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The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin Vintage Sunburst

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Hand-carved and graduated from solid select tonewoods and featuring a lightweight nitrocellulose finish for incredible projection, the Loar LM-600 ma...Click To Read More About This Product

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This all-solid hand-carved mandolin has high-end features at an affordable price.

Hand-carved and graduated from solid select tonewoods and featuring a lightweight nitrocellulose finish for incredible projection, the Loar LM-600 mandolin is an accurate replica of the original 1920's F5-style mandolin.

The LM-600's hand-buffed tobacco sunburst finish with nitrocellulose lacquer provides a vintage sheen and an authentic pre-war-style bark that will impress even the most avid vintage purist.

This professional model also features a solid hand-carved spruce top, solid hand-carved highly-flamed maple back and sides, a one-piece maple neck with rounded V profile, bound rosewood fretboard and an abalone and mother-of-pearl custom flower pot headstock inlay. Includes featherweight-style case.

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  • Includes featherweight-style case

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Top: Hand-Carved, Hand-Graduated Spruce
  • Back & Sides Hand-Carved, Hand-Graduated Flamed Maple Back, Solid Flamed Maple sides
  • Neck: Hard Rock Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood with Ivory Binding
  • Headstock Inlay: Loar Flowerpot Abalone/M.O.P.
  • Finish Type: Hand-buffed Nitrocellulose
  • Finish Options: Vintage Sunburst
  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh, Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Scale Length: 13-29/32"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Frets: 29
  • Binding: Ivory
  • Bridge: Ebony, Floating
  • 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"
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The LoarLM-600 F-Model Mandolin
 
4.3

(based on 18 reviews)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (6)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Chop and Tone big bang, for the cash

The Loar LM-600 VS is my second loar mandolin.would've gotten five stars if it had a playable setup The first was the LM-520 VS an excellent mandolin for the money. The...Read complete review

The Loar LM-600 VS is my second loar mandolin.would've gotten five stars if it had a playable setup The first was the LM-520 VS an excellent mandolin for the money. The LM-600 VS is well appointed with beautiful inlay work extremely nice nitrocellulose finish. LM-600 VS required extensive setup including fret leveling fret crowning and fret polishing. Bridge foot and bridge height adjustment, trust rod adjustment and new strings. This is a lot of work for a brand-new instrument, and I would like to point out the LM-520 VS did not require any set up. That being said the loar LM-600 VS is a much better sounding instrument more harmonically rich tone and greater dynamic range from whisper quiet to Painfully loud. This is an extremely nice mandolin for the money.

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LOAR 600 VS

I purchased this mandolin based upon other's reviews, and the vendor's website video. The video alludes to the mando being "hand carved", and gives you the impression that each one...Read complete review

I purchased this mandolin based upon other's reviews, and the vendor's website video. The video alludes to the mando being "hand carved", and gives you the impression that each one is made by hand. I would have expected something better from a hand made instrument. The finish was terrible, with several areas remaining unfinished. The scroll had several bare parts, as did the underside of the extended fretboard. The body under the fretboard also had bare spots. There was also a thick, cracked layer of finish just above the neck/body joint. There was white powdery substance on the neck, the upper body, and the scroll. All of these are indications of a machine sprayed finish, very similar to an assembly line setup. The quality control section in China missed all of this. Not to mention the folks at the company headquarters whose supposedly professionally set the instruments up.Tonewise, this instrument did not stay in tune very long at first. The strings, while from my favorite string manufacturer for my guitars, needed to be replaced. The strings that came with the mandolin were tarnished and sounded dull.Overall, a lot of money for a shoddy product.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great mandolin, worth getting good set up.

