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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2021, 01:33:32 AM »

Thank You all for the kind words I am certainly in love with this guitar and.... I am already looking for another!

What should my next body size / Shape be? I love small bodies because i have always felt a dread or om makes my shoulder feel awkward when playing, any Suggestions for a slight difference would be appreciated!


 Does anyone own a Larrivee with the Italian Alpine Spruce tops? The tops that came from Cremona Italy! I'd love to hear what you think and see them! I wish i was smart enough to find the Larrivee brand before the folks at Wildwood Music retired, it looked like they had a bunch of unique Larrivees!



Order a OO-40 with an Alpine Spruce Top. I have an LV-10 50th Anniversary with Alpine Spruce top and just love it. My OO-40 has a sitka spruce top but I love it too!

Here they are hanging out with a nicely aged P 09 friend of theirs. ;)



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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2021, 12:06:53 PM »


Does anyone own a Larrivee with the Italian Alpine Spruce tops? The tops that came from Cremona Italy! I'd love to hear what you think and see them! I wish i was smart enough to find the Larrivee brand before the folks at Wildwood Music retired, it looked like they had a bunch of unique Larrivees!



I did a spruce top comparison pic a while back to show how my Italian Spruce top has kept it's creamy light tone. The center OO-05 came from Wildwood.

FYI - I've finally decided to let two of my OO's go, so lemme know if you're in the market for either a rosewood OO-03 or a mahogany OOV-03. I did some lockdown shopping over the last two years and ended up with satin and gloss versions of spruce/rosewood and spruce/mahogany. Ridiculous to keep all 4 so the satins are gonna be on Reverb soon.
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« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2021, 01:27:33 AM »

I did a spruce top comparison pic a while back to show how my Italian Spruce top has kept it's creamy light tone. The center OO-05 came from Wildwood.

FYI - I've finally decided to let two of my OO's go, so lemme know if you're in the market for either a rosewood OO-03 or a mahogany OOV-03. I did some lockdown shopping over the last two years and ended up with satin and gloss versions of spruce/rosewood and spruce/mahogany. Ridiculous to keep all 4 so the satins are gonna be on Reverb soon.

Wow, the Italian Spruce looks amazing! How do you like the sound? How does the Italian Spruce compare to Moon Spruce? I would love to see if there is a major difference or if it is not much of one.  As of now I'm trying to decide between a LS or a 00, and I am trying to read the differences. Would anyone suggest a custom shop order?   
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« Reply #23 on: October 28, 2021, 03:55:54 AM »

Wow, the Italian Spruce looks amazing! How do you like the sound? How does the Italian Spruce compare to Moon Spruce? I would love to see if there is a major difference or if it is not much of one.  As of now I'm trying to decide between a LS or a 00, and I am trying to read the differences. Would anyone suggest a custom shop order?   

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I suggested you order a custom OO with Alpine Moon Spruce.  The LV-10 in the center has an Alpine Moon Spruce top.  The OO-40 on the left has sitka spruce
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« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2021, 01:42:43 PM »

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I suggested you order a custom OO with Alpine Moon Spruce.  The LV-10 in the center has an Alpine Moon Spruce top.  The OO-40 on the left has sitka spruce


I saw your post! What wood was used on your OO's back and sides? How does the P compare to the OO? I think that the P and O are the same size guitar? (Could be wrong there, just the P has "fancier appointments?")


For the back and sides of a OO with a Alpine Moon Spruce top, what would you suggest?


IF I get any custom guitar, I am gonna order one with that Pyramid Bridge (That thing just looks so classy)
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« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2021, 01:56:49 PM »


How does the P compare to the OO? I think that the P and O are the same size guitar?
 

The P/parlor body is smaller than the 00 body - and the parlor has a 24" scale length, while the 00 has a 25.5" scale length. Very different critters.
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« Reply #26 on: October 28, 2021, 02:37:45 PM »


I saw your post! What wood was used on your OO's back and sides? How does the P compare to the OO? I think that the P and O are the same size guitar? (Could be wrong there, just the P has "fancier appointments?")


For the back and sides of a OO with a Alpine Moon Spruce top, what would you suggest?


IF I get any custom guitar, I am gonna order one with that Pyramid Bridge (That thing just looks so classy)

The OO-40 in the photo has Mahogany back and sides. The OO (left) is larger than the P-09. The P-09 in the photo is Australian Lace Wood back and sides and a nicely aged sitka spruce top.  The OO-40 had a pyramid bridge originally. It lifted and Larrivee replaced it with that beautiful Vine inlay bridge for me.
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« Reply #27 on: October 29, 2021, 12:48:29 AM »



I suggested you order a custom OO with Alpine Moon Spruce.

After hearing the most recent OO-40 that Ron posted I think that is the direction I should go too!  so thanks a bunch Mark!  The OO shouldn't be much bigger than my O but it sounds great too. I was originally looking at the P sizes, but...that OO sounds great.  I contacted a local dealer for pricing or can one just work with the folks at Larrivee directly for a custom shop order?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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« Reply #28 on: October 29, 2021, 01:11:48 AM »

After hearing the most recent OO-40 that Ron posted I think that is the direction I should go too!  so thanks a bunch Mark!  The OO shouldn't be much bigger than my O but it sounds great too. I was originally looking at the P sizes, but...that OO sounds great.  I contacted a local dealer for pricing or can one just work with the folks at Larrivee directly for a custom shop order?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

I would call Larrivee direct if you don't have a local dealer.
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« Reply #29 on: October 29, 2021, 05:19:20 PM »

I would call Larrivee direct if you don't have a local dealer.

