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« on: June 10, 2011, 09:08:00 PM »

Being a rookie guitarist, with no delusions of playing in front of an audience anytime soon, is there any benefit in buying an (E) version in my first really nice guitar?

Yes, SOMEday I'd love to play in my church, and in a real stretch, an open mic night somewhere, but for the next couple of years I don't see me playing outside the company of family or really patient friends.

So, before I pull the trigger on on L-03R, thinking wisdom (what little remains after splurging on my first Larrivee) dictates saving the electronics money for the future. Adding an aftermarket pickup - not too tough? (Or just buy a new guitar ;) )

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 09:24:05 PM »

You are almost always better off doing the after market install than the factory install , especially the ones with the barn door cut in the side.
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2011, 10:14:34 PM »

Hooked - I was at the same crossroads 10 years ago with my purchase.

Had I known then what I know now - I would have never ordered the factory installed electronics, which at the time was some form of Fishman UST and barn-door electronics.

The electronics crapped out after 5 years or so.  I removed it and am left with a poorly cut hole in the side of my guitar (plenty of other posts here have the picture).

I fit a K+K mini pure western on my own, but I already had an end-pin jack from the factory Fishman install, so there was no cutting involved.

Have a decent luthier install a pickup for you.  Lots of folks here like K+K and L.R. Baggs bridge plate transducer systems.  You should be able to do for the same price locally as what Larrivee offers from the factory.  Ask for a luthier recommendation here for where you live.


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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2011, 02:56:32 AM »

After market is the best way to go.As for using a mic it takes a lot of practice and most place's don't have a sound person who would have any idea how to use a mic on a guitar.My prefferance is for mic'ing but I do have 2 acoustic with LR Baggs Ibeam 's installed for playing with others.So my vote is after market and go with either the K+K or the Baggs.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2011, 08:00:28 AM »

Although Larrivee always have used great electronics over the years like Fishman, B-band and LR Baggs, they do (standard) the barn-door version only for the 03-series.
I prefer the no-cut options because adjustments are mostly done on the desk, amp or DI/Preamp any way. The Under-Saddle Transducers are less feedback prone, and Acoustic Soundboard Transducers like the Baggs I-beam and K&K Mini Pure provide more mic-like warmth.
There are also systems that combine the above mentioned pickups and even UST/Mic combos with a blend control.
I personally like Baggs' I-mix.

For trouble free plug-and-play operation consider a no fuss K&K (no battery in the guitar) with an external belt-clip pre amp.
They aren't too costly either.

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2011, 11:49:59 AM »

I agree that if you buy a guitar with the mixer cut into the side, that you should be an experienced player that knows what you are buying, because you can't make the hole in your guitar go away later.

It is easy to add electronics later though.

I prefer to play wo electronics into a mic, but sometimes thats not a good option because of feedback.

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2011, 04:07:21 PM »

After market means more choice.   It is a bit like installing a stereo on a car.    If you choose the stereo you want yourself, you get the sound that you want. 
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