd have one... or two if they offered it in different finishes.


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: dlsteel on January 09, 2018, 03:29:43 PM
heres one of my larrivees


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: Mikeymac on January 09, 2018, 09:17:53 PM
Nice one, Dan!

Got any lefty Bakersfield/Malibu bodies lying around? - you could make me something similar... :drool: :wink:


Title: Re: Larrivee Electrics ... again?
Post by: dlsteel on January 10, 2018, 06:37:06 PM
Nice one, Dan!

Got any lefty Bakersfield/Malibu bodies lying around? - you could make me something similar... :drool: :wink:
I just may have a few. I'll look. No JCL humbuckers however