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« on: January 23, 2013, 12:04:36 PM »

Hi,
    Does anyone own an L series with italian spruce top and rosewood back and sides? If you do, could you post your thoughts on this combination of woods - basically what it sounds like!!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 02:30:34 PM »

It would sound like a L-09
 nice guitar
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 02:36:12 PM »

Like this? It sounds great...


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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 03:51:10 PM »

I've got that combo in a twelve fretter L and it sounds fantastic!  And this from a guy who was a die hard mahogany fan. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2013, 04:12:43 PM »

I didn't know they made a 12 fret L body style.  What is the model designation?
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2013, 04:45:22 PM »

I didn't know they made a 12 fret L body style.  What is the model designation?

Hey Walkerman,  

After seeing your custom L in Italian/Madagascar I was going to order a custom just like it but as a twelve fret.  However just before I ordered it I found out that Wildwood Music had a very similiar one on order so I bought it.  Model designation is, LV-09E, twelve fret, Italian spruce over Indian rosewood with the snakewood binding and it sounds fantastic.  It's got everything and more for a guy who thought mahogany was the only way to go.

PS It looks like Wildwood has another that just came in. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2013, 06:04:56 PM »

Thanks for posting the pics of your guitar - looks lovely. Just wondered if Italian spruce sounds any different to Sitka?
 
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2013, 05:15:10 PM »

I've been wondering the same thing.

I just received a P-03R Limited in Italian Alpine Spruce and EIR. I really like the tone of this guitar but I don't really know what aspects of it to attribute to the different-than-standard-Sitka top (if any). The fact that it's my first parlor guitar doesn't help my auditory confusion any...

Any info on this would be greatly appreciated - I am always looking to educate myself on these things.
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2013, 06:57:33 PM »

Here's a great link with some useful info on spruce and other top woods:

http://www.lonewolfguitars.com/options_master_grade_top_wood.html
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2013, 10:28:18 PM »

I've got Italian spruce on two of my six Larrivees and to me they sound better than my sitka topped guitars.  To be fair about comparisons I don't have identical guitars with the just difference being the topwood.  The Italian spruce topped guitars are both twelve fretters with a cutaway, my idea of the perfect guitar, and they do sound good!  I also find that they are louder.
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