I didn't see a phone number listed on their website, I was working with a local group here in Pittsburgh, but was losing confidence when they said to me that the I meant "Moon Spruce" when I was referring to the "Italian Alpine Spruce" tops.

If anything it would be a start to get me to someone who has fair prices for a custom shop OO (You convinced me Mark!) Any recommendation for a good Custom shop build experience would be great!


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« Reply #30 on: October 29, 2021, 06:12:50 PM »

I didn't see a phone number listed on their website, I was working with a local group here in Pittsburgh, but was losing confidence when they said to me that the I meant "Moon Spruce" when I was referring to the "Italian Alpine Spruce" tops.

If anything it would be a start to get me to someone who has fair prices for a custom shop OO (You convinced me Mark!) Any recommendation for a good Custom shop build experience would be great!


Italian Alpine Spruce is "Moon" Spruce.

Look on Page 2 of the Custom Price List.
https://www.larrivee.com/pdfs/Custom%20Option%20Pricing_v6.pdf

It is listed as "European Alpine Moon Spruce"

Try Dave's Woodstock Music.

https://www.daveswoodstockmusic.com/about-us.html
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« Reply #31 on: October 30, 2021, 03:25:23 PM »

Italian Alpine Spruce is "Moon" Spruce.

Try Dave's Woodstock Music.

https://www.daveswoodstockmusic.com/about-us.html


Now, the big question Rosewood or Mahogany for the OO? Considering my O has Padauk Back and Sides.
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« Reply #32 on: October 30, 2021, 06:17:54 PM »

I would go Mahogany or American Walnut. The only reason I say American Walnut is, that they are using it on our Forum VI guitars and Matt Larrivee loves it.
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« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2021, 08:18:41 PM »

Markj I am a woodworker and was Lucky Enough to win a door prize of some Absolutely Stunning Walnut from the Saw Mill I buy my lumber from. I have attached Photos, Do you think Matt Larrivee would enjoy making a guitar with it, it is the American Walnut you speak of.  There probably is enough for several bodies! It is so curly because it is the compression curl form the base of the log. This crotch section was extremely figured! It almost looks like fiddleback maple. It wasn't big enough for me to make a table with but a guitar, I think that would be pretty cool.



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« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2021, 09:30:18 PM »

That's some gorgeous walnut!
Here's my personal perspective on my guitars and their tone woods. My first Larrivee, purchased from Wildwood Music, was a special run of Italian Alpine Spruce topped guitars. Mine was an LV-03RE-IAS. What a wonderful guitar, and the top just got better and better sounding to my ears. So good, in fact, that I gave it to a son. It didn't hurt though, as I'd bought an OM-40M that I loved, as well. Then I was able to acquire an older O-01 Walnut. So, my Larrivees were an Alpine Spruce rosewood, a spruce/mahogany, and a spruce/walnut. What's not to love, right? Well, since ordering what I expect will be the perfect combination, the Forum VI Moonwood/Walnut, I will say it seems like a marriage of woods made in heaven, or at least a Larrivee shop.  I'm also fortunate to have 2 of their increasingly rare F-33 mandolins, which are just really really sweet mandolins.
So moonwood over walnut gets my vote! Good luck! 


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« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2021, 10:47:06 PM »

Markj I am a woodworker and was Lucky Enough to win a door prize of some Absolutely Stunning Walnut from the Saw Mill I buy my lumber from. I have attached Photos, Do you think Matt Larrivee would enjoy making a guitar with it, it is the American Walnut you speak of.  There probably is enough for several bodies! It is so curly because it is the compression curl form the base of the log. This crotch section was extremely figured! It almost looks like fiddleback maple. It wasn't big enough for me to make a table with but a guitar, I think that would be pretty cool.



WOW! Those boards look amazing. I would try to get in touch with them by filling out the form on the website at: https://www.larrivee.com/contact

There is place to include photos so send the photos of those gorgeous boards and see what happens.
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« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2021, 11:00:33 PM »

So moonwood over walnut gets my vote! Good luck! 

That seems to be a unanimous vote!!!  European Moonspruce over walnut. I think ill do it...really appreciate your input owning the rosewood and the mahogany versions as well.
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« Reply #37 on: November 04, 2021, 11:03:32 PM »

That seems to be a unanimous vote!!!  European Moonspruce over walnut. I think ill do it...really appreciate your input owning the rosewood and the mahogany versions as well.

I contacted Dave's Woodstock as you suggested, I missed his call yesterday and he missed my call today. Hopefully we can put these boards too good use! Who knows, maybe there will be enough wood leftover for others in the forum for a "mini forum post" run 
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« Reply #38 on: November 05, 2021, 11:41:08 PM »

Just to keep all who are interested up to date, I sent over more detailed photos of the Curly Walnut boards to the kind folks at Larrivee and they are reviewing! I Hope to hear back from them soon! I will certainly keep you all posted! Many thanks for everyone here for taking the time to answer my questions and add suggestions for what I should be looking at! Now, I understand the excitement over the Forum Guitar build! What a great unique experience!
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