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The Loar Archtop Electric Guitar Black

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The LH-309 archtop is the perfect blend of vintage vibe and modern value. The LH-309's top is hand-carved and hand-graduated solid Spruce. The Loar h...Click To Read More About This Product

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The perfect blend of vintage vibe and modern value.

The LH-309 archtop is the perfect blend of vintage vibe and modern value. The LH-309's top is hand-carved and hand-graduated solid Spruce. The Loar have carefully placed their own P-90 pickup in the perfect spot for optimal tone. The classic high output and articulate treble response of the P-90 is the ideal complement to the spruce top and maple back and sides, excellent for either rhythm or lead playing. With a 16 in. lower bout and a classic 24-3/4 in. scale, the LH-309 is a nod to original Golden Age archtop designs. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Non-cutaway
  • Body type: Hollow body
  • Body material: Combination laminated/solid
  • Top wood: Spruce Carved
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: V standard
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: 2-way adjustable
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: Not specified
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 19
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: S
  • Neck: P-90
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Not applicable
  • Brand: The Loar
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: Not applicable
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Floating compensated ebony
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
  • Tuning machines: Open-geared
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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The LoarArchtop Electric Guitar
 
4.3

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  • Good tone (3)

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3.0

Great price but had a problem

By Iceman

from Central Virginia

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about The Loar Archtop Electric Guitar:

      Great price on a blem. I could not find a finish flaw. I loved the V neck, the frets were nice, pickup was a little noisy but ok. I put a set of GHS white bronze on it and acoustically the guitar really came alive.
      I went to tweak the truss rod (I like pretty flat neck) and the rod was nowhere to be seen. It was either missing the truss rod altogether or missing the nut which extended to where you could reach in and adjust it. So sadly it went back. This was not MFs fault. It was a factory QA problem that should have been handled by Loar but since it was a #2 blem, I would not have had the warranty.

       
      5.0

      Good buy

      By Jesse

      from PHX

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about The Loar Archtop Electric Guitar:

        I've tried Acoustic/Electric strings on this and Flat Wound electric strings, and for my style of playing as well as the sound I prefer - I definitely preferred the acoustic/electric hybrid strings. I share this because expect to tinker around with string choices to get the sound you want as I found this archtop is sensitive to and produces an entirely different sound depending on string choice.

        The guitar finish is excellent. And the p90 sounds good to my ear. There is some hum/noise that comes out of it but nothing too prevalent. It's a single p90 so if you like lots of tone options with multiple pickups, this guitar is a plug in and play and go to work guitar. I find that I can get a really good crunch when adding some overdrive.

        My only other experience with archtops were playing 50s/60s Kay and Harmony archtops but with the vintage gear there's no adjustable truss rod so you're limited in setting your action along the fretboard. I found that I can get great string action on this Loar. I like mine as low as possible without fret buzz and this Loar can be set up to how you like it.

        If you're willing to dish out the asking price and are in the market for an archtop, I've had no issues with my Loar. I play mostly rockabilly, 2-step, rock-n-roll blues type of stuff with this guitar and it works for my sound. Godin has a black archtop and Gretsch has a cutaway black archtop in the same price range, and although I haven't played those guitars, I can say I am satisfied with the Loar which makes me not so curious to go out and try those other guitars, if that makes sense?

        And whenever I take it out to perform or friends see it, they can't take their eyes off it. I've had numerous compliments.

         
        5.0

        5 Stars?

        By Mongo

        from Austin

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about The Loar Archtop Electric Guitar:

          This was just an impulse purchase, I never considered buying a Loar guitar. I am truly blown away. Sounds amazing, and it feels very vintage with a chunky neck and beautiful carved top. Love the pickup. I am not going to say it's flawless, but I am giving 5 stars.

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