Larrivée (guitar company)

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Details of a Larrivée Guitar headstock.

Jean Larrivée Guitars Ltd. is a Canadian company that manufacturers acoustic guitars. Founded in 1967 by Jean Larrivée, the company was moved from Toronto, Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia in 1977, and to Vancouver in 1982. A second plant opened in California in September 2001.

History[edit]

Jean Larrivée began a guitar building apprenticeship with Edgar Monch Sr. in Toronto, Canada and built his first two Larrivée style guitars. The first Larrivée Guitars were based on European classical Guitar designs and became part of the Larrivée Family Collection.

The company was founded in Toronto, Ontario in 1967 and moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1977, and to Vancouver in 1982. In September 2001, Larrivée opened a second plant in California. However in November 2013 Larrivée announced that it would be consolidating its Canadian division and closing its Vancouver Factory.[1]

In 1971 Larrivee began adding inlay designs to their guitars and in 1977 inlays became a standard for their guitars. Beginning in 1978 their inlay designs took on a more romantic style. Since 1979 all engravings were designed by Wendy Larrivee except for a 1998 inlay called the "Joker". In 2007 Larrivée began using laser engraving for their inlays.

Chris Hadfield performed a cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity on a Larrivée Parlor guitar while in orbit on the International Space Station.[1][2]

Models[edit]

  • 03 Recording Series
  • 40 Legacy Series
  • 04 Performer Series
  • 05 Mahogany Select Series
  • 09 Rosewood Artist Series
  • 10 Rosewood Deluxe Series
  • 11 Fingerstyle Series
  • 50 Mahogany Traditional Series
  • 60 Rosewood Traditional Series
  • 30 Series Classical Guitars

The 03 Recording Series features all wood construction without the inlays and high gloss finishes. The 03 series are produced in Canada while most other models currently are produced at the California facility.

Model History[edit]

All models in numerical order

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 09, 10, 11, 19, 20, 27, 28, 30, 31, 35, 38, 40, 41, 42, 45, 48, 50, 60, 70, 72, 78

Description
  • 01, 02, 03, 04 = all satin models with 04 having gloss top
  • 05 = glossy mahogany
  • 07, 09, 11 = glossy Rosewood. All very similar. 09 & 11 came first.
  • 19 = Glossy Rosewood. Small headstock inlay. Less ornate fingerboard inlays.
  • 27 = same as 19 but in cutaway version
  • 10 = Glossy Rosewood. all the bells and whistles... Nicer headstock inlay with silver border, nicer fingerboard inlays
  • 20 = Koa guitar with Eagle inlay and feather fingerboard and bridge wing inlays. Very early 90's
  • 28 = same as 10 but cutaway version
  • 30 = Nylon string classic in both L body and C cutaway
  • 31, 35 = Nylon string classic
  • 38 = Nylon string cutaway
  • 40 = Legacy series featuring all new (2013) asymmetrical bracing current [ Also Satin finish version of the 60 Traditional series (rosewood) during mid to late 2000s, and "09" version of 12 String late 1970's ]
  • 41 = 12 string "19" version
  • 42 = 12 string "10" version
  • 45 = 12 string "10" version
  • 48 = 12 presentation model. créme de la créme
  • 50 = Traditional series Mahogany current[ Also deluxe "19" version for short while in very late 80's ]
  • 60 = Traditional series Rosewood
  • 70 = Large sound hole "19" style briefly made during very late 80's. Usually had a horse's head or an eagles head.
  • 72 = Presentation model. the créme de la créme
  • 78 = cutaway version of "72"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Larrivee guitars to close Vancouver factory - British Columbia - CBC News". Cbc.ca. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Space Oddity". YouTube. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 

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