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Title: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 19, 2021, 05:32:05 PM
 :donut :donut :donut2 :coffee :donut2 :donut

Well Group! This is my first post, Doughnuts for everyone above!

After much research and a whim, I purchased a 0-40-PD from Reverb. Most people would be turned away from the Padauk with its red color, but as a woodworker I was familiar with the wood, but not as a tone wood. And red is my favorite color, so I figured I would risk it!  But I can truthfully say even though this is a small body guitar, it sounds much better and more focused than the Seagull SWS and the all Koa G series Takamine acoustic I had been playing. I have played more acoustic guitar in the past week, than I have in my guitar playing hobbyist career. Needless to say, I wanted to reach out in the forums and see if anyone else has had a similar "the see the light" moment by getting a Larrivee.

Anyone else have a Larrivee with Padauk back and sides? What do you think?

I will post pictures of it when I get home, but this little guitar is so comfortable to play, it is honestly unbelievable; the sound matches what I always envisioned an acoustic to to sound like in my head! I am Beyond Thrilled!!!!


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Mikeymac on October 19, 2021, 08:02:17 PM
Welcome to the Larrivee Forum and thanks for the donuts - that makes you a member in good standing already!

I don't have a guitar with Padauk, although I've certainly been tempted a few times to order a Warmoth (electric) neck made from that wood...looks good.

I bought my first Larrivee almost 30 years ago, so I guess "I saw the light" then (in 1992, when I got my Larrivee OM-05, which I still have today...)

Also looking forward to the pics when you can add them!

I'm sure it's a
  :nice guitar:


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: unclrob on October 19, 2021, 08:41:11 PM
 :welcome: to the loonie bin  :wave :donut :donut :donut :donut


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: teh on October 19, 2021, 10:08:44 PM
Welcome aboard. I will be interested to see photos of your guitar because The Larrivee Family has an eye for wood and unusual combinations.
It looks like you found one too.

There are a nice bunch of friendly, knowledgable people on this forum and you can learn a lot by visiting. Be warned that this probably won’t be your last Larrivee either; there are a lot of enablers here.

My first Larrivee was a special edition flamed maple parlor in 2004 and I ordered an LV03MT 12 string in late 2005 with a mahogany top and Venetian cutaway, bone nut and saddle with an arch top case. I am patiently waiting for an LSV03 with Moonwood spruce top, walnut back/sides and 12 frets that I ordered in June. My first two Larrivees have probably sold a couple dozen more to people who played mine, or played one that someone bought after playing mine.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Rockysdad on October 19, 2021, 11:19:44 PM
 :welcome: mgood,
 :donut :donut :donut2 :donut2 :coffee

Congrats on the new Larrivée, enjoy it forever.

Have a few myself, Mahogany, Maple & Rosewood, and am also awaiting an LS-03 Walnut.
Looking forward to seeing the photos.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Strings4Him on October 19, 2021, 11:24:13 PM
Welcome aboard.  My first, but certainly not the last, Larrivee was a parlor guitar too.  Looking forward to some pics of your unique guitar 👍😀


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Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: B0WIE on October 20, 2021, 01:48:25 AM
Welcome!!  :nana_guitar


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Riverbend on October 20, 2021, 10:29:07 AM
Congratulations and welcome! :donut :donut2 :coffee :coffee :cheers
Great guitars, and my 4th Larrivee guitar is being built! It's a special family of builders and owners.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Hooked on October 20, 2021, 11:44:52 AM
Have a coffee on me and enjoy the party! Welcome! :coffee


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: markj on October 20, 2021, 12:53:14 PM
 :wave Welcome! Thank you for the donuts!

We all look forward to seeing and hearing your guitar.

 :donut :donut2 :coffee


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mike in lytle on October 20, 2021, 03:19:27 PM
 :coffee :coffee
Welcome to the forum.
I had to look up Padauk, cause I don't get out much..... very cool. Now I know more than I did before.
My "see the light" moment came when I played a used L-05 at a local store after trying many Larrivee guitars of various shapes and woods.
It spoke to me, I had to take it home. I did call my wife first. Anyhow that was pretty much almost exactly 7 years ago.
Not only did I like it right away, but that guitar helped to educate me on what I was hearing in a Larrivee, relative to other good guitar brands.
Now Larrivees are all I play, and I have more than one.
Mike


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 20, 2021, 04:45:13 PM
I have no clue how to upload the photos they say the img is too big! And I took 8 good ones for you all!


