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Title: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: 247hoopsfan on April 22, 2010, 09:31:40 PM
I find that other guitars don't have as much allure to me after owning my 2 Larrivees.  I think I have all I need... a great dreadnaught D10, and an incredible all around/fingerstyle in my JCL 40th Anniversary.  I still stop by Gryphon in Palo Alto occasionally just to play a few nice guitars.  But even after playing some very expensive luthier-built guitars, I don't find that they offer anything better than what I have.  It is kind of a good feeling actually. 

Of course, I still check the Larrivee Classifeds just to see if I might be missing something. :smile:  I just missed out on a L03 Blackwood on the Bay.  I would like to know how those sound.  I hear they are a "darker" sound than Koa, which may suit me.  I find Koa a little bit thin in tone and volume.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: SeattlePete on April 22, 2010, 10:15:34 PM
Love my Larrivee, and it's my main acoustic, but if I could buy three more guitars right now, I'd want an olympic white, maple fretboard strat, a good J-45 and maybe a Guild M-20.

I like the idea of a pure Larrivee herd, but I think more likely, I'd like to have all the colors of the rainbow.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: fongie on April 22, 2010, 10:25:41 PM
I don't think Larrivee has killed my GAS for other git's. It's just that Larrivee has so much to offer, I don't need to look else where. There is so much to discover with Larrivee, sounds, diff. wood, looks, feel etc, etc, the list just goes on. Where do you stop? By the time you decide, there are no more funds left to GAS for any other brand  :bgrin:
cheers
fongie


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: gitnoob on April 22, 2010, 10:42:41 PM
I'm not sure I want a cure for GAS.    To me, guitars are like food.   I love Indian food, but I don't want it at every meal.    So I complement my Canadian food with a bit of Chinese as well as some good ol' American cuisine.   :smile:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Danny on April 23, 2010, 12:32:45 AM
  No. 


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: DaveyO on April 23, 2010, 12:39:35 AM
Killed my gas for Taylors thats for sure,
Once I played a Larrivee ,it sounded so much more balanced than the Taylor I thought I wanted
Hasnt killed my Gas for a nice Martin though, but I think If I found a nice D09 that would do it for me.
dave


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: dee-ten on April 23, 2010, 01:01:20 AM
Hey 247hoopsfan, I know what you mean about other guitars loosing their allure. I bought a 2000 D10 about a year ago and absolutely love it. I really wanted a fingerstyle guitar and was seriously considering a Taylor 514ce but when I first picked up this baby I knew it was for me. If I could afford a Taylor I'd get one, mostly because I think they look great :humour:,  but every time I go into a music store and play one, I remember back home is a sweet Lari waiting to sing... and does she ever:)

I played a L05 recently and loved the dark, warm sound. I'm dreaming of mahogany or a nylon string as my second guitar.

So I guess my Larrivee has decreased my GAS... or maybe turned it into LAS :roll

Oh, how the Larrivee makes one feel... :guitar

"It is kind of a good feeling actually." :winkin: I'll second that!! :bgrin:

 :donut :donut2 :donut :coffee :coffee


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Bikeryder on April 23, 2010, 01:20:08 AM
Yes, although a walnut parlour would be nice to take to the office on occasion.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: AgeOfEmpires on April 23, 2010, 03:58:04 AM
If I had the $'s I'd sure like to give a SCGC OM PW a try. Other than that, I hope my next guitar is a 03 or 05 MT.  That'll have to wait a while though.   :crying:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: cke on April 23, 2010, 04:12:57 AM
Yes. When I found my L-09, I thought I was going to get  Martin or Santa Cruz. While I still like them a lot and I play most of the high end guitars I find, I keep finding  Larrivee's I like as much or better. I liked an OM-28 Marquis, and I liked a Froggy Bottom even more, and was blown away when I played an OM-09 and found it just as good. The Larrivee 000-50 was stunning: it may be the best mid-size I have played. Maybe someday...

I am constantly growing in my appreciation for and love of my L-09, and my new 00-03 Special is rapidly catching up. I am seriously GAS-ing for a P-09 I played.

Much as I do admire many of the Martin, Goodall, Collings, Froggy Bottom, or Santa Cruz guitars I try, and would be proud to own, I feel like I own instruments that are easily their equal, and whose sound is my favorite. That I pay less for them is only icing. About the only non-Larrivee I have serious GAS left for is a vintage type Martin D, or possibly a certain Martin 00-28VS I played.

