Larrivee Guitars, model LV-05E, is easily one of the most versatile guitars around. The Larrivee Body, aka the “L Body”, designed by Jean Larrivee, combines the best of a dreadnought with the best of a grand auditorium. From playing with fingers to percussive strumming to slide playing, this guitar sounds great regardless.
When playing with fingers, the LV-05E model responds much like a grand auditorium does, with a full, balanced sound. Yet, you can easily pick up a flatpick and dig in. I used a 2.0 mm Dunlop pick and subjected the guitar to hard strumming, bluegrass licks, blues runs, glass slide, and percussive strumming. All sounded great minus the hard strumming, which sounded “clicky”, which is no surprise since I was using a 2.0 mm thick pick. As such, I shifted over to a Dunlop 0.73 mm pick and, as expected, the Larrivee produced a full dreadnought-like strum. The glass slide sounded particularly good, though, with the mahogany producing a clear, whining sound.
Built with a sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, the LV-05E has a bright appearance that is paralleled by its tone. The LV-50E model comes with a soft cutaway with the soft curves of a Venetian cutaway, yet also has the relative flatness of a Maccaferri cutaway. Other features of the LV-05E include: All Solid Wood Construction, Single Piece Mahogany Neck, Canadian Sitka Spruce Sound Board and Bracing, African Ebony Fretboard and Bridge, Canadian Maple Multi-strip Body Binding, Solid Mahogany Back and Sides, Symmetrical Parabolic X-Bracing, Hand fit Dovetail Neck Joint, Abalone Rosette, Pearl Logo and Silver Headstock Border, Chrome 18:1 Ratio Tuners, Ivoroid Fretboard Binding, Larrivee’s Custom Beveled Pickguard, Microdot Fretboard Markers, Compensated TUSQ Saddle, Limited Lifetime Warranty, L.R. Baggs iMix Notch System (Dual Source), and Larrivee Guitars Arch-top Hardshell Case.