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mike in lytle
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« on: August 02, 2016, 07:02:43 PM »

 
Okay, so I took an early lunch and buzzed up to Guitar Tex to try these out.
Final verdict right away - I was surprised and impressed.
I played each for about 10 minutes, finger picking, and please remember, I ain't no professional guitar reviewer, just an L-body fan, and I can't compare these new guitars to the L-03 and L-03R cause I haven't played any of those for a long time.

L-40M - played this one first. Nice and light. Satin all over. Strings felt like mediums, the neck is same as the L-bodies. Decent action. The open back tuners are a nice touch. Sounds really good. The attack seems more"immediate". The guitar rings then decays nicely, like the L-05. I honestly could not tell if the low end was enhanced, it sounds a lot like the L-05 low end. The L-40M overall has the same sound qualities we would expect overall (harmonics, separation). To compare with the L-03FM flamed maple, I prefer the L-40M. However, if the L-40M is hanging on the rack and gets played by someone looking to upgrade to Larrivee, it's going home with that person.

L-40R - Same appointments, but completely different story. You would think the L-40R would cost much more than the L-40M because the wider tonal difference is striking. The L-40R has a deeper louder bottom end with a similar top end to the M, and the low end has a long sustain. I found myself slowing down with it, because all the notes sounded so good. The term "growl" applies. One could play the L-40R all day and not get tired of it.

That being said, a person caught unawares might jump all over the L-40R versus the L-40M, but the reason I initially bought the L-05 was to get away from deeper bass and sustain, and I was weary of the HD-28 with its never ending overpowering bass. The L-40R does the same thing, except the bass notes have more initial clarity than the HD-28. Things can get crowded quickly.

So it depends on what you would use each of these guitars for. I could see having one of each. The relative difference between the L-40M and L-40R (both brand new) is the same relative difference between L-05 and the LV-10, which were built two months apart in 2010. But both the L-40M and L-40R are fantastic guitars and I think Larrivee is going to sell a lot of them.

Mike
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2016, 07:14:34 PM »

Thanks loads Mike, this is a Great review from a real player's perspective.  My D-40R is hard to put down as well.  I may have to sell one of the herd and just get me an L-40R... Hmmm come to think of it my L-09 is already for sale...
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2016, 02:30:13 AM »

Thanks Mike for the review.  I really want to try these out and get a first hand experience on the tone of these guitars.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2016, 04:53:58 AM »

Good to know that there is an 40M/mahogany model too - it's not shown on the website...

 
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2016, 04:54:09 PM »

Had a chance to sample each of these the other day. I agree with your assessment, Mike. The M was well balanced with the overall tone being a little bigger and deeper than the L03 that I had. Very nice, although I can't get used to the square headstock on this particular model... Jest don't look right, somehow.  The R version had an overwhelming bass response which was a little off putting to me. I missed the balance that Larrivee is known for. Now, this could have been just this example, and the tone may balance out with age.

I love the new 000 guitars with the new bracing pattern, but just not sure about the L body guitars. Maybe a little too much of a good thing. Does anyone know if ALL of the L03 bodies will be of the new configuration from on, or if they will still make the old standby in addition?
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