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The Loar LO-16 BK

The Loar LO-16 BK
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The Loar LO-16 BK, L-00 body size, solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, mother of pearl headstock inlay, Grover tuning machines, 628 mm (24 3/4") scale lenght, 44,45 mm (1 3/4") nut width, 19 frets, ivoroid binding, rosewood bridge, color: black

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The Loar LO-16 BK + Pyramid Western Strings 010-047 + Thomann Acoustic-Steel Gigbag Eco + Harley Benton Fantail Pick Set 0,46 + +5 more
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The Loar LO-16 review

Johnj185, 26.10.2013

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I bought this guitar as a beater, I wanted a cheap poly finished guitar for the winter as all my other acoustics have nitro finishes which are in danger of cracking(checking) when brought from room to room which sometimes have widely varying temperatures, it's an old house in the north of Ireland... I had done my research on this guitar & knew what to expect, I fingerpick country blues & ragtime so in my cheap guitar I wanted a 1 3/4" nut with a nice chunky neck & the same 24 3/4" scale as my Gibsons, the LO-16 ticks all these boxes & I'd read some very good reviews of this guitar & liked the 1930s Gibson styling & decided to go for it. When the LO-16 arrived from Thomann & I unpacked it I was not disappointed. Straight from the box the setup was almost perfect, the frets are perfectly level & nicely dressed, very little adjustment needed on the action at the saddle, none on the nut, & the intonation was close to perfect. I am blown away by the sound of this guitar at this price in fact at three times the price I'd be impressed, although it doesn't have an awful lot of sustain it has a real punch that more than makes up for it. The LO-16 is very loud & has excellent bass response for a small bodied guitar, string to string balance is very good. Nice bright sweet trebles with plenty of bite for single note soloing are provided by the solid spruce top & surprisingly warm fat clean mids. The guitar is very resonant & surprisingly harmonically rich considering the laminated mahogany back & sides, the overall sound is very close to the Gibson Robert Johnson which is amazing when you compare the prices. In the LO-16 The Loar have produced a very sturdily built solid little guitar, the neck feels fantastic, (if you like a vintage style fat neck profile) & a decent rosewood fingerboard with nice Gibson style low profile frets make the guitar extremely playable, I have barely picked up another acoustic since getting mine. The vintage style Grover three on a plate tuners although not totally in line with the 30s styling look nice & work smoothly & hold pitch very well.
One really great feature of this guitar is the fact that it comes fitted with a high quality bone nut & saddle, both perfectly made, fitted & nicely finished & polished, usually appointments reserved for higher end & boutique guitars only, probably a lot of the quality tones produced by this guitar can be attributed to the use of bone here.
The pearl & abalone Nick Lucas style inlay on the headstock is beautifully done, & while the neck is nicely finished & the off white heel cap & binding on the top & back looks
very classy the finish on the top & back is not perfect, but at this price who's grumbling ? The only real negative was the fact that the pickguard was made of the most awful white plastic, badly cut & finished & badly applied, however easily removed with a hair dryer and naphtha to clean away the adhesive residue, looks great now. I also changed the bridge pins & end pin which I have to say were probably the nastiest I've ever come across. However overall I'd have to say that this is an incredible guitar for the money, the best EUR249.00 I've ever spent, can't recommend highly enough!

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Martinex, 06.10.2014

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When this guitar arrived I really liked it. It played like butter and sounded really nice, but after a few days some frets started buzzing really bad, so I had to take it to a guitar doctor. I was having a show the same evening so he just raised the nut to get rid of the buzzing. The buzzing stopped but the guitar didn't feel nearly as nice to play. I tried to get used to the high action, but after a while I gave up. So a few days ago I took it back to the guitar repairshop again and said I wanted him to lower the nut back to the way it was. Said and done, the guitar felt really nice to play again but the bad fret buzzing was also back again. The guitar doctor had a look at the fret work and said it was really poorly made, so now it's back in the workshop having all the frets leveled. I hope it will turn out alright cause I really liked playing the guitar when it was not buzzing like crazy. So, if you buy this guitar, be aware that you might have to spend an extra EUR100 to have the frets leveled.
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