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1998 Larrivee Model D-10B, 'Flying Eagle', Brazilian

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Serial #: 25583

Body width: 16" Scale: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 3/4" Depth at endpin: 5"

Materials: Solid bookmatched figured Brazilian Rosewood back and sides; solid bookmatched quartersawn spruce top; solid one-piece tropical mahogany neck; solid ebony fingerboard; Brazilian rosewood peghead veneer; solid ebony bridge with compensated saddle and inlaid ebony bridgepins; gold Schaller tuners; clear scratchplate; Paua abalone binding and soundhole rosette.

Notes: The scarcest and most coveted of all instrument tonewoods, Brazilian Rosewood is renowned for its brilliant, bell-like tone, and dramatic highly figured grain, with highlights ranging from deep purple to cafe au lait. Under strict export embargo since the late 60's, Brazilian Rosewood has skyrocketed in price as old stock reserves have become increasingly depleted over the years. Makers lucky enough to have a remaining stash charge a king's ransom for the material as a custom upgrade, and most offer it rarely if at all.

For over four decades, Canadian master luthier Jean Larrivee has been crafting acoustic guitars of superlative quality. Now an industry leader, Larrivee Guitars has workshops in both British Columbia and Southern California, and have been pioneers in CNC manufacturing, producing precision-built instruments to the highest standards of traditional luthiery.

The D-10 is Larrivee's top-of-the-line dreadnought, and only a few select examples have ever been built with bodies of true Brazilian Rosewood. Standard issue models are typically built with soundboards of Canadian Sitka spruce, however the pronounced mineralization in the top is often associated with Adirondack (red) spruce, the legendary tonewood of the prewar Martins.

We are told this unique design was used only on this single batch of just eleven instruments that bear the distinctive 'Flying Eagle' headstock logo. The rosewood of the body is extensively figured, and ranges in color from cinnamon to a deep charcoal, with dramatic bookmatched grain figure. Neck profile is an elegant gentle D, with a generous 1 3/4" nut, and smooth low action over fine vintage style fretwork. The solid ebony fingerboard is graced with an ornate floral torch style inlay pattern, in rainbow Paua abalone, which also binds the body and rings the soundhole. The voice is forward and booming, with exceptionally muscular bass, and remarkable projection: a true banjo killer.

Meticulously maintained in 100% original condition, the instrument is free of playwear, and is supplied with its handsome original hardshell case. Striking, vibrant and incredibly rare, the D-10 Flying Eagle is a fitting tribute to the King of the Skies. We've never spotted another: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference.

Case: Original deluxe Larrivee hardshell case with plush lining.





































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