In the studio workshop for repair is a handsome Larrivee L-03. Rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck and a Sitka spruce top. It is an understated design, void of much ornamentation, and it even has a clear pick guard to keep things austere. It has black binding. I really like the look. Its a well crafted guitar. Inside presents very clean workmanship with some of the most delicate bracing I have ever seen on a production guitar. This particular guitar was made in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The guitar has multiple problems. The bridge is starting to pull away from the top and I am able to get a business card inserted almost a full 1/8″ before coming in contact with a glued surface. There are a couple of cracks in the spruce top starting from the back of the bridge to the end of the lower bout. The largest of three cracks has a wood cleat installed so this must have been addressed at an earlier time.
The neck has an incredible amount of relief in it. Unfortunately the truss rod adjustment is in a ridiculous recess way back into the body of the guitar at the neck joint instead of at the peghead. It’s going to be interesting trying to adjust neck relief and almost impossible with strings on the guitar, tightened to pitch (the way it should be done). I will need to use a mirror to see it’s position. Only then I can I find out what type of truss rod tool will be needed to do the adjustment. Crazy.
The good news is that even with the above problems, the guitar has stayed in perfect tuning for the couple days it has sat in the studio.
Well…. time to contact the owner and give him the news and let him know the options there are to help this worthy instrument get back into playable condition…………