The Loar LH-309-VS

Electric Guitar

  • Jazz style
  • Solid spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • Mahogany neck with vintage "V" profile
  • Paduk fretboard
  • 628 mm Scale
  • 19 Frets
  • The Loar P-90 pickups
  • "Fleur-de-Lys" headstock inlays
  • Compensated ebony bridge
  • Nut width: 44.45mm
  • Top binding
  • Open-gear Butterbean machine heads
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst
  • Optional case: Art.122212 (not included)
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  • Blues
  • Indie
  • Jazz

Further Information

Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Maple
Top Spruce
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 19
Scale 628 mm
Pickup System P90
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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The Loar; LH 309 SV, You Get What You Pay For...
25.05.2016
I was eagerly anticipating this beautiful looking arch top with what seemed to be all the vibe of the 1930's in a very affordable instrument.
Read and viewed quite a bit before I ordered it...
When it arrived, right out of the box I could see that I was going to need to put in another 50 to 75 bucks to have worked on this to get it playable by professional standards.
Very poor fret work (like strings against a rusty fence).
Totally unbalanced and uneven floating bridge work.
Essentially no kind of set up whatso ever...
Then when I tried to put a guitar strap on, the wooden end pin/strap button literally crumbled and broke in a bunch of pieces the moment I touched it (could have been affected in shipping process).
When I shook the guitar, ther was a very large amount of wood scraps and sawdust inside (looked like a snow storm when I tried to get most of it out).
Suddenly on closer inspection I noticed and realized that the carved top, which was supposed to be solid was in fact in two pieces BUT the back was a solid one piece.
This must have been a big manufacture error and they cut the F-holes on the wrong side.
Does it feel good to play and sound good? It's pretty fair, especially for this price.
But you get what you pay for, and that means practically a step up from a "do it yourself" guitar building kit.
The problem is; it is so cheap that what I complained and set in motion to order/replace the new end pin that was broken, it turns out to be much more or a hassle than the guitar is probably worth to even send back!
I am a professional working/touring musician and I was looking for an inexpensive guitar with a good vibe and acoustic/electric crossover possibilities for workshops and smaller gigs.
This was a bit too good to be true...
I would have actually paid a little more if someone had put a bit more of a personal touch Into this guitar before sending off to the distributor.
I will keep this LH 309 VS for now and dump some more money into a proper set up and to fix the bugs.
Maybe pass on to a student.
It's a good entry level guitar to the world of arch tops that get closer to the sound and feel of anything in this rock bottom price range.
But not a whole lot more...
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Setup was not good, otherwise.
Max Rossell, 23.02.2020
This guitar required a full setup and fret dress in order to make it playable. Otherwise it was okay for the comparatively low cost. The pickup was fairy characterless as was to be expected but not bad. The electronics felt quite budget as well, especially the pots. Plus point was the neck profile and the quality of the Waverley-style tuners.
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Great sounding Guitar. Love it.
Chris2776, 17.09.2015
I did a lot of research before purchasing this guitar, reading reviews and watching videos on youtube etc, and every review I read / saw, made me want this guitar more and more. All I can say is this review will add to the already good reviews I have read.
This is a fantastic sounding guitar, both acoustically and electric. the playability, as previous reviews state can take a while to get used to, due to its fairly large neck. however i have quite small hands and I use my thumb on the bass stings a lot and I still have no problems. took about 2 days of playing to get used to but it plays like a dream. I replaced the strings with medium gauge phosphor bronze acoustic strings and it really brings out the natural sound of the guitar acoustically.
I highly recommend this guitar. As an arch top guitar it is associated mainly with jazz playing, but I play blues, country and rockabilly and it sounds great for these styles.
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Guy567, 03.09.2013
Amazing guitar really nice and playable out of the box , action was good and no dents from delivery very impressed with guitar , New set of strings needed however going to try and wear them in , sounds great plugged in and has a range of different sounds you are able to achieve using the tone and volume control , lots of fun playing on it , love the head stock deceration , 10/10

Sound - Acoustic it sounds bright and colourful and balanced which is very nice , also it is fairly loud unlike many other similar guitars , Plugged in it gives a nice warm texture and provides lots of tonal options which all sound incredible

Looks - This thing looks amazing , was a bit worried about the sunburst finish on it when I saw it online but in the flesh it looks dazzling the spruce top gives a massive different to the tone and sound of this guitar

Thanks Thomann for awesome delivery and keeping me updated which was very nice
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