I believe Larrivee guitars are under appreciated and gladly show you so photos of mine. The word on this cutie is that a limited pun of them were built for the NAMM show this year (2011). I've always been a fan of Lowden guitars as finger-picking instruments and they often used wood binding, which is a feature of this guitar. the figured Koa matches the coloration of the Mahogany neck. Cause it shouldn't just sound great but look good too. So the design is understated but that's fine.
I always pick up any Larivee parlor I run across (I admire their L model as well). Sadly, it always seems that the strings are flat and I never get a good reading about the sound. Here in the South, the only place to play one is Sam Ash and they never have a selection. I love the look of the Rosewood, but I want to hear the Mahogany to compare. Your pics remind me just how pretty they are.