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Mikeymac on October 20, 2021, 04:52:46 PM
I have no clue how to upload the photos they say the img is too big! And I took 8 good ones for you all!

You may need to edit your images and make then smaller first, then you should be able to download them here.



Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 20, 2021, 07:18:32 PM
Alright I think I got it figured out! I have (8) photos so Its gonna be (2) posts! Hope you enjoy, and Let me know what you think! Even if you don't like it! Red is my favorite color so it won't hurt my feelings!


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 20, 2021, 07:24:59 PM
 :cheers round #2

Let me know what you think!


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Mikeymac on October 20, 2021, 08:37:23 PM
What's not to like? Beautiful!!!

Love the headstock "torch" too!


 :nice guitar:



Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: markj on October 20, 2021, 08:39:32 PM
Oh my! What a a gorgeous guitar you found!  :cheers :beer :nana_guitar

Wow! I just love it.
 :nice guitar:



Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Strings4Him on October 21, 2021, 12:55:56 AM
She’s a beaut!


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Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 22, 2021, 08:13:04 PM
Thank You all for the kind words I am certainly in love with this guitar and....
I am already looking for another!
:roll

What should my next body size / Shape be? I love small bodies because i have always felt a dread or om makes my shoulder feel awkward when playing, any Suggestions for a slight difference would be appreciated!


 Does anyone own a Larrivee with the Italian Alpine Spruce tops? The tops that came from Cremona Italy! I'd love to hear what you think and see them! I wish i was smart enough to find the Larrivee brand before the folks at Wildwood Music retired, it looked like they had a bunch of unique Larrivees!



Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Riverbend on October 22, 2021, 08:23:06 PM
 :nice guitar:
And a purdy one it is! Ah, but the sound...never heard a Larrivee I didn't appreciate.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: markj on October 23, 2021, 01:33:32 AM
Thank You all for the kind words I am certainly in love with this guitar and....
I am already looking for another!
:roll

What should my next body size / Shape be? I love small bodies because i have always felt a dread or om makes my shoulder feel awkward when playing, any Suggestions for a slight difference would be appreciated!


 Does anyone own a Larrivee with the Italian Alpine Spruce tops? The tops that came from Cremona Italy! I'd love to hear what you think and see them! I wish i was smart enough to find the Larrivee brand before the folks at Wildwood Music retired, it looked like they had a bunch of unique Larrivees!



Order a OO-40 with an Alpine Spruce Top. I have an LV-10 50th Anniversary with Alpine Spruce top and just love it. My OO-40 has a sitka spruce top but I love it too!

Here they are hanging out with a nicely aged P 09 friend of theirs. ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Hsv9nLXM/IMG-20181209-185106991-2.jpg)



Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: jpmist on October 23, 2021, 12:06:53 PM

Does anyone own a Larrivee with the Italian Alpine Spruce tops? The tops that came from Cremona Italy! I'd love to hear what you think and see them! I wish i was smart enough to find the Larrivee brand before the folks at Wildwood Music retired, it looked like they had a bunch of unique Larrivees!

(https://i.imgur.com/SlDCLf8.jpg)

I did a spruce top comparison pic a while back to show how my Italian Spruce top has kept it's creamy light tone. The center OO-05 came from Wildwood.

FYI - I've finally decided to let two of my OO's go, so lemme know if you're in the market for either a rosewood OO-03 or a mahogany OOV-03. I did some lockdown shopping over the last two years and ended up with satin and gloss versions of spruce/rosewood and spruce/mahogany. Ridiculous to keep all 4 so the satins are gonna be on Reverb soon.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 28, 2021, 01:27:33 AM
I did a spruce top comparison pic a while back to show how my Italian Spruce top has kept it's creamy light tone. The center OO-05 came from Wildwood.

FYI - I've finally decided to let two of my OO's go, so lemme know if you're in the market for either a rosewood OO-03 or a mahogany OOV-03. I did some lockdown shopping over the last two years and ended up with satin and gloss versions of spruce/rosewood and spruce/mahogany. Ridiculous to keep all 4 so the satins are gonna be on Reverb soon.

