Larrivée D-03R and 000-40 Custom review

Two acoustics from the celebrated Larrivée stable with contrasting spec and very individual personalities. Something for everyone? Let’s find out…

Larrivée D-03R and 000-40 Custom
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

The 000 is a special edition with superb build quality and a punchy, fingerstyle-friendly sound while the D-03R is good all-round dreadnought with everything you’d expect from this body size.


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    Attractive designs and top build quality.

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    Sure to age well.

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    The dreadnought is dynamic, balancing sweetness with power.

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    The 000 is beautifully refined.


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    The koa might deter those looking for a more traditional 000.

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Jean Larrivée’s guitar company has a very clear remit when it comes to making its instruments. All high-quality solid timber with no laminates or artificial woods used in the process and with top-class workmanship throughout. 

As the company’s manifesto says: “We use FSC wood and engage in as much selective logging as possible. This means we like to be there, in the forest, personally taking part. Imagine, when we begin to create your instrument, we begin on the forest floor…”

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.