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❌SOLD❌ Larrivee Classical Guitar Natural, 1975


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Here’s a very nice, well preserved long scale Larrivee Classical Guitar built during 1975 in Toronto, in one of the last locations before the growing company moved to Victoria B.C.

This Jean Larrivee classical guitar features a Sitka Spruce top paired with Indian Rosewood for the back, sides, head plate and bridge. The body blocks and neck are Honduran Mahogany. The long scale length (660mm, 25.9 inch) fingerboard is Ebony. The nut and saddle are bone. Schaller tuners are installed. The finish is a light Nitrocellulose lacquer that has aged nicely, and shows minor play wear to the top.

Overall, this guitar is in very good condition for its 48 years. It plays well and the long scale with its increased tension helps with volume and projection.

The original hard shell case is included. It is a period Japanese-made case, purchased with the guitar.

Jean Larrivée began building at his home around 1967. At that time, if you were interested in building guitars you read the very few books on the subject or met an established builder. Larrivee wound up doing both, meeting German classical guitar builder Edgar Monch who was working in Toronto during this period.

Monch’s influence is clearly seen in Larrivee’s work including his current L-body designs. For several years Larrivée worked in the basement of his home, but in 1970 obtained shop space above the Tarragon Theatre. There, the long-gone Toronto Folklore Center encouraged him to build some steel string guitars. Staff started to appear, including William Laskin, David Wren, Linda Manzer, Sergei de Jonge and Tony Duggan-Smith. The rest is not just history – it’s also a lot of very good guitars.

Price: $1,999.99 CAD $2,450.00 CAD
  • Model: Classical
  • Year: 1975
  • Finish Gloss Natural
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: N/A, signed and dated 1975 at Toronto
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 16/08/2023

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3.96lbs 1.8kg
  • Scale Length: 25.98in 660mm
  • Nut Width: 2.183in 54.32mm
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