And meeting the Larrivee family makes mine feel even more personal to me, if that makes any sense.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Danny on April 23, 2010, 12:47:12 PM

And meeting the Larrivee family makes mine feel even more personal to me, if that makes any sense.
   Yup.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Stephen Basil on April 23, 2010, 01:02:24 PM
I'd still like to have a cedar-topped steel string.  I tried a cedar/walnut O-sized Lowden and found it fantastic.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Danny on April 23, 2010, 01:15:31 PM
I'd still like to have a cedar-topped steel string.  I tried a cedar/walnut O-sized Lowden and found it fantastic.
  I saw some decently priced cedar topped "Bedell" guitars. But I don't know much about them.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Denis on April 23, 2010, 01:24:48 PM
I've had my FIII for a year now and GAS has not been an issue.  Got my FIV a couple of days ago and realized just how much well Larrivee builds all mahogany guitars not to mention how much I missed owning one!

I'd love another parlor..

Yeah, I'm a Larrivee fanatic bu I still have GAS for other guitars though.  I'd love a nice Guild 12 string...a Webber roundbody would be cool, with cedar and rosewood...I've always love Martins...a 000-28VS would be nice to have...


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Walkerman on April 23, 2010, 01:47:36 PM
"...And meeting the Larrivee family makes mine feel even more personal to me, if that makes any sense......"

Hmmmmm.I've met all of the Larrivee family, and I have a bunch of Larrivees.
I met James Goodall in Kona HI, and I  have a Goodall parlor.
I met Bill Collings at the NAMM show, and I have a Collings mandolin.
My son and I were given a tour of SCGC by Richard Hoover, but I don't have a Santa Cruz git....do you suppose that's a sign?


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Denis on April 23, 2010, 02:07:14 PM
"...And meeting the Larrivee family makes mine feel even more personal to me, if that makes any sense......"

Hmmmmm.I've met all of the Larrivee family, and I have a bunch of Larrivees.
I met James Goodall in Kona HI, and I  have a Goodall parlor.
I met Bill Collings at the NAMM show, and I have a Collings mandolin.
My son and I were given a tour of SCGC by Richard Hoover, but I don't have a Santa Cruz git....do you suppose that's a sign?


A sign of things to come Walkerman?


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: sayheyjeff on April 23, 2010, 02:41:11 PM
I've only acquired 2 guitars since my 2nd Larrivee.  Guess not.  They do put a damper on my wanting to things besides play guitar.

jeff


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: rlavigne on April 23, 2010, 04:09:10 PM
Nope.
I still GAS for nice guitars in my pricing-to-tone comfort zone...and a few out of that zone, too! ;-)


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Walkerman on April 23, 2010, 04:11:19 PM
A sign of things to come Walkerman?

I was quite taken aback by a little firefly I saw during our tour.... :beer


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Mikeymac on April 23, 2010, 04:24:30 PM
"Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars?"

For other steel stringed acoustics...yup, pretty much.  And now for electrics as well, with the RS-4 (and I'm waiting to hear about an RS-2 with P-90's).

(If Larrivee ever starts making some intersesting nylon string variations, they'll kill my GAS in that area, too!)

 :thumb







Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: jbrummer on April 23, 2010, 04:40:16 PM
Since buying my first (and only) I've spent more time looking at guitars (mostly via this forum) than I ever did before -- so Larrivee probably fuels my GAS more than dampening it.  It's my bank account that kills my Gas  :smile:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Denis on April 23, 2010, 05:55:49 PM
I was quite taken aback by a little firefly I saw during our tour.... :beer

Yeah, I've heard those little guitar are really nice...good luck with that...  :wink:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: fongie on April 24, 2010, 02:44:41 AM
Would love a 00-50 still  :whistling:
cheers
fongie


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Choay823 on April 24, 2010, 05:07:07 PM
The research that went into finding my Larrivee awakened a genuine interest in guitars and in luthiery in general for me.  Fortunately, as this interest continues, it further confirms my choice as the right one!

The only guitars that seem better to me might be some of these individually voiced, custom hand built beauties.  But so many of those guitars start to seem more like art pieces than musical instruments.  I'm not so sure I'd feel comfortable holding or playing one on a daily basis.

