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« on: June 08, 2016, 09:10:37 PM »

Anyone knows the story behind this configuration? Where they also called R- or LS2?

Just stumbled upon an old blog post featuring one

http://musicalpath.blogspot.se/2011/10/1988-larrivee-custom-rs2-cm.html

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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2016, 01:07:56 AM »

No I don't really. At this time Larrivee were making just about anything desired by a customer so there were often many "one-offs" such as custom paint jobs and pick up configurations.

Generally speaking this guitar would be a  RS something as a neck thru strat style.

They followed a naming pattern based on this:

There are two main branches to the model tree: bolt-on necks and neck-thru-bodies. Bolt-on neck guitars had model names beginning with "L" (for Larrivee) and neck-thru-body designs had names beginning with "R". Numbers were used to designate pickup configuration, as follows:

    1 - Single humbucker in bridge position
    2 - Double humbuckers
    3 - Three single coils
    4 - Two single coils plus a humbucker in the bridge position

Thus, an LS-3 was a bolt on neck design with 3 single coil pickups. An RS-2 would be a neck-thru-body design with 2 humbuckers. Body designs were not copies, exactly, but they were certainly derivative. The "S" in LS-3 stood for Strat* derived body (Larrivee Strat*-style -3 pickup), while an LT-2 would have been a Tele* derived body.

It should be noted the the current model RS-4 does not follow this naming path.

Hope this sheds some light for you
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2016, 01:13:14 AM »

Here is my RS-4 from 1986
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2016, 01:17:11 AM »

And there is this modern one with the offset HB
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2016, 01:17:43 PM »

Interesting,
 
I was going to post an inquiry this morning (still might) about if or who might have any printed material from the eighties electric builds, and how they were marketed.

I have 3 or 4 at last count, and I play them all.

Certainly, from my understanding, the RS4 CM (carved maple top) was the top of the heap (neck through), and the LT1 I think was the lower end- (simple, single every thing)

If anyone DOES have access to old print catalogue etc, please shoot me a note or post it?

Thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2016, 04:14:30 PM »

check out my purple one in a previous post (wife's guitar-she lets me play it, like all the others I buy for her..... whistling
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2016, 04:47:39 PM »

Generally speaking this guitar would be a  RS something as a neck thru strat style.

Just got confirmed that Larrivée called the H/S configuration "2" as well. Confirmed by Wendy Larrivée herself in a personal note that came with a 1988 H/S RS-2C

(C= carved solid color alder top)
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