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Ragtop
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Sep 27th, 2017 05:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been searching for an all-mahogany parlor guitar. 12 frets and a big ol' fat neck. Slotted headstock if possible, but not a deal breaker. Don't want to spend much, this is just for noodling on the couch.

There is one on CL not too far from me. It is a Larrivee P-05MT.

Now I've only played a couple of Larrivees, and wasn't all that impressed. But both were entry-level, low end models; both were very nicely built, though. And the guys on a couple of other forums really seem to like them.

Looking for opinions, am interested in your opinions before I make a 3-hour drive.

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Sep 27th, 2017 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a DV-09 that I love. Plays very nicely and has a good balanced sound, not as bright as a Taylor but better lower end.

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Sep 27th, 2017 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No, but I'm a Larribee fan. (Sorry about that, Chief).

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Sep 27th, 2017 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Took me a minute, El K, but lol!


And I thought I had an obscure sense of humor.

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Sep 27th, 2017 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a Larrivee fan - with some reservations.

I've owned around 8-10 Larrivee acoustics over the years, currently have 4 acoustics and one electric (two of the acoustics could end up for sale, but I'm also looking at another one...)

Here's my reservation: I don't personally care for Larrivee's parlor guitars (I bought one for my daughter years ago and she still has it, but I don't have one for myself!). Between the size of the body and the 24" scale length, most of them sound boxy to me - in a bad way.

If you're looking for a smaller body guitar for couch playing or whatever, and Larrivee is on your list, I'd look at their 00 models (and they do make them with hog tops; occasionally used ones pop up on the net) - and they also make some with slotted headstocks, I just don't remember the model designation; you can check their website.

The 00 is a little larger than the parlor, and - more importantly - has a longer, 25.5" scale length. Both of these stats contribute to a much more balanced tone with some openness, lows and highs that are missing from the parlor.

Drive 3 hours to check out a parlor? I wouldn't.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 05:35 PM, Sep 27th, 2017)

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Sep 27th, 2017 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for that, mikey.

Do you find all Larrivee necks to have the same shape/profile? Like Taylor, they are all the same?

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Sep 28th, 2017 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd say all recent/modern steel-string Larrivee's have pretty much the same neck profile; the only real difference being nut width: most of their standard D models have a 1 11/16" nut, the rest of the models are 1 3/4" , except for a few, like some slope D's and other slotheads that have 1 13/16" or even 1 7/8".

I have an older Larrivee ('79) that has a much beefier neck - back in those days Larrivee was still making necks that resembled a classical neck, and until around '84, Larrivee (like Martin) didn't use adjustable truss rods - just "some kind of rod" neck reinforcement (which my '79 has), so those meatier necks also helped with string tension.


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Sep 28th, 2017 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was about to ask you to sell me that '79 Larrivee based on the neck description alone.




But then I remembered....

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Sep 29th, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep - sorry, had it converted to a lefty.

Besides, it sounds so incredible, I won't sell it!

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Oct 6th, 2017 05:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You called it, mikey.

I was down in Denver yesterday and knew of a P-01 at a certain small music store, so I stopped by to check it out.

The tone was boxy as hell and lifeless. And, of course, it was cruddy dirty (just like the store) and the strings were ancient. I felt like getting a tetanus shot after playing the thing.

Granted, it was the cheapest Larrivee made, but I wasn't impressed. It played like a Baby Taylor.

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Oct 6th, 2017 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It played like a Baby Taylor."

Was that a good or a bad thing? I'm not a Taylor fan in general, but I'm pretty impressed with how "big" some of the Baby Taylors sound... and most Taylor's at least play easily.

One of my "local" shops (in Mankato, MN) has a lefty Taylor nylon string on sale, and it's tempting because it plays so well. I'm assuming it sounds good plugged in, but I haven't tempted myself that way ... yet.

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