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The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar  Vintage Sunburst

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The LO-215 is a unique flat top that gives players the chance to enjoy everything great about a small body instrument, but still benefit from the ext...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Loar small body 0-style with maple back & sides and a dreadnought scale length.

The LO-215 is a unique flat top that gives players the chance to enjoy everything great about a small body instrument, but still benefit from the extra volume of a longer scale. The LO-215 starts with a solid Sitka spruce top on a classic 0-style body. The dreadnought scale length means more punch and projection than you'd expect from a small-body guitar.

The Sitka spruce combines with the flamed maple back and sides for a bright, sweet tone that's great for any style of music. The 1-11/16" bone nut is comfortable for either fingerpicking or strumming, and the vintage-style Golden Age tuning machines keep the 215 in tune through extended playing. The ivory body binding gives the LO-215 a refined, classic look that complements the vintage sunburst finish.

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FEATURES
  • Small "0" body design
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Maple back & sides
  • Mahogany neck with thick "C" back shape
  • Rosewood fingerboard

Get the best of both compact size and full sound with some vintage vibe thrown in. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar

  • Body Shape: 0
    Top Material: Solid Sitka Spruce
    Back Material: Maple
    Side Material: Maple
    Top Bracing Pattern: Scalloped X-Bracing
    Top Braces: Sitka Spruce
    Neck Material: Mahogany
    Neck Profile: Thick C
    Neck Joint: Dovetail
    Fretboard Material: Rosewood
    Scale Length: 25.4"
    # Of Frets Clear: 12
    # Of Frets Total: 19
    Nut Material: Bone
    Nut Width: 1-11/16"
    Headstock Overlay: Black
    Headstock Inlay: The Loar Script & Fleur de Lys in Pearl and Abalone
    Tuning Machines: Golden Age
    Body Binding: Ivory
    Rosette: 5 ply
    Top Purfling: 5 ply
    Fretboard Inlays: Mother of Pearl dots
    Fretboard Binding: None
    Bridge Material: Rosewood
    Bridge Shape: Straight
    Saddle: Bone, compensated
    Bridge Pins & Endpin: Plastic, Ivory Color
    Pickguard: None
    Finish: Gloss
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The Loar215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Consistent (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing for the money

By wvfiddler

from West Virginia

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Quality Materials Build
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

    I was intrigued by these guitars when I saw them on the site, and I have been looking for a less-irreplacable version of my small-bodied Gibson & Kalamazoo flattopsy hour under. This little machine is a jewel, plays great, feels great, looks great, and it gets warmer and more open with every hour of play.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great fingerstyle guitar

    By Kalo

    from Louisiana

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Sound And Tone
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Needed Setup

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Old Time Music
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

    This is a fine reproduction of a 1924 Gibson Nick Lucas. The maple is bright and punchy with a lot of clarity. The build techniques, bracing and sound are very reminiscent of my old '36 L OO.
    The neck feels great, kinda chunky but a good grip especially in first position. Well crafted, lovely instrument

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Outstanding sound and value

    By loudog

    from Louisiana

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

      I have the LO216 (black), which is apparently not available through MF. The difference is that the back and sides of the 216 are laminated mahogany, not maple as is the LO215. I got this to have a small bodied acoustic to play at home and to improve my fingerpicking. First of all, it's beautiful in black. I'm not much on sunburst finishes. The size is small, but quite loud. I did a setup after installing new strings (Martin Marquis Silk & Steel - see my review). The action is very low and intonation is perfect. I am so in love with this guitar that I have not played any of my others since I got it. Fortunately, I have not had any problems. I also bought a Guardian hard case (again, not available through MF), but this guitar spends far more time out of the case than in.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this guitar!

      By Wanabenorah

      from B.C. Canada

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

      I am just a beginner and this is my second guitar. The first was very cheap and hard to play. I love the feel of this guitar and the sound is fantastic. My skills have really taken off since purchasing The Loar guitar.It is well made and really pretty!!

       
      5.0

      Really good - again!

      By loudog

      from Louisiana

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought this as a used model for my granddaughter's Christmas present. Although used, it is in excellent condition. After polishing it and changing strings (DR Rare - 11-50), it looks almost new and sounds great. I still need to lower the action a tiny bit, but it's a joy to play and sounds great. I have a LO216BK, which has mahogany back & sides and this one is maple, so it's a bit brighter, but this will not be a problem.

        She should love it as much as she loves the LO216. If not, I'll be happy to trade!

         
        5.0

        Loud little guy!

        By loudog

        from Louisiana

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Loud!
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

          I previously rated The Loar LO216BK (not available through MF) and was very much impressed by it. I bought this guitar and and a case as used items for my granddaughter. It is in excellent condition and has the same feel as the LO216. This one has laminated maple back and sides and projects much more. It is also very bright. I can feel the vibrations in my ribs, which is not very noticeable with the LO216. The sunburst finish is very good and the maple has good flame. I still like the black better cosmetically, but I'll happily play either one.

           
          5.0

          Correction to previous rating

          By loudog

          from Louisiana

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

            My previous review rated this at 4 stars, which was an error. I was unable to correct it when I submitted the review. This guitar is a 5 star and all other comments as previously stated are accurate

             
            5.0

            So far, so good!

            By sixstringbake

            from Wyoming, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

              The sound on this little guitar is quite good. The low E string is a bit flat, but I plan to put better strings on in so that will probably help. I like the wider neck, but barre chords play easily. I really like this guitar.

               
              4.0

              Played and sounded great....for a minute

              By Blind Willie Pace

              from Baltimore, MD

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              Pros

              • Arrived With Nice Setup
              • Good Feel
              • Nice Build Quality
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • Bridge Began Lifting

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

              Despite the bridge issue, which was a case of insufficient adhesive, I still think this is a sweet guitar. I did not send it back for fear of receiving other problems and I had already fallen in love with this box by way of sound and playability. I couldn't even detect the problem but my luthier showed me how a slip of paper disappeared under the back of the bridge. It's being reattached as I write this. Really can't wait to get it back.

               
              5.0

              Wow!

              By JPB

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Loud
              • Rich Sound
              • Solid Build
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • Thick Neck

              Best Uses

              • Blues
              • Fingerpicking
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about The Loar 215 O-Style Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

              This sucker is loud! You wouldn't expect it from a small body parlor like this. It has a dreadnought length, which adds a richer tone. It is very mid-rangy which is the nature of these guitars. It will cut through the mix, allowing your sound guy to be a happy man. The guitar itself is beautiful. Bone saddle and nut, all wood, which I can't believe for the price. As soon as you hold it, you feel like Robert Johnson. It is so close to the L-1 in tone and look, some have asked me if that is what it is.

              I have to say I was surprised. I have always been a dreadnought player, but this has been the guitar I have gravitated to for practice. I play it every day. I am putting a piezo pickup in it so I can start using it live.

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