So in short, yes...  my one Larrivee does it for me and it has killed my GAS.  Its more than enough guitar for me to know that it will never be the limiting factor in my overall sound.

cool post...
 :donut :donut :donut :donut2 :donut2 :donut2


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Strings4Him on April 24, 2010, 06:07:48 PM
I just had a case of GAS.  I ordered a Larrivee SD-50!  Larrivee has created more GAS for more Larrivees!


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Johnny M on April 24, 2010, 06:23:55 PM
There's a '92 L-05 that has caught my eye  :whistling:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: cke on April 24, 2010, 08:08:26 PM
The research that went into finding my Larrivee awakened a genuine interest in guitars and in luthiery in general for me.  Fortunately, as this interest continues, it further confirms my choice as the right one!

The only guitars that seem better to me might be some of these individually voiced, custom hand built beauties.  But so many of those guitars start to seem more like art pieces than musical instruments.  I'm not so sure I'd feel comfortable holding or playing one on a daily basis.

So in short, yes...  my one Larrivee does it for me and it has killed my GAS.  Its more than enough guitar for me to know that it will never be the limiting factor in my overall sound.

cool post...
 :donut :donut :donut :donut2 :donut2 :donut2
:+1:
 I keep playing high end gits that have all the 'right stuff' and big rep + big price. My Larrivee's give up nothing in tone or beauty or playability.  There are some exceptional guitars out there, but more of them are Larrivee's than is generally recognize, And that wonderful tone and balance!!!

 :nana_guitar  :bowdown: Yummm


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: prof_stack on April 24, 2010, 11:49:32 PM
Larrivees are great guitars.  But they are not the only ones that are great.  SC and Collings also make great guitars.  Martin makes so many that you're sure to find a great one in the mix. 

When the F-IV arrives, I'll have 2 Larrivees.  If the 00-03MT is as good as early reports, I might go down to one Larry. 

Variety is good.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: petevee on April 25, 2010, 12:27:34 AM
Not all my gas  :winkin: but my OM-09 di slow down my interest in other OM size guitars..


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: L05HD28 on April 25, 2010, 02:02:47 AM
I was thinking of a long winded response, but I can sum it up in one word.
No.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: markyboy on April 25, 2010, 03:04:11 AM
No Not at all. Ya wanna see my list?


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: flatlander on April 25, 2010, 03:32:38 AM
I didn't know what GAS was til I came here. But I had one acoustic only, for 27 years so yea I guess the L-10 killed the GAS. I did finally get an old Gallagher and I do appreciate the differences.
It seems just getting one Larrivee for many is not enough however. They must have many Larrivees!


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: mas music on April 25, 2010, 04:47:56 AM
When I owned an Ovation I would stop by a guitar store every week enduring serious G.A.S. Since purchasing my Larrivee I drop by a guitar store every 2 months or so. Sure, there are other great guitars out there but I am very content with my beloved Larrivee.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: AZLiberty on April 25, 2010, 08:18:29 AM
I still want a Martin HD-35, so I'm guessing that no, the Larrivees have not killed my GAS.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: willguitar on April 25, 2010, 07:16:06 PM
Not killed my GAS but rather ignited the GAS into a fireball! I can say that Larrivee has a some major mindshare though...


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: leftync on April 28, 2010, 04:09:23 AM
I guess I'd have to say yes, since the last four guitars I've purchased were Larrivees. In each case, I didn't look at any other company's offering. I like the idea of having one guitar. I have three now, but I consider my Seagull dread to be a backup--decent lefties aren't that easy to find--and my parlor specifically for playing in my office. My 90s Larrivee dread is my main instrument, and that's what I think of when I think of my guitar. It's special enough so that I don't really GAS for anything else. Thought about buying a Martin or Taylor, but never seriously considered one, just Larrivee.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: LaminateBoy on April 28, 2010, 06:13:56 PM
I'd love to have a Martin HD-28. And there was a Bourgeois guitar that I played last year at the 12th Fret that I yearn for. I almost did the irresponsible thing of pulling out the credit card right there on the spot. Damn this self-control.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Zohn on April 29, 2010, 11:09:55 AM
Yeah right - still have to see the brand that does that!  :blush:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Dotneck on April 29, 2010, 03:26:34 PM
no...Larrivee has not cured my gas...but after many years of buying and selling I'm getting to a point where there are less instruments that interest me any more...and I usually can't afford the ones that do interest me...


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: teh on April 29, 2010, 09:44:49 PM
No, but it has fueled an appreciation for value and helped me identify what I am looking for and I would stack my two Larrivees up against anything at twice the money. 

