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Item Reviews for: The Loar LH600 Archtop Acoustic Guitar With Case  -  LOA LH600 LIST

All solid carved archtop
By: Frank from Wyoming      Submitted: 3/11/2014

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General 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. Quality 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. Feel 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. Tone 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. Finish 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. Value 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. Playability 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.
Loar LH-600 Rocks!
By: Joe from Waukesha, WI, USA      Submitted: 3/16/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? It's a beauty to be sure. Very nicely done. Well constructed and beautiful guitar. I got this on the scratch and dent for $150 less and It's great. Minor imperfection was not noticeable and the guitar is very much the beauty and great sounding guitar I've read that it was. General Your general opinion of this product. Awesome guitar! Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Bright and snappy. But mellow for fingerstyle too. The f-Holes produce as much volume as a flattop round hole, and include some nice-sounding reverb that isn't overpowering. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Stunning. I love the color and the vintage sunburst. The glossy look is what I like and this guitar deliverts on all fronts. The neck is outstanding with the darker brown wood finish on the back that is just beautiful with the wood grain showing. The flamed maple is well done.
The Real Deal: 20s & 30s jazz comes alive...
By: Lorenzo from Kentucky      Submitted: 2/23/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Super craftsmanship. General Your general opinion of this product. These are virtually the same as 1920s Gibson L-5s. Simple and Elegant, so beautiful you won't believe your eyes! The sound is pure 20s Jazz. Works for swing, for Delta blues, for anything where a strong mid-range PUNCH is needed. One of the loudest guitars I've ever heard - in a small venue, you might not need a microphone - serious! Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Deep red velvet - infinitely deep. Natural reverb that never ceases to amaze me. The more you play it, the better it responds. LOUD as HELLO. Really - it's an ear-buster. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Stunning. The most remarkable thing about the whole guitar, until you start playing it, is the finish. It looks 4" deep!
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