|Comments||Jean Larrivee is very well known for producing not only many top-quality acoustic instruments, but also for training many top-quality luthiers. Grit Laskin, Dave Wren, Gord Berry, Serge de Jonge – all worked in the Larrivee shops.
Larrivee also produces several lines of electric guitars, maintaining their quality, tonal and production principles. The RS-4 is conceptually similar to the classic Les Paul design – single cutaway, carved maple cap on mahogany body, mahogany neck – but with a number of differences. The scale length is 3/4 inch longer than the Les Paul at 25.5 inches – the same as many Larrivee acoustics, and also many Fender electrics. The body is slimmer, and features a comfort contour on the back, so it’s a very comfortable guitar to play.
This 2008 Larrivee RS4 Amber example is in near-mint condition, plays very well and sounds great.
|Serial Number||100191, built during 2008 at the Larrivee plant in Oxnard, California.|
|Pricing||$1,300.00 CAD with original case.|
|Neck||Mahogany with grained-ivoroid bound rosewood fingerboard; mother of pearl block markers with very classy abalone ‘V’ insets. 25.5 inch scale length, 1 11/16 inch nut width.|
|Frets||Medium jumbo frets with very minor fretwear.|
|Body||Single cutaway, carved, bookmatched flame maple cap on single mahogany slab. Comfort contour on back.|
|Finish||Gloss poly finish with amber tint; very good to near mint condition.|
|Hardware/electronics||Chrome hardware – Schaller tuners, TonePros bridge and stop tailpiece, CTS 500k volume and tone controls, vintage style paper-in-oil capacitors, Switchcraft pickups selector; Larrivee Standard humbucking pickups.|
|Playability/Action||Plays well and cleanly, and can easily be set up to the player’s requirements.|
|Case||Original Larrivee hardshell case included.|
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