The Loar LH-300 VSB

Jazz Guitar

  • Solid handcrafted arched spruce top
  • Maple bottom and sides
  • 3 Piece maple neck with vintage "V" profile
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Abalone headstock inlay
  • Open Grover tuners with butterbean buttons
  • 628 mm (24 3/4") scale length
  • 19 Frets
  • Ivory coloured binding
  • 44.45 mm (1-3/4") nut width
  • Colour: Vintage sunburst
  • Fitting case, Article Nr: 122212
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  • Jazz
  • Picking
  • Strumming

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Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Maple
Top Spruce
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 19
Scale 628 mm
Pickup System None
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Beautifully crafted

07.03.2016
I borrowed a Gibson prototype of this guitar a few years ago to play with a Gypsy Jazz band, and was heartbroken to have to give it back, so I was pleased to find an affordable copy.
I would have been happy if it had sounded more-or-less like the original and been reasonably well-made, but this is an absolutely beautiful guitar, a work of art. The finish and the detail are superb, and the sound is so like the original that if you blindfolded me I couldn't tell the difference!
Like the Gibson, it has a huge sound, with piercingly bright, powerful, percussive sounds available at the bridge end of the strings, and a much warmer, more fluid, bubbly tone towards the neck. It comes strung with heavy strings that bring out the full potential of the instrument. Played softly near the neck it has the perfect sound for smooth jazz rhythm, with lots of bass, but it also responds well to being played hard and will give a hard, metallic sound much like the Maccaferri- type gypsy guitars when played near the bridge.
Well done, The Loar, and, of course, Thomann, for the usual excellent service!
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Quite a good quality instrument for the price, that just needs a little tweaking

09.01.2016
I didn't know exactly what i wanted from a budget acoustic archtop, Getting more fluent in jazz genre, i thought i might give this replica of L5 (guitar that started it all) a try.

As soon as i unpacked it i took a strum at random chords and noticed that it was quite loud (as loud as a flat top), and has a more percussive quality to its tone. Rather less "air' and warmth and more clarity and punch. It's ideal for finger picking and solo runs with a pick.

It DOES shine at jazz swing. Hands down best rhythm guitar i ever had, though i use it for pretty much every genre. I might avoid it when strumming pop songs because chords sound more percussive and less warmer than on a flat top.

Woods used on a guitar would easily fit on a more expensive instrument. I would suggest anyone to get a proper set up done and fret dress to get it to sound it's best. Bridge replacement for a lighter piece could also do magic in improving sound. Little extra investment can make this instrument an amazing deal. The only other thing i truly missed is a pickguard, but many players also object to it.

At this price, it's practically the only recommendation for anyone who wants to try an acoustic archtop guitar, that has a true carved top. Guitars with tops pressed into form will not demonstrate sound quality of this kind of instrument as good as The Loar.
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Colour: Sunburst
The Loar LH-300 VSB
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The Loar LH-300 VSB
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Jazz Guitar Solid handcrafted arched spruce top, Maple bottom and sides, 3 Piece maple neck with vintage "V" profile, Fretboard: Rosewood, Abalone headstock inlay, Open Grover tuners with...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Top: Spruce
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 19
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickup System: None
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
The Loar LH-306T-CGN
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Jazz Guitar Archtop, Thin body cutaway, Top: Maple, Back & sides: Maple, Neck: Mahogany, Fingerboard: Rosewood, Pickups: Loar-a-Tron humbuckers, 2 Volume & 2 tone controls, Kluson, Bigsby B70...

  • Colour: Green
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 19
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Tremolo: Bigsby Style
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
The Loar LH-306T-COR
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Jazz Guitar Archtop, Thin body cutaway, Top: maple, Back and sides: maple, Neck: mahogany, Fretboard: rosewood, Pickup: loar-a-tron humbuckers, 2 Volume and 2 tone control, Kluson machine heads,...

  • Colour: Orange
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 19
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Tremolo: Bigsby Style
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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