July 22nd, 2009, 12:09 PM
Here is pic ( in the middle between a Seagull S6 Folk and a 40's Supro) of my 1978 ( as close as Larrivee can date it due a fire that destroyed their records ) Larrivee L-09. My sister in law bought it used around 1985 or so and never really played it. I took semi-permanet possesion in 1992 and she formally gave it to me when she moved to Mexico in 2001.
While somewhat of a plain model in appointments, the wood is amazing. The spruce top has the tightest grain pattern I've seen. The Indian Rosewood on the back and sides is just stunning. The best thing about it though is the tone. Rich, lush, sparkley and detailed......very even across the entire tone spectrum and enough volume to hang with my buddies dread sized Martin and Taylors. While it's not a 'cannon' like a few Martins I've owned, I actually prefer the even tone respose it provides. It's a wonderful finger picking guitar and romping on it with a pick is like kicking in a boost on an electric......just more of everything without compression. I like that!
The neck is fantastic. Wide enough for finger picking yet using a pick for chords and/or leads is very comfortable. The build quality is a study in precision excellence. In the nearly 20 years I've had it, I've not had to touch the truss rod or do any adjsutment on it. It just stays the same year in and year out....except it sounds better now that it did when I first got it.
I helped a buddy out on his acoustic project a few years ago. He has a beautiful Brazilian Rosewood 1984 Taylor 810, a sweet vintage Guild huge body 12 string and a killer FatDog D-18 copy. The engineer for the session was floored by the tone of the Larrivee and how sweet it recorded. I've loaned it to another buddy several times for his recording projects also as he and the fella doing the recording prefer the tone of the Larrivee to the Taylors, Martins and Guilds in his studio. Don't get me wrong, I love all those other guitars mentioned, but the Larrivee just has a sweetness that sits in the mix unlike the others.
You can tell I'm still smitten with this guitar. I plan on passing this one down to one of my grandkids. I should play it ever day, but due to it's pristine condition, I keep it in it's case and use the Seagull, my old Lyle or a cheap Peal electric/acoustic as my on stand nearby grab and go guitars.
I know there is some Larrivee love here, so lets see em and hear about em!
July 23rd, 2009, 03:43 AM
I love my 2005 Larrivee OMV-05e. It in an orchestra body, spruce and mahogany, beautiful curly maple binding, Venetian cutaway, and has the b-band blender system, which sounds excellent. I swear, Taylor and Martin owners that have never played a Larrivee have no clue what they are missing out on. I have put a lot of miles on this guitar, but only recently opted for a fret dress as the 2-6th frets were significantly flattened. My local luthier extrodanairre saved it, and she has a lot of miles next. Wish I had a better pic!
July 24th, 2009, 09:02 PM
I'll join. I have a mid-90's Larrivee D-10 that was purchased by my dad. He gave up playing guitar to focus on woodworking, and passed the Larrivee on to me a couple of years back.
BB's post was so well put, that I can't think of much to add. My D-10 has an incredibly balanced sound, and most people that play it never want to put it down. Mine's also been great in the studio -- loud rich sound, but not too boomy or overpowering. Here are a couple of pics:
July 24th, 2009, 09:34 PM
I love the neck inlays mepst!
When I had my frets crowned last month the luthier said that in 30 years he had never seen a neck as straight. He put ink on each fret and ran a radius sanding block once up the neck to check for low spots and ALL the ink was gone. He said it was so clean he thought he made a mistake and had to do it over.
I love Larrivee guitars!
July 24th, 2009, 10:56 PM
No picture, but I have a Larrivee 2002 D-03R that is a Mojo Hand guitar. My local music store had gotten a few in and out of curiosity I played them. I fell in love with the D-03R and it haunted me for a week, until I returned to the store with a bunch of guitars (Harmony, a Fender Mustang and a couple of other cheapos) and made an even swap for it. The guitar is just one of those magic, off-the-meter good instruments.
July 24th, 2009, 11:34 PM
Pete Anderson sig here, I love it. Maple body spruce top 12 fret neck join,
great sunburst. Perfect for me. LB
July 29th, 2009, 08:01 AM
I've got a 2000 D-05, and a smokin' spruce top, mahogany guitar it is.
July 29th, 2009, 10:27 AM
Count me in. 1995 Larrivee OM60
September 7th, 2009, 03:09 PM
OM-O3R and flamed maple P-09 – the latter currently on UK eBay if anyone's interested... possible swap/cash either way, for nice Tele.
September 8th, 2009, 05:56 PM
I'll post a picture later...I have a J-03R: Jumbo satin...hard to find but oh so sweet
September 14th, 2009, 11:58 PM
Just came across this thread.....bought my "unfancy" D03R a couple of years ago and couldn't be happier. It has totally redefined what I consider to be excellent tone, quality, and value in an acoustic guitar.
September 17th, 2009, 12:34 AM
February 9th, 2010, 11:02 AM
Expecting my tax return soon. Can't wait to join your club.
