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« on: December 03, 2010, 09:16:09 PM »

This is a limited edition model so I can't find much buzz about it...
Does anyone have any thoughts on this guitar?  I have played two different guitars of this exact model and they are quite nice.

What do you think?  Good value at this price range?  What else should I be trying out before making a decision?

http://tomleemusic.ca/main/guitars.cfm?details=1&id=241&inv=148612

Any input/thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

 
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010, 09:25:56 PM »

Considering the appointments I think the price is fair. I have a hog top OM and love it, haven't experienced Khaya.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2010, 09:34:59 PM »

Thanks for your thoughts.  By any chance do you know what "C03E" means?  ...or where I could find out?  
I think the "C" may stand for Cutaway, and "E" for exclusive.... but what about the numbers?
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2010, 09:43:27 PM »

C stands for Florentine cutaway (as opposed to V for Venetian cutaway)
E stands for pickup (electric)
O3 is appointment level
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010, 11:12:56 PM »

Wow, that's a pretty tricked out 03!  The cutaway, pickup, headstock inlay and larger fret markers.  Looks nice.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2010, 11:36:05 PM »

This is a unique model, and I expect will sell out fast once it becomes known. Mahogany tops have a sound that many players like. A C-03 with mahogany top is rare. I expect this guitar is great in open tunings like slack key players use as well as others.



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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2010, 11:40:13 PM »

 I expect this guitar is great in open tunings like slack key players use as well as others.


That would explain the palm tree
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2010, 03:38:54 AM »

I played one a few weeks ago - for only a few min while i was picking up strings tho....

Here's a few thoughts;

1) on first glance it seemed very golden in color, and i thought it might be straight grained Koa.. certainly more color in it than most of the somewhat pale colored Mahog that Larrivee uses

2) i had played an all Koa OMV10 that is about ten years old a few days earlier and in my mental comparison i preferred memory of the OM, it had a sweetness and clarity in the mids, a real growl in the low end that the C03 did not show.. so all up i thought i would prefer to wait for the right Koa to cross my path, and put the C03 back in the hanger

Your mileage may vary, and in 10 years one of these might be every bit as good & then you get the fun of getting to that point your self ;-)


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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2010, 06:54:21 PM »

I played one a few weeks ago - for only a few min while i was picking up strings tho....

Here's a few thoughts;

1) on first glance it seemed very golden in color, and i thought it might be straight grained Koa.. certainly more color in it than most of the somewhat pale colored Mahog that Larrivee uses

2) i had played an all Koa OMV10 that is about ten years old a few days earlier and in my mental comparison i preferred memory of the OM, it had a sweetness and clarity in the mids, a real growl in the low end that the C03 did not show.. so all up i thought i would prefer to wait for the right Koa to cross my path, and put the C03 back in the hanger

Your mileage may vary, and in 10 years one of these might be every bit as good & then you get the fun of getting to that point your self ;-)


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Very doubtful you'll get an all koa for 1500 bucks.
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2010, 07:46:15 PM »

Very doubtful you'll get an all koa for 1500 bucks.

Oh yea!

The one i played (thanks ST!!!) was a bit more expensive - but for me the experience renforced the idea that it's worth waiting for the right. guitar..  they will always find you...  the only reason i picked up the C03 was my experience with the Koa wonder, i really did think the C03 was straight grained Koa at first glance

To some extent it's apples and oranges tho...  this OMV10K - still totaly mint after a decade of playing, and a new C03;
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2010, 11:31:38 PM »

That C-03 has the California palm tree logo that my old LV-19E had on it.

Seems like it's found a new use, and I like it.............

.................but I don't have a spare $1599 right now crying
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2013, 07:57:46 PM »

I just acquired one of these. To my understanding, there were only 19 of this exact model made. Are there any thoughts on this? Is that a fact?
Are they really that rare. Also, what was the original MSRP for these? Thanks in advance for the help. 
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2018, 08:27:42 AM »

I just acquired one of these. To my understanding, there were only 19 of this exact model made. Are there any thoughts on this? Is that a fact?
Are they really that rare. Also, what was the original MSRP for these? Thanks in advance for the help. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2018, 04:38:06 PM »

I just acquired one of these. To my understanding, there were only 19 of this exact model made. Are there any thoughts on this? Is that a fact?
Are they really that rare. Also, what was the original MSRP for these? Thanks in advance for the help. 

 I thought there were 24 (+2 extra). But maybe there was 18 (+1 extra). I can check if someone gets me a serial number on any of them. I can also pull up the MSRP. They were all built for Tom Lee music of Canada.
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2018, 05:14:10 PM »

Wow. Way to dig up an old thread...  ohmy
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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2018, 01:18:18 AM »

  .   . Tom lee music Island edition  " 32 in the original run " (larrivee service department).  May 9 2017. Email 
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      Sn 112574 sept 22 2010.  $ 3000 Canadian  ???  ////      Notable guitars : island edition limited run 2013 c03k ( 11 koa + spruce. / 4 koa + mahogany  ) sn 122190    $3299 us.   
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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2018, 01:41:05 AM »

Mine has a spruce top.  C-03 K Island Edition Vancouver, BC 5/28/2013  serial number 122192.  Awesome guitar...
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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2018, 04:56:22 AM »

I changed the bushing / washer and buttons with some spare parts I had ( black ). The black bushings  and washers make the headstock inlay stand out more. IMO
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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2018, 11:52:34 AM »

I put nickel Gotoh 510's on mine, enhances the headstock nicely...
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