I have been lucky enough to own a number of high end guitars. The Larrivee OM-40R has the best tone of them all. Larrivees are known for their balance - this one does not let down at all in that department. However, the beautiful rosewood back and sides gives the tone a slight nod to the bass end that is just perfection. The set up is absolutely perfect. The construction of this guitar is superb in every way. The people at Shoreline were very helpful. Super comfortable and easy to play - this guitar will be with me for life.
I ordered this without trying one out which I never thought I would do but I am very, very happy with this guitar. It sounds great and is not lacking in volume. I ordered the Anthem SL and I look forward to playing more of this guitar. Definitely recommend this great find. Great service from Shorline as well.
I bought the OM-40R after starting playing again after many years and realizing the old cheap dreadnought I had was just too hard to play. The Larrivee is a beautiful looking and sounding guitar. Every detail is well done and the tone is fantastic.
Also John went out his way to make sure it was going to a legitimate address. I had it shipped to work but hadn't given him that number. Since it was different from my credit card address he found the number and called me to verify that it was really going to correct place.
This my first time owning an american made guitar. The experience is simply fabulous.
Sound is very subjective. Our ears are very different in terms of how we define the quality of "tone". As a guitar player myself for 14 years and going, I've came across many guitars. I kinda finally understood what I was looking for in a guitar. Then I came across Larrivee. The rest is history.
I got this guitar shipped to Singapore all the way from Colorado, USA. Took about 8-9 days if I could remember. It was well worth the wait. The moment I opened the case, I was greeted by the sweet scent of a brand new guitar and its gorgeous beautiful outlook. The condition of the guitar was perfect. No scratches, dings, marks etc. The sitka top was simply adoring with tight grains lines running through. The backs and sides were dark brown indian rosewood very defined silky grains. Visually it is a 10/10 in my opinion.
The moment I started playing on this guitar, I knew something was different compared to the other asian made guitars which I owned. The low ends were thick and non boomy. Trebles are naturally sweet and bright without sounding overly thin and brittle. Overall, this guitar gives a very powerful warm mellow tone with a natural pinch of sweet trebles. I guess I would use the word "well balanced" to describe this Larrivee. I simply love it!
Thanks to John and Shoreline Music for making my purchase a happy and memorable one. I'm very satisfied with the process from beginning until I receive the guitar.
In my search for an upgrade guitar, I was told about the Larrivee OM-40R that Shoreline Music had. It is a return that a customer sent back because he wanted a higher end guitar. I was lucky enough to get it and I can honestly say that it is the nicest sounding guitar that I have ever played. No offence to any owners of these guitars, but I liked it better than a Martin 000-28EC, a Martin OM-21, a Taylor 816CE, and a Gibson Hummingbird Pro. All of the above mentioned guitars are out of my price range, but the Larrivee was not.
The condition of the guitar was as good as new. There were no marks, abrasions or scratches at all. It was as if it came directly from the factory. And the action was perfect. The wood is beautiful with nice straight grain on the top with some nice silking and the rosewood back and sides were also beautiful with straight, tight grain.
The sound is everything that makes a Larrivee what it is. The tone is balanced, but the new scalloped parabolic bracing gives it some nice low notes as well. The lows are not booming nor are they thumpy but they are very warm and mellow, up front but not overbearing. It is exactly the kind of sound I was looking for in a guitar.
No review would be complete without kudos to John, the head honcho at Shoreline music. His customer service is the best I have ever experienced with any online purchase I have ever made. He is very personable, remembers my name, and he shipped the guitar the same day I ordered it. I got it in 3 days from Colorado to the east coast.
I could not be more pleased with my purchase of the Larrivee OM40R from Shoreline Music.