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Title: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Walkerman on August 28, 2017, 12:53:58 AM
Jean told me they plan to start up electric production again.  Beginning of 2018 if all goes well.  Save your shekels.


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: George on August 28, 2017, 02:30:25 AM
Jean told me they plan to start up electric production again.  Beginning of 2018 if all goes well.  Save your shekels.

 :thumbsup  :nana_guitar  :cop:


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Mikeymac on August 28, 2017, 04:31:06 PM
Jean told me they plan to start up electric production again.  Beginning of 2018 if all goes well.  Save your shekels.

Should we assume they're going to pick up with the three models that are (still) shown on the website? Thanks for being our source of "inside baseball"!

 :donut :coffee


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Walkerman on August 28, 2017, 09:53:46 PM
Should we assume they're going to pick up with the three models that are (still) shown on the website? Thanks for being our source of "inside baseball"!

 :donut :coffee

That I cannot say, because Jean told me and the electrics are Matty's babies.  I will have to talk to him to get the skinny.


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Mikeymac on August 29, 2017, 01:46:40 AM
That I cannot say, because Jean told me and the electrics are Matty's babies.  I will have to talk to him to get the skinny.

Cool - can't wait.   :thumbsup


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: randmag on August 29, 2017, 02:43:22 PM
This is GREAT news!


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: dlsteel on August 30, 2017, 01:43:04 AM
Im with you fellers. Thats all im aloud to say


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: George on August 31, 2017, 12:37:41 AM
It is just my opinion, but I believe we have seen the end of Larrivee set-neck electric guitars.  I ordered a custom RS4 that took a long time to build and I was told by my dealer that Matthew was personally involved with each one and I think it just ate up too much time to be effective long term.  Therefore, the bolt-on neck models appeared and I wouldn't take for my Malibu.  Don't get me wrong, I own and love 4 RS models and, also in my opinion, I believe they are the best electric guitar ever built (inclusive of both P90 and Humbucker models).  Anyway, I am thrilled to see the return of any Larrivee electric guitar models though.


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on August 31, 2017, 08:10:16 AM
It is just my opinion, but I believe we have seen the end of Larrivee set-neck electric guitars.  I ordered a custom RS4 that took a long time to build and I was told by my dealer that Matthew was personally involved with each one and I think it just ate up too much time to be effective long term.  Therefore, the bolt-on neck models appeared and I wouldn't take for my Malibu.  Don't get me wrong, I own and love 4 RS models and, also in my opinion, I believe they are the best electric guitar ever built (inclusive of both P90 and Humbucker models).  Anyway, I am thrilled to see the return of any Larrivee electric guitar models though.

I don't see any significant advantage to a set-neck electric guitar other than it is traditional for some companies and therefore copied by others.  It makes those guitars more expensive to build which makes them more expensive to buy.  In my experience (with electrics), how the neck is attached has little influence on how the guitar ultimately sounds.  Leo Fender figured that out a long time ago.  I have restored and set up few Les Paul and SG MIJ copies with bolt-on necks and they sounded and played just as well as the guitars they were copies of.  The bonus was that the neck angle, in both directions, could be easily adjusted with shims and/or sandpaper.  My guess is a Les Paul Standard or an RS-4 with everything the same in terms of body and neck wood, only with a bolt on neck attachment instead of the glued-on, would sound and sustain in a way that would not be distinguishable in a blind test.


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: George on August 31, 2017, 12:52:48 PM
I don't see any significant advantage to a set-neck electric guitar other than it is traditional for some companies and therefore copied by others.  It makes those guitars more expensive to build which makes them more expensive to buy.  In my experience (with electrics), how the neck is attached has little influence on how the guitar ultimately sounds.  Leo Fender figured that out a long time ago.  I have restored and set up few Les Paul and SG MIJ copies with bolt-on necks and they sounded and played just as well as the guitars they were copies of.  The bonus was that the neck angle, in both directions, could be easily adjusted with shims and/or sandpaper.  My guess is a Les Paul Standard or an RS-4 with everything the same in terms of body and neck wood, only with a bolt on neck attachment instead of the glued-on, would sound and sustain in a way that would not be distinguishable in a blind test.

I certainly don't disagree Kurt, I have a Godin bolt-on that sustains forever...  My set-neck point only reinforces yours that they are more expensive to build which probably makes them less sustainable for Larrivee.  My bolt-on Malibu sounds great, just not the same as the RS's do....


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Mikeymac on August 31, 2017, 08:47:39 PM

I certainly don't disagree Kurt, I have a Godin bolt-on that sustains forever...  My set-neck point only reinforces yours that they are more expensive to build which probably makes them less sustainable for Larrivee. 

 My bolt-on Malibu sounds great, just not the same as the RS's do....


We can discuss this till the cows come home, but I would agree and say that the difference between a Malibu with 2 humbuckers and an RS-4 isn't so much the method of neck attachment, it's the different woods used for the body and neck of each guitar...

...now - where are those new Larrivee electrics?!  :smile:


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Strings4Him on September 01, 2017, 10:23:59 AM
Not too many fully bedecked RS-4s for sale in the used market.


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: George on September 01, 2017, 01:51:44 PM
We can discuss this till the cows come home, but I would agree and say that the difference between a Malibu with 2 humbuckers and an RS-4 isn't so much the method of neck attachment, it's the different woods used for the body and neck of each guitar...

