Larrivee Guitar Forum

Main Forums => Larrivée Guitars => Topic started by: guitargeak99 on December 20, 2018, 10:03:07 PM



Title: OM-40R
Post by: guitargeak99 on December 20, 2018, 10:03:07 PM
Hi all,
First time poster and first time Larrivee owner.
A while back I played one of these and I was very impressed. Until then I’d never played any Larrivee, but I knew of them.
This thing sounded great. I posted a thread over on the AGF, and there was a lot of praise.
Long story short, I bought a new one from Shoreline under a recent Black Friday sale. Free shipping and free set up.
Wailed on it every day - a cannon, but I’m used to the easy play of my short scale Taylor 12 Fret. So I threw some lights
on it and I can’t put this thing down. I posted a review on Shoreline that I like, “Pry it from my cold dead hands”.

Very simple appointments on this, but it is so well crafted.
I’m proud as hell of it.

Cheers


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on December 20, 2018, 11:54:46 PM
Congratulations guitargeak99 the OM-40's are a hell of a guitar!

 :welcome:


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: ryler on December 22, 2018, 11:28:08 PM
You're ahead of me on this model.  I haven't played a -40 and would love to.  Congratulations on your joy!  Most happy for you.  Shoreline is great to deal with.  I only get strings from them, but I really like the  company.  Welcome to this forum.


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: Yippie on December 22, 2018, 11:38:58 PM
I was playing an OM40 last week. Enjoy a sweet guitar.  :welcome:


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: Danny on December 23, 2018, 05:06:36 AM
 Good to hear this experience. I have had a OOO-40R and a OO-40R.
I thinned out my herd, but one of my best friends has the OO-40R do I still play it when I visit him.
  Post some pics if you have the time.


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: Riverbend on December 23, 2018, 10:59:57 AM
My OM-40M has become my favorite all around guitar. Have you ever played a standard Larrivee? They're just as special in their own way, as well, but there's something about the 40 that suits my ears. Enjoy!  :donut2 :coffee :donut2 :coffee 


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: guitargeak99 on December 23, 2018, 09:34:48 PM
I have seen a few Larrivees in music stores, but never had a chance to play one.
They looked like they were really nice guitars, though.
Even though my OM-40R does not have a gloss finish, it is so clean. The craftsmanship is so evident- looking through the sound hole I cannot see any hint of glue or splinters on any braces. Very neat and tidy.

I’ll post some pics when I get a chance.

Thanks all, and Merry Christmas.


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: markj on January 03, 2019, 12:06:54 PM
  :welcome: :nice guitar:

Congrats on a great guitar!

An OM-40 is on my short list.

:gotpics:


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: Jeffykcs on January 05, 2019, 05:05:37 PM
I put lights :nice guitar: on mine too and I absolutely love it.
Mine is a Moon Spruce and walnut b&s though.


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: guitargeak99 on January 05, 2019, 11:39:56 PM
My Family.....

The OM-40R: From the satin finish and wood binding, to the bone nut and intonated bone saddle, this guitar has very simple appointments and the clean workmanship is immediately apparent.
The wide ratio tuners are the bomb and the bride pins are bone - yes they are, and confirmed by my luthier.

Even though Shoreline has its own on-site luthier that does a complimentary set-up, I still took this to my luthier is Sac (Arnie Gamble). He did not have to do much to this, but he can really dial in the nut slots to make a guitar so easy to play.
He set it up with the John Pearse PB light strings that were on it - when I picked it up he commented on how loud this guitar is.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190105/4bf32f03fff79812e95f4f8c59c8bf28.jpg)


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: Rockysdad on January 06, 2019, 12:07:28 AM
Congrats,   :welcome: :nice guitar: Enjoy that guitar for years. :donut :donut2 :coffee


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: Zissou Intern on January 07, 2019, 03:24:54 PM
Very nice OM, congratulations on your new guitar.

My SD40 is strung with 12-56, light tops/medium bottoms. I am still thinking about ordering a custom D40R with a moon spruce top, large soundhole, and 1 3/4" nut. 


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: iring on January 15, 2019, 09:28:06 PM
My OM 40R, costum, 2015. I'm really impresed about this guitar.

(http://shrani.si/f/l/a1/1cvhSkQy/2-1.jpg)

(http://shrani.si/f/p/gH/36HsuhcF/2-2.jpg)

(http://shrani.si/f/2P/21/2LudqBxj/3.jpg)


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: ryler on January 16, 2019, 01:36:45 AM
Hey, that's to be envied.  Nice looking guitar.


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: guitargeak99 on January 19, 2019, 03:36:15 PM
"iring", very nice.

Tell about it: It's a 2015 custom? What's different, how does it sound, when did you get it?

Mine isn't even broke in yet. Even though these guitars are braced for mediums, light strings can drive the top easy.
I usually go with John Pearse strings, but I'm currently experimenting with Ernie Ball strings - they seem to size their strings just a little smaller, so the string tension is a little less and play-ability is easier.

So far it likes the Ernie Ball Alum Bronze strings in med/light (12 16 24 32 44 54). Easy to play and freaking loud when digging in with a pick.
I have some of the exact strings to try later, except in Phos Bronze.


