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The Loar LM-220 Hand-Carved A-Model Acoustic Mandolin  Sunburst 

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The Loar's new hand carved A model mandolin was developed using classic tried-and-true design techniques. With hand-shaped X-bracing and stripped dow...Read More

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Solid carved spruce top and solid maple back and sides at an unprecedented price point.

The Loar's new hand carved A model mandolin was developed using classic tried-and-true design techniques. With hand-shaped X-bracing and stripped down appointments, the LM-220 gives players the sound they've come to expect from The Loar at an unprecedented price point.

The Loar LM-220 mandolin is assembled with a solid carved spruce top and solid maple back and sides. The maple neck has a comfortable rounded V-profile to fit in the hand perfectly. For players who prefer a more streamlined look, the LM-220 has a single layer of ivoroid binding. High-quality Grover tuners, nickel hardware and an extremely thin polyurethane lacquer finish all combine to make this professional-quality instrument an amazing value and a first for the professional mandolin market.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Top: Solid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Solid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Maple Back, Solid Maple sides
  • Neck: Maple with Rounded V-Profile
  • Fretboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: M.O.P. Logo
  • Finish Type: Gloss
  • Finish Options: Vintage Sunburst
  • Tuning Machines: Grover
  • Scale Length: 13-29/32"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Frets: 29
  • Binding: Ivory
  • Bridge: Compensated Adjustable Ebony
  • Upper Bout: 6-3/4"
  • Lower Bout: 10"
  • Nut, Width: Bone, 1-1/8"
  • Depth: 2-1/2"
  • Body Length: 12-3/4"
  • Total Length: 27-1/4"
  • Case sold separately
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The LoarLM-220 Hand-Carved A-Model Acoustic Mandolin
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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5.0

Would recommend to anyone, not just beginners.

By CBran

from Oklahoma

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Gorgeous
  • Super Solid Build

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about The Loar LM-220 Hand-Carved A-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

    I bought this mandolin almost a year ago exactly, after 6 months of playing a cheap starter model. It has been the most consistently impressive instrument I've ever owned. I would say it beats my USA-made Deering banjo in build quality and reliability. I got it at a discount from a local music store that was going out of business, but I would definitely pay full price if necessary. I've played plenty of other mandolins, both F and A styles, and have not found one that has matched the full tone that this little guy produces, and it definitely holds it's own in the volume department as well. Overall a great all around instrument, with a full tone that's great for bluegrass, fiddle tunes, and Celtic tunes.

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    5.0

    Unbelievable tone and playability for the money!

    By Mr. Bill

    from Nashville TN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful Fit And Finish
    • Plays Great
    • Very good tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Play It

      Comments about The Loar LM-220 Hand-Carved A-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

      I'be been playing guitar for 40+ years and mandolin for about 5 years. I've had several much more expensive mandolins, like a Weber Yellowstone, Ratliff RA-5, Gibson A9, and I'd put this mando up there with any of them. I could not believe the tone and playability of this instrument- at this price point it's just unreal. The only mandolin I've had that sounded better was the '93 Flatiron A5 Artist I've been kicking myself for selling a couple of years ago. I hate to say it, but the time has passed when you had to pay thousands for a quality American-made instrument to get excellent quality.

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      4.0

      Worth a serious look

      By Skeeter

      from Great Plains

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy Play Great Neck
      • Fun

      Cons

      • Not As Mellow As I Like

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Play Your Heart Out
      • Practicing

      Comments about The Loar LM-220 Hand-Carved A-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

      I am quite impressed with this. It's very loud for an A model. VERY easy player. I haven't had it long enough for the tone to change due to being played and the wood working BUT the way I've been going after it that will happen pretty quick!! I bought his (new but a a discount) intending to use it as a knock around instrument. Not gonna happen, I'm havin' way too much fun with it.

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      4.0

      Love this Mandolin

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      By chas

      from SW Oklahoma

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about The Loar LM-220 Hand-Carved A-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

        I just received my The Loar LM220, a condition 4 instrument. Very cold here so had to wait to open the box to let it get up to room temperature, salivating like one of Pavlovs' canines hearing a bell the whole time. I had glue, clamps, etc. at the ready to apply my repair. Upon opening, I found a gorgeous instrument with a very minor crack at the nut extending maybe two inches toward the body. I decided to just tune it up and save the repair for later if the crack gets any worse (I really don't think it will). Tuned it no problem and checked the intonation and frets: good. I am a forty year guitarist who just wants to expand musical horizons. This is my first mandolin but in no time had figured out a passable version of Dueling Banjos. I can feel you cringe, but one has to start somewhere. I love the tone and projection. I was surprised at the very small size of the mandolin: it is tiny, especially as seen on my 250lb. frame (yes, I checked in a mirror) using a leather bootlace as a strap. But this mandolin does pack a tonal wallop. Now just need to find some bluegrass types to jam with. I'm very happy with this purchase.

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        5.0

        Loar LM-220 MANDOLIN

        By tesa59

        from Liberty Hill Texas

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautiful Tone
        • Easy Fretting
        • Perfect Finish

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

          Comments about The Loar LM-220 Hand-Carved A-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

          I am so excited about this mandolin. I am an experienced guitar and upright bass player and want to add mandolin to that list. I could not have chosen a better starter than this Loar and, probably will carry me through the rest of my life. I was a little concerned that it was listed as "used" but, it arrived in excellent condition!

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