The D-40 is a revolutionary new guitar from Larrivee. This new model born from years of research and testing features Jean Larrivee’s first new bracing pattern in over 46 years. The new “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.
The foundation for this new bracing system is our tried and true shaped “X” brace. Each of these “X” braces is hand shaped and voiced for the individual instrument and provides maximum strength between the bridge and sound hole. The real secret to the system however is the new Non-Symmetrical Scalloped Lateral Cross Braces. These braces move away from traditional “block” shaped braces into lightweight “tapered” braces with a traditional scallop (think suspension bridge). They are engineered to provide maximum strength using the least possible material and with the smallest footprint possible allowing free vibration of the soundboard. In a standard Larrivee the lateral cross braces are perfectly symmetrical across the “X” brace connecting on the treble and bass side, but in the Scalloped Parabolic Hybrid system they connect only on the treble side and travel away at a carefully calculated angle. This change allows us to control the bass response of the instrument.
Made only in America, the D-40 come standard with an exceptional feature set compared to similar style instruments from other manufacturers. The D-40 has a solid African Ebony Fretboard & Bridge while the competition uses plastic resin (Richlite). We use single piece Mahogany necks whereas our competition uses “select hardwood” – (whatever that means!). The body of the D-40 is bound in tasteful Canadian maple while the competition uses cheap plastic strips. Our instrument comes with a CNC made bone saddle, bone nut, and bone bridge pins while the competition uses injection molded plastic saddles, and nuts made from Corian (countertop material). 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!
Ronaldo Sotomango & Erwin Punto Visit Larrivee California:
October 26, 2012
It was an honor to have two of the Navy's best stop by and take a tour of the Oxnard, California shop on Wednesday October 24, 2012. They got lucky and had a chance to snag Jean for a quick photo right before he left for Europe.
From Left to Right: Ronaldo Sotomango, Jean Larrivee, Erwin Punto & Mike Kitchen
Commander Chris Hadfield Visits Larrivee Vancouver:
February 22, 2012
Canadian astronaut (and guitarist) Col. Chris Hadfield (soon to be the first Canadian to command the International Space Station) recently stopped by the Larrivée factory in Vancouver to see where the Larrivée Parlor guitar (that's currently on the ISS) was built - and he talked to us about the challenges and joys of playing guitar in space.
As part of our 45th Anniversary celebrations, Jean Larrivee Guitars USA is releasing a new Limited Edition guitar!
The LV-10 45th Anniversary Model is constructed with exceptionally figured Silverwood found on one of Jeans recent trips to India, while the soundboard is made from Jean's Private reserve of Sitka tops. The neck is lightweight Genuine South American Mahogany and features a new custom headstock inlay we simply call "The torch" which pays tribute to the inlays of the early 1900's while perfectly keeping with the modern Larrivee Style. The ebony fretboard & bridge also feature matching torch inlays, but there will also be a special "1967-2012" inlay at the 12th fret. The instrument is bound in Indian rosewood with abalone purfling. The guitar also features our CNC made bone nut and saddles, as well as our exclusive new bone bridge pins.
The series is strictly limited to 45 numbered and signed pieces; each guitar coming with its own Certificate of Authenticity. The MSRP on the instrument is $4500, and deliveries will begin in mid march.
Photographic updates of the build process will soon be available on Facebook and Twitter.
Ace from Skunk Anansie:
December 23, 2011
UK Larrivée Guitars distributor Sound Technology Ltd caught up with Ace from Skunk Anansie in between a hectic tour schedule. Proud owner of a Larrivée D-50, Ace talks about the qualities of the guitar and how he's used it on tour for the past three years:
Mariposa Folk Festival:
Larrivee guitars, signed by all 2010 Mariposa Folk Festival performers, available on Ebay Nov. 15–30
November 15, 2010
"Four beautiful guitars now embody a playable history of Canadian folk music, thanks to Larrivee Guitars, the Mariposa Folk Festival and Orillia’s Streets Alive! organization. Three of the acoustic ‘time machines’ will be offered to the public through auction and raffle, keeping folk music in the peoples’ hands. The fourth guitar will be included in the permanent collection of Mariposa Folk Foundation memorabilia at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collection at York University. The guitars were donated by Larrivee to help support Guitars on Parade, the 2010 Orillia Streets Alive! project." ...