There are too many quality builders (both large and small) to  make that kind of promise.




Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Barefoot Rob on April 30, 2010, 02:10:00 AM
Theres really only one other guitar I have sellers remorse for,my 95 Gibson Vintage AJ base on the 1936 modal.Other then that I just GAS for a couple more Larrivee's.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Johnny M on April 30, 2010, 02:51:11 AM
There's a '92 L-05 that has caught my eye  :whistling:

Yep, my GAS is cured   :nana_guitar


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: cke on April 30, 2010, 07:31:02 PM
My recent additions  (now it looks like I am adding a P-09, all Larrivee's except the Cargo) has even lowered my GAS even for another Larrivee - a 000 that is oner of my all time To Die For guitars. What I have covers my tastes so well, that it would be redundant.

I might still someday add a D-18 GE or D-28 Marquis because I always wanted a big Martin. But my L-09 otherwise made wanting a dread or OM seem superfluous. The 00-03 covers from the other direction. The parlor is just because! And it has it's own uniqueness in my collection. The Goya for classical and lute type pieces.

WHAT ELSE COULD ANYONE WANT??!! :roll


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: DJ in FL on April 30, 2010, 10:57:41 PM
NO!

That would apply to my Larrivee, Martin, Gibson and Guild guitars also.

GAS is somthing that we all would have to admit comes and goes.  When you got your "last" guitar, you swore (usually to spouse) this was the final and last one.  We all know where that goes.

Just natural to see/hear a beautiful guitar and want to play it...follow your instincts; promote the economy...BUY MORE GUITARS!

 :thumbsup

 :nanadance


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: dave42 on May 01, 2010, 12:14:26 AM
I have plenty of dreads. (I like 'em) Always thought I needed an OM to fill a more balanced tone need. Then I was given my L-09 Madi. No GAS since... except for that 12 string I finally got and needed. :)


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Escalibore on May 01, 2010, 03:43:24 AM
I find that other guitars don't have as much allure to me after owning my 2 Larrivees.  I think I have all I need... a great dreadnaught D10, and an incredible all around/fingerstyle in my JCL 40th Anniversary.  I still stop by Gryphon in Palo Alto occasionally just to play a few nice guitars.  But even after playing some very expensive luthier-built guitars, I don't find that they offer anything better than what I have.  It is kind of a good feeling actually. 

Of course, I still check the Larrivee Classifeds just to see if I might be missing something. :smile:  I just missed out on a L03 Blackwood on the Bay.  I would like to know how those sound.  I hear they are a "darker" sound than Koa, which may suit me.  I find Koa a little bit thin in tone and volume.

My answer is, "No." GAS is usually relative to exposure. I try to play guitars from many manufacturers and I appreciate them all for various reasons. If I were married to one brand, I'd have never discovered Larrivees. I do love my L-09 though.

Brett


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: cke on May 01, 2010, 05:40:59 PM
My answer is, "No." GAS is usually relative to exposure. I try to play guitars from many manufacturers and I appreciate them all for various reasons. If I were married to one brand, I'd have never discovered Larrivees. I do love my L-09 though.

Brett
I didn't start out to be a "One Brander." In fact my goal was to have representative guitars from each of my favorite brands.  I really have found a home in the Larrivee sound that was what I heard in my head. I would still like a Martin vintage dread, a Froggy Bottom OM size, some kind of Santa Cruz and Goodall, and maybe a cheap dobro type, but it is day dreaming more than GAS. Since I find my present collection so satisfying, that there is little missing.

It is not that I don't like, and I do really like those brands, I have just come to love the Larri's so much.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Dr.Lee on May 04, 2010, 06:35:20 PM
I have become a OO fan, and since finding a nice Larrivee OO-60 I thought the GAS was over. But I have had my eye on the Martin OO-18H Geoff Muldaur Signature model.
I love the sunburst and I might be liking the 1 13/16" wide nut. I gives my fat fingers a little more room. I also don't really love the standard Larrivee string spacing at the bridge of 2 3/16". Just a little tight, but workable. The 2 5/16" spacing on that Martin is a nice fingerstyle compromise. Still the 00-60 is a keeper and fun to play and fun to listen to.

              Dr.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: obe-wan on May 05, 2010, 11:25:18 AM
There is no cure for GAS.
Everytime I buy a guitar, I want another one not long after. My Martin OM-21 came real close to curing me......but now I really want a P-03.

