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« on: September 17, 2020, 03:35:15 PM »

What if you were charged with designing a new Larrivee?  Or line/model of Larrivee guitars?

So let's just have some fun - let your needs/desires/dreams and right brain get creative and come up with a new model/line/guitar for Larrivee.

For now, there's only one rule - let's stick with acoustics or acoustic/electrics...
(we can do this later in the electric thread if we want - and it's really already been done a lot)

Here's mine:

A new acoustic electric L-body, called the LTE (L-body, T-thinline, E-electric)

# An L body Larrivee that is about 3/8" - 1/2" thinner than the standard model.
# Sitka Spruce top, and a choice of Maple or Silver Oak back & sides
# 1 3/4" nut with slightly thinner neck for faster playing
# A pickup system that is very natural, but no "barn door" in the body
# Gloss top/satin body - or all Gloss, depending on price point (Gloss top helps with amplified noise)

My idea for this model comes from playing my recently purchased 1988/89 L-09 Flamed Maple (which is actually labeled "L-04" because the serial number is "04 94xx"). This guitar does have a slightly thinner body than my other L's (maybe 1/4" inch, but noticeable under your arm) and it has a much thinner, '80's style neck profile - it's the thinnest Larrivee neck I have.

I have a K&K to have installed in it, and I think the K&K will be the perfect pickup for this guitar because it has a clean, solid, defined bass, but it's not boomy, so the K&K won't get woofy on the low end, but it will otherwise sound very natural, and WON'T need a battery. Maple and Silver Oak are both in this EQ spectrum where they would amplify well without dealing with too many overtones.

Anyway, my new design idea for Larrivee ... WHAT'S YOURS?

 
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2020, 05:27:06 PM »

A 1 inch smaller jumbo body.just an acoustic no pu.Hog or maple body with a nice spruce top 12 fret,
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2020, 07:19:42 PM »

I'll let Jean do the designing. I'll just play them as poorly well as I can. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2020, 08:11:51 PM »


A 1 inch smaller jumbo body.just an acoustic no pu.Hog or maple body with a nice spruce top 12 fret,


Would this be called a Jumbo Shrimp? Or maybe a Mini-Jumbo?   rolleye wacko


I'll let Jean do the designing. I'll just play them as poorly well as I can. 


 
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2020, 02:52:34 AM »

Mini not like the import OM size Guilds made in china.
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2020, 04:17:35 AM »

How about just make an LS-03 12 fret in M or RW a production model?
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2020, 11:41:18 AM »

A OO or parlor sized 12 string...  Sitka over mahogany (though maple or walnut might work), all satin finish.  24-24.5” scale, 1 13/16 nut.  12 fret neck.  An inch or more thinner than usual. With the same pickup, a K&K. 

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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2020, 11:50:11 PM »

Deep Bodied 00 (like Martin's Women and Music series).

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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2020, 01:17:21 AM »

Jean's acoustics are already the best. The L is the perfect guitar. So for something "different", some kind of hollow or semi-hollow body. f-hole electric would be my choice.   
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2020, 01:29:58 AM »

The L is the perfect guitar.
Sure, no argument (edit: have six L-bodies and two OM's). Just saying, work with tooling already available.
No one will be able to afford a totally new design Larrivee. Both of us would be dead by the time it went into production.
At least make an L-body in 12 fret fret. Mahogany. No cutaways.
The 12 fret LS has at least already been done. Would be happy with that.
(edit: how many Forum III ever come up for sale and they were the most popular forum guitar).
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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2020, 04:20:14 AM »


how many Forum III ever come up for sale and they were the most popular forum guitar


I'd love to find a lefty (in ANY of the wood combinations) since I missed out first time around - I think I joined the Forum here just after they were ordered or delivered...
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2020, 12:12:41 PM »

It's threads like these that lead to the next Forum guitar, you know.   
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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2020, 12:32:45 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2020, 04:04:11 PM »

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Just about the nicest electric guitar I ever played was a 1960 ES-330. Light and fantastic! 
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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2020, 09:01:58 PM »

Just about the nicest electric guitar I ever played was a 1960 ES-330. Light and fantastic! 

Okay, so you want to talk electrics...

Yeah, a fully hollow, "Casino" style would be pretty awesome (and easy on my 62-year-old back!); especially since most of us don't play in super loud environments these days. But I'm not holding my breath.
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« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2020, 10:22:13 PM »

Okay, so you want to talk electrics...

Yeah, a fully hollow, "Casino" style would be pretty awesome (and easy on my 62-year-old back!); especially since most of us don't play in super loud environments these days. But I'm not holding my breath.

Although I'd like to replace the one I sold with another Larrivee D-05, this time without the barn door, I probably have enough good acoustic guitars to last a life time. I'm feeling short on electrics, however.     
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« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2020, 10:30:18 PM »

I would create a six string version of my 12 string version of my LV03 with Mahogany top, bone nut and saddle.

My second choice would be a LVO3 12 string with flamed maple back and sides and sunburst finish using the same spec as my other 12 string.
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« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2020, 08:08:34 PM »

I'd love to find a lefty (in ANY of the wood combinations) since I missed out first time around - I think I joined the Forum here just after they were ordered or delivered...

I have a Forum 3 in spruce/rosewood that I really like. I played tuffythepug’s all mahogany F3, and also a mahogany/spruce F3. All lefty of course. My spruce/rosewood rings like a bell and projects amazing for a small body guitar. The all hog was super mellow with a beautiful subdued tone. If tuffy ever sells his I’d be interested for sure. Gonna be tough mikey getting a lefty F3. Only a handful of lefties were built, officially 9 but I know for a fact that one extra lefty was made in spruce/rosewood with herringbone purfling. I know because I got to choose between the two of them!  I prize mine for sure. If you’re ever up in the Vancouver, BC area you could certainly test drive mine.
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« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2020, 07:07:45 PM »

It's threads like these that lead to the next Forum guitar, you know.   

Pretty sure we decided that the next Forum Guitar would be a Cedar/Walnut 00   

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« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2020, 06:49:29 PM »


Deep Bodied 00 (like Martin's Women and Music series).


I don't know about Larrivee's current 00 models (which are rare), but their current OM models (OM-03, OM-40, etc.) DO have a slightly larger and deeper body than Martins (AND older Larrivees, which matched Martin's dimensions exactly - like my '92 OM-05).  I've measured them - but you can both see it and feel it, too.

Just so you know. 
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