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« on: November 27, 2018, 04:01:18 AM »

Here's a few pics of my favorite (and first) Larrivee, my '92 OM-05, flanked by my two Martin Jumbos - a J-18 Custom and a J-40 (both new).

Gives you some idea of the difference in size of a Jumbo to an OM size guitar. Tone? The Jumbos definitely sound bigger and bassier, but the (now 26 year) old Larrivee has a depth and richness in tone that only comes from old wood.

P.S. The two jumbos sound very different from each other - for a number of reasons (woods, large soundhole, etc.).
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2018, 04:03:27 AM »

I'll try to get some pics of my L-05 and L-19 with the Martins next to show how similar in size they are (if slightly different in shape).
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2018, 04:14:28 AM »

I like the sparkling pix best.How is the L19 doin?
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2018, 05:37:34 PM »

Larrivée L and Martin D-35. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2018, 09:04:13 PM »


I like the sparkling pix best.How is the L19 doin?


I had the guitars sitting under our Christmas tree (which my wife put up last week when it snowed here!).

The L-19 is doing well - but the neck feels so huge to me (it's much bigger than my other Larrivee necks) - I'm thinking about taking it to a luthier in St. Paul to have it reshaped a little. But the tone of the L-19 is second to none - that old Sitka and Rosewood sounds wonderful...I can't even imagine how good Tom's Brazilian L must sound!
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2018, 09:12:17 PM »

Larrivée L and Martin D-35. 

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2018, 09:34:42 PM »

My Favorite's
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2018, 02:13:03 AM »

And a uke!
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2018, 07:02:24 PM »

most of my guitars have been pictured before.
"favorites" is hardly a fair concept.

those with kids got "favourites"?

OH NO it's that guy with some bizarre long winded post again!

My "favourite" is the one I'm playing at the time.
Depending on the gig, show or session, before packing my stuff, I "audition" a few different guitars.
Depending on the call- lets say it's an acoustic gig-they will be Larrivee's.

Then, depending on what kind of venue, material and who I'm playing with I can narrow it down to which guitar/body size/tonewoods etc will best suit the gig.

There will always be 2, a main, and a back-up, in case of string breakage or a technical issue.

Either way- the guitar I am playing at the time is my favourite. Does this make sense?
It simply means I pour every bit of musicality and passion into the material and guitar, regardless of what guitar it is I have brought.
If i can't or don't feel that way about a guitar, then I sell it.
No point in owning or playing an instrument that you can't pour 100% into and feel it's your "favourite".

Similar to when people ask me on a gig, "what's your favourite song?".
I reply,
"the one(s) I'm playing right now".

Ya, I know, nobody on this forum could give a rats behind about my weirdo philosophical concepts around such matters.
 we all have our own zen.

some folks prefer a certain guitar for fingerpicking- when they are doing that- then THAT guitar is their favourite right?
 When flat picking- might be a different guitar.
 when campfire jamming, again....different favourite.



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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2018, 11:53:41 PM »


it's ok to put me on your "ignore" list, I'll understand....


Nah - I fully agree with and endorse your post!

You're right in so many ways...

...I do think we / many players / grow in and out of various guitars, and if/when we do, that's a good time to sell, unless there's some reason to hold onto one (sentimental reasons, or it might get used for a particular recording session someday). I have guitars here right now that I like, but they may end up on the chopping block because they're not getting played much anymore because others have caught my ear and my heart.

Thanks for posting, sir! 
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2018, 01:15:50 AM »

Do those of us with kids have favorites?  








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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2018, 03:36:52 AM »

Favorite Larrivee (that I own) would be my 1998 OM-03Re
Favorite Martin (that I own) would be the D-35

Martin is easy since I only own one.

Favorite Martin in general would probably be the M-36
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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2018, 06:12:07 PM »

Favorite Larrivee (that I own) would be my 1998 OM-03Re
Favorite Martin (that I own) would be the D-35

Martin is easy since I only own one.

Favorite Martin in general would probably be the M-36


The Martin M-36 is a great design (very balanced, like a Larrivee) that doesn't get enough love and respect.
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2018, 11:09:31 PM »

The Martin M-36 is a great design (very balanced, like a Larrivee) that doesn't get enough love and respect.




Yep, had two of them, the 3 piece back and the 2 piece back (no fingerboard binding).
in 2006 or 7 I took the M36 to Twelfth fret for a bridge set. Saw the Larrivee OM-60 TSB slotted head fresh from the NAMM show.
Put down some plastic and left the M-36 there.

that series IMO was the best 0000 and martin design ever, again, only to be surpassed (IMO) by Larrivee OM.
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2018, 02:16:04 PM »


Yep, had two of them, the 3 piece back and the 2 piece back (no fingerboard binding).


The two-piece back one might have been the M-38...
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