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The Loar LH-300 Archtop Acoustic Guitar  Sunburst

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Modeled after American designs from the early 20th century, The Loar's archtop LH-300 guitar is carved from select, graduated woods for unparalleled ...Click To Read More About This Product

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With exceptionally loud tone, carved body, and vintage design, this a great-sounding acoustic guitar that jazz players and archtop enthusiasts will love.

Modeled after American designs from the early 20th century, The Loar's archtop LH-300 guitar is carved from select, graduated woods for unparalleled acoustic projection.

The Loar Carved Archtop (LH-300-VS) is a replica of the original archtop acoustic guitars from the 1920's. The Loar guitar features a top carved from graduated spruce, and traditional maple back and sides.

The Loar LH-300 guitar also features a vintage tobacco sunburst finish of polyurethane lacquer, a mahogany neck with vintage "V" profile, Grover tuners and a compensated adjustable ebony bridge. Case sold seperately.

FEATURES
  • Archtop acoustic guitar
  • Maple body
  • Spruce top
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • V-neck shape
  • 19 frets
  • 1-3/4" nut width
  • 16" radius
  • Compensated adjustable ebony
  • Grover open-geared butterbean tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Polyurethane lacquer finish
  • Case sold seperately
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The LoarLH-300 Archtop Acoustic Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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(53 of 54 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Has it where it counts!

By Verne Andru

from Home, CA

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Comments about The Loar LH-300 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

I've long fancied a knock-around acoustic archtop. I've looked at the old Kay's/Harmony's, etc but the Loar 300 caught my eye for it's price and features. It's virtually unheard of to find an archtop with a solid carved spruce top, compensated ebony bridge and bone nut for this price. I checked out a LH-500 locally and was impressed enough to give the LH-300 a try.

This guitar has an extremely nice, loud voice. It has that sparkle and multi-dimensional chime you can only get in a solid hand-carved, archtop guitar. The tone is very even with nice bass, highend sparkle and a mid-range more prominent than my dreadnaught or 000. It's not in the same league as a Benedetto, D'Angelico, etc, but at this price you're going to be hard-pressed to find these features and tone anywhere else.Solid carved spruce topLaminated maple sides and back Bone nut
Acoustic guitars are designed to react like a drum. The back/sides should be as secure and solid as possible to hold a vibrating top [think skin of a drum head].
The guitar was shipped from China sitting on top of it's protective foam bag. As a consequence there are some finish scuffs and the strings were corroded requiring a new set immediately. A couple coats of tung and lemon oil fixed the very dry fretboard.

I'm not sure if it was just this one, but even bottoming out the floating bridge left the action higher than I like but a bit of sanding time brought it within my comfort zone. This could be why it was flagged at the factory with a yellow postit note attached to the face of the guitar.

On the positive side," fret work is very good - suprisingly good in fact. I would guess these are done on an automated Plek machine. No sharp fret-ends and no buzzing even once the action was lowered. The 1 3/4"" bone nut is expertly cut and seated. The neck is a very nice chunk of mahogany that's not too fat or too skinny. The wider spacing making it very comfortable to play. The V profile is VERY soft and almost unnoticeable. The Grover tuning machines have a solid feel", nice gear ratio and hold tune very well.
Some finish and setup issues aside, this guitar has all the right stuff where it counts.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Entry Level Archtop

By New Archtop Fan

from New York

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Pros

  • Beautiful sound
  • Great Price
  • Well Built

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about The Loar LH-300 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

    While keeping in mind that I have only had this guitar for a short time, I'm already completely in love with it. The construction on mine was flawless, and I had very little set up work to do. Really for the price it is an excellent entry level Archtop,especially when there are so few choices to begin with. As long as you aren't expecting a Benedetto or an Eastman, you will be very pleasantly surprised with this guitar. Also, since I saw it a lot in reviews before I bought it, the patch of un-finished wood under the neck extension really isn't that obvious, and really isn't a big deal.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar for the price

    By peb the mountain man

    from the mountains of course

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about The Loar LH-300 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

      sounds great, feels great, looks great... upon close inspection, small amount of sloppy construction on the highest part of fretboard. this is purely cosmetic,and the guitar is secure and strong.

      (3 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Loar LH300 This one was a lemon

      By tboy

      from Alberquerque, NM

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Not Consistent

        Best Uses

          Comments about The Loar LH-300 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

          I own 10 guitars, all unique in there own way and each has it's purpose. I missed having an arch top acoustic and the The Loar LH300 caught my eye and I ordered it. After only 30 minutes with this guitar I knew it was going back.

          It's only saving grace was the finish which I found to my liking. I am not an authority on Loar guitars so maybe I got a "lemon". The sad part here is that I won't try another one and may be missing out.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          exelent guitar, IF you get a good one,

          By ronierant

          from philly

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about The Loar LH-300 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

            i heard there not consistant ,you can get a good one and mabey not.

             
            4.0

            Very...Very Suprised!

            By Bozo

            from WEsT Washington

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            Pros

            • Inexpensive
            • Nice Finish
            • Solid Construction
            • Thick, straight neck

            Cons

            • Fret work OK, not polished, fairly level.
            • String height inconsitant at nut

            Best Uses

            • Playing

            Comments about The Loar LH-300 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

            After re-cutting the nut slots, and a little time polishing the frets, a new set of strings and I have a pretty good guitar for a great price. Acoustically loud, and bright. I love it and wore my fingers to blisters with the 13-53 strings. Heavier strings than i normally use on a guitar, but the output is wonderful. I can play soft and it sounds great. Or I can really dig in with a heavy strum and it sounds even great..err!

            These guitars may be inconsistently built, but I really got a nice one. Disregarding some minor finish flaws this an exceptional guitar. I am taking one star off due to the fact I don't think I should have to recut a nut or polish file marks off the fret tops! Nowadays that seems to be what one gets out of China..But not everyone has fret slotting files. It would be another $$$ to the cost to have it done.

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