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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Shout out to Hoffmann Guitars, St. Paul, MN

reverend mikey
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Mar 5th, 2019 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hoffmann Guitars recently refretted my '79 Larrivee L-19, which I bought a couple years ago at The Podium in Minneapolis and had converted to lefty.

The guitar was very hard to play after the conversion - the person who did that work just did a fret level and new nut (along with a new bridge with lefty saddle angle); but that wasn't enough to deal with the guitar's playability - these old Larrivee's don't have an adjustable truss rod.

So... Aaron at Hoffmann radiused the very flat fingerboard to a 16" radius (like Martins and modern Larrivees) refretted, including the necessary compression frets to deal with the neck relief, and did a very nice set-up.

I did lower the nut slots just a little more; I find that a shop that doesn't have a lefty player to test the instrument never seems to get the nut slots low enough!

But now this thing plays great and still sounds like a wonderful, 40 year old guitar (built by the likes of [Larrivee employees at the time] Grit Laskin, Linda Manzer, etc.). The sound just jumps out of this thing like on all older well made instruments!

Thanks to the luthiers/techs at Hoffmann! Especially Aaron!

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Mar 5th, 2019 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...a shop that doesn't have a lefty player to test the instrument never seems to get the nut slots low enough!"

I would never have considered that. Interesting.


reverend mikey
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Mar 6th, 2019 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had that experience numerous times... so I own a set of nut files and am not afraid to use them.

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Mar 6th, 2019 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

The 19 series was the absolute top of the line. particularly when Jean was still making them or in charge of all construction (which is not the case today).

Hoffman is a gem, one of a million when it comes the luthiery and repairs.

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