Best to just face facts. GAS is terminal !

Cheers, Scott.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: cke on May 05, 2010, 09:29:21 PM
There is no cure for GAS.
Everytime I buy a guitar, I want another one not long after. My Martin OM-21 came real close to curing me......but now I really want a P-03.

Best to just face facts. GAS is terminal !

Cheers, Scott.
But what as way to go!!

(my wife just said, "You're through getting more guitars right?")


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: obe-wan on May 06, 2010, 01:14:28 PM
But what as way to go!!

(my wife just said, "You're through getting more guitars right?")


Thats what my wife said to me after I got my Martin. Ive bought another 2 guitars since then.... "yes dear, thats the last one"... :wink:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Mikeymac on May 06, 2010, 03:16:48 PM

Thats what my wife said to me after I got my Martin. Ive bought another 2 guitars since then.... "yes dear, thats the last one"... :wink:

You have to get back on the Larrivee bandwagon!


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Auld Reekie on May 07, 2010, 09:14:57 AM
Until the mid '90s, I only played electric guitar.  My first decent acoustic was a Taylor 410, bought purely on Taylors reputation.  A year later I added a Fylde Falstaff that I tuned to DADGAD.  I began to read more about acoustics and decided I would treat myself to a "high end" model and on a visit to New York - where there are far more options to try out good guitars than in Edinburgh, where I live.m I spent a day on 48th Street playing Collings, Santa Cruz, Huss & Dalton etc but none of them "spoke" to me.  I remebered a friend had told me that he had played a Larrivee once and was amazed by it.  On that basis I headed out to Guitar Centre in Long Island and was blown away by Larrivees, eventually settling on an OM9, which I still have.  Since then I have also owned a Santa Cruz and a Martin.  These have subsequently been sold along with my Taylor.  The Santa Cruz D was a good guitar, well built, but I just could not get a sound out of it I liked.  Martins - fine, distictive sound, but .....Taylors - must the most over rated guitars on the planit.  Great for cutting through a mix if you put a pick up on them, but no subtlety of tone.  Larrivees, well my OM9 has been joined by a C09 and as off last week, a SD50 TSB.  I am a total convert.  Great build and tone and I visited their factory when I was on holiday in Vancouver a few years back and what really impressed me was the great working atmosphere there, a happy staff that are clearly dedicated.
Has Larrivee killed my GAS for other guitars?  Not entirely as I have a couple of other acoustics - a MciLroy A30 - former Lowden employee, who has his own distinct voicing -  tunded to CGCGCD and a custom built Forster Model C, effectively a 12 fret OM guitar.  I bought these because I loved them, the latter built to my own spec, wonderful instruments that are specialist guitars.  But would I look at Larrivee first before buying another acoustic?  Without a doubt.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Strings4Him on May 07, 2010, 10:00:45 AM
Well said Dave!   :smile:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: obe-wan on May 08, 2010, 01:10:37 AM
You have to get back on the Larrivee bandwagon!

Mikey, Im trying! Just ordered the Seymour Duncans for the Epi, Im on the hunt for a cheapish 15watt tube amp....then I'll start saving for the P-03 ! Phew, Im not GASing much, am I ?  :nana_guitar

Cheers, Scott.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: cohenj on May 08, 2010, 08:41:37 PM
That's a really interesting question.  After trying a whole slew of Martin, Santa Cruz, Collings (and several from luthiers who's names I can't remember) dreadnoughts, and about a dozen Larrivee D-50's and D-60's, I finally stumbled upon a D-50 that really stood out and and spoke to me.  It has become my main guitar and at a fraction of the price of the other guitars that I was considering, it's a pleasure to own.

I still audition dreadnaughts whenever I get the chance.  Some stand out as being louder and possibly warmer than my D-50, but none have the string-to-string balance and complex tonal pallet, at least not so far.  More importantly, every time I find a Martin that tonally fits the bill, I find that the neck is like a baseball bat compared to the D-50 and my small hands can't handle the stress.  So, it looks like it's the D-50 for me. 

But more to the question, I will always have GAS, because I'm a life long guitarist (35 years) and I think GAS just comes with the territory.  Giving up GAS would be like giving up breathing...

Jeff


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: obe-wan on May 08, 2010, 10:32:19 PM
Giving up GAS would be like giving up breathing...

