The Loar LM-590-MS

Mandolin

  • Body shape: F style
  • Top: Solid spruce
  • Back and side: Solid maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 349 mm
  • Nut width: 28 mm
  • Grover hardware
  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Finish: Matt
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  • Folk
  • Traditional
  • Strumming

Further Information

Shape F Mandoline
Colour Sunburst
Body Maple, Solid
Top Spruce, Solid
Neck Maple
Pickup System No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
7 Customer Ratings:
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Understated but well executed
23.05.2016
The Loar LM-590-MS is a great mandolin for it's price point. I suspect like most Chinese made instruments quality control may be variable, but I cannot complain as I have a good one. The finish is deliberately understated but well executed.

The neck is quite wide for a mandolin with oversize fret wire that makes it feel familiar to my guitarists fingers. I have a couple of other mandolins - an A style and traditional bowl back, both of which have narrower fretboards and finer fret wire. The Loar is easier to play and has that solid bluegrass 'chop'

The sound is very full, much less bright than my other mandolins, but that may be, in part, due to the heavier gauge strings fitted as stock. My preference is for a lighter gauge and I will swap these strings out very soon.

The mandolin arrived with the strings de-tensioned and, I'd guess, having had a basic set up. Mandolins can be tricky to set up, but I had this Loar playing nicely inside 30 minutes. If you are not experienced with setting up your Mandolin you may need some assistance but that should be well rewarded as the basic instrument is very sound and a joy to play once set up.
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Morgiebearpig, 24.10.2020
Good full sound, good craftsmanship and worth every penny. For anyone who doesn’t know, this price range is where good mandolins start, and this is a fine mandolin :)
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