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Title: C03R -TE ?
Post by: gluve1 on June 15, 2020, 10:30:04 PM
Been away from Larrivee and the Forum for awhile now. Had an L03R back in 2011. Sold it and a bunch of other stuff to buy a hand made classical.  I'm looking at coming back now. What has got my attention is the  C03R-TE.  Hits several points for me. Always felt Larrivee was a fine guitar. Something about 12th fret joint guitars I have always preferred.  And a huge fan of Tommy Emmanuel.  Haven't got to play one yet. What's the general  consensus about them around here. Scanned through a bit since I have not been on here for some time.  Didn't see much. I'm sure it here somewhere. Those of you who own one give me some feed back.  Especially if you own one of the standard 3  models and can compare. Are the worth the difference  in price.


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: mike in lytle on June 16, 2020, 02:00:49 AM
Been away from Larrivee and the Forum for awhile now. Had an L03R back in 2011. Sold it and a bunch of other stuff to buy a hand made classical.  I'm looking at coming back now. What has got my attention is the  C03R-TE.  Hits several points for me. Always felt Larrivee was a fine guitar. Something about 12th fret joint guitars I have always preferred.  And a huge fan of Tommy Emmanuel.  Haven't got to play one yet. What's the general  consensus about them around here. Scanned through a bit since I have not been on here for some time.  Didn't see much. I'm sure it here somewhere. Those of you who own one give me some feed back.  Especially if you own one of the standard 3  models and can compare. Are the worth the difference  in price.
http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?topic=53797
You may have seen the thread.
I liked the guitar, tho it is a rosewood and I am a mahogany person. Played well.
Worth it? If you add the custom pricing for 12 fret and florentine cutaway dropped down to dealer pricing, yes it is fair.
Only one owner in the group so far (I think), and a lefty will be delivered one day to another.
Mike


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: Mikeymac on June 16, 2020, 07:16:18 PM
Yeah, the specs on this one tick a lot of boxes for me, too. I've come to realize that I really like the L-body design above most others, both the comfort and the tone (I have three now; one each of Mahogany, Maple and Rosewood).

The C-03R-TE will be my 4th L-body, and the 12th fret design will be interesting to compare to the others as you said. Probably won't see mine for another 6 months or so; don't know when Larrivee is going to reopen and start building guitars, but my order is in!


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: jitterboogie on July 01, 2020, 04:45:53 AM
There is about to be another C-03R-TE owner on the forum.  I found out on Friday (from John Jr.) that I won Larrivee's C-03R-TE giveaway!!!  To say that I'm excited is a huge understatement.  It should be winging its way to Victoria B.C. shortly.  It should make a great companion to my L03R.  I play almost exclusively fingerstyle and T.E. is a major inspiration for me so it's a joy to have won.  The only thing that remains is to go to T.E.'s concert and have a matching autograph (to the label) on the lower bout.  Cheers!

J


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: Queequeg on July 01, 2020, 08:52:54 AM
Congratulations Jeff!
Be sure to report back after you have taken delivery, give us your impressions on the TE model.
 :nice guitar:


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: Rockysdad on July 01, 2020, 04:05:16 PM
Congrats Jitterboogie, I was wondering when Larrivee announced the winner if it was a forum member.
Very nice, please do give us a review when you get it.  :thumb


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: Mikeymac on July 01, 2020, 04:24:13 PM
Also want to add my congrats, Jeff! (Even though I had ordered a lefty one already, I hoped I'd win, so I could give it to my son, who plays righty!).

As others have said, pics and a review when you have a chance.   :thumb

 :donut :coffee :donut2 :coffee



Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: jitterboogie on July 01, 2020, 05:20:26 PM
Thanks all.  I'll be happy to share my thoughts when it arrives.  Happy Canada day!


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: Rockysdad on July 01, 2020, 05:40:43 PM
Thanks all.  I'll be happy to share my thoughts when it arrives.  Happy Canada day!
Ohhh, now you're just making me homesick :crying:


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: jitterboogie on July 01, 2020, 06:08:07 PM
Ohhh, now you're just making me homesick :crying:

Where's home for you?

 I think it's cool that Larrivee use to have a shop in Victoria so, in a sense, the C03R-TE is coming home. 


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: Rockysdad on July 01, 2020, 09:53:57 PM
Where's home for you?

