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The Loar LH600 Archtop Acoustic Guitar With Case

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Product Description

The Loar Hand-Carved Archtop acoustic guitar is an authentic replica of the original archtop acoustic guitars from the 1920’s. This Loar guitar is completely hand-carved from select, graduated woods and features a nitrocellulose lacquer finish and unparalleled acoustic projection. These guitars were made with expert craftsmanship, for long lasting quality and beauty.

The Loar Hand-Carved Archtop Acoustic Guitar Features:

  • Hand Crafted
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish done by hand
  • Case included with “The Loar” embroidery
  • Loud Tone
  • Carved body, and vintage design
This Hand-Carved Archtop Acoustic Guitar all-solid model features a top that is hand-carved from graduated spruce, and hand-carved back and sides made from highly flamed maple, and comes in vintage sunburst color.

The LH-600 also features hand-buffed nitrocellulose lacquer for superior acoustic projection, a one-piece mahogany neck with vintage "V" profile, Grover tuners and a compensated adjustable ebony bridge.

With its exceptionally loud tone, carved body and vintage design, this new archtop took the NAMM show by storm this past January. Jazz players and archtop enthusiasts will love this professional model.

The Hand-Carved Archtop includes a featherweight case with "The Loar" embroidery. It is available in vintage sunburst (LH-600-VS),

About The Loar
Designed by Greg Rich and inspired by the pioneering designs of the Golden Age, guitars and mandolins by The Loar combine expert craftsmanship and classic designs with upgraded features to appeal to today’s players. From premium tone woods to original inlay detailing, each instrument is made for the best sound, playability and timeless beauty.

The 20’s and 30’s was an age of outstanding craftsmanship and innovative design, and The Loar revives this tradition to bring you the best-sounding, most beautifully crafted instruments available today.

Product Specifications
Hand-Carved Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

  • Top: solid hand-carved, hand graduated spruce
  • Back and Sides: Solid hand-carved flamed maple
  • Neck: 1 piece mahogany, vintage V profile, MOP Inlay Markers
  • Fretboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: Abalone Fleur-de-Lys
  • Finish Type: Nitrocellulose
  • Finish Options: Vintage Sunburst
  • Tuning Machines: Grover Open-Geared Butterbean
  • Scale Length: 24 3/4 inch
  • Truss Rod: Compression
  • Frets: 19
  • Binding: Ivory
  • Bridge: Compensated Adjustable Ebony
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/2 inch
  • Lower Bout: 16 inch
  • Nut, Width: Bone, 1 3/4 inch
  • Depth: 3 3/4 inch
  • Body Length: 20 1/4 inch
  • Total Length: 40 1/2 inch
  • Pickup: None
  • Item: LH-600

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Frank from Wyoming
All solid carved archtop
What is your overall opinion of this product?
This box plays and sounds like an all solid carved maple and spruce archtop is supposed to. If you want to play Old Fashioned Swing Guitar, Texas Swing, Gypsy Jazz, or anything else that needs a big vintage tone that really cuts through acoustically, a good specimen of this Loar could be your golden ticket.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The selection of wood isn't all that impressive. The figuring of the maple is not well-matched, the spruce top grain is a little knot-blemished and uneven. The frets are level, but not well dressed on the edges and don't sit very nicely in the plastic binding.
Was it easy to reach the strings? How comfortable was the playing position?
It's a big, fat neck, typical of the original archtops. The neck is straight as an arrow and the frets are perfectly level for a fast-playing action with big, fat tone, all the way up to the 14th and 15th frets where the body starts really getting in the way.
Is the tone well balanced? How does it project?
This thing sounds like a solid tonewood archtop. It barks and sings out like nothing else! You dig in harder and harder and it just gets louder and wilder like no flattop box could ever dream of sounding.
How did the stain or paint job look?
This thing is really quite beautiful. If you look at it really closely you'll see the characteristics of a hurried assembly line paint job--no time to be really careful with the finer details.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
American Musical price matched down to $999.99, which is about $3,000 less than the next cheapest all solid carved archtop. I really wish a little more care went into the details manufacturing this instrument, and for a moment I was tempted to send it back over these few little flaws. But it just sounds SO GOOD!!! And it really does handle so very well.
How was the action out of the box?
If you understand how to set up an archtop it's no big deal. I spent maybe an hour or so fiddling with the bridge and trussrod to get it the way I like it.
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