By David Chernack

from New York

Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

PLEASE NOTE - i did not buy this instrument from musician's friend. i bought it from a local dealer in knoxville who had it professionally set up with cumberland acoustics bridge and who fine tuned the bracing. the guys at musician's friends don't know mandolins. if this is your first instrument or even your second, i cannot recommend more buying it from folkmusician.com or other reputable dealer that can do required altercations on the nut, bridge, and frets when the instrument comes from the factory. this will save you finger stress and the $100 you'll need to pay getting it set up later at a shop.

this is my third mandolin. i first owned a kentucky km-150 and then an eastman 615. this instrument is my festival, but is far to good to be my beater. if you need a beater and you already have something good, it's worth every penny. also for beginners, if you have your heart set on an f-style, go for it. if not, go for an a-style with the same price and you'll get so much more bang for your buck.
Great Flamed maple back and sides
one piece neck is nice and fat, as is expected with a radiused neck
seen better tailpieces, but this one is fair
sunburst could be better, but looks fair
fantastic abalone and mother of pearl flowerpot design
in tune all the way up the neck even up to the 24+ fret range, though i got mine scooped
fabulous tuners
comes with okay set of d'addario's
solid ebony fretboard is jet black even under higher frets
clean workmanship on the headstock and scroll
very well bound on back, front, headstock, and fretboard
frets came trimmed and cleaned
very well carved and designed, wonderful tonal balance
for $750 you can't do much better. this mandolin kills the eastman f-styles in its price range and puts morgan monroe, kentucky, and paris swing to shame. it comes with a dumb looking case, but it's light and protective. i must say though, it sounds 5X better with a tone guard, blue chip, and professional setup.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

LOAR 600 VS

By Folkster

from Southern California

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Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

I purchased this mandolin based upon other's reviews, and the vendor's website video. The video alludes to the mando being "hand carved", and gives you the impression that each one is made by hand. I would have expected something better from a hand made instrument. The finish was terrible, with several areas remaining unfinished. The scroll had several bare parts, as did the underside of the extended fretboard. The body under the fretboard also had bare spots. There was also a thick, cracked layer of finish just above the neck/body joint. There was white powdery substance on the neck, the upper body, and the scroll. All of these are indications of a machine sprayed finish, very similar to an assembly line setup. The quality control section in China missed all of this. Not to mention the folks at the company headquarters whose supposedly professionally set the instruments up.Tonewise, this instrument did not stay in tune very long at first. The strings, while from my favorite string manufacturer for my guitars, needed to be replaced. The strings that came with the mandolin were tarnished and sounded dull.Overall, a lot of money for a shoddy product.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Loar LM-600 F Mandolin

By BG-5gMVn

from California

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Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

I am keeping the Loar and have it set up with a Fishman pickup and plan to use it regularly with a worship band. Maybe one of these days I can afford a Gibson F-style mandolin. If you are serious about playing a mandolin, don't go cheap. Carefully check the neck on any new mandolin you plan to buy, and play notes in the upper register on all of the frets to check for problems. That should not happen on a quality instrument.
I purchased this mandolin based on being a guitarist and not knowing how to play a mandolin. The tone of this mandolin really stood out compared to other models in the store that I compared this to. Combined with the tone, I thought solid tone woods and a nitrocellulose laquer finish on an F-style mandolin were a standout at this price range.
Here is where I had an issue. After a month of playing the mandolin and learning scales, I noticed the upper register had severe string buzzing at the 9th and 12th frets. The notes were practically dead on these frets accross all strings. The problem appeared to be a buldge in the neck and fingerboard where the neck joined the body. I purchased the mandolin while visiting family out of state and was informed by the distributor that all warranty work had to be performed by the dealer I purchased the instrument from. It was cheaper for me to have the people that normally work on my guitars locally to properly set up the action, and dress the frets to compensate for the high point in the neck, than to ship it to where I purchased it out of state.
You get what you pay for. If I had it to do all over again, I would have purchased a used Gibson A-style mandolin, or spent a bit more for a new Breedlove mandolin in this price range. They are all solid wood, plain looking, but have all of the essential features: good tone, good action, and a straight neck.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's not a Loyd Loar, but.....

By MandoManPaul

from Indianapolis, In.

Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

For the money, you will not find a better sounding instrument. I owned a 600 for about 2 years now and I still can't put it down. I am about ready to pull the trigger on a black one AND a Loar 500 to boot!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mandolin

By Flatpicker-E9kmT

from Undisclosed

Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

I purchased this mandolin from MF about a year ago to replace a Washburn F5 mandolin that I owned. I can honestly say that this mandolin is a great piece of wood. It's beautiful and sounds great too. The only complaint I have with this instrument is the size of the neck. It's a little too thick for my taste and with someone that has small hands..it will take some getting use to. Just wish it had more of a "fiddle" style neck feel to it. Other than that, if you're into bluegrass music, this mandolin will stand up to test.It's a keeper for me.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow

By pickers Dad

from Harrison AR

Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

I looked for reviews for "The Loar" Model Lm 600 Mandoline and could not find any. So I am sending this in. I bought one for my 13 year old son who has been taking lessons and needed a quality one. I found it! Ease of playing, and sound are incredable! We recently went to the Arkansas State fiddlers convention and I heard some great mandolins and his was one of the best there. For an affordable mandolin this is it.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fine Instrument

By baconrinds

from Palomino Valley NV

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Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

I've been playing this mando for about six months now and just love it. The vendor allegedly set it up but I found the strings way too high off the fretboard. Combined with the instrument's thick U shaped neck (I believe this is a direct copy of the Loyd Loar), it was difficult to play. I wound up lowering the action and moving the bridge to compensate. Still it takes getting used to. The Gotoh tuning machines needed to be backed off and some lubrication in the gears before they were easy to turn. Nonetheless the strings stay in tune once the instrument has warmed up. The finish is great but the bark of the Loar is phenomenal! I perform with a guitarist who has been forced to amplify his Guild to be heard with the mandolin. As mentioned in another review, the area under the fretboard extension over the bout was not finished and I noticed some dents in the binding along the neck but my attitude was "Who Cares?." This is a great looking and playing instrument. And it will be "distressed" before I hand it down to my daughter. Glad that I got it.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Good

By James Cain

from Satellite Beach, Florida

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Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

I had read lots of reviews some good some bad on this Mandolin so I took a chance. The fit and finish was great except around the curl it was really grimy. I am always curious as to why these mandolins are not set up properly it only takes a minute to do when the strings are being put on. But after tweaking the mandolin sounds great and is easy to play. I have ordered new strings and I am sure that will also improve the sound. I would buy this mandolin again.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Chop and Tone big bang, for the cash

By Benjamin Fish

from Western New York

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Pros

  • Great tone
  • Nice finish
  • Well-made

Cons

  • No setup
  • Not playable out of the box

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Practicing

Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

The Loar LM-600 VS is my second loar mandolin.would've gotten five stars if it had a playable setup The first was the LM-520 VS an excellent mandolin for the money. The LM-600 VS is well appointed with beautiful inlay work extremely nice nitrocellulose finish. LM-600 VS required extensive setup including fret leveling fret crowning and fret polishing. Bridge foot and bridge height adjustment, trust rod adjustment and new strings. This is a lot of work for a brand-new instrument, and I would like to point out the LM-520 VS did not require any set up. That being said the loar LM-600 VS is a much better sounding instrument more harmonically rich tone and greater dynamic range from whisper quiet to Painfully loud. This is an extremely nice mandolin for the money.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Followup Review after Five Years

By baconrinds

from Palomino Valley NV

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Great Chop
  • Loud
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Melody

    Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

    I've been playing this thing for five years now and have no complaints for its tone, volume and intonation. My only worry is the thick U neck that makes this guy a little harder to play first position 4 finger chords. I have a callous protruding from the base of my left index finger from where it meets the back of the neck. I recently played an American custom made F model mando which costs ten times the price of the Loar, at a bluegrass festival. It had sweet neck action, intonation and Schaller tuning machines. However, my mando held its own in tone and had a superior bark to it. It will be sometime before I can justify moving up to another mandolin. Maybe I'll go for a Collings but not for a long time. You really can do a lot worse spending more on a mandolin and not have the quality of this Loar. The finish is wearing off which makes it look older and some of the ivoride binding has chipped away. But it is a player and you will be heard.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent Value

    By Earl

    from Chesapeake, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great Bang For The Buck

    Cons

    • You'll Need To Set It Up

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

    I purchased the black one through a friend brand new. While the finish was imperfect as I expected it is good enough. I hit it with several coats of automotive wax and no more worries. I had to replace the brige, rework the nut, and adjust the truss rod, as well as replace the strings with some wonderful Elixer coated strings. Intonation, tone, and excellent playability have been my reward.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A nice instrument

    By theoldpioneer

    from Brown County, IN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good construction
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Jams
    • Practicing

    Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

    I've had this instrument for a year, bought it used. Contrary to the negative experiences some have had with finish, mine has no problems with finish or fit. It's loud and has a nice bark, and plays in tune all the up the neck. Whoever set it up did very well, as the action and intonation are right on. Even though the "hand carving" of this piece may have been limited to hand-setting the computer-assisted cutting equipment, the thicknesses are just right! I'd recommend this instrument to anyone.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    So rare to be so happy!

