The Brownstone

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.

The LH-319 Sweepstakes
For Immediate Online Release/ No purchase necessary to enter

LH-319 Sweepstakes

Check out a slideshow of our visit to
Anaheim for the 2013 Winter NAMM Show

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The Loar and Mandolin Cafe Announce The LM-700-VS Sweepstakes
For Immediate Online Release/ No purchase necessary to enter

theloar sweepstakes LM700

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.

Here's a slideshow of our visit to
Anaheim for the NAMM Show

Jesse McReynolds
playing The Loar LM-700
at Summer NAMM 2011

Premier Guitar Summer NAMM '11
The Loar LH-309 Archtop

Acoustic Guitar Summer NAMM '11
The Loar LH-309 Archtop

The Loar LH350 Solid Carved Top Demo

Mandolin Cafe Covers The New
Upgraded LM-500 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 2010 Guitar of the Year,
Now Available in Natural Blonde

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!"

Paul Burch  LH-200

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.

Jon Dalton Reviews the LH-600

LH-350 Demonstration

LH-700 Demonstration by Rob MacKillop

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