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The quest for perfect tone and uncompromising physical beauty in a Larrivée guitar always comes back to the wood. Sourcing the highest quality materials available and constantly striving to extract maximum value out of every single board foot is a mandate we take very seriously.

To find the best wood for a guitar, we travel the globe – hiking mud-drenched trails to select Koa from Hawaiian mountainsides, striding the log booms of the Pacific Northwest to find premium spruce, or selecting mahogany and rosewood from South America, India or Africa.

The search is painstaking, and sometimes we come up empty-handed. Only one in a hundred spruce logs yields suitable tone wood for producing guitars. And only one in a hundred of those is accepted by Larrivée. We don’t make a “big deal” about the fact that we often harvest logs that are naturally fallen; that’s just the way we’ve always done it, that’s the respect we have for the resource.

Because we take so much pride in the wood we use, we cannot not always guarantee that we have these woods in stock for an order. Other makers will just call up a supplier and order a set of "any old wood", we on the other hand will not use a set of wood unless it is the right set. The grain, color, rigidity, and weight all have to be just right in order for us to build it. Contact your local dealer to find out if we are currently offering a particular species.


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African/Indian Ebony
Brazilian Rosewood
Flamed Maple
Hawaiian Koa
Indian Rosewood
Quilted Maple
Sitka Spruce




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