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The LO-16 adds breadth to the line by taking the traditional L-00 shaped body style and updating it for today's players. If you want authentic front ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The LO-16 adds breadth to the line by taking the traditional L-00 shaped body style and updating it for today's players. If you want authentic front porch blues-box sound, you can't do much better than the LO-16.

LO-16 begins with a hand-selected solid spruce top. The mahogany back and sides give it the warmth that players have come to know and love in small body instruments. Mother-of-Pearl headstock inlay and Grover tuning machines add tons of value to these great-sounding guitars. We're offering them in traditional natural finish, and also in classic black finish with ivory-colored body binding and a vintage-style white pickguard. The black finish is our nod to historic blues guitars and looks like no other similarly priced guitar out there.

Combining solid top, small-body style with a vintage vibe, and delivered at a price that will amaze you, this guitar will be the perfect new niche for your acoustic room. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Top: Solid Spruce
Back & Sides: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: M.O.P.
Finish Type: Natural Gloss
Finish Options: Natural or Black
Tuning Machines: Grover
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Truss Rod: Fully Adjustable
Frets: 19
Binding: Ivoroid
Bridge: Rosewood
Nut, Width: Bone, 1-3/4"
Case sold separately
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The LoarL0-16 Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Small venues (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sockless

Maybe it was because I had modest expectations but the Loar LO-16BK knocked my socks off. My ratings here are relative to my initial expectations. I was buying it as a gift for...Read complete review

Maybe it was because I had modest expectations but the Loar LO-16BK knocked my socks off. My ratings here are relative to my initial expectations. I was buying it as a gift for someone else but I don't want to let go of it. Much more sound with more subtle tonal variations possible than I would expect in an instrument at this price. Clean build quality, nice finish (love the black!), surprisingly well set up out of the box. Looks to be a bone nut and saddle (again,very nice at this price). Out of two dozen or so transactions over the last 40 years, this is the second guitar I have purchased based on how it looks and I got lucky . . . I am very pleased with how well it plays and how good it sounds. It's just fun to play. As far as vintage "vibe", it does have a familiar slight funkiness to the tuners that reminds me of an old Gibson my roommate had back in '72. Fully functional but with personality.

Will it match my Flammang EL? Of course not, but I wish I had something this good and this affordable when I was starting out. I expect this guitar will come along when I go to places I would feel uncomfortable taking my most expensive instruments.

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Disappointing

First off, let me say that I really wanted to like this guitar. I play fingerstyle blues and bought this model for it's '00' body size, 1 3/4" nut...Read complete review

First off, let me say that I really wanted to like this guitar. I play fingerstyle blues and bought this model for it's '00' body size, 1 3/4" nut width, 2 10/32" string spacing at the saddle, and the chunky neck. These specs are hard to find on a guitar less than a thousand doll@rs.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the guitar I received. The Lo-16BK had one of the poorest quality fretboards I've ever played. The wood was rough, dry and there was a huge knot that spanned the 3rd and 4th frets. The fretwire was poorly/not polished which meant rough string bends that sometimes produced a scratching or scraping sound. Also, the black finish on the neck wasn't evenly applied along the edges of the fretboard.

Both the soundhole and the rosette were sloppily cut, it only took a second to notice that neither was perfectly round. There were some obvious dips in the surface of the rosette and blemishes in the finish around the soundhole. The white pickguard is semi-transparent and actually looks pale blue when placed on the black top.
The adhesive wasn't evenly applied to the pickguard and the areas where it didn't stick were whiter than the rest. It was thin and cheap-looking. Even the plastic bridge pins were the flimsiest I've ever seen.

Also, the bridge saddle was tilted forward and the intonation was noticeably off. I often have new guitars setup to get the string height and neck angle that I like(at a cost of approx. 65 doll@rs) but this model would have required a typical setup, frets polished and possibly bridge alterations to fix the saddle angle and the intonation...easily a 100 doll@r expense.

One of the worst features was the internal bracing. The X-bracing was roughly shaped and needed sanding. The piece of cloth holding the brace intersection in place was sloppy and the edges were all peeling off. Overall the guitar had a harsh, jagged and jangly tone. When played together the strings didn't produce a cohesive
sound. Mine also arrived with a large scuff on the upper side of the lower bout.

