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« on: August 01, 2011, 06:14:59 PM »

Some new pics of my RS4
































I may have gone a bit click happy with the pics !   


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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 06:43:54 PM »

 drool drool.I really love the old style Epiphone/Guild inlays.Really a beautiful looking instrument.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 07:31:28 PM »

The headstock logo looks righty, not lefty. Since the pots are true lefty, I figured the logo would be too.
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 08:03:24 PM »

The headstock logo looks righty, not lefty. Since the pots are true lefty, I figured the logo would be too.

Shirley then it would be either upside down or back to front ?

Or both.    wacko

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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 09:32:59 PM »

Beautiful RS-4, SouthpawGuy!  Great pics, too - what kind of camera did you use?

Every piece of wood on that thing (top back neck) is perfect! I agreee with unclrob about the inlays, too. I used to think they were just a little "over the top" but now I don't even really notice them; they're just a nice, classy touch.

Is that a newer one with Larrivee pickups, or an NOS one with Lollars? (Based on serial number, I'd say it's an early one with Lollars...)

Also, I'm always curious why people wrap the strings over the top of the tailpiece? Does it change the string tension? Some other reason? I always figured that the RS-4 didn't have quite the bridge/tailpiece angle of a Les Paul, so it didn't need the strings wrapped over that way (to avoid having them touching the back of the tune-o-matic bridge behind the saddles...)

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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2011, 11:16:01 PM »

Beautiful RS-4, SouthpawGuy!  Great pics, too - what kind of camera did you use?

Every piece of wood on that thing (top back neck) is perfect! I agreee with unclrob about the inlays, too. I used to think they were just a little "over the top" but now I don't even really notice them; they're just a nice, classy touch.

Is that a newer one with Larrivee pickups, or an NOS one with Lollars? (Based on serial number, I'd say it's an early one with Lollars...)

Also, I'm always curious why people wrap the strings over the top of the tailpiece? Does it change the string tension? Some other reason? I always figured that the RS-4 didn't have quite the bridge/tailpiece angle of a Les Paul, so it didn't need the strings wrapped over that way (to avoid having them touching the back of the tune-o-matic bridge behind the saddles...)

 nice guitar

Thanks, it is a nice one !

I use a Fuji Finepix S5800, got it maybe two or three years ago now. The trick is to use a tripod, and I also set the camera to aperture priority and use the self timed shutter release. I took those pics earlier on today, indoors, and it was a dull overcast day outside, you wouldn't think that from the pics though. Also I don't use flash, just the available natural light.

I actually bought it from another Larrivee forum member, it has Tom Short Tombuckers installed. As for the top wrapping it was like that when I bought it ! The strings were changed before it was shipped to me.  I always clean the strings when I finish playing so they're still in good condition. They're fairly heavy strings, 11's, but they don't feel like it, so I guess the theory that top wrapping makes the strings feel a little looser works.
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2011, 01:50:45 AM »

Some players like D.Allman did it that way because he felt it added sustain.Its also the way the strings are strung  if it was just a wrap around ie no tunamatic.Think 52-53 LP.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2011, 01:00:08 PM »

Beauty!!! Almost makes one wanna play Lefty
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2011, 02:40:46 PM »

Beautiful! It's a mirror image of mine. Love the amber!
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2011, 12:23:20 PM »

Is that a newer one with Larrivee pickups, or an NOS one with Lollars? (Based on serial number, I'd say it's an early one with Lollars...)

This is the lowest serial # RS 4 I have seen, Cybercanyon &  I have a 104*** and up to that point hadn't seen one lower. Too bad about the PUP switch. U Might consider contacting Larrivee and installing the Gen 3 Larrivee PUPS  drool

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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2011, 01:44:50 PM »

Super good looking guitar, except for the fact it's the wrong way around.
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2011, 03:10:28 PM »

Super good looking guitar, except for the fact it's the wrong way around.

Only if you're not in your right mind.

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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2011, 03:26:39 PM »

This is the lowest serial # RS 4 I have seen, Cybercanon &  I have a 104*** and up to that point hadn't seen one lower. Too bad about the PUP switch. U Might consider contacting Larrivee and installing the Gen 3 Larrivee PUPS  drool

Real nice guitar Friend

Interesting observation re the serial #, I had no idea it was a low serial #. Maybe Larrivee have 100*** numbers reserved for lefty instruments ? Not as odd an idea as it might seem. G&L seem to have a block of serial numbers allocated for lefties as several of mine are from the same serial number range even though they were made many years apart. Actually,  I could be wrong but I think my RS4, was built last year.

The Tom Short pickups really are very good

http://www.tomshortshandmadepickups.com/
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2011, 08:14:37 AM »

Interesting observation re the serial #, I had no idea it was a low serial #. Maybe Larrivee have 100*** numbers reserved for lefty instruments ? Not as odd an idea as it might seem. G&L seem to have a block of serial numbers allocated for lefties as several of mine are from the same serial number range even though they were made many years apart. Actually,  I could be wrong but I think my RS4, was built last year.

I doubt it was built last year with that SN; my RS-4 is SN 107xxx, and it was built in fall of 2009.
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2011, 10:12:13 AM »

I doubt it was built last year with that SN; my RS-4 is SN 107xxx, and it was built in fall of 2009.

I've sent an email to Larrivee requesting the date of manufacture, it would be nice to know when it was made.
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« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2011, 02:28:08 PM »

I've sent an email to Larrivee requesting the date of manufacture, it would be nice to know when it was made.

Once you get the date you might consider Posting HERE an accessible data bank started by our good friend ST

As well I hope you saw THIS from Larrivee Support which one must in the subject line write "Obtain A Manufacturing Date": Those who don't, most times end up complaining about poor customer service for the non-reply

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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2011, 02:50:09 PM »

Once you get the date you might consider Posting HERE an accessible data bank started by our good friend ST

As well I hope you saw THIS from Larrivee Support which one must in the subject line write "Obtain A Manufacturing Date": Those who don't, most times end up complaining about poor customer service for the non-reply



Done, I got a manufacture date a while back for my D-50.
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2011, 05:59:05 PM »

I've sent an email to Larrivee requesting the date of manufacture, it would be nice to know when it was made.

Well whad'ya know,

I got a reply a day later from Mike Kitchen in Larrivee, on a Sunday no less...

"" Your RS4-AM-LH was built on 11/13/2008 ""
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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2011, 06:44:29 PM »

Well whad'ya know,

I got a reply a day later from Mike Kitchen in Larrivee, on a Sunday no less...

"" Your RS4-AM-LH was built on 11/13/2008 ""

Would have guessed sooner than that date. Pretty quick response. Amazing when one follows directions

It's gotta be one of the first - first Lefty batch anyways  nice guitar

Mine tho a 104*** serial # had an August 2008 completion date thus I suspect the Lefty simply took longer to complete
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« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2011, 06:57:39 PM »

A now for the obvious question .... when were the first RS4s made ?
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