    By SixString-scPG4

    from Texas

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    Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

    I cannot believe this mandolin. I have read some about Loars on Mandolin cafe. This thing wowed me right out of the box. I have been playing for about 5 years. This mandolin has features that blow me away. Nitro finish, all carved and soooo clean with beautiful wood. I showed my buddy who is more experienced then I and he could not get over it. Very Happy purchase.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love The Loar

    By richarde

    from Tucson AZ

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

        I love this Loar. I have two this LM 600 and and LM 700 Fern. Both sound great. I use them as backups to my Lebeda F5. For the price you cannot do better than The Loar. I believe they are the nest mandolin for the money, yes even better than the vaulted Kentuckys. Matter-of-face they sound better than many higher priced "brand" name mandolins. Both sound better than my 70's era Gibson F5. OK, not as good as a Collin's but 7 to 10 times less expensive, you have to give them a serious look. Well, if someone wanted to trade me a real Loar, 1922-24 Gibson F5, I won't say no....lol. Kind of a dumb name (looking for instant Karma???) but they do back it up with quality and tone. Would I recommend them??? You bet!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not a bad Mandolin...

        By Bluesman

        from MA

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Finish

          Best Uses

            Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

            Nice sounding mandolin, but terrible finish. It played well out of the box, setup just needed minor tweaking. The finish was quite flawed, not only for this price point but really any instrument. This shouldn't have left the factory. Its too bad, I liked the tone, but the finish was far too bad to justify keeping it.

             
            4.0

            Beautiful, bud needs setup.

            By bkb6363

            from Colorado

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

              Purchased to learn mandolin. Needs proper setup!

               
              5.0

              I WOULD buy this again....and again

              By Mouse

              from Myrtle Beach SC

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Helps me stay sane !

                Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

                No longer class myself as a pro as I don't do this for a living anymore.Pedal steel/Dobro picker since 1975(I'm 63).This is pretty much my first mandolin.i play with a southern bluegrass gospel/contemporary Christian band.Band leader asked if I could play mandolin-told 'em-"I don't know"Got the LM 600 & it turns out,i can(somewhat)Learning quickly.I've been around a LOT of mandolin pickers since 1975.These guys played Gibsons mostly.I'm sure there is difference,but the folks @ The Loar,obviously know what they're doing & how to get the "bark" & the "old school",Golden Age(?) tone.It plays great,is loud.Great bluegrass tone.& very nice all the way thru the range of bottom to high end,but seems "mid" focused...Overall,could'nt be happier.Tried several other brands,tried a LM520 & was so hooked,i traded for the 600.Love this mando.Case included is a bonus.Very happy with product,with Musician'sFriend customer service & the guys @ Loar ALWAYS get back to me quickly if I email them with a question.Only mod is an inlaid trussrod cover in ebony & Allen cast tailpiece,which was made to match the same screw hole/strap button pattern as the stock tailpiece.Thanks to all for a great mandolin experience.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                A little disappointing

                By rs18041

                from Phila., PA

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                Pros

                • Good fretwork and headstock inlay
                • Sunburst looks very nice.

                Cons

                • Binding around fretboard end is sloppy.
                • End pin/strap button fits too loosely. Caution.
                • Saddle and nut arrived with sharp edges.
                • The heavy poly finish may dampen tone.
                • Top under the fretboard is almost unfinished.
                • Tuners slightly below average.

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about The Loar LM-600 F-Model Mandolin:

                The LM600 looks good from a distance, seems solid in construction and about average in tone and playability. For the price, I'd hoped for better fit and finish for the price. This mando came with a decent semi-soft case. Would recommend this as a starter but not for serious player looking for a quality instrument out of the box. It will probably be fine for my immediate use with some work.

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