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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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LM-600 F-Model Mandolin

  • 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 16 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great mandolin, worth getting good set up.

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...Read complete review

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.

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Loar LM-600 F 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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

I WOULD buy this again....and again

By Bob

from Myrtle Beach SC

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

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.

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    3.0

    A little disappointing

    By rs

    from Eastern PA, USA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love The Loar

    By richarde

    from Tucson AZ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    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!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Followup Review after Five Years

        By baconrinds

        from Palomino Valley NV

        About Me Experienced

        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.

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          (2 of 2 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.

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          (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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not a bad Mandolin...

          By Bluesman

          from MA

          About Me Experienced

          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.

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Loar LM-600 F Mandolin

              By BG-5gMVn

              from California

              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.

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              (9 of 10 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.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Pretty Good

              By James Cain

              from Satellite Beach, Florida

              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.

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