This was not a well-constructed instrument. It was likely the worst quality solid-top guitar I've ever played. When compared to a less expensive Yamaha FS700S, the Yamaha blows it out of the water. If only Yamaha made a budget guitar with a 1 3/4" nut and 2 5/16" string spacing at the bridge. I wanted to love this guitar but ended up returning it after 2 days. I was considering buying a Recording King RO-310 but they're owned by Music Link, the same parent company as The Loar, and it put me off buying any of their products.

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sockless

By Lee Weber

from Iowa

Comments about The Loar L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

Maybe it was because I had modest expectations but the Loar LO-16BK knocked my socks off. My ratings here are relative to my initial expectations. I was buying it as a gift for someone else but I don't want to let go of it. Much more sound with more subtle tonal variations possible than I would expect in an instrument at this price. Clean build quality, nice finish (love the black!), surprisingly well set up out of the box. Looks to be a bone nut and saddle (again,very nice at this price). Out of two dozen or so transactions over the last 40 years, this is the second guitar I have purchased based on how it looks and I got lucky . . . I am very pleased with how well it plays and how good it sounds. It's just fun to play. As far as vintage "vibe", it does have a familiar slight funkiness to the tuners that reminds me of an old Gibson my roommate had back in '72. Fully functional but with personality.

Will it match my Flammang EL? Of course not, but I wish I had something this good and this affordable when I was starting out. I expect this guitar will come along when I go to places I would feel uncomfortable taking my most expensive instruments.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointing

By Tdot

from Toronto, ON

Comments about The Loar L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

First off, let me say that I really wanted to like this guitar. I play fingerstyle blues and bought this model for it's '00' body size, 1 3/4" nut width, 2 10/32" string spacing at the saddle, and the chunky neck. These specs are hard to find on a guitar less than a thousand doll@rs.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the guitar I received. The Lo-16BK had one of the poorest quality fretboards I've ever played. The wood was rough, dry and there was a huge knot that spanned the 3rd and 4th frets. The fretwire was poorly/not polished which meant rough string bends that sometimes produced a scratching or scraping sound. Also, the black finish on the neck wasn't evenly applied along the edges of the fretboard.

Both the soundhole and the rosette were sloppily cut, it only took a second to notice that neither was perfectly round. There were some obvious dips in the surface of the rosette and blemishes in the finish around the soundhole. The white pickguard is semi-transparent and actually looks pale blue when placed on the black top.
The adhesive wasn't evenly applied to the pickguard and the areas where it didn't stick were whiter than the rest. It was thin and cheap-looking. Even the plastic bridge pins were the flimsiest I've ever seen.

Also, the bridge saddle was tilted forward and the intonation was noticeably off. I often have new guitars setup to get the string height and neck angle that I like(at a cost of approx. 65 doll@rs) but this model would have required a typical setup, frets polished and possibly bridge alterations to fix the saddle angle and the intonation...easily a 100 doll@r expense.

One of the worst features was the internal bracing. The X-bracing was roughly shaped and needed sanding. The piece of cloth holding the brace intersection in place was sloppy and the edges were all peeling off. Overall the guitar had a harsh, jagged and jangly tone. When played together the strings didn't produce a cohesive
sound. Mine also arrived with a large scuff on the upper side of the lower bout.

This was not a well-constructed instrument. It was likely the worst quality solid-top guitar I've ever played. When compared to a less expensive Yamaha FS700S, the Yamaha blows it out of the water. If only Yamaha made a budget guitar with a 1 3/4" nut and 2 5/16" string spacing at the bridge. I wanted to love this guitar but ended up returning it after 2 days. I was considering buying a Recording King RO-310 but they're owned by Music Link, the same parent company as The Loar, and it put me off buying any of their products.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blues Box

By Dr Davco

from Central PA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about The Loar L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

    Great Sound and Feel for Country Blues. I like 00 size guitars, own several including old LG-1, old Taylor 412, Martin 00 and 000 among others. This ranks at the top for fingerstyle Blues, Robert Johnson type stuff. The width of the fretboard and the string spacing makes this particularly useful and easy to play for that sort of music. Unusually loud for the body size. Excellent Blues tone. I would highly recommend this at three times the price. Whoever designed this one thought it through - way better than comparably priced import guitars like the Epiphone EL-OO, Takamine New Yorker, etc. I've pretty much played em all and the only thing close to this is my old LG-1 and that one is too delicate and Ladder-braced. THis one is X braced and has the scale length of an OM rather than a short scale. Better for volume, makes string bending harder, better for slide. Bought this used from Musician's Friend as usual they grade the condition of the instrument lower than it is - this one was clean and didn't even have the plastic removed from the pickguard. The truss rod needed to be loosened - but that was about it. Ready to play. The looks are also rather striking. The neck is rather meaty - it's the kind of neck that those who like the original guitars from that period will find familiar. Hard to go wrong with this one.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Great Guitar!

