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« on: January 22, 2018, 12:38:42 AM »

After emailing back and forth with John Jr. for a few months, I finally had a chance to stop by the Larrivée factory in Oxnard yesterday. The factory was closed, so it was just John Jr., myself, and later the man Mr. Larrivée himself, who gave a little tour of the factory and showed the guitars they were taking to the NAMM show this coming week. It was an incredible honor. I felt like a kid in a candy store, as the saying goes.

Prior to the visit I had communicated to John Jr. that I was mostly interested in trying out the 00 and 000. He brought out in total 6 guitars for me to try out. The sitka-rosewood 00 felt so comfortable, although sitka-mahogany 000 sounded a little better to me. Tough choice. What to do? In the end I chose OM-40, which I wasn't very interested before the visit, but it surprised me how much I liked it.

Even though I was by no means buying one of their higher-end models, both John and John Jr. could not have been more nicer and pleasant to talk with. It was an absolute pleasure and honor to meet them. It was just really nice to see that such great people were behind making these great guitars. This is my second Larrivée, and by no means my last!

As for the guitar itself…what can I say? The legacy series bracing does wonders. I don't think I have played a nicer sounding guitar anywhere near the price of this one. In fact I don't think I have played a nicer sounding guitar at 2x, 3x, even 4-5 times the price of this guitar, although admittedly my experience with very high end guitars is limited. It has a beautifully defined bass, solid middle, clear highs, all balanced very well throughout the spectrum. I could not be happier!

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 01:29:24 AM »

Very cool! A picture of your new guitar with the man himself.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 01:49:47 AM »

Now that is a great experience all the way around!  Congratulations on all of it!
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 02:23:15 AM »

 nice guitar Gotta like it when that happens.
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2018, 02:29:25 AM »

 nice guitar and story!
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2018, 02:31:13 AM »

Man you have been able to do something many of us just dream about...  Congratulations on the guitar and meeting the Larrivee's in person!
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2018, 05:05:41 AM »

Cool story, even cooler photograph.
Enjoy your OM-40 and congratulations! 
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2018, 11:24:11 AM »

Great story! My OM-40 has become my go-to guitar lately and I hope you enjoy yours as much.   
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2018, 12:13:41 PM »

I see the picture was taken in the “inner sanctum.”
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2018, 01:27:22 PM »

Very, very nice story and what a great experience and memory! Oh yeah...very nice guitar too!


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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2018, 03:54:16 PM »

What a privilege and honor for you! As someone already mentioned, an unfulfilled dream for many of us.

 nice guitar

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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2018, 05:22:52 PM »

What a great pic!  A dream of a way to buy a guitar for sure!  Enjoy!
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2018, 06:39:09 PM »

Congratulations, kenhan.
Great guitar and a picture to remind you of a great day forever.
A recent visit to Elderly and I was also very pleasantly entranced by the magic I heard emanating from an OM-40 there.
 
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2018, 07:57:33 PM »

OM-40 12 fret is, to me, the ultimate player guitar.
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2018, 08:38:45 PM »

Congrats, what an experience  bowdown 
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2018, 11:15:14 PM »

Thanks for all the great comments. Even though I'm really happy with my new guitar, I'm haunted by the other guitars that I played that I didn't get to bring home. Ha! I really hope I can make a similar trip before too long!
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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2018, 12:02:43 PM »

Thanks for all the great comments. Even though I'm really happy with my new guitar, I'm haunted by the other guitars that I played that I didn't get to bring home. Ha! I really hope I can make a similar trip before too long!
And so it begins, the craving for more Larrivee guitars. Mine started with an LV, to an OM and then a O-01 parlor. There is no antidote, I'm afraid. drool
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