...now - where are those new Larrivee electrics?!  :smile:

I don't disagree with any of your comments either Rev!  All true!


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: headsup on September 03, 2017, 04:33:22 AM
In such a crowded guitar industry, certainly with electrics, and imports, I might be inclined to think the Larrivee brand folks have had to learn a few difficult lessons.

Those of us who have the early runs of the RS4's will always attest to the fact that they just don't make guitars that good, anywhere.
 The cost to the brand, after all the R & D, and marketing, i suspect was much larger than the reality of sales- thus the discontinuation.
(and we all know why that is)

Like a few others around here, i am fortunate enough to have a couple or more of Larrivee's best efforts ( to date) which i play on stage regularly.
No I didn't care for the Malibu, and it didn't make the stage or studio cut for me.

yes my old tele cannot be replaced or duplicated, no matter how hard they try, just is.
My original eighties LS2's and RS4's (strat style) I feel are better that the newer versions (but that's just me).

Larrivee has made it's mark on the guitar world not only by having it's own ideas- but showing others, solid wood guitars , of high quality- made in North America, are as good, and better than their competitors.

If/when they venture into the electric market again, i would expect nothing less from them this time around.

but, hey thats just my 32 cents, (50 cents canadian)


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on September 03, 2017, 10:42:10 PM
If I just knew this a few weeks earlier... after a long time of searching for a Baker t and not founding one, I spend my money on a F..... customshop tele.
Highquality build guitar for sure but when I make a comparison between the F tele and the Larrivee rs4... Well the Larrivée has the same qualities.
2018 they say. Gives me 5 months to save my €.


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 03, 2017, 10:55:14 PM
If I just knew this a few weeks earlier... after a long time of searching for a Baker t and not founding one, I spend my money on a F..... customshop tele.
Highquality build guitar for sure but when I make a comparison between the F tele and the Larrivee rs4... Well the Larrivée has the same qualities.
2018 they say. Gives me 5 months to save my €.
Well I compared my Bakersfield with my Fender Custom Shop Tele - and everyone without headstock envy (some who had) agreed the Larrivee was a nicer guitar


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Mikeymac on September 04, 2017, 03:43:16 PM

In such a crowded guitar industry, certainly with electrics, and imports, I might be inclined to think the Larrivee brand folks have had to learn a few difficult lessons.


The guitar market is very soft right now, and many folks don't think it's going to get better any time soon - based on real demographics and market trends.

So, yes - it's a tough time for Larrivee to jump back in. I only hope I can support them when they do (assuming they build something I'm interested in - but that's never been a problem before with their electrics).



Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: headsup on September 05, 2017, 02:49:23 PM
I'm looking at a listing for a Lancaster in shoreline gold on reverb.

It has the older original style larrivee lines (from the eighties) that I quite like (sets them apart from Strat clones)

I then went to look at images of the lLncaster, and because the way google works, I saw my old one, fairly close to a newer one
 ( natural finish with ebony board SSH configuration).

Basically the only visual difference would be the head stock.
 The similarities are the body shape, and on mine Jean designed and wound the pick-ups, but on the newer model I believe Matt did that work.

Of course the older ones go for as little as $350 USD, but I'm totally OK with playing them, as I have a few, probably for the better.... :cop:


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Mikeymac on September 05, 2017, 03:22:05 PM

I'm looking at a listing for a Lancaster in shoreline gold on reverb.

It has the older original style larrivee lines (from the eighties) that I quite like (sets them apart from Strat clones)


Very much agree with you on this. I much prefer the non-strat profile of the older ones (and the first run of these before they went to the "stratoclone" body).

But, sadly, guitar players are too conservative to buy these and appreciate them as something unique and of high quality.


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 05, 2017, 07:20:35 PM
What would we call this one from 1983  :bgrin:



Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Walkerman on September 05, 2017, 09:44:27 PM
What would we call this one from 1983  :bgrin:



Andrew ... which cost more, your guitars or your guitar cases?









 :humour:


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Mikeymac on September 05, 2017, 09:48:07 PM
What would we call this one from 1983  :bgrin:



I'd call it "The Edge" if that wasn't already taken. How about "Supercaster"?


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: headsup on September 06, 2017, 12:37:32 PM
Well, besides have major shares in the Calton Case company, you have a gem there for sure.
 A you're well aware, The Brand would build electrics for anybody, any shape and colour for any reason in the eighties. :whistling:


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: dlsteel on September 12, 2017, 11:21:56 PM
Jean told me they plan to start up electric production again.  Beginning of 2018 if all goes well.  Save your shekels.
yep he is correct. if you can get your hands on a new baker-T do it now. i think the next run is gonna cost you


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Miata13 on September 15, 2017, 01:36:42 AM
Have been "away" for awhile but it's GREAT to hear Larrivee will begin offering electrics once again......   I love my Bakersfield and "missed" out on the RS4....maybe "next time" ?


Title: Re: Larrivee does electrics again
Post by: Mikeymac on September 15, 2017, 07:07:38 PM
Have been "away" for awhile but it's GREAT to hear Larrivee will begin offering electrics once again......   I love my Bakersfield and "missed" out on the RS4....maybe "next time" ?

It sounds like you should look for a used RS-4 (or a New Old Stock one, if any exist), as it sounds like Larrivee will be focusing on bolt-on models for the near future...