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: iring on January 21, 2019, 03:48:52 PM
Hi, I've got this om 40r a month ago. I played it for the first time a three monts ago and when I first touch it, I know that this must be mine in the future. So, I make a deal with my friend and now is mine. It sounds very fresh and deep and it is very easy to play. I use Martin 0'12 strings. For now it seems to be a good chose. This guitar is normal OM 40R model with custom torch inlay on headstock.


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: Mikeymac on January 22, 2019, 04:20:53 AM
Hi, I've got this om 40r a month ago. I played it for the first time a three monts ago and when I first touch it, I know that this must be mine in the future. So, I make a deal with my friend and now is mine. It sounds very fresh and deep and it is very easy to play. I use Martin 0'12 strings. For now it seems to be a good chose. This guitar is normal OM 40R model with custom torch inlay on headstock.

Congrats - sounds like a great find.

And (whispering) - don't tell anyone, but I like Martin strings on my Larrivees...  :whistling:


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: jpmist on January 22, 2019, 07:27:15 PM
My Family.....

The OM-40R: From the satin finish and wood binding, to the bone nut and intonated bone saddle, this guitar has very simple appointments and the clean workmanship is immediately apparent.
The wide ratio tuners are the bomb and the bride pins are bone - yes they are, and confirmed by my luthier.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190105/4bf32f03fff79812e95f4f8c59c8bf28.jpg)

Nice family photo! Those engraved tuner buttons are sweet, I assume tuners are open backed?

Been checking in with you on AGF, welcome to forum!


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: guitargeak99 on January 23, 2019, 05:34:44 PM
Nice family photo! Those engraved tuner buttons are sweet, I assume tuners are open backed?

Been checking in with you on AGF, welcome to forum!

Thanks. The tuners are open back and they are really nice.
I can’t remeber their ratio, but you can really dial in the string pitch with ease.

I’m still playing with strings. I currently have D’addario NB on it - meh......doesn’t sound bad, but the overtones are subdued. And overtones are the reason I got a spruce/rosewood.
Even though everyone  always extols the virtues of Elixer, D’addario, & Martin strings (the big 3), I decided to branch out and try some Ernie Ball AB’s in med/light. These strings in light gauge are awesome on my Taylor 12 Fret. They are a tad bright on the Larry, so I’ll try the Ernies in PB next. I also like how the Ernies size their strings.....med/lights are 12-54 and lights are 11-52. Lighter string tension, easier to play, and still loud.


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: guitargeak99 on January 27, 2019, 04:54:39 PM
Thanks. The tuners are open back and they are really nice.
I can’t remeber their ratio, but you can really dial in the string pitch with ease.

I’m still playing with strings. I currently have D’addario NB on it - meh......doesn’t sound bad, but the overtones are subdued. And overtones are the reason I got a spruce/rosewood.
Even though everyone  always extols the virtues of Elixer, D’addario, & Martin strings (the big 3), I decided to branch out and try some Ernie Ball AB’s in med/light. These strings in light gauge are awesome on my Taylor 12 Fret. They are a tad bright on the Larry, so I’ll try the Ernies in PB next. I also like how the Ernies size their strings.....med/lights are 12-54 and lights are 11-52. Lighter string tension, easier to play, and still loud.

Ok, I tried the Ernie Ball PB’s in med/light......they were ok. In a blind test I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between them and D’Addario or JP strings.
Then I went with some JP PB’s in custom light (12-55) that I had laying around. Same thing.....they were so so, and felt like the string tension was more than the Ernies.

Right now I’m trying out some Ernie 80/20’s in med/light and I might have struck gold.
Even though the strings gauges are similar (or same) as the others, the Ernies just seem to have a lower string tension that makes fretting noticeably easier.
As stated earlier, I tried some D’Addario in Nickle-bronze lights. They were loud with good bass, but the overtones that my wood combo (Spruce/RW) is known for just wasn’t there. The tone was very fundamental and I can see why the Mahogany crowd likes these.
Nevertheless, I have some custom lights in this same string that I willl try.
I also, want to try some DR Sunbeam 12’s, but barring any big surprises, I’ll be staying with the 80/20 Ernies on the Larry and the Ernie AB’s on the Taylor 12 fret.

Cheers


Title: Re: OM-40R
Post by: guitargeak99 on February 10, 2019, 05:31:41 PM
For anyone who cares:

I just tried some DR Sunbeam (lights) and they were pretty good, and were right there with the Ernie 80/20’s.
The lower string tension really made for some easy fretting.

I currently have on some Ernie Ball PB Paradigms in med/light, and so far they Have edged out any string so far.
When I play finger style (Blackbird & Tears in Heaven) the low E string rumbles against my gut.
(Kind of funny that the regular Ernie Ball PB’s in the same gauge were lackluster.)
Also, I had these same Paradigm strings on my daughter’s D35 and she had me immediately take them off - I played it and they were just so so. That D35 is a beast.
These strings weren’t cheap, so I put them right on the Larry - sounds lively as heck.

I have some Martin PB’s and DR Rares to try next - both in med/light.
Cheers