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« on: January 20, 2013, 07:55:27 PM »

So what is the story of your first Larrivee?  I'll start:

My first "good" 6-striing was a Larrivee OM-03RE. This was back in 1997. I'd probably gone to 2 or 3 stores, when I went to Music Go Round, which was a Larrivee Dealer at the time.  The sales staff did the smartest thing they could do to get me to buy a guitar, they left me alone.  No "can I help you" which I find pushy, but rather "If you need help let us know".  Then they left me alone with the guitars for an hour or so.

I was already leaning hard toward a Larrivee anyway since back then they were probably the best value at the price point; In 1997 Martins couldn't be touched at the price, Taylors sounded thin and tinny, and Fender was busy destroying Guild. I can't remember if Tacoma existed yet but at any rate I'd never seen one.

I probably spent an hour and a half playing 3 guitars, an OM-03, and OM-09, and the OM-03RE. I liked the sound of the rosewood better and eventually ruled out the OM-03. I then decided against the OM-09 because I just couldn't justify the cost difference for the slightly wider neck and gloss finish.

The next day my wife and I were eating lunch at the Mongolian Stir fry in the same strip mall and she went over and bought the OM-03.
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 08:22:10 PM »

My first larrivee cost me a great deal of money!

I saw it (my dv05e) on Craigslist, after having read a fair bit about the fine company larrivee. Then I went and played the damn thing. First really nice guitar I'd ever played, and I fell in love with it!

Now, I didn't overpay for it - I think it was a very fair price. However, that was the day I realized the difference between playing something mediocre and playing a very nice guitar. I blame three more purchases on this first experience - and I'm thrilled about each and every one!
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 08:26:22 PM »

My friend took me to a guitar store with him to see the D50 he was going to buy. Played some larrivees and was hooked. Searched around on here and found a D60 and bought it. I later purchased my OMV50 on here as well. The 0-60 was a Craigslist acquisition.
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2013, 10:39:40 PM »

My oo-03R short scale. Wasn't that long ago. Used it this morning at our weekly family reunion meeting.
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2013, 10:51:17 PM »

I've posted my "story" before.  Here, I am quoting myself from one of the first posts I made shortly after I joined the forum in July, 2010.

"OK, here's MY story.  First heard a Larrivee being played at a free concert for school kids in Worsley, Alberta given by the Canadian Artist, Valdy.  It had a UST pickup system which was something new and high-tech at the time.  He played it plugged directly into his PA amp. along with his vocal mike.  I remember he had 2 of those huge cube-shaped Klipschorn speakers.  I was blown away by the sound of that guitar.  I had coffee with him and got to talk to him about it after the concert and he even let me strum it.  He told me all about Larrivee guitars, their maker being canadian, woods used, etc.  That was in 1984.

Not long after, in Jan. 1985, I took a musician friend with me to Edmonton to help me choose my "ultimate guitar".  I had a pre-existing bias, based on name only, that I would get a Martin if I could afford one.  But I wasn't adverse to getting a Larrivee like Valdy's either.  We didn't find any Larrivees at the first few places we went.  We ended up at D. A. Cameron guitar repair.  Mr. Cameron had a L-07 model hanging there that he had taken in as a trade on something else.  He strongly suggested I compare it with a couple of Martins and a Gibson he had there.  My friend (who's mostly a fiddler and mandolin player) kept nodding approvingly whenever I would play the Larrivee.  Mr. Cameron also kept steering me toward it too.  He also pointed out that, being used, his price was only half of what a new one went for then, and way less than the Martins he had.  I ended up buying it for $650.00 CAD.  It was the best guitar purchase I ever made.  I am ever thankful for his honest recommendation.

I've since determined it was made in late 82 or early 83."

Kurt in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2013, 03:57:44 PM »

My 1988 Larrivee D-10 Deluxe with a Griffin headstock inlay was given to me as a wedding gift from my wife, Barbara.  It is a wonderful guitar and the only one I have that I would never part with for any reason.  I like my other guitars, but the D-10 is special for a lot of reasons.  It is the guitar I play the most and the one that is always within arm's reach.

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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2013, 04:36:37 PM »

000-60. Typical love-hate relationship.
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2013, 05:12:42 PM »

... We ended up at D. A. Cameron guitar repair...

Dale Cameron!  Wow!  What a blast from the past!

It was Dale who fixed my L-27 after it got damaged when I got rear-ended in my van just by Westmount Mall.

He also fitted the first pickup I put in it.

And, I bought an L-28 from him too!  I traded the L-28 for a Float Plane rating in Victoria a few years later.

The L-27 and the L-28 sounded almost alike, so I didn't really need it.  The insurance co. payed handsomely for the damage to the L-27 and I used some of that to buy the L-28, sucked in by Wendy's beautiful inlay!

Dale Cameron! I believe that he'd been with Martin Guitar in Canada before he went on his own.

Nice guy!
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2013, 05:40:05 PM »

Late bloomer to guitar in the first place (first strum at 36, 10 years ago) 2 1/2 years later I realized I was killing myself with the action on my laminate Alvarez, which did not meet the neck reset/value criteria.

Went to a Chicago shop that, at that time, dealt in Martins, Larrivées and Seagulls, with a smattering of other guitars. I'd developed a bit of a rapport with a starving artist/ fingerstylist who worked there previously, told him of my desire to find a new partner, for a long term relationship,  and he unapologetically stated that he steers anyone who ask for a recommendation towards the Larrivée's, and that he "pays his rent" playing an L-03R. Only people he sells a Martin to with out discussion is the guy that walks in and say "I want a Martin." Martin builds many fine guitars, but not worth the money. And he would challenge anyone to find a sweeter sounding box than his at any price. He was quite adamant.

