"...what Larrivée has over both Taylor and Martin is an all-wood specification, at a price neither of the big boys can quite match. To our eyes and ears, it seems more 'finished', too. In short, it's a lot of guitar for the money".
Introduced in 2010, Larrivée -02 Series guitars have been something of a revelation in bringing genuine value to the quality acoustic guitar market, offering as they do renowned Larrivée build quality and tone in a series of all-solid wood guitars with a list price of just £849 inc VAT.
Larrivée and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd are pleased to announce an expansion to the range with -02E electro versions in the same three body shapes plus a new cutaway model. Guitarist magazine have the first review where they award the Larrivée OM-02E the magazine's 'Guitarist Choice' award and a 4.5 out of 5 rating in all test result categories.
"Above all, Larrivée's crisp, detailed build is superbly represented, especially with this thin natural satin finish: sloppy craft has nowhere to hide".
"Here's a guitar that we suspect can be quite a chameleon. There's a very good balance, acoustically, a lightly mid-scooped dreadnought with a trimmer, tighter low-end".
"...as a fingerpicker or hybrid picker, you'll feel very at home, especially if you find the more electric-like neck sizes of numerous modern acoustic brands too cramped and skinny".
"This is a guitar that takes a little time to get familiar with to really find its voice, certainly amplified. But find it we did, and it proves highly addictive, ploughing a path between more modernistic ultra-crisp voices and something a little dirtier and vintage-sounding. In a vey broad sense, thinking it lies midway between the perceived darker Martin and clearer Taylor tonality would be a good starting point".
"There's plenty to like here: the all-solid-wood traditional construction, the price and the unobtrusive onboard electrics. Built to a price it may be, but this is a very serious, characterful electro that proves way more versatile than its wide-spaced fingerstyle design suggests".
The full review can be found in the March issue (Issue 365) of Guitarist magazine on sale now. The Larrivée OM-02E is also available now at £999 RRP inc VAT.