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  • Alvarez VS. Larrivee VS. Seagull

    I've noticed these seem to be the most recommended guitars on this forum... at least as far as "bang for the buck" is concerned. So... which one is REALLY the best bang for the buck in your opinion?
    "People of all ages love this guitar -especially children ...and adults."

    -Esteban

  • #2
    I voted Seagull,even tho I don't own one. Larrivees an tend to get pricey,but the mid priced ones $750-1000 are pretty good. The Alverez is pretty decent,but the Seagull beats them is workmanship.
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    • #3
      Larry. This one isn't even close, and I'm a Taylor man.
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      • #4
        Larrivee all the way. For all solid-wood construction (using real mahogany and not some other simlar wood with a strange African name) you can't beat them in the under $1000 range new, $500 range used. The other two are nice and generally are not as expensive as most Larrivees but they use laminated back/sides which Larrivees don't.

        Now if money were an issue and I needed a guitar right now, I'd probably look at the Seagull first. I've tried Alvarez Artist guitars in the $500 range but they didn't speak to me. FWIW they appeal to me more than Takamines but I actually think Washburns in that price range were a little nicer.
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        • #5
          Hard to answer since you are talking about a different buck. Seagulls are in the $300-$400 range. Larrivee are in the $600-$800 range on the low end. Comparing the two would not be fair. That said, I have one of each, and like my Seagull better, though it is generally thought that the Larrivee is a better guitar (just a preference thing, nothing to do with quality).
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          • #6
            seagull
            i love

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            • #7
              Larrivee, though I really like the Seagull S6 Folk.

              Brett

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              • #8
                I own both an Alvarez and a Seagull and have gigged with both. I prefer the Seagull because I like the wide neck and the mellow tone. My Alvarez is a pretty good guitar though.
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                • #9
                  Larrivee all the way. Have a OM-03 Blackwood...love it. Best guitar I have ever owned.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by inspector13
                    Larrivee all the way. Have a OM-03 Blackwood...love it. Best guitar I have ever owned.



                    You're lucky to have one of those. I love Larrivee's and I love tazmanian blackwood, so I gotta' imagine that's a heck of a guitar. I'll have one someday, probably a dread, since I have a GA Taylor blackwood.
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                    • #11
                      As noted before, this comparison is a bit unfair. Larrivee is the easy answer here, but even getting a new '03 series will run you around $650 or more at least. That's two to three times more than you'll pay for a new 'Gull or Alvarez. A more fair comparison would put the '03 Larry's against Tacoma (my DM-18 ran about $650 new) and Martin's 15 Series (again, about $650 or so).

                      Between Seagull and Alvarez, I'd lean to Seagull. Better overall build quality (by a long shot, imo) and I like a wider neck. However, if you find a good Alvarez, they're worth it (I really regret not buying an RD8M...that was one amazing guitar, and quite a bargain), too.
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