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« on: September 02, 2017, 02:56:31 PM »

My '79 Larrivee's body dimensions (from top to back) are noticeably thicker than newer Larrivee L and C bodies, particularly at the neck end.

The old L's have a much more "classical on steroids" shaped body, with very little or no slope to the body; newer L's have a taper on the back, leading to a much thinner body at the neck end (similar to a dreadnaught - or dreadnought, if you prefer).

Anyone know when Larrivee made this change - or if it was gradual? Also, when they did guitars like the 2007 40th Anniversary L, did it have the newer body dimensions (I suspect it did)?

[I don't have a current L to compare side by side to my '79, but the rumble and tone coming out of that huge body is incredible! The bass doesn't boom like a rosewood dreadnaught, but the power across the rest of the strings is more impressive than my D-35, which is an impressive guitar in its own right!]

 
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2017, 05:56:31 PM »

I have a 2000 L that I could measure if that is of interest. Actually I think I posted it here a couple years ago aft I won't the Taylor 414ce that is in my signature.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017, 03:30:09 PM »

I finally had time to measure mine so you all will know what I'm talking about - and you can compare measurements with yours.

(And, I suppose there could be other L-body measurements over the years as well -transitioning from the original L body - which I suspect my '79 resembles - to the current L-body, which I'd also suspect my '13 C model resembles.)

1979 L-19:
body depth -
at neck:  4"
at tail:  4 1/4"

2013 C-10:
at neck: 3 5/8"
at tail:  4 7/16"

Both guitars are 16" across the lower bout and 11 1/2" across the upper bout. But here's the other thing you'll notice: while the newer C-10 is much more shallow at the neck, it is slightly deeper at the tail end of the body...much more of a wedge body shape than the old L design...

For comparison and kicks I measured my Gibson J-45 and it is quite similar to the current Larrivees (slightly deeper):
at neck: 3 3/4"
at tail:  4 3/4"
Lower bout: 16"
Upper bout: 11 1/2"

I suppose this means that if you could order a Larrivee L-05 (hog body) with a Gibson short scale (24 3/4") neck, it should sound quite a bit like a Gibson J-45 (I know, different bracing, etc. ...)

Hope this helps understand my question about the Larrivee changes.

Would still also like to know the measurements of the 2007 40th Anniversary model - did they use old body dimensions or new (I suspect new)? Anyone have one you could measure?
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1979 L-19
1992 OM-05    
2010 D-03 w/Italian Spruce top
2010 RS-4 in Candy Blue
2013 C-10 Italian Spruce/Silver Oak
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