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« Reply #40 on: June 28, 2017, 07:46:41 PM »


No kidding!


Now where's that brown truck?!?!?!?   crying

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« Reply #41 on: June 28, 2017, 09:03:19 PM »

SHE'S HOME!!!

The guitar arrived about an hour ago; pics below - here's a quick review:

The guitar is all dressed up as a lefty now and ready to play! I had to look hard to see the filled in bridge slot; Rob was right, it's nearly invisible. He did a great job on the new saddle, too: compensated for the low E, B and high E strings, very nice. Nut spacing is great.

You'll see in the pics I show off of few of it's blemishes; these are the beauty marks of a nearly 40 year old guitar...

...but this thing sounds so sweet! I can't believe the balance all across the strings. Every note rings clear and pure - don't know how else to describe it. Not super bassy (compared it to my D-35) but the D-35 sounds almost mushy and indistinct in comparison. The Larrivee is a joy to both finger pick and strum. Clear thick trebles with no twang - the sign of a mature, well-made instrument.

It's scary to think that Linda Manzer, Grit Laskin and/or some of the others (including Jean himself) no doubt built this instrument! It's a lifetime keeper.

Also - I compared it to my recent C-10 for body dimensions, neck, etc. This old L-19 is around 1/2" thicker/deeper at the neck end of the body; the newer ones like the C-19 have much more "slope" from the heel end to the neck end. These older Larrivees are more like a standard classical.  The neck is much meatier than the C-10 as well, yet still very comfortable in my hands.

In the body pic, you can see the "booger" on the lower bout, and I think you can also see the shadow where Rob removed the pick guard - it doesn't even show at some angles, and will disappear over time.

Great job, Rob! And thanks for the quick turn around! I'll be playing this thing all evening (since my wife will be gone... heh, heh).
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« Reply #42 on: June 28, 2017, 09:10:45 PM »

Congrats in your new guitar, mickeymac.   
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« Reply #43 on: June 28, 2017, 09:17:17 PM »

Have fun tonight!   
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« Reply #44 on: June 28, 2017, 09:33:51 PM »

I will (have fun tonight!)

Forgot to mention - these new tuners are amazingly smooth and turn like butter - very nice.

As I said, she ain't no beauty queen, but she can sing with the best of them! Now I now what all the fuss is over old Larrivees!

Oh, and she has a serial # on the neck block: 190650 (or '19' series, s.n. 0650).

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« Reply #45 on: June 28, 2017, 09:38:33 PM »

...and a couple more...

(for some reason I'm only able to post 2 pics at a time! my files aren't that large...I don't get it?)

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« Reply #46 on: June 28, 2017, 09:43:50 PM »

Gonna try one more of the back...

...amazing how dark this neck is - did Larrivee used to use tint on their mahogany necks?

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« Reply #47 on: June 28, 2017, 09:51:07 PM »

Whooo Hooooo Rev!  Now I guess we have to say that there is nothing better than receiving a really Old Larrivee!   bigrin

 nice guitar 
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« Reply #48 on: June 28, 2017, 10:00:33 PM »

 nice guitar

Sure is a pretty guitar.
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« Reply #49 on: June 28, 2017, 10:54:00 PM »

Very nice Mike, enjoy!
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« Reply #50 on: June 29, 2017, 12:24:53 AM »

  Safe and sound arrival makes me want to dance though I didn't use red tape must be something UPS does for high value 



Glad your happy with the work enjoy,enjoy,enjoy.


Really is a nice guitar.
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« Reply #51 on: June 29, 2017, 03:28:10 AM »

Rob,

the strings sound and feel great - what brand and gauge are they (since mine didn't arrive with the guitar when it was shipped to you)?

Oh, and the tuners are Schertlers in the Translucent Black finish. Worth the $$.

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« Reply #52 on: June 29, 2017, 04:18:50 AM »

Pearce med. as they didn't have New Med. in stock,maybe 12-56?Sorry.2 bass setups one active bass wire up and a set up on a Daisy Rock electric 12 string set{nice guitar by the way}No memory after the blinding 18 really really tiny wire active bass wire up since your guitar.Really glad your happy with the work,Play on son play on.
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« Reply #53 on: June 29, 2017, 04:35:07 AM »

So very nice, congrats on a getting it in your hands. Unclrob deserves a  .  nice guitar  

Oh yea, the reason the neck is dark may be the grain filler that was used on the mahogany. Even though a stain is not used some grain fillers will change the look of the wood.
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« Reply #54 on: June 29, 2017, 07:34:55 AM »

Congrats on getting your oldie all made right..er left! I love the old ones, and im sure you will too. They have a mojo all their own.
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« Reply #55 on: June 29, 2017, 08:05:53 AM »

I just love stories with happy endings!  nice guitar Thanks for sharing, and great job Rob!
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« Reply #56 on: June 29, 2017, 10:43:01 AM »

Gonna try one more of the back...

...amazing how dark this neck is - did Larrivee used to use tint on their mahogany necks?


My 80' is the same color.  I'm not sure but seems to me some of the mahogany necks more recently have been lighter but I don't think old ones were stained.
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« Reply #57 on: June 29, 2017, 01:55:17 PM »

Congrats on getting your oldie all made right..er left! I love the old ones, and im sure you will too. They have a mojo all their own.

Indeed they do - I see you know that from experience!

Also, you have a very old Ovation Josh White! Wow. Not to derail my own thread, but that's a cool guitar...I suspect it sounds pretty good...
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« Reply #58 on: June 29, 2017, 01:57:35 PM »


Pearce med. as they didn't have New Med. in stock,maybe 12-56?

Really glad your happy with the work,Play on son play on.


I think they're 13-56 - anyway, they sound very good  (a great match for this guitar).

Played some in drop D last night... smooth and deep. 
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« Reply #59 on: June 30, 2017, 08:15:57 PM »

Indeed they do - I see you know that from experience!

Also, you have a very old Ovation Josh White! Wow. Not to derail my own thread, but that's a cool guitar...I suspect it sounds pretty good...

The Josh is pretty special. :)
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