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Larrivee D-03R Rosewood Recording Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case

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D-03R Rosewood Recording Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Case
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Dreadnought body, All Solid wood Construction, Single Piece Mahogany Neck, Canadian Sitka Spruce Sound Board & Bracing, African Ebony Fretboard & Bridge, Canadian Maple Body Binding, Rosewood Back & Sides, Symmetrical Parabolic X-Bracing, Hand fit Dovetail Neck Joint, Rounded Larrivee Headstock, White Inlaid Larrivee Logo, Multi-Strip Inlaid Rosette, Ping Tuners w/ 18:1 Ratio, Ivoroid Fretboard Binding, Exclusive Beveled Tortise pickguard, Microdot Fretboard Markers, Limited Lifetime warranty. Arch-top case.

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D-03R (2003) 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Vancouver, British Columbia
Half a point off just because the aesthetics are pretty plain. Personally, sound quality was all I was after, so fancy inlays, etc, didn't matter. This is a stripped back high quality unit made for music, not to be flashy. The only problem with this guitar is that it doesn't get played enough! I bought this as a learner guitar after playing a a range of cheaper acoustics around the $500 range, but jumping up to this level was a revelation (I paid around $1700 for a new D-03R in 2003). The difference in sound is massive, so if you don't want to spend the extra $, just don't play this line from L'Arrivee, you won't be satisfied with less after! Incredible sound and amazing value for a Canadian made guitar with all solid wood construction. Gibson and Martin may have history over L'Arrivee, but the quality of sound / tone from this dreadnought is just superb, and it's easily built well enough to be a lifetime, heirloom instrument as well.
Posted by Edan on Feb 10, 2023
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special guitar 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Peterborough, Ontario
Bought this guitar 12 years ago at Bud Monahan in Peterborough (now L&M) the fact it was made here in Canada was appealing to me. Grew up in a bluegrass playing family; but the Martins were out of my price range. Picked up this D-03R and really liked it. A bluegrass vet I have known for years played it summer 2008 and told me 'in ten years, you will absolutely love this thing'. Since it was new at that time and sounded great then, I didn't know what he was getting at. Now I do. Age has done this beauty wonders. The sound now is fantastic. It is set up now with DR stings and sounds great. Love this guitar
Posted by Ty on Oct 10, 2020
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Listen with your ears, play it and enjoy the savings 3 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Calgary Chinook, Alberta
When I bought my D-03 I tried a lot of different guitars. I went in open minded only knowing I was looking for a dread. For the style I play, Taylors just don't do it for me sound-wise (although they will appeal to lots of players for lots of reasons)...I tried them but it wasn't for me. The Martin D-35s are great. I tried a Gibson J-35 as well as a bunch of others. I didn't want electronics, I wanted my money to go in to sound quality of the instrument so pickups weren't a consideration for me. No cork sniffing or headstock concerns. Eventually, I played a D-03R. It had everything a Martin D-18 costing 50% more had, and then some. Other guitars were as good or better, but nothing even close in the price range. For me, it was an easy decision. Buy a Canadian product, that sounds as good or better than its competition, for a lot less money. This guitar continues to improve over time. Tuning stability is rock solid. Comes with a great hard shell case. I really like the neck. It has massive projection and lots of low end. I like the sound strummed or finger picked. Sounds best with Martin or (maybe surprisingly) Ernie Ball strings to me.
Posted by Aidan on Jun 14, 2018
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16 years and still going strong 2 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Toronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
I bought mine from the Toronto store in 2001. The only difference was the pick guard was clear back then. This has been a fantastic guitar from day one and I've put tons of miles on her but am religious about case humidification. I do notice that when the humidity jumps to insanely high levels in July that sometimes the high E sounds a little thin above the tenth fret. When I bought it I auditioned a bunch of Taylors, Martins and Gibsons but this one kept speaking to me. Mine doesn't have the most beautiful looking piece of spruce in the world but it sure sounds good. I've had to replace a machine head but that was due to my stupidity in over tightening. I use heavier gauge strings and I was told the last time that I had it set up that the neck will have to be reset in a few years (apparently Martin does this for free but not Larrivee). Even so, this is a guitar for a life and I will happily do so when the time comes. Mine was made in Vancouver. I can't speak for the Oxnard made versions.
Posted by Dan Hill on Mar 4, 2017
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I can't believe the sound. 0 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Scarborough, Ontario
The deep rich tones to the clear highs are evenly matched in sound resonance. Only the top of the line Martins and Taylor guitars can come close to the quality and sound of this guitar. This is premium top notch hand crafted guitar at a reduced price as compared to the competition. Put your money to the sound and not the name.
Posted by Robert on Sep 4, 2016
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Larrivee D03R 10 of 10 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Waterloo, Ontario
Bought this Guitar about 3 yrs ago at Long and Mcquade in Waterloo. Kind of stumbled onto it. This Guitar just keeps opening up. The more its played the fuller it gets. Just love it.
Posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2014
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Love this Larivee 8 of 8 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Surrey, British Columbia
I bought this a few years back at L&G Surrey BC. The guitar has a beautiful sound that shimmers and reverberates deeply and fully. Other guitar players that try my Larivee can't put it down. I love the rosewood - tried the mohagany in the store (sapele, I think) and it sounded brighter and really pretty, but the rosewood has such a rich, piano-like sound. Nice service from L&G. They give you one free set up and guitar string change - I was very happy buying there.
Posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2013
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Got rid of my martin because of this guitar! 9 of 9 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Toronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
Such a rich booming tone when cranked on, but so silky smooth at an idle, just beautiful!
Posted by Elmer on Aug 5, 2012
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