Up for sale, a 1996 Larrivee D-09 with highly figured bookmatched maple back and sides, complete with the original hardshell case. Finely crafted in Victoria, B.C., this is a rare iteration of the D-09 square shoulder dreadnought design, with the tonewood complement rounded out by a spruce top, mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard. An extremely punchy and ballsy dreadnought that retains the clarity and dynamic snap of the tonewood pairing of maple and spruce, the D-09 delivers chords which have plenty of body and individual notes that are incredibly defined and present. The bass register has a smooth growl and rubbery snap when you dig in hard with a flatpick, and the ebony fingerboard ensures additional glassy articulation. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Larrivee is strung with a fresh set of 12-53 phosphor bronze strings and dialed in for optimal action and intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender, easy-playing C shaped profile at the nut with more roundness and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard features mini dot inlay and pristine stock slender fretwire. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The high gloss ebony headstock veneer features an abalone Larrivee inlay and stock chrome set of Larrivee-branded tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The ebony bridge sits flush with the top, and the saddle is compensated for optimal intonation, with ample height for future adjustment. Visible through the soundhole, the Larrivee label is mint and the model and serial number are stamped on the heel block.
The natural finish highlights extremely dense and dimensional quilt and bubble maple figuring extending across the bookmatched back and sides. There are a couple professionally repaired cracks on the bass-side lower bout on top, with pick scuffing across the small transparent pickguard and a few additional minor cosmetic marks on the spruce on top, particularly behind the bridge. The figured maple shows one small spot of impact on the bass side of the body on the upper bout, and a trio of repaired splits on the treble side in the figured maple at the waist. Wear on the back and sides is otherwise quite restrained, and the smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless save for one shallow mark central to the carve behind fret 3
The original hardshell case is included.