The Larrivee 000 40R is an exemplary fingerpicking guitar with a 12th-fret body join. Its 000-sized body - smaller than a big dread, but bigger than a parlour - lends it the focus it needs to bring out the nuances of every note. The 12th-fret neck-to-body join results in a sweeter sound than an equivalent guitar with a more conventional 14th-fret join.
Sitka Spruce combined with Indian Rosewood is, for some, the ultimate tone wood pairing. Its complex sound is produced by the attack of the Sitka and the overtone-rich resonance of the Rosewood. Larrivee’s "Scalloped Parabolic Hybrid" bracing design brings the best of this already-outstanding combination. A non-symmetrical scalloped lateral cross-bracing pattern has been blended with Larrivee’s tried and true balanced X-Brace system. The result is maximum strength using the least amount of material. It's a build that allows even further vibration of the soundboard, while still offering a controlled dynamic bass response.
Larrivee prides itself on being plugged in to the entire process of producing a finished, hand-made guitar, from log selection on the forest floor to final quality control in their Oxnard, California workshop. Their aim to build not the most guitars, but the best, is evident on the 000-40 R. Hand selection of the woods has ensured that the top, back and sides perform optimally together. Traditional aesthetics, punctuated by intricate rope binding, open-back tuners and diamond inlays to the fretboard, complete the package.