Started by StringPicker6, November 15, 2023, 05:57:49 AM
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Quote from: StringPicker6 on November 17, 2023, 08:31:26 PMI'm a bit starstruck that John Larrivee Jr. was contacted to give some insight into my purchase. That was really special for me, thanks again Mike!
Quote from: StringPicker6 on November 18, 2023, 02:58:25 PMIt seems like it would be harder to do a nitro finish on a Martin and avoid the pickguard area. Maybe it was to make the adhesive stick better on the pick guard?
Quote from: teh on November 18, 2023, 03:27:05 PMTrue story and after reading this thread, I felt it was worth sharing. 18 years ago this week, I ordered a custom LV03 all mahogany 12 string from Trinity Guitars for my 50th birthday. My three sons and wife gathered all their loose change for a year and collectively saved almost $1,000. In 2005, that put me right in the price range for an 03 series Larrivee and my guitar arrived 11 weeks later. It was everything I wanted in a 12 string. Fast forward to 2021. Forum member Mike from Lytle worked directly with the John Larrivee and the forum to design and develop the Forum VI. John had enough walnut to make 19 guitars and I was one of the lucky ones. I added a cutaway and Anthem dual source pickup and here's where the story gets interesting. The timeline for the FVI was 6-8 months which coincided with my retirement in April 2022. My guitar was one of the last two shipped. John explained that he was not satisfied with the way the neck fit the body so they made a new neck. My guitar, an LSV03, arrived in late February and has been getting played in for the last 21 months. My understanding is that Jean hand picked the moonwood spruce, Matt found the walnut and John oversaw the project. Their attention to detail and commitment to quality and their finished product shines through on all three of my Larrivees. I spent most of this week playing my Forum VI and it is ideally suited for Gordon Lightfoot, John Prine, Bob Dylan and Jim Croce tunes. The 12 fret neck and Venetian cutaway couple with the wood selection make this a truly unique guitar. I'm sure that this L09 is also a great guitar too.
Quote from: B0WIE on November 18, 2023, 10:22:02 PMGlad you're loving it. I was so close to getting one as I love walnut, alpine spruce, and 12 fretters. It just lacked 1 thing that was critical to me and I didn't want to influence the group to get it included so I let it go. I'm sure they are fantastic instruments and it was really nice to see another Forum get made. At first, it seemed the demand might be too low but it was awesome to see people get excited and jump on board.
Quote from: Rockysdad on November 21, 2023, 06:48:52 PMKinda makes me curious as to what that *critical to you* item was?
Quote from: B0WIE on November 22, 2023, 01:31:46 AMLol. Yikes. I guess it's forbidden to talk about in this thread.
Quote from: mike in lytle on November 22, 2023, 07:25:49 AMOf course you can talk about it. I didn't say "shouldn't be". I said "need not be".I apologize for being too blunt.Mike