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ARCHTOP ACOUSTIC REVIEWED IN ACOUSTIC GUITAR
The February 2007 issue of Acoustic Guitar reviews The Loar LH-500 Archtop.
Reviewer Michael John Simmons says, "Until Music Link began offering the LH-500, it was virtually impossible to find an inexpensive, high-quality guitar inspired by the classic L-5."
MARK OF EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR LH-200
The Holiday 2006 issue of Guitar One reviews The Loar LH-200 and gives it the Mark of Excellence award.
Reviewer Douglas Baldwin says, "This is a modestly priced guitar that may make you rethink what constitutes greatness in a musical instrument."
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LH-309 GUITAR GETS RAVE REVIEW IN VINTAGE GUITAR
Check out this great review of the LH-309 archtop from Vintage Guitar magazine.
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Archtop Acoustic LH-309
Modeled after American designs from the early 20th century, The Loar’s new archtop guitar is carved from select, graduated woods for unparalleled acoustic projection.
The Loar Carved Archtop (LH-300-VS) is a replica of the original archtop acoustic guitars from the 1920’s. This guitar features a top carved from graduated spruce, and traditional maple back and sides.
The LH-300 also features a vintage tobacco sunburst finish of polyurethane lacquer, a mahogany neck with vintage "V" profile, Grover tuners and a compensated adjustable ebony bridge.
With its exceptionally loud tone, carved body and vintage design, we've built a great-sounding guitar that jazz players and archtop enthusiasts will love.
Black Matte Archtops
Love archtops but want something a little different? Our limited-edition hand-carved archtops deliver the classic sound of traditional archtop guitars dressed up in subtly understated black matte finishes. These black matte versions have all the impressive features of our best-selling 300 series archtops - hand-carved tops, vintage profile necks, precision tuners - but offer the perfect alternative for players who want to combine historic feel with a modern vibe.
RECREATING AMERICAN CLASSICS
"The Loar has introduced two hand-carved 16-inch guitars, the LH-600 and LH-700. Both are quite impressive and offer quality and tone far beyond their low price tags... The overall workmanship on these instruments is amazing"
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LH-200 GUITAR GETS RAVE REVIEW IN VINTAGE GUITAR
The Loar's LH-200 Acoustic Guitar gets an incredible review in the July 08 issue of Vintage Guitar.
In a feature called "Blues Guitars On a Budget," the magazines says the LH-200 "plays well, sounds great, and leaves a striking visual impression with the generous shellwork on the headstock."
ARCHTOP ACOUSTIC REVIEWED IN GUITAR WORLD ACOUSTIC
The June 2007 issue of Guitar World Acoustic reviews The Loar LH-500 Archtop.
Reviewer Adam Perlmutter says, "As one of the only affordable traditional archtops on the market, it is perfect for both a working jazzer or a player who's just starting to get into that swing thing."
LH-204-BR Small Body Acoustic Guitar
You don't have to go down to the crossroads to get vintage-style blues sound any longer. The new LH-204 Brownstone has tone as dark and meaty as the turned earth you can see from your front porch. You want the blues? The LH-204's got 'em.
The LH-301T Thinbody Archtop
From smoother acoustic tones to aggressive power chords, the LH-301T delivers style, elegance and power for players who want true vintage inspiration.
Introducing The LH-280 Archtop Electric
Hayward, CA - The Loar introduces the LH-280 – an archtop cutaway with dual humbuckers and a 16” lower bout. Based on a classic Florentine cutaway design, the LH-280 offers players classic archtop style in a versatile electric guitar.
With a maple top, maple back and sides and two Loar humbuckers, the LH-280 is a perfect jazz- blues-rock machine. The 24-3/4” scale will be familiar to players of vintage electrics, and the 1-3/ 4” bone nut and tune-o-matic floating bridge give it powerful punch and singing sustain. Bridging the gap between jazz, rock, and blues, this versatile archtop from The Loar is the latest entry in our must-have archtop line; smooth clean tones alternate with heavy crunch all packed in a classy tuxedo of a guitar.
Introducing The New Classic F-Style LM-590 Mandolin
Hayward, CA - The Loar introduces the LM-590 – an all-new mandolin for players who want the rich sound of a solid hand-carved instrument in a resonant thin satin finish with ultra-clean aesthetics.
The LM-590's top is hand-carved from solid spruce, and the back and sides are hand-carved from solid maple. The flat fretboard extension provides maximum picking clearance so players can feel comfortable going all the way up the classic v-neck. We've added some other impressive features, including Grover reverse-gear tuning machines and a satin tobacco sunburst finish.
Despite its stripped down vibe, the LM-590-BR keeps the essentials of a great sounding mandolin, and the solid hand carved woods really open up under the thin satin finish. The Loar builds some of the best-selling mandolins available, and the Classic F-Style LM-590 delivers the craftsmanship and tone of these fine mandolins to an all-new price point.
