The Loar LM-600-VS

F-Mandolin

  • Arched spruce top worked out of the full trunk
  • Flamed maple back and flamed solid maple sides
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard with binding
  • Loar Flowerpot abalone headstock inlays
  • Nickel-plated gotoh brass tuners
  • Scale: 35 cm
  • Nut width: 28.5 mm
  • 29 Frets
  • Ebony floating bridge
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst, nitro lacquer

Further information

Shape F Mandoline
Colour Sunburst
Body Maple
Top Spruce
Neck Maple
Pickup System No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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A fantastic mandolin

Jenna, 04.04.2014
This is without doubt the best mandolin I have played for the money. In fact, it would be very easy to spend considerably more and get a worse instrument.

Straight out of the box, setup and playability were good but the tone and "bark" were such that with a full setup, I know it could become a great mandolin.

I am a trained violin maker and have been making instruments since 1975. I still work full time as a professional luthier in Nottingham, UK.

During setup, it became clear that the only slight criticism I had was that the bridge could be improved upon, and this was the only component I decided to change.

The tuning machines are of very good quality. The frets were well seated, with none sounding dull when tapped. They benefited from a small amount of levelling and polishing in other to achieve a really low, buzz-free action. The truss rod adjusted positively and worked perfectly. To find any finish flaws was very difficult. The fingerboard was a little dry and benefitted from some lemon oil, but this could be expected on any new instrument.

In summary, this is the first instrument I have rated with a clean sweep of 5 stars. If it had cost twice as much, I would have only given 4 stars for features, because the bridge could be improved upon... but as it stands, I will repeat what I said at the start of this review: This is the best mandolin I have played for the money.
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Highly Recommended

Dr John, 09.04.2018
I often use this mandolin for gigging, along with my other instruments and can highly recommend "The Loar". Sound quality is excellent and the instrument is well built. Just one minor issue was the finishing touches around the scroll area, although, this imperfection gives the mandolin a "hand crafted" look! Ordered from Thomann and was with me within a few days.
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