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Title: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: Muffinhead on October 02, 2015, 01:46:55 AM
Has anyone here heard of Leho? I just saw a listing for one on eBay. I have never heard of the brand before. The listing said that Lehos are designed by Jean Larrivee.


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: dazdarren on October 02, 2015, 04:17:04 AM
I found these Leho guitars a while back too on a dealers website and had similar questions that I posed in the following thread but no one seemed to have any inside. I think Daves site posted a video performance clip of one of those guitars.

http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?topic=48571.0


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: B0WIE on October 02, 2015, 04:52:59 AM
Makes me sad.  If they're going to do a cheap import line, don't associate it with the Larrivee name at all.  Drags down the rep of Larrivee guitars in general.  I know some will get really defensive over this but they probably don't understand what I'm saying or why (seems to happen any time I say something that isn't in praise of the company's decisions).


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on October 02, 2015, 06:04:48 AM
Makes me sad.  If they're going to do a cheap import line, don't associate it with the Larrivee name at all.  Drags down the rep of Larrivee guitars in general.  I know some will get really defensive over this but they probably don't understand what I'm saying or why (seems to happen any time I say something that isn't in praise of the company's decisions).

I agree and support you.  I'm actually OK with Larrivee doing that as long as they never use the "Larrivee" brand name in association with those other guitars.  However, I must say I am saddened that they have to go in that direction to keep the business viable.  Of course, this is all speculation.  Maybe it's not true in the first place.


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: Strings4Him on October 02, 2015, 10:53:15 AM
I'm ok with their decision.


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: The dman on October 02, 2015, 11:06:31 AM
We have one sitting at the store and it's nice for the money but the problem nobodies ever heard of Leho so it get's ignored


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: tuffythepug on October 02, 2015, 08:58:57 PM
We have one sitting at the store and it's nice for the money but the problem nobodies ever heard of Leho so it get's ignored

 Problem is, there are lots of good guitars in the same price range that have very recognizable names.  People tend to reach for a label that they have heard of before if it's in their $$$$ comfort level.   "Leho" would make me think it's ukelele company that is now making a 6 traditional Dread.  But if I knew ahead of time that it was in some way conceived by JCL, I would certainly give it try.


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: Niteshooter on October 02, 2015, 11:22:53 PM
Guess Leho could have commissioned Larrivee to design a guitar.

Granted my first reaction was that it was a weirdly timed April fools joke since I thought it might have been designed to sound like somethi ng in french.....


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: ducktrapper on October 03, 2015, 12:05:21 PM
This is something I've questioned CFMartin about for many years. They used to make laminate guitars under the auspices of another company like Goya or Sigma with a Martin seal of approval, which is just fine. Now they put the CFMartin logo on them. Kind of like GM calling a Chevette, a Cadillac. 


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: George on October 03, 2015, 02:18:26 PM
GPUSA has four listed for sale, and they are a Larrivee dealer as well.  The listings indicated they are designed by Jean Larrivee, but they are asian made.  The listings indicate they are made of All Solid Woods, not laminates, and have wooden bindings.  Their listed price range is about half that of a Larrivee, but the photos look very good.  I would be interested in hearing some comments on how they sound and play, along with build quality.  All asian builds are not automatically cr**y.  Andrew had recently posted that all Larrivee designs Made for other manufacturers were North American built.  Mods and Admins know anything about this one?


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: pewtergod on March 26, 2017, 02:32:17 AM
These have really good specs, regardless of where they are made.  I just want to know if you can get the same symmetric bracing (I know the Appalachian Line has traditional bracing, instead of the hyperbolic symmetrical bracing.  If I just wanted a Chinese guitar with great specs, I'd get another Blueridge, and save a couple hundred.  But if it's made like a Larrivee, where do I sign for one?


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: pewtergod on March 26, 2017, 07:56:31 AM
Well, I ordered one of the D ones with the rosewood back.  I have been trying to figure out how good the tops are, as one site lists them as AAA grade Sitka, another as A grade, and others just say premium sitka or sitka.  Apparently it has a satin finish, and I like that.  This is a Ukulele company, which isn't very encouraging. Will try to post pics and a sound sample when I get it. :donut :donut2 :donut2 :coffee


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: nayoud on March 26, 2017, 08:38:48 AM
Yes, I read that they're made in China, all solid woods I hear.. haven't seen one in person. They seem to be sold for a price quite close to the 03 series. I saw an OM-14 on the net discounted from $1038 to $904... unless they discount more, the imports will be in direct competition with US and Canadian Larrivee guitars. That's unless we don't see a hike in Larrivee guitars.