Wow, the Italian Spruce looks amazing! How do you like the sound? How does the Italian Spruce compare to Moon Spruce? I would love to see if there is a major difference or if it is not much of one.  As of now I'm trying to decide between a LS or a 00, and I am trying to read the differences. Would anyone suggest a custom shop order?   


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: markj on October 28, 2021, 03:55:54 AM
Wow, the Italian Spruce looks amazing! How do you like the sound? How does the Italian Spruce compare to Moon Spruce? I would love to see if there is a major difference or if it is not much of one.  As of now I'm trying to decide between a LS or a 00, and I am trying to read the differences. Would anyone suggest a custom shop order?   

Scroll up!   :roll

I suggested you order a custom OO with Alpine Moon Spruce.  The LV-10 in the center has an Alpine Moon Spruce top.  The OO-40 on the left has sitka spruce :beer


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 28, 2021, 01:42:43 PM
Scroll up!   :roll

I suggested you order a custom OO with Alpine Moon Spruce.  The LV-10 in the center has an Alpine Moon Spruce top.  The OO-40 on the left has sitka spruce :beer


I saw your post! What wood was used on your OO's back and sides? How does the P compare to the OO? I think that the P and O are the same size guitar? (Could be wrong there, just the P has "fancier appointments?")


For the back and sides of a OO with a Alpine Moon Spruce top, what would you suggest?


IF I get any custom guitar, I am gonna order one with that Pyramid Bridge (That thing just looks so classy)


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Mikeymac on October 28, 2021, 01:56:49 PM

How does the P compare to the OO? I think that the P and O are the same size guitar?
 

The P/parlor body is smaller than the 00 body - and the parlor has a 24" scale length, while the 00 has a 25.5" scale length. Very different critters.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: markj on October 28, 2021, 02:37:45 PM

I saw your post! What wood was used on your OO's back and sides? How does the P compare to the OO? I think that the P and O are the same size guitar? (Could be wrong there, just the P has "fancier appointments?")


For the back and sides of a OO with a Alpine Moon Spruce top, what would you suggest?


IF I get any custom guitar, I am gonna order one with that Pyramid Bridge (That thing just looks so classy)

The OO-40 in the photo has Mahogany back and sides. The OO (left) is larger than the P-09. The P-09 in the photo is Australian Lace Wood back and sides and a nicely aged sitka spruce top.  The OO-40 had a pyramid bridge originally. It lifted and Larrivee replaced it with that beautiful Vine inlay bridge for me.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 29, 2021, 12:48:29 AM


I suggested you order a custom OO with Alpine Moon Spruce.

After hearing the most recent OO-40 that Ron posted I think that is the direction I should go too!  :cheers so thanks a bunch Mark!  The OO shouldn't be much bigger than my O but it sounds great too. I was originally looking at the P sizes, but...that OO sounds great.  I contacted a local dealer for pricing or can one just work with the folks at Larrivee directly for a custom shop order?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: markj on October 29, 2021, 01:11:48 AM
After hearing the most recent OO-40 that Ron posted I think that is the direction I should go too!  :cheers so thanks a bunch Mark!  The OO shouldn't be much bigger than my O but it sounds great too. I was originally looking at the P sizes, but...that OO sounds great.  I contacted a local dealer for pricing or can one just work with the folks at Larrivee directly for a custom shop order?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

I would call Larrivee direct if you don't have a local dealer.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 29, 2021, 05:19:20 PM
I would call Larrivee direct if you don't have a local dealer.

I didn't see a phone number listed on their website, I was working with a local group here in Pittsburgh, but was losing confidence when they said to me that the I meant "Moon Spruce" when I was referring to the "Italian Alpine Spruce" tops.

If anything it would be a start to get me to someone who has fair prices for a custom shop OO (You convinced me Mark!) Any recommendation for a good Custom shop build experience would be great!




Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: markj on October 29, 2021, 06:12:50 PM
I didn't see a phone number listed on their website, I was working with a local group here in Pittsburgh, but was losing confidence when they said to me that the I meant "Moon Spruce" when I was referring to the "Italian Alpine Spruce" tops.

If anything it would be a start to get me to someone who has fair prices for a custom shop OO (You convinced me Mark!) Any recommendation for a good Custom shop build experience would be great!


Italian Alpine Spruce is "Moon" Spruce.