    By Iceman

    from Virginia

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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 L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

      I like several of The Loar guitars I have played. The LO-16 best compares with the LH-200. The LO-16 with shorter scale and wider nut is better for me. The shorter scale enables bends and the 1.75 nut lends itself to fingerpicking as well as flat picking. The LH-200 felt a little cramped in the first position and the neck was a bit thin. The neck on the LO-16 is a little meatier, which is my preference.
      It came set up very well. Frets are nicely dressed, bone nut is well cut, good intonation up the neck and the finish (black) is very cool. The only upgrades I plan to make are heavier bridge pins (Tusq) and I will oil the rosewood board. This guitar gives a lot of bang for the buck!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My first Loar. My favorite acoustic.

      By JRevel

      from Minneapolis

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        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about The Loar L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

          The very first thing that matters to me on a guitar, acoustic or electric, is a big neck with a wide nut. My other guitars are all baseball bats - 1" from nut to body - with 1.75 nuts. This neck is not 1" big, but it is substantial and the nut is a true 1.75.
          I wasn't sure of the sound right out of the box. I played it some and then put it aside for a day. I went around to friends and played similar guitars and even played a couple Gibson's/Kalamazoo's. I played similar guitars in the same price range and cheaper. This is the one! I'd buy this guitar before I bought a Kalamazoo if only for the neck and because I can gig this guitar hard and not be out the price of a car. I could not more highly recommend this guitar.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cool guitar

          By TPS Report

          from Cola, SC

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          Comments about The Loar L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

          Purchased a condition 2 used guitar, it was my first time buying unseen used guitar on MF. I unwrapped the guitar and was shocked as it looked brand new! Very happy with the condition and packaging of the received item. Not a fingerprint or mark I could detect.

          However my example being used did not come with the truss rod adjustment tool, I will need to find a suitable hex wrench to do some adjustments, just a little fret buzz but its okay for now.

          The neck of the guitar is pretty meaty. I'm used to more electric guitar width and such, the thick width of the neck took a little adjusting to, but it feels good.

          The guitar has a bold and throaty tone. Not loud of course, but a nice mid range bark. The string width makes it fun for finger style. I love the way this guitar sounds.

          For a hardshell case, I ended up buying a Gator ABS (skb style) Classical guitar case. It doesn't fit perfect around the sides of the upper bout, but close enough for me overall. The depth could be considered too tight for some but I am okay with it being snug.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Smoking Blues & Folk Guitar

          By Joe

          from PA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about The Loar L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

            I was totally blown away by this little gem of a guitar. Mine has the natural color top. The black one looks cool in the pictures, but the wood is so nice to look at. I get the black vibe thing and may get one of those too. Right out of the box it sounded great, could not put it down. This is a real guitar, not a toy. Sounds and looks like a much more expensive instrument. The neck is a true 1.75 wide at the nut and it has a little meat to it. Perfect for digging into the blues. Nothing not to like. The Musicians Gear Deluxe Classical Guitar Case is a resonable fit for this guitar. A little hard to close but after a couple days the padding compressed. I got mine in tweed.

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Alivenrockin

            from Ny

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune
            • Wow, Nice Neck

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Put in a pickup, play any venue
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about The Loar L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

              I have owned many guitars over the years. This one has the feel, the vibe.
              Perfect right out of the box...amazing. String spacing is ideal for me. Neck is a dream. Can't be beat, especially for the price. So glad I sprung for it.

               
              4.0

              Plays nicely, not perfect

              By Joe

              from Hendersonville, TN

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about The Loar L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

                I'm pretty happy with this guitar. I like the 1 3/4 neck and it plays quite nicely. My favorite guitar for everyday around the house. The bottom sound is a bit flat, so you may want to use a thimb pick to kick up the sound.. Get the black model. The natural is the most unremarkable looking guitar I've ever seen---not too appealing, very plain.

                Sounds best with 80/20 strings.

                 
                5.0

                Love it!

                By K. B.

                from Seattle

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about The Loar L0-16 Acoustic Guitar:

                Picked this up used. I would have paid full price and feel I got a deal. I once owned a Gibson Nick Lucas. Loved that guitar, this one almost as much. Great woody tone. I removed the pick guard , thought it looked strange. What a great little guitar!

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