Jeff

 :+1:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Zohn on May 10, 2010, 06:39:39 AM
3 (big) cheers to the acoustic guitar!!!  :cheers :cheers :cheers
 :guitar


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: B-Nads on May 13, 2010, 09:12:11 PM
I've been thinkin' long and hard about a Boucher Walnut goose for a long time.  I brought my maple D0-3 over to try by a couple Bouchers today (no walnut, but a spruce, hog, and red wood) - preferred my Larry, so it's hurtin my GAS for others...not sayin' I'll stop GASin other Larrivées though. :roll


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: z-clay on May 14, 2010, 12:51:44 AM
 :donut

I've been trying to get down to one guitar for quite some time now but never really felt it could be done until I played my LV-03e. I think my GAS has been cured.

 :donut :donut :donut :donut


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: z-clay on May 14, 2010, 02:50:42 AM
..........Hmmmmmm.......... on second thought, I'm feeling an unexpected need to save money for a LV-10e.  :drool:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: rpm60912 on May 14, 2010, 03:22:04 AM
Really, the only reason I have left in looking at Taylors is their Expression System, which others are not a big fan of.

Other than that, I find that the Larrivee line has all the variety of models & sizes and you can't touch it for quality, sound, value & price point.

Personally, my P-03 Walnut and F-III LSV-03R are both keeping my GAS for other guitars at an all-time low.

Though I still GAS for other Larrivees - like the OO-03 Hog/IS and yes, another parlor or OOO-50 SBT and an OMV-03 12 fret if one becomes available.

ricky


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: wally on May 15, 2010, 12:14:26 AM
For now I'm monotGITmous.  I've always played whatever guitar was being passed around between friends and my brother.  After a hiatus while my kids were small I started playing again.  Decided it was time to settle down and find me a nice respectable guitar.  So I saved my pennies and started on the scene.  Many fine guitars with well known names from well established families.  Most were out of my league financially speakn' but I tried fooling around with them anyhow.  Each guitar seems to have it's own distinct personality, some bright and sunny, some dark and brooding, deep and complex, some a combination of different traits. Frankly I ran into a few just plain boring dumb ones on many occasions.  Had second and third dates with a few. Blondes, brunettes, redheads etc.(interpret as gender neutral so as not to offend any of the female guitarists out there, many of who could kick may a** I'm sure).  Thing is I knew I could only have one for now.  Then this beautiful Larrivee D03 Claro Walnut revealed to me things I didn't even know I was looking for along with the things I did know I was.
I don't begrudge any guitarist his/her stable of beauties.  I suppose I've just reconciled my desires with what I could have.  In so doing I've found this simple looking satin beauty with a few cosmetic flaws has a seductive voice that leaves me feeling content that I've found a special instrument that more than meets my needs.  I know, I know, you're all rolling your eyes as I've blissfully gone walnut.  Yeah, I'm in the honeymoon phase, but I'm pretty sure when life gets routine I'll still be good with this one.
I'm realistic though, seven year itches will arrive.  Usually in less then seven years.  My eyes will wander, hey- I'm a guitarist. The great thing about guitars though is that as long as you treat them right, and take care of them they can't get hurt.  Though I have heard a guitar gently weep.
So, no GAS for me.  But for those playboys/girls that can - go crazy, play the field.


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: kwakatak on May 15, 2010, 12:25:53 AM
I still want a Martin HD-35, so I'm guessing that no, the Larrivees have not killed my GAS.

Same here. There's a 2008 HD-35 at my local shop that has been calling my name for nigh on two years now but I just can't afford it. I just went to visit it yesterday and the strings are all tarnished but it still kicks you in the gut and sounds like a grand piano.

*sigh* Someday... :crying:

For dreads I look to Martin just because I like how they're voiced but granted that Larrivée beats comparably-priced Martins hands down. I've yet to try a SD-50 though I doubt it would not cure my GAS for that HD-35. Instead I think it would just add to my GAS and make me want both.

FWIW my OM-03R has at least cured my GAS for another OM, even a Martin OM-21. It's just my preference; I like its "balanced" tone.  :nana_guitar


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: B-Nads on May 15, 2010, 01:55:39 AM
Wally - could you posty a pic of the walnut D-03 please - I'd love to see it.

Thanks.

