Jean Larrivee has been under pressure from his dealers to create an instrument specifically targeted for fingerstyle players. As usual, he has responded with a guitar that has exceeded expectations! His new LSV-11 Fingerstyle debuted at the 2006 Winter NAMM show and immediately created a huge buzz in the industry!
Most serious fingerstyle players these days demand a significantly wider nut dimension to facilitate the often challenging passages in the lower registers of the fingerboard, hence a 1 13/16″ bone nut was designated for this model. Jean’s LS body size is absolutely perfect to achieve the balance, maximum note separation and tonal complexity demanded by the contemporary fingerstyle repertoire. The Larrivee symmetrical strutting system has been custom voiced for this new model and seems to lend extra layers of sparkle to the overtone series while maintaining a solid note fundamental with plenty of girth to support all of that shimmer in the high end!
I have to say that the new L.R. Baggs I-Mix System is definitely my favorite pickup/preamp ever on a Larrivee. The combination of the Element saddle pickup’s meaty tone & high feedback rejection in combination with the I-beam’s reproduction of high-end nuances makes for very transparent sound reinforcement!!!
Did I mention that this thing was an absolute dream to play? The short scale makes even close-voiced chords easy to grip! There has obviously been some considerable thought given to the ergonomics of this particular model … it just sits on your lap and falls into the perfect playing position! I LOVE THIS THING!!!
Larrivee has released their ” No Cut ” version of the popular LSV-11 fingerstyle guitar. This instrument is identical to the regular LSV-11 but with soundhole mounted “stealth” Master Volume and Mix controls rather than the side mounted preamp. This will appeal to players who would rather do without the added side-mount preamp functions and have a less obtrusive pickup system install!
* 1 13/16″ wide bone nut
* grained ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard
* abalone shell custom fingerboard inlays
* silver bound peghead veneer
* adjustable truss rod
* Larrivee enclosed tuners with ebony buttons
* mother-of-pearl peghead logo inlay
* low profile ellipse neck profile
* hand fit dovetail neck joint
* one-piece tropical mahogany neck
* 24 11/16″ scale length
* Venetian cutaway body design
* premium Sitka spruce top
* no pickguard
* Abalone shell soundhole rosette
* ebony pyramid bridge
* intonation compensated bone saddle
* 2 1/4″ string spacing at bridge
* rosewood body binding with w/b/w side fillet
* premium rosewood back & sides
* 15 1/4″ wide lower bout
* 4 1/4″ deep at end pin
* L.R. Baggs I-mix System
* deluxe hardshell Larrivee case