 I think it's cool that Larrivee use to have a shop in Victoria so, in a sense, the C03R-TE is coming home. 
Born & raised just west of Toronto, been in El Paso for the last 21 years ( unfortunately )


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: photodork on July 01, 2020, 11:16:38 PM
There is about to be another C-03R-TE owner on the forum.  I found out on Friday (from John Jr.) that I won Larrivee's C-03R-TE giveaway!!!  To say that I'm excited is a huge understatement.  It should be winging its way to Victoria B.C. shortly.  It should make a great companion to my L03R.  I play almost exclusively fingerstyle and T.E. is a major inspiration for me so it's a joy to have won.  The only thing that remains is to go to T.E.'s concert and have a matching autograph (to the label) on the lower bout.  Cheers!

J


congrats on the win!


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: noyage on July 02, 2020, 08:12:49 PM
Congrats jitterboogie!
 :nana_guitar


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: jitterboogie on July 03, 2020, 04:54:54 PM
My C03R-TE arrived last night from Vancouver last night from John Jr.  My thanks again to Larrivee for holding this contest.  Here are my impression of the guitar.  The fit and finish of the guitar is superb as we've all come to expect from Larrivee.  The florentine cut away is particularly beautiful.  The maple binding (which I don't have on my L-03R) is a nice touch as is the herringbone purfling.  The sitka top was obviously chosen with great care.  Nice ring spacing and just a bit of figuring.  The neck is satin and plays fast.  I've played my L-03R so much that the neck is now polished to a near semi-gloss.  Fret work and fret ends are perfect and smooth.

The action straight out of the box was just the way I like it.  Low-medium that is perfect for fingerstyle that allows for lots of dynamics.  Should be fine for moderate picking/ strumming although I haven't used a pick in years.  The sound is quite similar to the L-03R but with a bit more clarity with a bit more emphasis on the higher frequencies.  I changed the strings on my L03R so it would be an accurate A/B comparison.  This is great for fingerstyle to allow the higher melody lines to pop out from the mix.  The florentine cutout makes this guitar very versatile.  I play a version T.E.'s "Angelina" which is drop D capoed two frets up.  The  cutaway allows for access to the upper register to smoothly play the harmonics at the end of the tune.  This is a problem for my LS03 (small body) which does not have a cut away.

I find that I can tell very quickly if I am going to bond with a guitar after I play it for a short while (assuming the set up and strings are good).  I have bonded with the C03R-TE.  I love the playability, versatility and sound quality.  And the comfort.  Forgot to mention that.  Speaking as a fingerstyle player, this guitar is wonderful.  I'll post some pictures later but now I've got to get back to my playing!  Cheers.

Jeff


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: Mikeymac on July 04, 2020, 04:00:20 PM
Nice review - sounds promising (as I have one of these on order!). Looking forward to pics when your fingers get sore!  :thumb

 :coffee :donut


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: noyage on July 05, 2020, 04:05:44 PM
Kudos for Larrivee for giving away a guitar and to jitterboogie for adding a review here. Really cool that there is a Tommy E. model. What an endorsement!


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: jitterboogie on July 12, 2020, 05:10:34 AM
Here are a few pix of the recently arrived C03R-TE: :smile:


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: jpmist on July 12, 2020, 03:50:28 PM
Sweet!  :nice guitar:


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: Queequeg on July 12, 2020, 05:53:07 PM
Congratulations.
Nice guitar.
 :thumb


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: mike in lytle on July 12, 2020, 07:23:19 PM
Your review is very good and descriptive.
It matches my impressions from when I played the TE locally.
You also have a couple very nice guitars to go with it.
Mike


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: Rockysdad on July 12, 2020, 11:54:45 PM
You guys aren't helping with this GAS thing :drool:  :humour:


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: jitterboogie on July 13, 2020, 03:24:14 AM
I'm pretty happy with the guitars I've got now.  I wasn't in the market for another although I was thrilled to have won the T.E.   A mutual agreement with my spouse suggests that 5 guitars is the limit and I'm now at six.  Strangely, they are all sufficiently different that they fit a slightly different niche.  Consequently I won't have to make any hard decisions about downsizing.  Now if I could just figure out what to do with all my cases.......


Title: Re: C03R -TE ?
Post by: jitterboogie on July 29, 2020, 08:35:26 PM
By way of a quick update on the C03R-TE, I had the action lowered slightly and a k and K pickup installed.  The T.E. has become my "go to" guitar.  I think the sound difference between my LO3R and the TE is most likely due to the rearward bridge placement.  Whatever it is, the sound is much brighter while maintaining a really nice low register.  And very comfortable to play.  The T.E. won't disappoint fingerstyle players, that's for sure.  My technician was quite taken with the sound quality and volume. 

J