Hayward, CA— To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, The Loar is combining efforts with the Mandolin Cafe to give away one of our top-of-the-line hand-carved LM-700-VS mandolins to a lucky visitor to the Mandolin Cafe website.
In addition to the LM-700-VS mandolin, the winner will receive a hardshell case and two hats from The Loar.
The LM-700-VS is a tribute to classic design techniques. From the hand-carved, hand graduated AAA spruce top and hand-carved Flamed Maple back and sides to the abalone/mother-of-pearl headstock inlay, these mandolins were built to represent Golden Age craftsmanship updated for the modern era.
Carved in The Loar Design Workshop, then hand-rubbed with nitrocellulose lacquer for clean warm tone and powerful projection, these mandolins deliver professional-level sound and playability.
The LM-700-VS is assembled with a one-piece maple neck and bound ebony fretboard, ebony bridge and vintage-style Gotoh tuners. The bone nut and ebony bridge allow for the singing sustain and sharp "chop" that professional players look for in a high-quality mandolin.
The design elements of the LM-500 reissue pay homage to classic Golden Age styling
with updates that reflect the interests and needs of modern players...
The Loar LH-200, the Acoustic Guitar Forum's pick for 2010's Guitar of the Year is back with a whole new look. With the same classic small-body design and the same attention to detail as the Vintage Sunburst model, the LH-200 is now available in a beautiful natural blonde finish. Carefully assembled in the same hand-carved workshop where the best-selling LH-600 and LH-700 archtops are built, The Loar LH-200 has a historic pre-war body style, a classic blues sound and the projection typical of a much-larger guitar.
The Loar LH-200-NA is modeled after classic small-bodied flat top acoustic guitars from the 1930's but updated with a stunning natural blonde finish. The guitar features a solid spruce top, mahogany back, sides and neck, grained ivoroid body binding, a rosewood fretboard, and open-geared butterbean tuners.
The LH-200's smaller body size is great for songwriters and touring musicians who want an acoustic guitar that travels easily and sounds great consistently. Blues players will love the classic tone, reminiscent of the historic blues boxes of the 1920's and 30's. The guitar's vintage sound, looks and features make the LH-200 a perfect choice for all styles of playing.
The Loar artist and Grammy Nominee Paul Burch plays his LH-200 all over his new Buddy Holly tribute record, Well...All Right: Songs of Buddy Holly, which will be available this summer on vinyl and cd. He tells us "My Loar has really come in handy for a focused acoustic guitar sound, especially using capos since that was one of Holly's favorite things to do. So far it's showing up on "Well...All Right", "Not Fade Away" (with tape echo), "Wishing", and "Love's Made A Fool of You"--both sides in fact!"
GRAMMY nominee Paul Burch is in the studio with his band, the WPA Ballclub, recording an album of Buddy Holly songs in honor of Holly's 75th birthday. Well...All Right: Songs of Buddy Holly, will be available this summer on vinyl and cd.
"Whenever we travel, we think of Holly and the Crickets as the sound we want to bring to the stage," said Burch. "He was rock, he was country, he was r&b; but most of all, he connected." Several of the band's longtime friends have agreed to contribute including multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin (Elvis Costello, Jack White), Tristen Gaspadarek, and Exene Cervenka, lead singer of X.
"We went in the studio just to have fun and warm up the tape machine and knocked out half an album in one afternoon," said Burch. The group is recording live at Pan American Sound in Nashville to 1" 8 track tape. Engineer Mike Poole (Robert Plant Band of Joy, Buddy Miller) is slated to mix. "Our take is not nostalgic but it does draw on a lot of Holly's ideas. I think people will dig it. There's something really special going on with this one."
Paul's LH-200 guitar is all over the album. "My Loar has really come in handy for a focused acoustic guitar sound, especially using capos since that was one of Holly's favorite things to do. So far it's showing up on "Well...All Right", "Not Fade Away" (with tape echo), "Wishing", and "Love's Made A Fool of You"--both sides in fact! For mics, a Beyer Dynamic M201 dynamic mic has been a good match for that guitar. I'm planning on doing some Jimmie Rodgers songs to tie in with a biography in the works and I think my Loar will come in handy for that as well (though now I wish I had a black one!)"
PB has previously worked with Ralph Stanley, Mark Knopfler, Lambchop, Vic Chesnutt, Ryan Adams, and the GRAMMY nominated comeback album by the late Charlie Louvin. Burch's last album, Still Your Man, was produced with bassist Dennis Crouch (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss' Raising Sand) and was hailed by Uncut (5-star review), NPR (Song of the Day, "Honey Blue") and Bob Edwards.