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Title: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on September 26, 2016, 04:31:46 PM
First of all: sorry for my bad english. I am from Germany and don't write in this language very often.

After a "long journey" I finally got my Larrivee dream guitar. An OM 50 Traditonal Mahogany which I traded für a Lakewood A 32 custom some days ago. The Lakewood is a very, very fine guitar, but it did not work well enough with the traditional blues I play.
The Larrivee fits perfect. Can't stop playing.

On all my guitars I play and played D'Addario EXP 80/20 Bronze Strings with the exeption of the Lakewood which sound very poor with these strings. I tried many strings and finally I found Pyramid Round Core strings (Western Folk) which turned out to be ideal.

I put EXPs on my Larrivee and it sounds very, very well. But has anybody any suggestions if there are still better strings for this guitar.

Btw: I hate Elixirs.....


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: B0WIE on September 26, 2016, 06:30:36 PM
What ways would you like to change the sound? It's hard to make a recommendation without knowing your tastes.
That said, Newtones are my favorite on most of my Larrivees. They're much easier to find in EU than in the US.  The Masterclass series is complex and balanced sounding.  They also last a very long time.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: carruth on September 26, 2016, 07:32:31 PM
My Larrivees' love Martin M140 80/20 Bronze strings.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: jpmist on September 26, 2016, 08:15:21 PM
"I put EXPs on my Larrivee and it sounds very, very well. But has anybody any suggestions if there are still better strings for this guitar.

Btw: I hate Elixirs....."

I got nothing for ya, since I've only used Elixars for years on all my guitars. . .  :rolleye:

Your english is better than 90% of the people I read on Reddit, so congratulations for that. The only thing I'd put a red pencil thru is that "sounds very, very well."  It would read better to natural english speakers to write "sounds very, very nice" or "sounds really great" or "sounds very beautiful". "Well" in this context suggests the sound is not sick . . .

Forgive my being picky, but I thought you might want some feedback. Welcome to the the forum! :nana_guitar

 :donut2 :coffee :donut


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on September 26, 2016, 09:14:54 PM
Thank you very much. Yes, I know how hard it is for english and american people to always use the correct words in german..... But important is, that one understands what is meant.

It is not so that I'm not content with the EXPs, but sometimes there are strings on guitars that sound "nicer" than others and I wondered if anyone maybe has any suggestions.

95 % of my musik is old style acoustic blues of the twenties and thirtees (Blind Blake, Skip James, Robert Johnson and so on). Quite unusual for a german you might say,  but I've been  loving the blues since I was a child. And this was a long, long time ago, about 50 years now.....


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: Walkerman on September 26, 2016, 09:27:02 PM
You know, JCL is in Germany now.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: B0WIE on September 26, 2016, 11:26:55 PM
Ah, for your style, try Newtone Double-Wound. They have a warmer tone, well-suited toward old timey tunes. Similar to the Tomasik Infields but much less expensive. If you don't like Elixirs, that tells me that you generally don't like bright strings.  You may even enjoy Silk and Steel strings. They don't have the same articulation and richness as the Newtones but they are fairly cheap and have a darker tone, perfect for most 30's bless.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: George on September 26, 2016, 11:34:55 PM
Ah, for your style, try Newtone Double-Wound. They have a warmer tone, well-suited toward old timey tunes. Similar to the Tomasik Infields but much less expensive. If you don't like Elixirs, that tells me that you generally don't like bright strings.  You may even enjoy Silk and Steel strings. They don't have the same articulation and richness as the Newtones but they are fairly cheap and have a darker tone, perfect for most 30's bless.

Where are you getting your Newtones now?  I have lost all of my sources of supply online that I used to get them from...


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on September 28, 2016, 04:22:05 PM
I would love to try these Newtone Double Wounds. But I'm afraid they are much too expensive in Europe: up to 35 € in England (about 40 $!). A bit cheaper in Spain.
In Germany I didn't find any.
But I keep looking.

I think I'll try Pyramid Round Cores first, which did quite a good job on my Lakewood.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: B0WIE on September 28, 2016, 05:13:54 PM
Where are you getting your Newtones now?  I have lost all of my sources of supply online that I used to get them from...
SuperStrings, which is a UK shop that is happy to ship to the US. Depending on the dollar fluctuation and whether they are running any sales, I've gotten regular Masterclass for as low as $9ea.  Right now, double-wounds are $12.76ea (be sure to check the price without VAT) and you can get 5% off first time orders.
http://www.superstrings.com/newtone-master-class-double-wound-guitar-strings/ (http://www.superstrings.com/newtone-master-class-double-wound-guitar-strings/)

In the US, I believe Strings By Mail carries them.  Newtone is a small company and demand exceeds supply so, when they're available, snatch them up.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: George on September 28, 2016, 08:14:27 PM
SuperStrings, which is a UK shop that is happy to ship to the US. Depending on the dollar fluctuation and whether they are running any sales, I've gotten regular Masterclass for as low as $9ea.  Right now, double-wounds are $12.76ea (be sure to check the price without VAT) and you can get 5% off first time orders.
http://www.superstrings.com/newtone-master-class-double-wound-guitar-strings/ (http://www.superstrings.com/newtone-master-class-double-wound-guitar-strings/)

In the US, I believe Strings By Mail carries them.  Newtone is a small company and demand exceeds supply so, when they're available, snatch them up.