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: J M Larrivée on March 26, 2017, 10:23:55 PM
  
  Several years ago when Larrivée was going through changes in case manufacturers overseas, Jean befriended a ukulele making family. A bit different than our family, but a father and two sons making instruments no less. They helped each other get the things they needed to do business in two very different parts of the world, each having their own industry connections. We needed high quality cases and Leho wanted to start making guitars. They became friends and they helped each other. The guitars are not Larrivée's nor are they offshore Larrivée's. They are simply Leho's that Jean lent his designs to. There were a couple prototype runs Jean built in California that exist. Probably be quite valuable one day. At the end of the day, they helped each other. Hopefully this sheds some light. You may not know, but the name "Leho" is kind of sea shell in Hawaiin.

 john jr


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on March 26, 2017, 11:02:54 PM
  We needed high quality cases and Leho wanted to start making guitars. They became friends and they helped each other.
So which cases (http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?topic=37875.0) did that result in  :?

Was it the Access Products Group cases  :?


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: pewtergod on March 26, 2017, 11:33:12 PM
Yes, I read that they're made in China, all solid woods I hear.. haven't seen one in person. They seem to be sold for a price quite close to the 03 series. I saw an OM-14 on the net discounted from $1038 to $904... unless they discount more, the imports will be in direct competition with US and Canadian Larrivee guitars. That's unless we don't see a hike in Larrivee guitars.
I just paid $689 for a LHG-D14R Leho dreadnought with solid rosewood back and sides.  That's about half what a comparably equipped Larrivee would cost.  They don't make any laminate guitars, just like Larrivee.  They don't seem to use the Larrivee symmetrical bracing pattern, so I don't see them as a threat to real Larrivees.  Seems closer to a Blueridge than a Larrivee, with the whole Appalachian thing.  Should be a good guitar, though!  I love the sound  of solid rosewood over high-grade Sitka.  It sounds downright luxurious. Probably take a couple years to break in, though. 


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: Mikeymac on March 27, 2017, 05:10:33 AM
I just paid $689 for a LHG-D14R Leho dreadnought with solid rosewood back and sides.  That's about half what a comparably equipped Larrivee would cost.  They don't make any laminate guitars, just like Larrivee.  They don't seem to use the Larrivee symmetrical bracing pattern, so I don't see them as a threat to real Larrivees.  Seems closer to a Blueridge than a Larrivee, with the whole Appalachian thing.  Should be a good guitar, though!  I love the sound  of solid rosewood over high-grade Sitka.  It sounds downright luxurious. Probably take a couple years to break in, though. 

So do you already have the guitar in hand and are you already playing it?


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: Walkerman on March 27, 2017, 11:39:56 AM
I think those who may feel that they are getting a "no-name" Larrivee for half the price are going to be disappointed.  You get what you pay for.


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on March 27, 2017, 12:24:44 PM
I think those who may feel that they are getting a "no-name" Larrivee for half the price are going to be disappointed.  You get what you pay for.
Unless you buy a Larrivée, where I have always felt I got more guitar then I paid for  :smile:


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: Walkerman on March 27, 2017, 05:57:51 PM
Unless you buy a Larrivée, where I have always felt I got more guitar then I paid for  :smile:

I think used Larrivees are the best bang for the buck there is in the guitar world right now.


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: Strings4Him on March 28, 2017, 12:15:44 AM
I think those who may feel that they are getting a "no-name" Larrivee for half the price are going to be disappointed.  You get what you pay for.

I tried a few and was not impressed.


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: rosborn on March 28, 2017, 02:46:47 AM
I think used Larrivees are the best bang for the buck there is in the guitar world right now.

I don't know... I got a brand new 000-40 for XXXX and I think I got an incredible bang for my buck.


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Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on March 28, 2017, 11:12:43 PM
There are some for sale on reverb, the seller is wellknown, he advertises some of them made in the usa like John said in a previous post. It looks like they are photographed in the Larrivéefactory.


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: pewtergod on April 01, 2017, 04:45:34 AM
Well, I got the Leho today, And I think I'm going to order another.  This doesn't look, feel, or sound like a Chinese guitar, like my Blueridge (varnish too thick), Guilds (gloss finish).  Well, my Michael Kelly MKD52SCE is satin finish, and really well built like this. And it  sounds pretty great.  Real Grover tuners and a top covered in silking, perfectly straight even grain top, has to be at least AA grade (they claim AAA grade, but US Guitars Plus are the only ones I've seen with a grade on it).  A couple of the frets could have been sanded better on the ends. It won't have the resale value of a Larrivee, but i don't plan on selling it any time in the near future. Oh, real bone nut, saddle, and pins. 


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: markj on April 01, 2017, 05:15:24 AM
 :gotpics:


Title: Re: Leho Guitars, designed by Jean Larrivee?
Post by: pewtergod on April 01, 2017, 09:07:18 PM
:gotpics:
Put them up already under New Leho Designed By Larrivee.  In fact, I think I put pics up a couple places.