He backed this up by sitting me down and going through the wall, illustrating the "apples for apples" nature of different guitars and letting my own senses tell the rest of the story.

I bought a 2 year old LV-03 as a result, the he helped locate for me over the following weeks. Couldn't be happier. A short time later I had the Fishman ellipse blend installed for open mic's, which works, but I believe could be improved upon.

Since this time I've begun hosting my own open mic in Chicago (3 years) and play around in a variety of scenarios.  As a result I've been exposed to wide array of guitars and amplification options. I have to say that nothing I've seen challenges the assertion that Larrivée stays at the top of the list at any price.
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2013, 06:52:13 PM »

I think it was my L09Koa,a factory second.Before Larrivee I wasn't a fan of koa but every time we got a koa in I fell more and more in love with the woods tone.Wish I still had it and all the other Larrivee's I've owned.
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2013, 10:51:09 PM »

The wife and I were camping at a BMW motorcycle rally in Colorado back in 2002.  That evening,  off in the distance I could hear a fiddle tuning up and then start playing some Irish tunes. Of course, I have to go check this out.  The fiddler and a guitar player were BMW riders and this rally was one of their regular gigs.  The guitarist was playing a Larrivee parlor, an early one with no binding in mahogany and spruce.  It sounded great and the two of them entertained us for hours.  During a break we talked guitars and celtic music.  He let me try out the Larrivee and that was it.  My next acoustic purchase was a L-09 and it's been Larrivee ever since. A C-09, OM-03MT, rosewood/spruce parlor, D-02E, OM-19.  Oh a Taylor 514 slipped in there but it's gone now.  Currently down to and very happy with the OM-19 and the D-02.  They do everything I need whether in standard or DADGAD.
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2013, 11:25:15 PM »

After playing nylon for 50 years off and on, my wife declared that I would finally get the steel string I always wanted. I thought I was going for a Martin D-28 as I had always dreamed, but needed the wider nut of a custom. While auditioning some Martin's and others at my local   Sam Ash store, I was handed a L-09 Sam Ash 40 th commemorative and instantly fell in love. I am still a Martin guy, but Love these Larrivee's. Nothing will get the L-09 away from me.
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2013, 02:17:56 PM »

First and only OM-05. Just recently purchased. Was going to get a L-03 but the OM-05 just fit me better. Great tone, balance and just so darn beautiful.
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2013, 05:28:44 PM »

LV-03R    nice guitar
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2013, 05:34:41 PM »

I got the chance to play one (used) at a local CG ad just knew I'd own one one day.Shortly after that I was assigned to an equipment move to Mexico and started putting in a boat load of over time. That trip was ten weeks.
As soon as that job was done, I went on another install, this time in China, that lasted almost three months.

Our team got a fantastic bonus for completing both installs ahead of schedule and under budget...35% of our gross pay for both trips! Before I left China, I placed an order for an L-10 Limited with Buffalo Bros. and it was waiting for me when I got home.
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2013, 07:49:44 PM »

My first is also my only. Not a very interesting story.  It's a CS-05 bought from forum member photomat.  Played it at his place about 4 years ago and it was offered to me shortly thereafter.  Very nice guitar.  To be honest I don't really play it much anymore as I moved primarily to the parlor I built a few years back.       
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2013, 11:13:52 PM »

I spent an entire summer in college working for my family's restaurant.  I saved every nickel I made washing dishes and serving tables.  The day before I left to drive back to Missouri to start my Junior year, I must have visited every guitar shop in Vancouver.  I finally settled upon an OM-03 that did not have a pickup, which I needed to play in my church worship band.  The fine folks at Rufus' Guitar Shop hooked me up with the factory pickup from another Larrivee and stayed open an extra hour so that I could leave with the guitar of my dreams!  I was so thrilled.  If you're looking for a Larrivee in Vancouver, I HIGHLY recommend Rufus' Guitar Shop.  Now lmost ten years later, that same guitar is still my go-to for playing in my Church's worship band.  And it still plays and sounds amazing!  I plan on this guitar becoming a family heirloom as I will NEVER trade or sell it!
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2013, 02:38:35 AM »

My first and only Larrivee is the L-02 I bought last year from Longe and McQuades in Mississauga.  I was playing it tonight and still marvel at the incredible sound.  I installed a couple of K&K style contact pickups and use an LR baggs outboard preamp...LOVE IT!  I play every week in my church worship band and I am supremely happy with this guitar!  It is a keeper as is my Guild F212Xl jumbo 12 string.   
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2013, 05:18:27 AM »

Lucked into my L-10 in Dothan Alabama of all places at end of 1980. Very, very rare in the U.S. at the time. The shop owner was just into nice guitars. There weren't really dealers per se in U.S. at time, he had just ordered a couple from them in Victoria at the time. Still guitar I gig with and has held up incredibly thru a lot of "not baby'd" times. The thing that is most impressive is that the neck is still in great shape. It hasn't budged in 33 years and has no adjustable truss rod yet has never needed anything on neck other that regulat fret work.
 She has a couple cracks in her now but that was my fault for letting it get too dry in winter and it doesn't effect anything.
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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2013, 03:14:42 PM »

There are some great stories here. Wouldn't it be cool if some got posted to the Larrivee website? I don't have a great first Larrivee story but having purchased many guitars over the years, my OM-03MT is still top dog. That was purchased second hand from bhika (Jeff) on this forum. It is a Forum I, 12 fretter, I think it was posted for about 20 min before I bought it and if I saw the post 20 min later, tuffythepug (Lynn) would have bought it.
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