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« on: November 10, 2014, 12:31:41 AM »

Mark here from Wichita. I am new to the Larrivee Forum and have my first Larrivee guitar arriving later this week. It is a Canadian made L-03 Walnut model. I was wondering if there are Walnut models being made in the US and if so, what differences are there from the Canadian builds, if any. I have been a Tacoma Guitar player for about 10 years, love their quality of build and their marvelous tone. I have played several Larrivees and the L-03 seemed to really offer something different than my Tacoma small jumbo and parlor models. Would appreciate any feedback on the walnut tone woods and the L-03 model in general.
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2014, 12:56:31 AM »

Hi Mark. I have a walnut/sitka slope dred that is an outstanding strummer. I think you will like the L. I doubt there is any appreciable difference in Canadian made to US made Larrivees. All are according to JCL.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2014, 01:27:22 AM »

Mark here from Wichita. I am new to the Larrivee Forum and have my first Larrivee guitar arriving later this week. It is a Canadian made L-03 Walnut model. I was wondering if there are Walnut models being made in the US and if so, what differences are there from the Canadian builds, if any.
welcome Mark.

The L-03 is a nice guitar    and walnut  drool

Differences; there are none!

Once again  welcome
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2014, 02:25:39 AM »

 welcome to the Forum, Mark. An L03, no matter what the wood combination is, is a great guitar... period. Hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 04:27:58 AM »

Larrivee has made many guitars with "walnut" over the years.

Black Walnut - Juglans nigra (usually nice straight grain with very little figure)
Claro Walnut - Juglans hindsii (often very pretty with lots of flame)
Peruvian Walnut - Juglans Neotropica (South American walnut used on many newer isntruments)

Possibly others.

Personally I prefer the sonic properties of Black Walnut.
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 03:28:25 PM »

I own a lv-03 peruvian walnut body and sitka top which I bought a few months back, all I can say is I like it a lot for the sound and  beautiful satin body.
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2014, 05:47:28 PM »

Hi Mark and welcome. A Larrivee L is a fine instrument regardless of back and side wood. I have a question for you. Where's my   
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014, 06:08:04 PM »

H Mark and Welcome.  You know what goes great with the L-body?  Donuts!  But on a serious note, I played an L-03W last week and loved the sound.  Great warmth and depth.  I was able to compare it to a hog back OM, and all hog OO and a rosewood back LV-19.  That was a nice opportunity to hear the different tone woods.  All in all, I think a walnut back-and-sides would make a great addition to any collection.  Send pics when you get it.
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2014, 07:03:56 PM »

Hi everybody,

I am new to Forum. That`s me, Olaf2014, from Germany - small village near Hannover.

I bought my first Larrivee Western guitar seven days ago. It is a OM-03 Swamp Ash. I wasn`t out for a limited Swamp Ash model. I planned to by a OM-03R or the new OM-30 Rosewood. I was able to compare them at the Dealer and they also were excellent guitars. My Little comparison took me five hours - listening to an excellent musician and playing by myself (what a poor technique so far, I am used to Play classical guitars and classic Literatur.

In my very personally view and also in the view of this Kind musician at the store the swamp ash model was best in tonality in various techniques (fingerstyle, strumming, flat picking , Pop Songs, blues and jazz).

What is your opinion on this guitar? Is there anyone who Plays a OM-03 Swamp Ash or an other OM-03 Modell?

I like mine al lot! 
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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2014, 10:19:16 PM »

Welcome, I have a special edition Bubinga L03. Special edition Larrivee's may be the most interesting exotic guitars for the money. Must company's reserve special editions for top end models. 
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2014, 01:03:49 PM »

I play a custom LS03 from Wildwood, in Italian spruce over Peruvian walnut.  This is a great guitar. Very warm and powerful sounding, especially for a smaller bodied guitar.  Have played a few walnut Gibsons that I like as well.  I think it is a great tone wood.

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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2014, 11:02:32 PM »

I was just listening to comparisons I did with the L-03 Peruvian Walnut I had for a short time last year and, man, was that a sweet sounding guitar.  Such a beautiful sparkle in the top end.  Like my Mahogany L but even more clear and crisp.  Very dry, clean midrange with such a great personality.  Bass was a little thumpy for me but I'm really, really picky when it comes to bass.  I really wish I could have kept that guitar but there was a dealer issue and I had to send it back on principle.  The Walnut knocked me out though and I hope to have a walnut jumbo built at some point. 

BTW, I recently found out Peru Walnut makes great furniture too!  I just covered my kitchen pass-though with a beautiful slab I finished myself.  What a chocolately sheen.
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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2014, 03:06:50 AM »

Congrats! Do post pics when you receive it.
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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2014, 08:41:07 PM »

Larrivee has made many guitars with "walnut" over the years.

Black Walnut - Juglans nigra (usually nice straight grain with very little figure)
Claro Walnut - Juglans hindsii (often very pretty with lots of flame)
Peruvian Walnut - Juglans Neotropica (South American walnut used on many newer isntruments)

Possibly others.

Personally I prefer the sonic properties of Black Walnut.

African Walnut - Coula edulis - not a true walnut, but does look like it.  Larrivee make some -03s and a few very nice OM09's with cedar tops and this wood.
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« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2014, 01:13:29 PM »

I have an Austrian walnut OM.  LOVE IT.
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« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2014, 10:19:11 PM »

welcome to the group and congrats on a great guitar!   welcome
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