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Larrivée Guitars switches to TUSQ® performance bridge pins over decorative bridge pins

United States
Delta, B.C.; December 8, 2006 — Larrivée Guitars Inc., a well-known innovator in the luthier industry, has chosen Graph Tech Guitar Labs’ high performance TUSQ® bridge pins as a standard feature on its -03 Series of acoustic guitars.

Lightweight and rigid, TUSQ® bridge pins allow the guitar top to vibrate more freely, increasing bottom-end response and harmonics.

Twelve years ago, Larrivée and Taylor Guitars were the first guitar manufacturers to begin using Graph Tech’s TUSQ® nuts and saddles which are known for their impeccable tonal quality and increased harmonic content. Today, the transition is complete with the incorporation of high performance bridge pins that deliver much more than the standard aesthetic appeal.

“Jean Larrivée has always embraced innovations that improve the sound of his company’s guitars, but he is also a traditionalist who is uncompromising in his guitars” aesthetics,” explains Graph Tech CEO Dave Dunwoodie. “Our TUSQ performance bridge pins satisfy both of those needs for Larrivée.”.

Larrivée, which has made more than 90,000 steel string guitars in nearly three decades, chose TUSQ® over other materials for its ability to optimize sound performance.

Since its early days, Larrivée Guitars has been a respected leader in the guitar manufacturing industry. With innovators such as Larrivée featuring TUSQ® saddles, nuts, and performance bridge pins as the standard on its coveted instruments, Graph Tech’s TUSQ® is quickly becoming more recognizable in the global luthier community as a desirable option over bone.

About Graph Tech Guitar Labs

Founded in 1983 by President Dave Dunwoodie, Graph Tech Guitar Labs manufactures more guitar nuts and saddles than any other company in the world. Focused on innovations to improve guitar tone and vibration for optimal performance, Graph Tech is the maker of TUSQ® man-made ivory, String Saver™ saddles, FerraGlide® string-saving steel saddle systems, Trem-Nut self-lubricating nuts and GHOST® modular pickup systems. The world’s leading retailers, luthiers, and guitar manufacturers choose Graph Tech products, including acoustic guitar manufacturers Taylor, Martin, Gibson, Larrivée, Ramirez, and Godin as well as electric guitar makers Godin, RKS, Carvin, Tom Anderson, and Schecter.

About Jean Larrivée Guitars

Larrivée began designing his distinctively shaped instruments with symmetrical bracing patterns and unique structural specifications in 1967. Never content to follow the pack, Larrivée is an experimental trendsetter who has always been finely attuned to musicians” needs. A perfectionist, Larrivée personally selects each piece of wood in order to ensure “Larrivée tone” and longevity. His two family-run operations — one in southern California and the other in Vancouver, Canada — produce some of the finest sounding guitars and mandolins available anywhere, instruments played by the likes of fingerstyle guitar champion Shane Adkins; session guitarists Ramon Stagnaro, Troy Lancaster, and Rene Toledo; hip hop’s Dave Shul (Spearhead); and Jimmy Page (Honeydrippers) sidekick, Tony Franklin. www.larrivee.com
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