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« on: March 05, 2011, 09:45:17 PM »

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my RS-4 and RS-2/P-90. They are excellent guitars with wonderful tones. I just know that the scale length DOES change the tone somewhat - and the playability (which doesn't bother me - most of my guitars are 25.5" scale length)...

...and I think a Larrivee - with the quality of it's build and it's pickups - in Gibson scale length would be an amazing sounding and playing guitar...and actually, the shorter scale length would also fit the RS body proportions very nicely, too.

Discuss...

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...what say you, Larrivee?   bowdown
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 10:06:09 PM »

Well, you could always ... buy a Gibson.   
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2011, 10:37:08 PM »

Sure why not, looks like you may have had a bit of a paradigm shift as your post on the Tele thread:

why should Larrivee reinvent the wheel? What can they add to the Telecaster formula that hasn't been done already (or that Fender isn't already doing in triplicate - what with so many Tele and Strat models in their production lines at every price point)?

I suspect this is why Larrivee WON'T be doing something like this. Fender has more than covered all the Tele and Strat bases... JMHO
   
 
 
 
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2011, 11:17:46 PM »

Well, you could always ... buy a Gibson.   

Hah! Yeah, I could - and almost did this year. But I have a nice Epiphone Elitist LP that is as nice as the Les Paul Traditional that I almost traded for.

I just thought it would give Larrivee another way to market these wonderful guitars. I know for lots of folks who are looking at an LP/double humbucker set neck style guitar, they only want the 24.75" scale length. They can't seem to make the switch to a Fender scale length on this style guitar. I just think it would increase sales. And on the acoustic forum, I see lots of questions about shorter scale lengths for some models (like 00 or OM or a longer parlor) so this isn't just an electric discussion.
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2011, 03:41:27 AM »

Fender had a tele thinline from Indonessa that was produced in the Gibson scale.Neat guitar.Maybe something in a chambered body but the same body style of the RS4.Not that the RS4 is heavey but it might be cool,maybe a cateye's F hole.
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2011, 04:32:00 AM »

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I have to agree with JOYCEfromNS! If you want that scale length get the GIBBY!! You aren't
going to hurt anyone's feelings if you buy a LP! Hey if you can get one before 2007 you will
have one without the chambered body! I plan to get myself a GIBBY LP down the road and
it will be PRE-2007 with the solid body and not chambered! I just played two of the best
sounding most resonant "HB and P-90" electrics that I have put in my hand besides the RS-4!
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about the Larrivee RS-2's but these other 3 "Boutique Built" guitars are all going to raise the bar
for a P-90 style LP guitar! They do carry higher price tags but they aren't not really that much more
expensive than the RS-2's! The Prairiewood MIDWESTERNER has a LOLLAR P-90 in the bridge and
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 11:35:35 PM »

I'd like to see the shorter scale as an option for both electrics and acoustics. Hopefully it wouldn't result in much of an upcharge for the changes. Larrivee does have the ability to make the shorter scale guitars, but I think it comes down to the matter of if they want to, or if there is enough of a demand for it.

Changing the scale on an electric would mean a shorter neck, but also moving the bridge closer to the neck.

Martin did a run of short scale D-18's, and it was a very hefty price jump on the guitars.

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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011, 06:32:35 AM »

Mac,

I almost bought a Traditional Les Paul recently, but I just couldn't do it; the fretwork was so rough and I hate Gibson's "square top" frets (some people call them "school bus top" frets)! I don't care if Gibson does claim they've been plek'd, they're like railroad ties...I like my Epi Elitist's fretwork a whole lot better.

I'm glad I changed my mind, because I got my RS-2 P-90 instead, and kept my wonderful Elitist. I played both the RS-2 and RS-4 for a couple hours tonight, and they are such quality, great playing, great sounding guitars that I think a 24.75" scale version of each would be so much nicer than *many* (certainly not all) Gibsons...JMHO.

And, I was wrong about the Larrivee Tele thing, since they made that signature Seymour Duncan Tele (a very limited - and expensive - run). So who knows if there will be more of those to come?

With the economy the way it is right now, I'm sure Larrivee is exploring all avenues for keeping the doors open and food on the table, just like they did in the '80's when they first started building electrics.
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With the economy the way it is right now, I'm sure Larrivee is exploring all avenues for keeping the doors open and food on the table, just like they did in the '80's when they first started building electrics.

Tho the economy may be similar to the 80's and Larrivee is building electrics again I see one big difference and that would be Matt LARRIVEE's passion for electric guitars and their pickups. Its well known Larrivee started building electrics in the 80's to survive, I don't think that's why they started this time for a few reasons:
1. they started before the economy went south
2. the over-the-top quality of the RS 4 & their PUPS
3. Matt LARRIVEE's passion and commitment to Electric Guitars. Make no mistake friends tho Jean still has a strong hand in the build I believe his son was blessed with the same skill BUT brings the passion and luv of the electric to the table something that really wasn't present at Larrivee in the 80's.

I sure hope Larrivee considers to further develop the Larrivee Tele style for us masses. Larrivee Electrics are here to stay they do them too well not to be
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011, 06:18:12 PM »

I sure hope Larrivee considers to further develop the Larrivee Tele style for us masses.

Larrivee Electrics are here to stay they do them too well not to be

And that's a good thing! A very good thing! 
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