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« on: March 16, 2007, 04:40:57 PM »

Hey guys,

OK --- My LV-03E is turning dark on the top. I called Larrivee and the guy was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, he told me it was ok. However for some odd reason (that maybe one of you can vear me off of) I think that it's still bad...

I got my guitar in April 05.

Any words of advice?
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2007, 04:47:54 PM »

This is a natural phenomenon...Spruce darkens as it ages...this is why many old martins etc..have that kind of pumpkin oragne color that (some) people love so much...I don't think it affects the wood in a bad way...if you store it in a case when not in use it will slow down this process.  Of course if you take off the pickguard you will hae a significant "tan line"

 

 

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2007, 04:54:48 PM »

 That is great!!!  An aging top is nice looking and even better sounding than a new one.
I love the way my Larrivee is looking and sounding after two years!

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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2007, 06:20:34 PM »

Congratulations
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007, 06:28:47 PM »

My OM-03 has a beautiful tan and my D-03 is starting to turn.

Heavenly   +1
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2007, 06:44:46 PM »

Don't worry.  As long is it is not being exposed to direct sunlight over long periods of time, your guitar will age far better than you. Assuming, of course, that you avoid extremes (and quick changes) in temperature and humidity.

Aging is a good thing.  Adds character. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2007, 06:51:26 PM »

Take a look at the pumpkin orange spruce top of my '68 Yamaha!

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2007, 06:52:57 PM »

Aging is a good thing.  Adds character. 

 +1  I can't wait for the top on my L-03 to get a bit darker.  I love that look.

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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2007, 07:28:50 PM »

We all age.Sometimes we just don't age pretty.....wait your talking about your guitar,OK don't worry.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2007, 10:29:45 PM »

Huh... very interesting, I'll have to upload a pic of my guitar so you can see. It actually has a couple of darker lines along the top (sikita)... I'll upload shortly.
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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2007, 10:37:23 PM »

I've got a 15-year-old Takamine spurce top that looks more like cedar than spruce at this point.  I yanked off the pickguard a few years back and there is a killer tanline.  But it doesn't appear that the wood underneath the old pickguard is even trying to catch up.  Strange.
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2007, 10:59:20 PM »

Ditto on how cool aging tops look. My four year old L03R has darkened significantly. It also has some contrasting striping, that is enhanced by the darker color. I love how it looks, and love that it looks different than anyone else's guitar. After all it is just a piece of wood, and every piece of wood will be different.

And as others have mentioned, not only does it look better, it also sounds better! So much so, I was actually thinking of starting a thread on how it seems to have reached a new sound level. Lately it just seems to be even sweeter and smoother.

Don't be concerned about age in a guitar. As long as it is treated well it will only get better. Enjoy.

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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2007, 11:29:08 PM »

Martin uses an "aging toner" to intenionally make their vintage guitars look more vintage.  One guitar company (try to guess who) uses a little to much orange, most people think.

Half the fun is growing old together and not trading her in on a newer model.
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2007, 12:08:22 AM »

And here are the pics:

About 1 year ago...



Today...


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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2007, 03:23:20 AM »

Holy cow.  That looks HORRIBLE!  You should avoid any further agony by sending that guitar to me, IMMEDIATELY! 

Seriously, nothing wrong there.  Wood is wood.  It is varied and beautiful.  Enjoy.  Nice collection, by the way.

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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2007, 03:59:37 AM »

I've seen a few pics of Larrivees with dark stripes in about the same spots.

Martin uses an "aging toner" to intenionally make their vintage guitars look more vintage.  One guitar company (try to guess who) uses a little to much orange, most people think.

Yeh, I remember the first time I saw one with the toner, It was so unnatural looking, yuck. But they don't use it on all their guitars.
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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2007, 11:09:22 AM »

The wood and finish will darken in time, as part of the natural aging process. Here is an article on Frank Ford's site talking about aging lacquer by exposing it to the sun. http://209-239-165-10.oak.inreach.net/FRETSPages/Luthier/Quickies/AmberLac/amberlac.html

[img]http://209-239-165-10.oak.inreach.net/FRETSPages/Luthier/Quickies/AmberLac/amberlac.JPG[/img

The picture on the left is new lacquer; the picture on the right is a sample exposed to sunlight for two years.
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