The D-40 is a revolutionary guitar from Larrivee. This model born from years of research and testing features Jean Larrivee's first new bracing pattern in over 46 years. The "Scalloped Parabolic Hybri... Read More
The D-40 is a revolutionary guitar from Larrivee. This model born from years of research and testing features Jean Larrivee's first new bracing pattern in over 46 years. The "Scalloped Parabolic Hybrid" bracing system perfectly merges the strength, tonal balance, and clarity of Larrivee bracing, with the bass response, depth, and volume you'd expect from a vintage dreadnaught.
Made only in America, the D-40 comes standard with an exceptional feature set compared to similar style instruments from other manufacturers. The D-40 has a solid African ebony fretboard & bridge, single-piece mahogany neck, Canadian maple binding, bone saddle, bone nut, and bone bridge pins. Other features we include are a Mother of Pearl Logo, Grover 18:1 open back tuners, non-shrink tortoise pick guard, double action truss rod (easily adjusted at full string tension), re-enforcement for side mount electrics, durable acrylic satin finish, bold rope purfling, arch top case, and a lifetime warranty.
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Before you read any further, search for the d-40 Rosewood with your favorite search engine and look for the video review by Premier Guitar. Some of the notes I will speak about will touch on that review. So the strings that come installed on the PC are D'Addario EXP 17s (medium gauge). Though a medium gauge I found these strings to be super easy to play. No where near as bright and sticky as elixers. Just the right amount of string talk when you slide. Tension isn't as hard as some other mediums I have played. Play-ability: The guitar definitely holds true to a the dread sound. Large with booming lows and clear highs. Def a big sound. The neck is comfortable as well. I have pretty small hands with sausage fingers and I found this guitar to be the most playable out of any acoustic I have owned. Strange to say it but it seems like the guitar was almost made for me. My fingers seem to find the strings every time. Pull offs and hammer-ons play with ease. As for a dread, I have to disagree with Premier Guitars review of the instrument. They state the body has a boxy feel where I find it to be just the opposite. Against the chest this guitar seems to hug. Action: this is where Premier Guitar nails it on the head. The guitar is VERY playable but...at a cost of string buzz. The strings do tend to buzz when you strum with emphasis. While this may be a turn-ff for some, I thing it is great. To me, there is something about when a guitar is being played hard and you get that real raw steel on wood sound. If slight string buzz isn't your thing, the guitar may not be for you, however this may be remedied with lighter gauge strings. Personally, I like it. The body has satin finish all around. No gloss on top or sides. I sold my Taylor 414ce because I felt this one blew it out of the water. Not to say that the 414CE wasn't a nice guitar. Not by any means. It's just the Taylors always seem to have a delicate, bright and beautiful sound that seems to lack the low end. When I compared it to the Larrivee, the Taylor sounded thin and empty. No projection. I played my first Larrivee in the Guitar Center in midtown Manhatten (It was a larrivee lv03re). Within the first strum I knew I needed a larrivee. Even a friend of mine who did not play guitar turned his head and said "whoa....what is THAT?" Larrivees are a little hard to find but when you do find one, pick it up. You will be surprised. They are fine instruments that can hold there own against the other big boys. And for a comparable guitar like the Martin d-28, this guitar has the same features at almost half the price. I have a feeling this will be with me until my fingers can't move any more.
For those of you not familiar with Larrivee ... they are AWESOME guitars. Well balanced - all hard woods - Jean hand picks the wood for all over the world. He also sells spruce tops to many "other" big name guitar companies. The Legacy d-40 Rosewood is big and full - new scalloped bracing pattern. Right out of the box it sings. It feels great with a thinner C neck and old fashion appointments like an older D-28 flat head stock and open tuners with herring bone detail around the body. Both sound and looks are very well done. Only minus would be - it ships with med strings - I prefer custom lights and the wood can use a couple of years to open up even more ... but that's all good guitars. I am very pleased and would highly recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a great guitar for a little over a thousand dollars that rivals the other guys at 2-3,000. Check out the Larrivee Legacy series ... you wouldn't be disappointed!
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