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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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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2019, 12:46:15 AM »

I concur about the LV-03 12. Mine is a spruce top but I would put it up against any for sound and playability. At C$1000 you can't go wrong with the one you are looking at.
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« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2019, 08:56:39 AM »

I’ve been sitting on the porch overlooking Georgian Bay this week with my Larrivee Parlor and Martin Backpacker which are both great travel guitars for my three vacation trips per year to Canada.

Having said that, I miss not having my LV03MT 12 string with me this week for a little Canadian Railroad Trilogy and Early Morning Rain by Gordon Lightfoot. I hope whoever bought the OM MT 12 string in the original post is enjoying theirs too.
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