Hello everyone and welcome to another Heartbreaker Guitars blog post where we have some really exciting news for you! We got in a large shipment of great instruments from our friends over at Larrivee, and man are we excited about them! Larrivee makes truly incredible instruments at economically friendly prices. Heartbreaker Guitars has been dealing Larrivee Guitars for over 7 years and we are a preferred dealer of these excellent guitars. Our owner, Brendan Smyth, has always been a huge admirer of Larrivee Guitars and has always enjoyed our relationship with this legendary company.
Jean Larrivee has been making guitars since 1967 and that experience comes through in the production value of his guitars. You don't spend over 50 years doing something without learning a thing or two, and Jean's knowledge is among the best in the trade. That's why some many great artists from Brad Paisley to Kelsea Ballerini have trusted his company and have loved his guitars. Larrivee has an incredible reputation in the musical community that you don't get without constantly providing quality for decades.
Jean Larrivee was just a mechanic in 1967 when he met world renowned German classical guitar builder Edgar Munch Sr. outside of Munch's son's concert, and Munch Sr. agreed to take Jean on as an apprentice. Jean hasn't looked back since then and has went on to impart his sense of craftsmanship and care into every instrument that has his name on the headstock. He is now one of the most respected luthiers in the world.
We are really happy to expand our inventory of their products and help you to "Fall in Love" with them. With that in mind, we decided to highlight a few of our favorites!
This little guitar is a tone monster, packing a major punch for the size and the price tag. The Mahogany back and sides are beautiful and pairs well tonally with the Sitka Spruce top. The Ebony bridge and fretboard are great additions along with the maple accents. This guitar has noticeably outstanding sustain and remarkable overtones!
Despite this guitars diminutive size, with a OO body style, it has a full sized scale length at 25 1/2". That really helps to not make it feel like a small guitar, but instead it feels like a standard guitar with a unique tone signature that comes from a OO. There is a distinct punch in the tone of a OO guitar is really distinct and complimented in this guitar by the combination of the Mahogany back and sides and the Sitka Spruce top. Over all this guitar just has a nice, tight punch to the tone that stands out in a good way. It's a great instrument and it's now on sale here at Heartbreaker Guitars!
There is nothing like an OM for versatility, and Jean Larrivee proves that with this guitar. It is a master stroke by the builder. The guitar is breathtaking, with Indian Rosewood back and sides, and a Sitka Spruce top. This is a historically versatile wood combination. The Rosewood balances and mellows the punchy Sitka Spruce top, bringing a harmony to the whole tone of the guitar that leaves it ready to do whatever you need. It can growl in the mids, rumble in the bass, and sparkle in the highs. While you may not get any of those tones distinctly, it has the capability for all of them. That means if you were supposed to play rhythm at a gig and all the sudden you need to play some lead, you can switch seamlessly.
The OM-40R has a pretty ergonomically pleasing lower bout width of 15 1/4". It leaves it with enough room to get the job done sonically, but you can still get your arm around the thing comfortably. The body is 4 1/4" deep, which is a smidge thicker than normal, but it gives you a lot tonally, and you notice it particularly in the lows of the guitar.
This guitar can tackle just about anything falling right in the middle of the spectrum musically, and does it all with style. It also has a nice cutaway allowing for plenty of access to the upper frets. It's a great buy for less than $1,900.00! Pick it up today by clicking the link here!
The D-40 is a beast. This thing pumps out sound like Bob Dylan pumped out song lyrics in the 1960's: all good and a whole lot of it! It's another guitar with Mahogany back and sides and a Sitka Spruce top, with ebony in the bridge, and ebony for the fingerboard. Ebony is one of the longest running fretboard woods in existence, having been used on cellos and violins for centuries, and there is a reason it has survived this long. Ebony feels really smooth and adds a lot of brightness to the tone, which a sometimes broody dreadnought needs. It also gives a lot of snap and response to the guitar.
Sometimes dreadnoughts have been accused of being to big and loud, and lacking in clarity. That isn't really the case with this guitar. Mostly due to the Sitka Spruce top providing some punch, this guitar is remarkably articulate for having such a booming voice.
Nobody will ever accuse any dreadnought of being ergonomically amazing. The body is big, but that is what supplies the big tone. What you sacrifice in comfort you gain in tone. That being said, this is one of the more comfortable Dreads we've had in the shop. It is a powerhouse that will carry the load in almost any mix. It's ideal for anyone looking for something with a booming voice that won't be missed! So, for $1,386.00, don't miss this insane instrument!
As we said, we just got these and a lot more Larrivee instruments in stock, so click the link here and "Fall in Love" with one today!