Thanks for the tips!  I will try these guys.  I like the Double-Wound, the Heritage and the MasterClass in both nickel and bronze.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on October 03, 2016, 04:05:39 PM
A short improvised blues in E major with my OM 50. Filmed with a Samsung Galaxy S6.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsEynitJ8QY


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: jpmist on October 03, 2016, 04:08:33 PM
Great stuff, thanks for sharing!

 :nana_guitar


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: mattwood on October 03, 2016, 04:40:03 PM
Fantastic playing!  I would slap some Martin Monels on that beauty and I think you would really like the tone it would produce for  your style of playing.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: Yippie on October 03, 2016, 09:14:36 PM
 :+1:
Fantastic playing!  I would slap some Martin Monels on that beauty and I think you would really like the tone it would produce for  your style of playing.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: George on October 03, 2016, 09:34:12 PM
Great song, I love the blues.  Nice studio.  You might like Newtones too...


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on October 03, 2016, 10:55:08 PM
Very nice indeed.  I really enjoyed that.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: Strings4Him on October 03, 2016, 11:49:03 PM
Great playing!


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: Treenewt on October 05, 2016, 03:42:20 PM
Wonderfully played on a beautiful guitar!


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: Presc on October 06, 2016, 02:11:16 PM
Fantastic playing!  I would slap some Martin Monels on that beauty and I think you would really like the tone it would produce for  your style of playing.

Agree on the playing and also on the Monel suggestion!  I really enjoy them on my OM40R.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: ducktrapper on October 06, 2016, 09:26:36 PM
Hi. I prefer D'Addario EXPs to Elixirs as well but I'm an oddity and can generally make do with pretty much any new guitar strings. My Larrivees tend to make any string sound good.  :cheers


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on October 15, 2016, 06:58:57 PM
Here is a little recording without using any microphone. Althought I always told everybody (as do most guitar players), that recording an acoustic guitar with a pickup is crap and must sound awful.
Of course this does not sound as nice a microphoned guitar, but it is close.

This is recorded with my Larrivee, LR Baggs Anthem -  Ditto Looper - Schertler Unico - the guitar input of my Boss BR 1600.

The song played is improvised: three chords and melody. No blues at all.

https://soundcloud.com/emptypockets1/testaufnahme-2



Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: George on October 15, 2016, 07:51:33 PM
What do you mean no blues at all?  Sounded pretty bluesy to me!  Soulful playing at the very least, you can tell it came from your heart...  You do all the parts?

Bravo!


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on October 15, 2016, 08:44:53 PM
I mean, no blues in the way I play my classical blues. These are just three chords (a minor, e minor and d minor), no blues progression, no I - IV - V.

What you hear is one track containing the rhythm and the solo - part (with the Ditto), and the other just some rhythmic parts.

Of course all played by myself.

Every once in a while I love to play these non - blues - instrumentals, also electrified...
https://soundcloud.com/emptypockets1/ohne-titel-1


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on October 31, 2016, 08:29:00 PM
Greetings from Germany to "Larrivee - Land". A little "Evening Contemplation".
https://soundcloud.com/emptypockets1/evening-meditation


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: George on October 31, 2016, 10:11:27 PM
Greetings from Germany to "Larrivee - Land". A little "Evening Contemplation".
https://soundcloud.com/emptypockets1/evening-meditation

Greetings back to you Germany.  I think by now you are considered part of Larrivee Land?  Great song by the way, I love to listen to you guys play...  Your style is refreshing.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on October 31, 2016, 10:27:41 PM
Thank you so much. But this song was me solo. Recorded this afternoon.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on November 01, 2016, 12:50:30 AM
Good job.  Very clear playing and nice recording.


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on March 25, 2017, 06:14:32 PM
Long time no see.

Busy rehearsing with my "partner in blues". to get our programm done.

But here's an spontanous improvisation on some Lonnie Johnson chords recorded this afternoom-

No masterpiece for sure, but fun to play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCoZqfoZm8Q&t=17s


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: Blind Dog on March 31, 2017, 04:08:41 PM
I really enjoyed your channel. The picking, the arrangements, and the recording quality are exceptional. I hope to hear more.

 :donut :donut2 :coffee  :nice guitar:


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on April 06, 2017, 02:31:48 PM
Thank you very much.

By the way: I tried out Martin Monels as suggested. Hm..... .

I was not so impressed. They sound okay for old time blues and ragtime, but they seem to "compress" every note you play. Very hard if not impossible to add any dynamics.

Got rid of them after a week and put on my "good old" EXPs.



Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: emptypockets on July 28, 2017, 05:17:29 PM
Germany = Land of Rain.
What coukd be better than improvising a little blues with my OM 50. No masterpiece but a good possibility to tell you all that I am still impressed by this wonderful guitar!
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=R3mN1PMnmng


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: mike in lytle on July 28, 2017, 06:32:39 PM
Germany = Land of Rain.
What coukd be better than improvising a little blues with my OM 50. No masterpiece but a good possibility to tell you all that I am still impressed by this wonderful guitar!
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=R3mN1PMnmng

This link works:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3mN1PMnmng
Mike


Title: Re: Larrivee OM 50 Traditional Series
Post by: Mikeymac on July 28, 2017, 10:01:29 PM
Nice tune and tone. Thanks for posting.

 :donut :coffee :donut2 :coffee