Larrivee RS-4 Electric

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  1. kebotrans

    kebotrans Gold Supporting Member

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    There has been a little talk about this guitar on the forum. I looked at a few over the past few weeks. I found one today in Solif Amber. Not sure if it was just this one but the top has much more flame than the pictures on there site show. After playing it I fell in love. I found it to be a little ackward looking on paper but in person it looks great imo. what I really wanted to say is this guitar has serious hardware and it sounds incredible. If you are thinking about a singlecut guitar I would take a look. I know I took a chance on it but man I came away impressed and bought it. Anyway I thought I would put something on here about the guitar. Thanks for the post.
     
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    I ordered one and received it from Guitar Adoptions, I thought for a very good price. Mine came with a bridge radiused at 12". The fingerboard is a 20" radius. That was a no go so Larrivee cut me a new bridge to a 22" radius. Now the guitar is fantastic! I'm used to much thicker necks so this one'll take a little while to get used to. I compared it to my reissue Les Paul Jr and it's very similar except the RS4 is a little wider and of course flatter radius.
    Here's some specs for ya'll:
    25-1/2" scale
    About 8 pounds
    Lollar Imperials
    Tone Pros bridge and stop bar
    I forget what it is but it's not nitro, something else but it's not too thick
    Shaller tuners and straplocks
    CTS pots and jack and Carling switch (I think)
    Handmade tone caps
    Pearl and abalone inlays
    Made in Oxnard, CA
    It has a strip of Silver inlaid on the headstock - very cool!
    Layered ivoroid on the binding and heelcap.
    The pickup rings are actually radiused to fit the body, not just screwed down like Gibson does sometimes.
    3/4" thick maple top.
    The best sustaining guitar I've ever owned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    At just over $2K this thing is a screaming bargain!!!!
     
  3. Austinrocks

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    Played it at the guitar show a few weeks ago and really loved it, I have a Larrivee acoustic, and the electric looks like real winner, the Lollar Imperials really sound good.
     
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    Some people don't like the body shape but it is more comfortable than a Paul.
     
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    Are the Lollar's standard? I can't seem to find any pic's of the RS-4. Has anybody got some they can post?
     
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    Yes, Lollar Imperials are standard issue. I forgot to mention above that it comes with a nice hard case for no extra money.
    I don't know how to do the link thing. Larrivee has a seperate electric site but go to their main acoustic site and it'll give you a link, and I believe there's a video there from NAMM about the solid body.
     
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    Well post some for us. I don't even own a digital camera!!
     
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    interesting the site has a menu that says "additional pictures but there are none, its a very pretty guitar, really loved playing it just as I love my Larrivee acoustic


    http://www.larriveeelectrics.com/
     
  10. kebotrans

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    Here are a few of mine - Serial # 40

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    I like it. I think it's going to grow on me. I'm guessing it has better fret access than a normal LP. Those inlays are very cool. Is it MOP on the outside and abalone inside? Regardless, I think Larrivee's got a hit on its hand.
     
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    Wow!

    Beautiful.

    congrats!

    Can see from the pics that guitar is very well made. Quality from every angle i see.

    Very nice!!
     
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    Jean knows his craft that's for sure.
     
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    The guitar has a lot of features that really make it easy to play, the back contour, which my LP special actually has, its more pronounced on the Larrivee, and the high fret access with the neck joint and horn contour and 25 1/2 scale length. I found it really comfortable to play at the guitar show.
     
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    Stunning back wood.
     
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    I just looked, mine's #32! I played it for the first time out on Sunday. High fret access is so good that I actually started a tune in G instead of F. I just naturally went to that position.
    Mine came with a 12" radius bridge. They cut another for me to 22". It was unusable as delivered! But they made good on it so I'm happy.
     
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    I love mine so far. I hope they catch on. Good luck to #32
     
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    Me. too. When they can get the price under 1k, I'm in!
    Looks like a real improvement to the LP template, to me.
     
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    My evil side wants them to bomb so I can grab one cheap like a Hamer. But my good side wants a local boy to do well :)
     

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