February 9th, 2010, 07:51 PM
Hey! A club I can join :)
L-03R. Love this guitar. So expressive and easy to get around on. It is the most comfortable neck on any guitar I own, or have ever played. That wide nut slot is just perfect for my rather stubby and thick fingers.
When my wife's Japanese grandmother passed away 4 years ago, each grandkid and their spouse was given an amount of money to spend on something for us, in her honor. We weren't to squander it. We weren't to pay bills with it. I chose this as Obaachan's guitar. I'll have this one till the day I die :)
February 9th, 2010, 07:57 PM
Here's a couple of shots of mine ...
June 18th, 2010, 07:47 PM
August 27th, 2010, 01:36 AM
Love my L-05 SBT.
August 29th, 2010, 02:26 AM
attention ..The G
if you ever fall out of love...I'll gladly take over
L-O3E owner here....I can see why Larrivee owners are fairly quiet about their passion ...we don't want everyone to know how good these guitars are....:smile: ..and we'll get first dibs on the for sales...
September 5th, 2010, 05:44 PM
March 15th, 2012, 09:00 AM
Hi there everyone. Just bought a brand new D-03R yesterday and all I can say is WOW!! She plays great right out of the box and she is a beauty.
March 15th, 2012, 10:27 AM
All mahogany parlor, awesome !
April 6th, 2012, 07:51 PM
Gotta love Larrivee's Hog guitars - here's a pic of my Hog top RS-4 and Goodsell amp. Now thinking of getting a single coil Tele to go along with it.
April 7th, 2012, 07:29 AM
Another RS-4 owner here, great guitars.
April 7th, 2012, 09:43 PM
Proud owner of a 1998 D-02E. Love it!!!!!!
April 8th, 2012, 07:12 AM
All the Larrivee electrics are made in Oxnard CA. The 03 series acoustics are made in Canada, the 05 series and up are also made in Oxnard.
April 8th, 2012, 07:20 AM
My OM-05, bought back in 1994, and still my go-to for recording and playing (other than when standing - stock buttons...):
The neck supporter did not come with the guitar...
April 8th, 2012, 09:47 AM
Just sold my D-o3e. Fabulous playing and sounding guitar.
Only sold because the D size body is a problem for neck and shoulder issues,
Definitively love to have something OM or parlor size. Great guitars.
July 11th, 2012, 09:00 PM
A Larrivee RS-2 in lefty of course. This one is from '09 or '10 and has a gloss finish with separate bridge and tailpiece, no pickguard, two volume and tone controls. Pickups were originally Larrivees' own P-90s, had them replaced with noise frees from Manliusguitar.
25 1/2" scale length, mahogany body with mahogany set neck and P90s :cool:
July 11th, 2012, 09:13 PM
I have a Pete Anderson... I never want to lose it.
May 27th, 2013, 03:48 AM
resurrecting a dated club because larrivee.
i love my D-03 more than any guitar i have.
up until 2001, i had a yamaha acoustic that had served me faithfully for years. In 2001, while my wife was pregnant with our first child, she was rushed to the hospital three months early. We were in college at the time and had more time than money (or sense, i suppose). I dropped everything and was at her side in the hospital every minute of every day, from the moment she was admitted, to the moment the moment our son was born, 2 months before he should have been. (he was just a little bitty thing--3 pounds no ounces) my yamaha rode with me to the hospital and waited patiently there while i sat by my wife's side... for two months. in phoenix. in may and june.
you can guess that the yamaha did not come out of that alive.
my dad, god bless him, saw the condition of the yamaha, went to guitar center, and bought me the larrivee D03 (the only lefty acoustic they had). When we brought our son home, after 36 days in the newborn intensive care unit, the new larrivee was there waiting for me.
since that day, the larrivee (and my son) have been everywhere with me. the d-03 has seen better days, but then again, so have i. we're both a little road worn now, but she plays sweeter now than she did the day i first played her.
May 27th, 2013, 11:08 PM
Larry L-30 Nylon owner. '95 I think. Larrivee said the top was spruce, but I swear it is cedar. Lovely guit either way, and scarce.
May 29th, 2013, 10:45 AM
I got a D-60 about 3 years ago that was used but in brand new condition. It's a great sounding guitar and it's my only acoustic. It's the last one I will ever need really, it sounds that great.
May 30th, 2013, 12:38 AM
I'm not familiar with the electric Larrivees, but that Bakersfield Tele copy is a beaut. There are some features and specs that I wouldn't choose, but I'm betting it's a player. And like I said, IMHO, a beaut!
I think this thread needs to not only see Larrivees, but hear them as well. I offer a couple of samples by long-time Larrivee player Jon Michaels. I first heard him at the Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival in July of 2008. He's performed and recorded with Larrivees consistently for years.
August 14th, 2013, 02:30 AM
Here is my new Larrivee OM-04:
August 18th, 2013, 07:25 PM
I found a Premier Guitar video on YouTube of the Bakersfield, so I thought I'd share.