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Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by asatfan, May 12, 2018.
Congrats, Larrivees are fine guitars. You are a fortunate man to own one of their best.
I bought a Larrivee LO-9 in Atlanta in 1996 after a long, multi-city hunt including Gruhn's in Nashville. I respect all the big guitar makers instruments, but with the exception of Collings, none of them stack up to this instrument. I recorded this with a mic at the 12th fret:
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I have a similar story. 11 years ago I tried a D-03R out of curiosity. I instantly fell in love with it. It haunted me for a week until I went back to the store and traded a bunch of stuff for it. Glad I did. The guitar is magic.
Regarding preamps, I have a Baggs Para Acoustic DI and it’s superb, but am looking for something with a volume boost switch and other features and just posted a new thread about this. A friend uses a Fishman Aura Spectrum and it sounds superb in my opinion.
That's one very pretty guitar, congratulations!
congrats! Always wonderful to find that guitar that was meant for you.
Stan and his staff at Elderly should be the business model for ALL music stores....they've been taking my money for decades!!!! That Larrivee looks wonderful!! Larrivee's have been flying under the radar for a very long time....Jean Claude and I believe his wife( who was responsible for the intricate inlay work on early high end guitars ) founded that company and they certainly found their niche in the highly competitive acoustic guitar world....well done!!....out of curiosity, what kind of strings will you be using? For mostly fingerpicking?
Yes, it seems like I get to Elderly around once a year....good thing it's only once a year, too, or I'd probably be broke, or perhaps, more broke than I already am!
Most of my four dozen years of messing with guitars has been done with electrics. It's only the last couple years that I've gotten serious about playing acoustic and actually gigging with an acoustic. I am not a fingerstyle player. Mostly fills, intros, breaks, in the flat / hybrid picking style. So far, I've been using phosphor bronze, but I want to try the 80/20 strings, too for comparison sake. Honestly, this Larrivee sounds really great with the strings that came on it. That brings up another point about Elderly....it seems all of their new and pre-owned guitars have good, fresh strings on them and they're nicely set up and ready to go. Every time I go into a big box store, the guitars have dirty, dead sounding strings and have not been set up, let alone tuned up!
Oh well. Rant over. Thanks everyone for all of the nice comments and helpful information! I appreciate all of it.
That's real purrrteee!!
I've only played a couple in a local music store and they were both extremely fine guitars.
Pre amp question. I have had really great luck with the LR Baggs ParaAcoustic pre-amp. Never used it with a Pure Mini though. Nonetheless, I would be pretty sure it has enough gain for your use. Like $190 new.
Otherwise, looks like the K&K Pure Preamp is a bit simpler and has the ability to be hung off a belt if that is your wont. Like $100 new.
I've used a bunch of others, but they are all more bells and whistles than the Baggs PA. The ParaAcoustic gives you everything you need without getting too awful fancy (or complex), and runs on batter or phantom power, and has both 1/4 inch and XLR outputs.
There are lots of options out there, and maybe you need to go back to Elderly to try out a few...but as you know going there may not be the safest decision...
BTW, I have a 94 or 95 C-10 with amazing inlay (I'm told that at the time Jean Larrivee's wife did all the inlay on the 10 series back then). Anyway, I has been an amazing player from the first day. Love Larrivees.
Beautiful guitar have fun!
Jean Larrivee builds fantastic honest wooden guitars.
That one is stunning.
Thanks everyone. This is one heck of a guitar....so glad I ran across it.
This would be my first experience with a Larrivee. I've not played anything, anywhere, that is more impressive....at least, so far.
Nice looking guitar - congrats! Every Larrivee I've had the chance to play sounded very nice.
Yes, well done! Bet you'll enjoy yours for many years to come. I got my L-19 in back 1992 & love it. Maple back & sides. All these years later I still can't do it justice, but it's fun trying. Congratulations!
Regarding to preamps I must recommend the LR Baggs Venue, all in one box, DI, EQ, tuner and booster... I have a Gibson Dread with the K&K pure mini and can´t be happier
Thanks very much. That is really nice! Gorgeous maple and love the inlays!
I had a chance to play the Larrivee at one of our acoustic gigs last Saturday. It was a restaurant/pub. Two acoustic guitars, pedal steel, bass, female singer. My part is mostly fills, breaks, and chords to accompany the rhythm guitar and singers. I guess the K&K pickup is going to need a pre-amp. I ran it through a Baggs Align EQ but it was not good. Couldn't get enough volume to hear myself without overpowering vocals in the monitor.
I'm going to purchase the K&K preamp and see how that does. I'm thinking it will be much better. I'll report when I get a chance to use it. The Larrivee is a lovely guitar and I'm thankful (and glad) I snagged it!
As far as pre-amps go, and I know I'm late to this party, I used a Baggs Para-DI for years before, at a gig, a soundman plugged me into a Radial PZ Deluxe. It sounded great and was so much easier to dial in a good tone that I dumped the Baggs and got a Radial.
Oh, and almost forgot to say, sweet guitar you got there.
Thanks for the info. I'll have to look into the Radial. And, thanks for the compliment!
Sweet guitar! My DV-05 is from the early 2000’s. It won out over the comparable Taylors when I was in the market. I bought it without electronics and put a K&K under the saddle. I have the baggs para DI to bring up the signal strength a bit. The notch filter is hard to set by myself, but a little eq is handy on stage.