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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2015, 10:50:02 PM »

L body style.
Honduran mahogany back and sides.
Sitka top.
1 11/16" nut.
Plastic bindings.
Clear pick guard.
Gloss top.
Side sound port.
Canadian case.

(I want my 2001 L-04 back.)
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« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2015, 10:51:37 PM »

@Walkerman. Beautiful inlay work!
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2015, 11:44:51 PM »

Well I already have a few of my dream Larrivee acoustics, as well as a couple RS4 monterys, and an eighties fancy maple RS4,

HOWEVER, since you asked.

I'd love semi acoustic arch top electric, similar to the Gibson ES339,
except with 25.5 scale,
ML Gen 3 Humbuckers.
 Tone pros, and all the good stuff in the Montereys,
ebony finger board with RS4 inlays, on flame maple neck
flame maple back & sides, spruce top if available,
solid bock through the body,
 antique violin burst,
and of course the proud name "Larrivee" on the headstock.
 Schaller tuners
did I miss anything? oh ya, maple or kA bindings.

just whip that up in the shop boys, and send me the invoice.

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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2015, 03:12:25 AM »

How about a Gibson L7 with a neck mounted pu. whistling
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2015, 12:12:07 PM »


just whip that up in the shop boys, and send me the invoice.

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« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2015, 12:36:23 AM »

In regards to these archtop models from Larrivee that keep getting mentioned:  Would that be a laminate body or all wood?  Being a Larrivee I would imagine all wood.   If all wood then it would be hand carved no doubt.  Wouldn't that require a learning curve of a few years to master?  A few to say the least.  Larrivee would have to spend countless hours in the R&D department or bring in an expert in the archtop world to make it for them (using Larrivee specs of course).  I guess what I am getting at is this.  Is this an endeavor that Larrivee would want to undertake?  If they would do it I have no doubt it would be done right.  And there is the rub.  To be done right would mean (in my limited, feeble mind) taking a few years before the first ones would be available.  Am I way off base or is that a fair assessment?
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« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2015, 01:51:14 AM »

I think that Mike is on to something here.
Building archtop guitars with carved tops more closely resembles violin making than flat top acoustic guitars.
Violins... and mandolins!
Larrivee has experience with carving mandolins and this is the knowledge and experience that a luthier would draw upon in building archtop guitars.
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« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2015, 12:39:33 PM »

I believe the OP is about a dream guitar?

as in "dream" being operative. No point in throwing cold water on our face to wake us up.
 Being good friends with Oskar Graf, one of the best guitar builders in North America, and who meticulously carves his tops and backs from 1 inch slabs of top grade Spruce and Maple for his arch tops, I am more than aware of the craftsmanship, time and work involved, as well as the near 20 K price tag.

I was merely responding to the OP.
 I do notice however, Collings builds a guitar similar to my dream, and they sell for around 5 k. Laminate.
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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2015, 01:34:26 PM »

Larrivee has experience with carving mandolins and this is the knowledge and experience that a luthier would draw upon in building archtop guitars.

Woops!  Completely missed the carved mandolins in my thinking process.  So there is some experience there.  Didn't mean to throw cold water on anything.  Everyone go back to sleep!    bigrin
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« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2015, 02:41:04 PM »

Aren't Gibson arch tops laminate?
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« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2015, 03:41:16 PM »

Aren't Gibson arch tops laminate?
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« Reply #31 on: March 25, 2015, 12:08:35 AM »

My own C-10 deluxe but with a 1 11/16" neck and Amberburst finish.The pearl inlays would really pop with that finish.
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« Reply #32 on: September 23, 2017, 11:33:54 PM »

  Six years ago today we were in Vancouver to pick up our Forum III's. When I first played mine I was very pleased and still am every time I play it. Yesterday I was playing a few songs on a Jumbo maple 12 string that I put new strings on etc. for a friend. Then I played the same song(s) on my Larrivee dread and the OO-40R. My wife was making comments as I played on each guitar.
     Then I got the Forum III which is South American Mahogany and has an Italian spruce top. I only had played a little bit and my wife smiled and commented on the F-III having the best sound.

      So after going on a fourteen Larrivee quest with Martins, Taylors and others thrown in, I have to say I have the "custom" Larrivee that I want and it was built in a factory which is now closed in Canada. Just a fine sounding , easy playing guitar with herringbone rosette and binding (purfling?). Simple yet elegant, thanks John and JCL for making the Forum III run, some of us feel these are special guitars indeed.
   I was thinking about this thread for another reason. But what I said is all still true today.
     Plus the memories of Bonnie smiling as I was playing, (probably the song MOVING MOUNTAINS by Justin Hayward) were a nice warm, glowing moment for me.
     I  think I'll play Moving Mountains now.
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« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2017, 08:11:06 AM »

Thanks for reviving this thread, Danny.  As the OP, I welcome any updated responses to my original question.  When I started the topic, the Legacy series wasn't a thing yet.
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« Reply #34 on: September 24, 2017, 01:22:52 PM »

Well I already have a few of my dream Larrivee acoustics, as well as a couple RS4 monterys, and an eighties fancy maple RS4,

HOWEVER, since you asked.

I'd love semi acoustic arch top electric, similar to the Gibson ES339,
except with 25.5 scale,
ML Gen 3 Humbuckers.
 Tone pros, and all the good stuff in the Montereys,
ebony finger board with RS4 inlays, on flame maple neck
flame maple back & sides, spruce top if available,
solid bock through the body,
 antique violin burst,
and of course the proud name "Larrivee" on the headstock.
 Schaller tuners
did I miss anything? oh ya, maple or kA bindings.

just whip that up in the shop boys, and send me the invoice.



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« Reply #35 on: September 24, 2017, 03:52:54 PM »

Thanks for reviving this thread, Danny.  As the OP, I welcome any updated responses to my original question.  When I started the topic, the Legacy series wasn't a thing yet.
I do mention my OO-40R in my post above. It is a Legacy series model.
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« Reply #36 on: September 24, 2017, 06:35:42 PM »

"Your dream Larrivee custom guitar."

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« Reply #37 on: September 24, 2017, 06:47:05 PM »

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« Reply #38 on: September 24, 2017, 06:48:35 PM »

But seriously,

LS 10 Florentine cutaway with a Manzer wedge.

Spruce top, curly maple body, ebony or other dark-wood binding with abalone inlay like 30 year anniversary model.

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« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2017, 08:35:04 PM »

I'll play again.How about a smaller version of a jumbo instead of a 17" lower bout make it a 15" lower bout but still looks like a jumbo,maple back and sides,maple neck,ebony fingerboard,koa binding,no position makers on the board,old style rosett,maple head plate,and maybe a maple leaf inlay but still has the name on the headstock.
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