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« on: April 01, 2005, 05:36:20 PM »

We all know Larrivee is first, but who would your second choice be?
For purposes of the study, please don't pick Taylor, Martin or Tacoma!
And NO Asian imports!
 
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2005, 05:39:28 PM »

Fylde guitars in the uk, they have been building since the mid 70s ad their client list reads like a whos who of folk music, all hand made  
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2005, 05:44:21 PM »

No asian imports!!! Well I guess I cant say Gretsch.
Since I cant say Taylor.  Iv never played a Breedlove guitar in person, so I cant realy say for sure, but I think they would take Taylor's place. I love my Breedlove mandolin. And the sound clips Iv heard on Daves website sound soooooooooo sweet. I have a great respect for Santa Cruz as well.
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2005, 05:44:24 PM »

Either Goodall or SCGC. Played some very nice models of those.  
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2005, 06:03:27 PM »

SCGC, came close to buying a pre-war dread before stumbling on to a Larrivee.  
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2005, 06:06:08 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2005, 06:35:31 PM »

If we're talking about the same approximate price range, Avalon is great.

Santa Cruz, Collings, Goodall, etc., all make excellent guitars, but we're talking about a jump in price.
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2005, 06:57:00 PM »

http://www.beneteauguitars.com/

I actually owned one of his earlier guitars.  Very nice.  They stock some, or have stocked some, at the Ottawa Folklore Centre (www.ottawafolklore.com).  I go there on my lunch hour sometimes and my repair tech is there too.

There are many Canadian builders out there that seem to be making a name for themselves.  Many were students/apprenticed with Jean Larrivee.  

Linda Manzer, Grit Laskin, David Wren, Paragon Guitars...the list goes on, all spent time being tutored by Jean Larrivee

I'm not sure Marc ever studies with Jean, but he does mention meeting Jean Larrivee in his bio.  

I don't think you can underestimate the influence Jean Larrivee has had on lutherie today, especially here in Canada.  

 
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2005, 07:06:03 PM »

Denis - People not old enough to remember when your choices were Martin, Gibson and Guild can't imagine it.
Beneteau claims JL as an inspiration, although he didn't apprentice with him like the others.  
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2005, 07:12:19 PM »

i'd have to go with J.A. Duncan guitars

http://www.duncanguitars.com/
my buddy has one, and it very much like a larrivee....
really nice tone.

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Charis guitars.....
i would love one of these!!

http://www.charisacoustic.com
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2005, 07:18:03 PM »

In terms of total number of models I'd LIKE to own, It would have to be SCGC.  VJ, SJ, Brozman baritone, 12 fret D, H-13, vintage artist...  I can't think of another maker where I like so many diverse models.  

BUT...  I have the hots for a Bourgeois 14 fret slope D, plain mahogany back and sides with a sunburst sitka spruce top.  MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!  I've played 4 and they have all been the most awesome  "advanced jumbo" guitars I've played.
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2005, 07:23:33 PM »

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Denis - People not old enough to remember when your choices were Martin, Gibson and Guild can't imagine it.
Beneteau claims JL as an inspiration, although he didn't apprentice with him like the others.
Sorry Duck, I'm not old enough to remember those days!!!   :lol:

Actually, I was looking at one my oldest Guitar Player magazines, from when a couple of years after I started playing in the early 80s.  There was an article about inlay and the mentionend Larrivees.  They were still so new back then but the inlay work was so intricate.  I should scan that article....

 
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2005, 07:25:48 PM »

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http://www.beneteauguitars.com/

I actually owned one of his earlier guitars.  Very nice.  They stock some, or have stocked some, at the Ottawa Folklore Centre (www.ottawafolklore.com).  I go there on my lunch hour sometimes and my repair tech is there too.

There are many Canadian builders out there that seem to be making a name for themselves.  Many were students/apprenticed with Jean Larrivee.  

Linda Manzer, Grit Laskin, David Wren, Paragon Guitars...the list goes on, all spent time being tutored by Jean Larrivee

I'm not sure Marc ever studies with Jean, but he does mention meeting Jean Larrivee in his bio.  

I don't think you can underestimate the influence Jean Larrivee has had on lutherie today, especially here in Canada.
Don't forget Northwood!
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2005, 07:27:01 PM »

ive always thought that Huss & Dalton's are pretty cool for some reason. really old school looks and tone. id like to have one myself.  
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2005, 07:30:05 PM »

As bad as they can be sometimes, I would have to say Gibson.  If you can find a good one (I did), they can be great, and definitely have a unique sound.

I also really like David Webber's guitars.  I'm generally not a big fan of rosewood, but I played a Sitka/Rosewood Roundbody that was incredible.  
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2005, 07:33:26 PM »

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http://www.beneteauguitars.com/

I actually owned one of his earlier guitars.  Very nice.  They stock some, or have stocked some, at the Ottawa Folklore Centre (www.ottawafolklore.com).  I go there on my lunch hour sometimes and my repair tech is there too.

There are many Canadian builders out there that seem to be making a name for themselves.  Many were students/apprenticed with Jean Larrivee. 

Linda Manzer, Grit Laskin, David Wren, Paragon Guitars...the list goes on, all spent time being tutored by Jean Larrivee

I'm not sure Marc ever studies with Jean, but he does mention meeting Jean Larrivee in his bio. 

I don't think you can underestimate the influence Jean Larrivee has had on lutherie today, especially here in Canada.
Don't forget Northwood!
I know, I know...

And there are many, many more...

http://www.guitarscanada.com/madecanada.htm
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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2005, 07:43:23 PM »

ohhhh forgot lakewood....

dave matthews has one in his stable that is pretty sweet....

suprised nobody has dropped the JAMES OLSON bomb yet.

would love one of those......

 
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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2005, 07:45:54 PM »

David White of Defaoiteguitars.com.

I've got his baritone and it's by far the best guitar I own.
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« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2005, 08:49:23 PM »

Collings and Breedlove would be a couple of my favorites. SCGC...I've played a few really nice ones as well.
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« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2005, 08:54:48 PM »

Actually, my second favorite guitar maker is...Larrivee.   :o   My first is (sorry...) Taylor.

However, in the spirit of this thread, and pretending Taylor doesn't exist, which WOULD put Larrivee as my favorite, then I'd have to pick Goodall.  I played one of their cocobolo Traditional Dreads that, if I had the $$, would replace almost every other guitar I own (except the Forum...).
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