Look on Page 2 of the Custom Price List.
https://www.larrivee.com/pdfs/Custom%20Option%20Pricing_v6.pdf

It is listed as "European Alpine Moon Spruce"

Try Dave's Woodstock Music.

https://www.daveswoodstockmusic.com/about-us.html


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on October 30, 2021, 03:25:23 PM
Italian Alpine Spruce is "Moon" Spruce.

Try Dave's Woodstock Music.

https://www.daveswoodstockmusic.com/about-us.html


Now, the big question Rosewood or Mahogany for the OO? Considering my O has Padauk Back and Sides.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: markj on October 30, 2021, 06:17:54 PM
I would go Mahogany or American Walnut. The only reason I say American Walnut is, that they are using it on our Forum VI guitars and Matt Larrivee loves it.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on November 04, 2021, 08:18:41 PM
Markj I am a woodworker and was Lucky Enough to win a door prize of some Absolutely Stunning Walnut from the Saw Mill I buy my lumber from. I have attached Photos, Do you think Matt Larrivee would enjoy making a guitar with it, it is the American Walnut you speak of.  There probably is enough for several bodies! It is so curly because it is the compression curl form the base of the log. This crotch section was extremely figured! It almost looks like fiddleback maple. It wasn't big enough for me to make a table with but a guitar, I think that would be pretty cool.



Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: Riverbend on November 04, 2021, 09:30:18 PM
That's some gorgeous walnut!
Here's my personal perspective on my guitars and their tone woods. My first Larrivee, purchased from Wildwood Music, was a special run of Italian Alpine Spruce topped guitars. Mine was an LV-03RE-IAS. What a wonderful guitar, and the top just got better and better sounding to my ears. So good, in fact, that I gave it to a son. It didn't hurt though, as I'd bought an OM-40M that I loved, as well. Then I was able to acquire an older O-01 Walnut. So, my Larrivees were an Alpine Spruce rosewood, a spruce/mahogany, and a spruce/walnut. What's not to love, right? Well, since ordering what I expect will be the perfect combination, the Forum VI Moonwood/Walnut, I will say it seems like a marriage of woods made in heaven, or at least a Larrivee shop.  I'm also fortunate to have 2 of their increasingly rare F-33 mandolins, which are just really really sweet mandolins.
So moonwood over walnut gets my vote! Good luck! 


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: markj on November 04, 2021, 10:47:06 PM
Markj I am a woodworker and was Lucky Enough to win a door prize of some Absolutely Stunning Walnut from the Saw Mill I buy my lumber from. I have attached Photos, Do you think Matt Larrivee would enjoy making a guitar with it, it is the American Walnut you speak of.  There probably is enough for several bodies! It is so curly because it is the compression curl form the base of the log. This crotch section was extremely figured! It almost looks like fiddleback maple. It wasn't big enough for me to make a table with but a guitar, I think that would be pretty cool.



WOW! Those boards look amazing. I would try to get in touch with them by filling out the form on the website at: https://www.larrivee.com/contact

There is place to include photos so send the photos of those gorgeous boards and see what happens.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on November 04, 2021, 11:00:33 PM
So moonwood over walnut gets my vote! Good luck! 

That seems to be a unanimous vote!!!  European Moonspruce over walnut. I think ill do it...really appreciate your input owning the rosewood and the mahogany versions as well.


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on November 04, 2021, 11:03:32 PM
That seems to be a unanimous vote!!!  European Moonspruce over walnut. I think ill do it...really appreciate your input owning the rosewood and the mahogany versions as well.

I contacted Dave's Woodstock as you suggested, I missed his call yesterday and he missed my call today. Hopefully we can put these boards too good use! Who knows, maybe there will be enough wood leftover for others in the forum for a "mini forum post" run  :cheers


Title: Re: My First Larrivee & hello 2 forum!
Post by: mgood1845 on November 05, 2021, 11:41:08 PM
Just to keep all who are interested up to date, I sent over more detailed photos of the Curly Walnut boards to the kind folks at Larrivee and they are reviewing! I Hope to hear back from them soon! I will certainly keep you all posted! Many thanks for everyone here for taking the time to answer my questions and add suggestions for what I should be looking at! Now, I understand the excitement over the Forum Guitar build! What a great unique experience!