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« on: March 16, 2010, 03:42:38 PM »

What material is that black stuff Larrivee uses as a head plate veneer on the 03 series?
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010, 03:44:12 PM »

What material is that black stuff Larrivee uses as a head plate veneer on the 03 series?

Ebony but they've started using rosewood on some guitar lately
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010, 03:50:19 PM »

I have ebony on my LV-19 and it looks like wood, neither my OM or LS look like wood, they are black but have no grain pattern to them. Is it some form of ebonoid (plastic)?
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2010, 05:04:15 PM »

I think the ebony on the heaplates is a very thin veneer or just a stain over the mahogany. Here is a picture from a gig I did that the light caught the headstock just right and it almost looks like straight mahogany and another from a different one with the same guitar. In the second pic the 12 string is on the stand .



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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2010, 05:26:35 PM »

normally unstained ebony. rarely something else, but usually *obvious*. I'm not aware of Larrivee staining mahogany black, never heard of this before except on a burst or otherwise painted instrument.

Ebony can have lighter streaks in it or be pure black. Most guitar makers have stained their ebony to give it a uniform black appearance.

Larrivee hasn't stained their ebony for quite a while, but a recent post about black stain rubbing off a bridge of a new guitar when it was cleaned makes me wonder if Larrivee is now doing this, (or it might have been the dealer).

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2010, 06:11:44 PM »

The picture above was under stage lighting, but the L05-12 clearly has a veneer plate and it does have some reddish streaks to it. I have dinged it a time or 2 and it definitely is black, I just assumed it was stained due to the reddish streaked areas that show through normally. Blew ma away when I looked at that pic from that night though.
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2010, 06:20:00 PM »

You can see that this looks like wood (grain lines, looks like ebony) on the LV-19




Heres a shot of the OM-03, you can see that the plate is about 1/16" thick so it is not paint but it doesn't look like wood.


This is the F-III, it doesn't look like wood.


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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010, 06:26:45 PM »

Ahhh, I'd bet they are using Macasar Ebony:
(Diospyros celebica)

This ebony is a less constistent black with reddish or reddish brown and grey streaks, fine texture and a straight to wavy grain.Can have a real dramatic contrasting grain colour.

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