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Old 12-25-2008, 11:43 PM
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Default Larrivee model number system?

kinda a goofy question...

could anyone discribe the larrivee model number system?

for example... the First letter means what? and the next two numbers mean what?
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:28 AM
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Semi-Standard styles--

OM=orchestral model
L=large-bodied, classical-style shape for steel strings (Larrivee's "proprietary" shape)
P=parlor
D=dread

add a V and you have cutaway
add a MT and you have a hog top
add an "e" and you have some sort of electric pickup, brand differs based upon year built and model number.

03=satin finish, mahogany back/sides
03R=satin finish, rosewood back & sides
05=gloss body, hog back & sides
06=semi-traditional herringbone (maple binding)+ rosewood

09=gloss, rosewood b & s, better inlay, etc...
10 and other numbers are various degrees of more bling

I think Larrivee makes some awesome guitars at a more than reasonable price. I love the bound fretboards, and ebony fretboard/bridge appointments even in their "low" 03 series. I also like the idea that they still use a traditional dovetail joint like the Martins. Their bracing is symmetrical which gives them (imo) a woody, balanced sound. Also easy for left-handers to re-string with no structural damage to the guitar.

Someone more knowledgeable can add to this.
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:30 AM
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Here's what the letters mean, by body size.

Here's what the numbers mean, by series.
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Old 12-26-2008, 02:07 AM
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03R=satin finish, hog back & sides
Actually, the 03R is a rosewood back and sides.
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:59 AM
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+1 on what's been said, but the satin 03 series comes in a variety of tonewoods:

No suffix = Sapele standard (formerly Honduran Mahogany)
R = East Indian Rosewood
W = Walnut
K = Koa
BW = Australian Blackwood
FM = Flamed Maple
SP = Sapele (which was a limited run of 100 L and OM models back when mahogany was the standard

The 50 and 60 series also sometimes have burst finishes:
SBT = Sunburst Top (which is found on the rosewood 60 series)
TSB = Total Sunburst (which is found on the mahogany 50 series)
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:55 PM
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Actually, the 03R is a rosewood back and sides.
Yeah, I know that. Didn't write it. Oddly, that's one I own.
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Old 12-28-2008, 11:51 AM
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Yeah, I figured it was probably a typo .
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