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« on: June 09, 2019, 11:57:34 PM »

Hello, I’ve been lurking on this forum for a while and it’s great. Very informative. I have 2 Larrivees that I love but recently I started looking at 12 strings. I tried a Guild, very big low end but it was like trying to play a chest of drawers. Also I wasn’t really taken with fingerstyle on it. Next I tried a Taylor (the NAMM one with the kinda yellow finish) and I liked how even it was and it definitely likes fingerstyle. I’ve come across a very nice looking 2005 Canadian OM-03-12 MT online for about a grand. Before I pull the trigger I wondered if you have experience with this guitar. I like an even tone. Not a fan of really jangly nor the Guild boom. I’m more a fingerstyle player and there might be some alternate tunings that happen. Thoughts?
 
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2019, 12:50:49 AM »

I had an OM03 12 spruce top a great sounding but I also had an L09koa 12 and my old jumbo Guild JF30 12.I play both with a pick and finger style never had a problem.In most case's it an adjustment for the string spacing for your hand.It has always been easy for me to adjust to a guitar as I've been a tech for 50 years.It just take's practice.
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2019, 01:30:56 AM »

Understood. I’ve been down the rabbit hole as it were looking for a 12. Most everything I’ve seen about Larrivée 12s has me thinking my two babies are about to have a sibling. But I’m unfamiliar with this particular model. Or should I just hold out for one of the old Jumbos Jean used to make?
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2019, 03:33:45 PM »

His jumbo's are really nice but of the 2 Larrivee 12 strings the one I want back is the OM an amazing guitar.
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2019, 05:24:26 PM »

This is really helpful. Thank you. So you preferred the OM? I was concerned that in that size there’d be a total loss of bass but did you find that it was balanced? I don’t have much experience with mahogany either. I do like the physical properties of the guitar, the size of the OM. Having you say you preferred it over the jumbo is very interesting...
I really appreciate being able to chat about this, thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2019, 08:34:07 PM »

Its not so much that I preffered it over the jumbo its just the Guild jumbo was more home to me and a gift from my then girlfriend later wife.Now the OM I had was a spruce top and had plenty of bass and I would love to have another,it was a very balance guitar.How a hog top 12 will respond I can't tell you,hopefully someone with a hog top will chime in.
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2019, 01:26:19 AM »

First, I would NOT be looking at a hog top if I wanted an "even tone" and found the Guild too boomy. Mahogany as a top wood definitely colors the sound.
Spruce topped Larrivee 12-stringers are very well balanced (I like the dread myself and own one) and they're pretty easy to find. Some people have a hard time unloading them. I paid a comically low price for mine, used.
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2019, 02:43:00 AM »

Much appreciated Bowie. After further research I came to that assessment and it’s great to have confirmation here. The search continues...
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2019, 02:54:51 AM »

This guitar sounds interesting and worth a closer look. With the exchange rate, $1,000 in Canadian funds may be a fair price but someone north of the border can weigh in.

I submitted a special order for a 12 string with a mahogany top and Venetian cutaway in November 2005 and it works great for finger picking and strumming. I paid $1,000 out the door including an arch top case, bone nut and saddle that Jim Holler compensated for me.

I keep it tuned down a step and have zero problems for my style of playing. I prefer the even, full sound of mahogany over the jangle of a spruce top and I opted for a Larrivee after playing a bunch of 12 strings. I think this is one of the best kept secrets in guitars and after almost 14 years, I have zero regrets with my purchase.

Good luck with your decision.


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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2019, 01:23:35 AM »

Very interesting indeed. So you found it to be well balanced tonewise?
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2019, 12:14:12 AM »

Yes this has a really balanced tone across the bass, Mids and treble.

Keeping it tuned down a step adds a really nice low end rumble. Both Pete Seeger and Leo Kottke songs are tuned down.
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