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« on: June 11, 2010, 04:08:06 AM »

Hi all,
        Woke up with bad GAS this morning, and I`m wondering if Larrivee make a dread with 1 3/4'' neck?
Don`t mind at all if there`re older models either!
 Cheers

  Rob. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2010, 04:39:06 AM »

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I remember seeing one advertised once - it was a D-09 with an Engelman top, florentine cut away and Fishman electronics - most extraordinary. I have never seen one in the flesh though, and can't understand why. 
Most other makers have them in wider necks as well, and I would love one.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2010, 05:03:25 AM »

There have been a very few made over the years. You might be able to special order one.
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2010, 05:28:59 AM »

I have been wondering the same recently, just never posed the question on here.  Thanks for
prompting the thread Rob.

I've been looking off and on for a while now for a Larrivee 'D' in larger than 1 11/16 and haven't seen a single one.

Could this possibly be something to put in a small special order through here?  I'm not talking "Forum V" kind of stuff -
but it would be cool!

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2010, 05:46:50 AM »

Thanks for the replies Randy and Zohn,
I`m a real Joni Mitchell Fan and I have fairly big hands for my size!
That`s why I would like a dreadnought with a wider neck and I now have a real soft spot for larrivee's
especially after watching Jeans' video on utube! I was very inspired by his dedication to building his guitars!
It would be even harder to get a Larri wide-neck dread in Australia (where I live). Maybe I`ll get over it,
but that`s doubtful!

Dale,
       I think a wide neck dread would be great for a lot of guys! We would`nt have to look to other brands!
This sounds serious! Something should be done! crying

Rob.

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010, 10:14:11 AM »

 I seemed to have missed your introduction Rob, welcome
The Larrivee SD series dreads come with a 1 7/8" nut width which is eeeextra wide.  

I do agree that there is a definite requirement for 1 3/4" or even 1 23/32", and other builders certainly produce them in that spec.
Fongie, Scott, here's another "Southerner" mates!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2010, 10:54:21 AM »

Thanks for the welcome Zohn,
                                               That`s interesting, I have a jumbo takamine 12 with 1 7/8'' nut width, and I handle that ok!
so I`ll definitely look into the SD series dreads!  Thanks for the info!

 Cheers!   Rob.
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2010, 05:57:53 AM »

Well guys,  I`ve decided I`m going to track down a d-o3 or d-03r and get re-accustomed to the thinner neck!
                   I think I just got too used to my takamine 12 with the 1 7/8" nut.( the tak. ain`t seen daylight since I got the L-01 rolleye)
                   Played a friends dread with 1 11/16'' nut yesterday and it wasn`t all that bad really! Maybe I`ll just replace the nut later and
                   spread the strings as much as can be done!
                   Bye the way, this L-01 I bought is without a doubt, THE BEST FINGER- PICKER I HAVE EVER PLAYED!!! The tone and action are superb. Fantastic!
                   
                    Get em while there hot guys'.   

                    Cheers -    Rob.
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2010, 12:55:40 PM »

I have a L09CE that has a 1 3/4 nut and also HAD  L05 with the same, (sold it to my brother) I LOVE the 1 3/4 nut ,, Ive also got a Martin D 15 with a  1 11/16 nut and it just feels to CRAMPED for me and I never play it because of that, make sure you are comfortable with that size neck before you shell out big dollars, I wont but another guitar with anything less then 1 3/4,. its just not comfortable for me anymore,, I TOO would be interested in a Larrivee Dread with a 1 3/4" nut if they had one   I'm also gassin for a Dread and shopping around, even a jumbo,, been looking hard at some Gibsons,, but its gotta have a 1 3/4 nut or I wont buy it  
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2010, 01:05:23 PM »

I have a D-03 with a 1 &3/4" nut, but I think only about a dozen of them were made for Jim Holler at Trinity Guitars.  I feel VERY fortunate to have one.
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2010, 10:59:39 PM »



CF,
      Thanks for the reply my friend!  My chances of finding a Larrivee dread with a wider nut in Australia
are just about nil, I would say, and I really do want it to be a Larrivee !  You certainly are very fortunate to have
one and I envy you. Thanks again mate!!

LO5Fan,
            I found (for me at least) if I have the action set as low as possible, I can fret the strings with a much softer touch,
and my finger tips don`t turn into plates of meat! If I really want a Larrivee dread, it looks like I don`t have any choices.
It only feels a bit cramped on first and second frets for me! Maybe a good luthier could make up a nut with slightly wider string spacing!
Guess I only have to ask!
Thanks for the beer mate!
             



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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2010, 10:12:36 AM »

Well folks, I now have a new D-03e sp, to add to my arsenal!  Bought it on ebay brand new from a music store here in OZ for $1,199 au. It was a shop demo!
They retail for about $2,650 here in Australia, so I`m real happy with the price I got it for ! I`ve given it a thorough inspection all over
and can`t find the slightest imperfection anywhere!! and it sounds and plays fantastically! My L-01 has a slightly better tone, but it is an older guitar!
Maybe the dread could do with a Tonerite treatment?  I`ll send some pics as soon as I get a decent camera!
BTW, I sent Larrivee the serial # of the L-01, and got a reply from Mike Kitchen within 2 days. Said it was made in Vancouver on  05/ 01/ 2003. That`s quick service!!

Anyhow, I`ve waffled on enough here, but you know how it is when you get a new addition to the family!! (you just gotta tell someone!)  bigrin

Cheers all

Rob  M.
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2010, 03:12:14 PM »

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First of all congratulations on your new larrivee!  That is a great model and definately a great price.

I was looking at the new 02 series on www.guitaradoptions.com and the D-02 is described as having a 1 3/4 nut width.  I think this is probably a mistake but it's worth it to ask dave. 

http://www.guitaradoptions.com/larrivee-d-02.html
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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2010, 05:34:29 PM »

JCL told me he used to do 1 3/4" nuts for the D's, amnd the marketing people told him they had to be 1 11/16's! Go figure 
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« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2010, 10:43:15 PM »

JCL told me he used to do 1 3/4" nuts for the D's, amnd the marketing people told him they had to be 1 11/16's! Go figure 

I guess people just want the traditional.  I would like it if they offered them all with both nut widths personally.
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« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2010, 06:21:04 AM »

If the D-03R had a 1 3/4" nut it would still be my main instrument. I loved that thing. I even had a new nut put in with maximum spacing, but it wasn't enough. I then got an L-03RE, but I preferred the dread sound. Finally a forum member was selling an older, higher model with a wide nut but thin neck profile, perfect for my short, thick, and imprecise fingers. It's a wonderful guitar, but if the Larrivee made the D-03R with a wider nut, it would be the perfect guitar at an amazing price.
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