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Old 05-22-2011, 11:58 AM
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Default Eastman E20OM vs Larrivee OM-03r

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Old 05-22-2011, 12:23 PM
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You can't go wrong with a Larrivee.

To be fair though I've never played and Eastman and own an OM-03R and can't see anything else at or below its price range ever replacing it.
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Buy the one made in North America!
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:53 PM
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I have owned a Larrivee OM 03R, & currently own an Eastman E 20 OM, & MUCH prefer the Eastman - it has a richer, more complex tone than the Larry, with a lovely, grunty low-midrange that goes right through you; I also prefer the shorter scale-length of the Eastman - altho Larrivee build-quality is excellent, probably better than the Eastman, ultimately it comes down to sound & playability, & for me the Eastman wins on both these.. hope this helps..
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:02 PM
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I've played both. I preferred the sound of the Eastman just a little bit, but the Larrivee had a little better build quality and it played better for me. I would probably buy the Larrivee if I was making the same decision as you. It just bonded better with me. Just my opinion of course.
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Larrivee. Without a doubt.
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:29 PM
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Have you tried them both? Personally, I love Larrivees but I found the Eastman OM is be significantly louder and more complex than Larrivee's OM. Probably a closer comparison would be an Eastman OM and a Larrivee L-body.
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Larrivee. No contest
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Larrivee for sure.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:18 PM
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I've never played a Larivee that I'd own. The tone runs way too thin for me.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:23 PM
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Both have a lot to offer -- just make sure to factor scale length into your decision. As mentioned above, the Eastman is a shorter scale length -- 20 inches to the Larrivee's standard 25.5.

Oops -- typo, thanks for the correction below. Meant to say 25 inches for the Eastman -- 20 sure would be short!

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Old 05-22-2011, 07:38 PM
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You can't go wrong with a Larrivee.

To be fair though I've never played and Eastman and own an OM-03R and can't see anything else at or below its price range ever replacing it.
I owned an Eastman AC308 and 3 different Larrivee guitars (L-03, OM-03 and OM-03R).

The Eastman was nice, but it did not compare to the quality of the Larrivee guitars I owned. The finish on the Eastman was VERY delicate. It chipped really easy.

With that said, I never played the Eastman dreads or the Larrivee dreads.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:52 AM
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Both have a lot to offer -- just make sure to factor scale length into your decision. As mentioned above, the Eastman is a shorter scale length -- 20 inches to the Larrivee's standard 25.5.
No that is wrong, the Eastman EOM20 has a 25" scale while the Larrivee OM03R has a 25.5" scale...

I have tried and compared both guitars in the same shop a few months back. The Eastman for it was worth sounded better to my ears, but the Larrivee was more robustly built. Even though I thought the Larrivee didn't sound as good as the Eastman I'd go for the Larrivee; it's probably more likely to endure gigging and practise, it's also more likely to hold on to value if you so choose to upgrade at sometime.

Scale is a important thing, if you play in Open Tunings such as Open C then the Larry may be more tempting.

Ultimately it's a win win situation whichever instrument you'd go for, both cracking guitars.
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:51 AM
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Not to hijack this thread but it sounds to me like the Eastman guitars sound good out of the box. OTOH I know from experience that Larrivees take a little time and a set up to one's personal tastes for them to truly shine. When auditioning an instrument fit and finish should come into play but bear in mind that solid wood guitars' voices do change over time.

In my OM-03R's case I switched out the stock strings (not sure if they were using Cleartones yet at the time) to a medium gauge non-coated PB set and I swapped the tusq saddle for bone. They made an immediate improvement in sustain and clarity but what really improved the tone was a good solid 6-9 months of being played every day.
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Eastman E20OM is an amazing guitar and that is coming from someone who only liked dreads before I played the E20OM.
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