Brent

 :donut :donut2 :coffee


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: rpm60912 on May 15, 2010, 06:26:14 AM
For now I'm monotGITmous.  I've always played whatever guitar was being passed around between friends and my brother.  After a hiatus while my kids were small I started playing again.  Decided it was time to settle down and find me a nice respectable guitar.  So I saved my pennies and started on the scene.  Many fine guitars with well known names from well established families.  Most were out of my league financially speakn' but I tried fooling around with them anyhow.  Each guitar seems to have it's own distinct personality, some bright and sunny, some dark and brooding, deep and complex, some a combination of different traits. Frankly I ran into a few just plain boring dumb ones on many occasions.  Had second and third dates with a few. Blondes, brunettes, redheads etc.(interpret as gender neutral so as not to offend any of the female guitarists out there, many of who could kick may a** I'm sure).  Thing is I knew I could only have one for now.  Then this beautiful Larrivee D03 Claro Walnut revealed to me things I didn't even know I was looking for along with the things I did know I was.
I don't begrudge any guitarist his/her stable of beauties.  I suppose I've just reconciled my desires with what I could have.  In so doing I've found this simple looking satin beauty with a few cosmetic flaws has a seductive voice that leaves me feeling content that I've found a special instrument that more than meets my needs.  I know, I know, you're all rolling your eyes as I've blissfully gone walnut.  Yeah, I'm in the honeymoon phase, but I'm pretty sure when life gets routine I'll still be good with this one.
I'm realistic though, seven year itches will arrive.  Usually in less then seven years.  My eyes will wander, hey- I'm a guitarist. The great thing about guitars though is that as long as you treat them right, and take care of them they can't get hurt.  Though I have heard a guitar gently weep.
So, no GAS for me.  But for those playboys/girls that can - go crazy, play the field.

well said Wally. I sure wish I could experience the bliss of being "monotGITmous" !!! It used to be 8, now I'm down to 7; if I were to keep only one

it would have to be my FIII.  And yes, I'm still looking and GASing, but keeping the purchases to zero for now, by playing all my guitars.

ricky


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: teh on May 15, 2010, 04:31:22 PM
To help keep my GAS in perspective, here's an excerpt from Mississippi John Hurt's biography:

According to personal biography of his life John Hurt learn to love and appreciate music and guitar playing from William H Carson, a man infatuated with his teacher at the St. James School, located in Avalon, Mississippi. John Hurt stated, " I wasn't allowed to bother Mr. Carson's guitar. I would wait until he feel asleep at my house, then I would slip his guitar into my room and try to play. There I learned to play the guitar at the age of nine years old. After that, my mother bought me a second hand guitar at the price of $1.50! 1 can tell you there was no beautiful sound than my own guitar music. I was playing for country dances at the same time working very hard on a farm new Avalon Mississippi."

Wonder what MJH would say if he saw my 6 guitars, heard my meager playing and knew I was thinking about a 6 string mahogany guitar.



Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: Strings4Him on May 15, 2010, 09:05:19 PM
He'd say, "Get that 6-string mahogany guitar son!"   :winkin:


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: MrE on May 15, 2010, 11:16:05 PM
Nope, becasue I want a baby taylor to take away with me when working from home :-) Then its killed it :-)


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: bluesman67 on May 18, 2010, 02:49:06 PM
hoopsfan,

I've bought 5 additional Larrivee guitars since my 1st one a few years back, an OM-03R.  All of them sounded wonderful.  Since then, the only one left is my Forum I, OM-03MT.  I joined this forum right after a bought my 1st and this forum has definitely fueled the flames for GAS, not just Larrivee.  If anything, Larrivee has given me more gas for ALL guitars because Larrivee has shown me that if 1 guitar maker can make so many great sounding guitars up and down the line, then there has to be many guitar makers that make at least one great sounding guitar.  I liked the food example that was given and to sum up, variety IS the spice of life!

Santa Cruz
Borgeois
Collings
Martin

I wouldn't mind my pick of guitars from these makers.

Also, great sounding cheap guitars are to be had from Blue Ridge and Recording King!


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: itscowfun on May 21, 2010, 08:34:58 AM
larrivee bone saddle, factory set up = no.

colosi WAHI saddle, professional set up = ohhhhhh yes......


Title: Re: Has Larrivee killed your GAS for other guitars
Post by: rockstar_not on May 27, 2010, 04:01:29 AM
The answer was 'yes' until I had a chance to play a couple of Rainsong guitars at NAMM this past January.  I was expecting not to like them, but oh man did those things sing effortlessly.