Larrivée 0-44R, 000-44R and OMV-44R review

Larrivée’s 44 Legacy Series introduces a range of characterful guitars in a selection of body sizes, each with an upgraded high-gloss finish. Let’s find out exactly how they shine

Larrivée 000-44R
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Once again, Larrivée has provided us with some instruments that we were truly happy to spend time with. All three have a lot of character and would suit a range of briefs, depending on a player’s needs.


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    0-44R is compact, characterful and boisterous for its size.

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    00 is a delightful instrument.

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    00 has sweet trebles and girthy mids and basses.

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    OMV-44R is a toneful all-rounder.

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    It would suit practically any gigging situation.


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    The 0-sized body always sacrifices some bass-end.

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    Price with pickup makes the OMV-44R a major investment.

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Larrivée’s acoustic guitars have charmed us often in the past. With build quality that’s typically very sharp, Jean Larrivée’s team of builders – based now in Oxnard, California, and originally hailing from Canada – deliver the business time after time. So we were excited to hear that there was another batch heading our way from across the Atlantic.

These latest guitars belong to the 44 Legacy Series, which itself is based on the models from the 40 Legacy Series – the difference being that the 44s offer a high-gloss finish as opposed to the 40s’ satin. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.