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« on: July 28, 2018, 12:21:43 AM »

I'm curious if anyone knows why, on my L-03 custom shop Flame Maple there is no brace ( don't know the proper terminology ) ? All my other guitars have it but not on this Flame Maple.
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2018, 03:43:55 AM »

Do you mean a center seam brace?What year?
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2018, 04:16:44 AM »

Larrivees typically don't have a center seam strip of wood inside the guitar, even though all Larrivees have two piece backs. It's just the way Larrivee builds 'em.

 
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2018, 04:41:26 AM »

It's not a brace. It's often just called a center seam strip. It's there for cosmetic reasons on some guitars. I've been advised by a few luthiers that it doesn't really offer any support (discovered this when I researched repairing the strip inside my Bourgeois).
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2018, 04:57:23 AM »

The Center seam strip used to be used only on Larrivee guitars that had a decorative center strip for extra reinforcement.

At some point the California shop started doing it on everything because (as Matt said) it actually cost less to simply do everything the same.

None of my Larrivees have a center seam strip.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2018, 01:04:24 PM »

I'm curious if anyone knows why, on my L-03 custom shop Flame Maple there is no brace ( don't know the proper terminology ) ? All my other guitars have it but not on this Flame Maple.
Sorry, Yes I mean the center seam, on the back. It's a 2016, my L-10 has it. When I saw a picture of another Maple back that someone had posted I noticed it didn't have it either, so I was curious as to why some did & some didn't. I've only noticed it missing on the Flame Maple wood.
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2018, 02:18:25 PM »


At some point the California shop started doing it on everything because (as Matt said) it actually cost less to simply do everything the same.


Same reason all Larrivee have the reinforcing cloth where a potential “barn door” would go, and drilling out the endpin hole.  Cheaper to do it to all than to mark individuals for special treatment.

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