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The Loar LH-350 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar Sunburst 

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Overview
  • Archtop acoustic guitar
  • Maple back and sides
  • Spruce top
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $999.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $250.00
  • Your Price:
    $74999

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A classic archtop that embodies the sound of traditional jazz guitar.

The Loar's hand-carved, polyurethane-finished archtop cutaway guitar offers an excellent option for traditional jazz guitarists who want to make the classic archtop sound heard clearly for ensemble playing. The Kent Armstrong floating pickup amplifies the sweet natural tone of the hand-carved spruce top, while the Florentine cutaway allows unrestricted access to the upper frets, making the Loar LH-350 acoustic guitar perfect for either soloing or accompaniment.

The archtop cutaway Loar guitar is assembled with a solid hand carved spruce top and maple back, sides, and neck. The guitar's bone nut and compensated adjustable ebony bridge let the sound of the select tonewoods resonate clearly, and the bound rosewood fretboard is both beautiful and durable. The Loar LH-350 acoustic guitar's bound pickguard with a single volume knob adds to the vintage look and feel. The archtop is finished with a meticulously inlaid mother-of-pearl "Fleur-de-Lys" headstock design and a polyurethane tobacco sunburst finish to stay true to classic design and style. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Archtop acoustic guitar
  • Maple back and sides
  • 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 bridge
  • Grover open-geared butterbean tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Case sold separately
 
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The LoarLH-350 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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      5.0

      Beautiful Guitar

      By Womd

      from Tri-Cities TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acoustic Groups
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Groups
        • Small Venues

        Comments about The Loar LH-350 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar:

        Although I have played for many years I am new to jazz guitar. I wanted what I consider a classic jazz guitar, essentially an archtop hollowbody built to be played acoustically. I spent quite a bit of time researching the options and settled on a solid spruce top with laminate maple sides. All solid wood for the body would have been nice but those models tend to be outside my budget. All laminate can be OK for a guitar that will be played plugged in most of the time, but I wanted something that was primarily acoustic with a pickup. I had seen many reviews of The Loar LH350. The sound, when properly setup, was exactly what I was looking for. The price was significantly lower than other models with the same construction.
        I bought mine used in good working condition. Based on inspection when I received it, it was brand new but had been returned because of finish cracks on the front and back of the body. They are only noticeable if you are looking carefully and have no impact on the playability, sound, or longevity of the guitar. Other than that, the pick guard was a little loose and the neck was not properly adjusted for the strings.
        I played the guitar for a couple hours and then dropped it off for setup. In sound and core construction it is a beautiful instrument. A standard setup took care of the neck adjustment and pick guard. The more I play it the better is sounds. It really is an exceptional value. If you are looking for an acoustic archtop with a nice warm jazz sound plugged in this is an excellent choice.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar at a great price

        By G-Man

        from New Jersey

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Great Jazz Box
        • Great Jazz Tone
        • Great Vintage Look
        • Nice Acoustic Sound Too
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

        • Only Volume Control

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Jazz Soloing
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about The Loar LH-350 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar:

        I have owned this guitar less than two weeks, but I am very happy with it, just like 2 of the 3 reviewers before me. I was looking for an archtop jazz box that could also be played acoustically, and this fits the bill, though I must admit that I enjoy it more when I play it plugged into an amp. My main focus was to get an archtop with a jazz sound. It was difficult to find another archtop in this price range and I searched for a while. I narrowed my search to this guitar, the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin and the Gretsch G100CE. The fact that this guitar has a solid carved top was important because other guitars, like the Gretsch, are laminate. Even the D'Angelico Excel, which costs more, is laminate. Some folks say that the top is supposed to be laminate on an archtop, so there are pros and cons, and I am not criticizing laminate guitars, but for the price I paid, it was nice to get a hand carved top, which may explain why the guitar doesn't sound weak or tinny when played acoustically.

        Unfortunately, I never got a chance to play the Gretsch, but most of the videos of it on Youtube portrayed the sound of the guitar as more blues oriented, though I recognize that the style of play of the reviewer and the amp they used greatly effected the sound of the guitar.

        I played the Godin and while it gets great reviews, I felt it leaned towards a blues sound, possibly due to the P90 pickup. It also had a tinny sound when played acoustically. While I am not criticizing this guitar, it simply did not sound like a jazz guitar to me, so I passed on it. Other reviewers I 've seen said the same thing.

        When I tried out the Loar, I plugged it into a basic Fender amp without any effects in order to get a clean sound. The guitar immediately grabbed me, offering the warm, clean sound of a jazz guitar that I was seeking. At home, I play it through my "Acoustic" brand amp without any effects and it sounds perfect, even with the steel strings that came with the guitar. I will eventually try flatwounds on it, but for now, I am happy with the sound. I think that in order to get the great jazz tone that this guitar offers, it is meant to be played through an amp with a very clean sound without any effects, but that is simply my opinion.

        I also tried out the guitar in an acoustic setting, playing with 3 other acoustic guitars. The guitar held its own with more than enough volume. The sound is much fuller than the Godin and does not sound tinny. It is hard to describe its sound, but you can hear some slight echo emanating from the body due to the F holes. However, acoustically, this guitar cannot compete with the deep bass you get from a dreadnought or standard acoustic guitar (nor do I think that it is fair to compare it either). I played mostly boom-chuck style on some popular standards and pop tunes and fit right in. I admit that I feel a little scared sometimes because the pickguard sits high up to accomodate the volume knob and so I am worried about leaning too much on the pickguard, but over time, I will get used to it. I also have to get used to the volume knob sitting on the pickguard because I noticed that when I lean my palm on the strings, the side of my hand brushes against the knob. This is the first guitar I have owned where a control knob sits on the pickguard.

        While the guitar is fine unplugged, I still think it shines when plugged in. I played some popular standards/jazz standards and smiled all the way through because of the great, warm sound. Soloing up and down the neck was neat too. I think that the Kent Armstrong pick-up makes the difference.

        The neck is slightly wider than a standard acoustic, but it doesn't hurt your wrist. The sunburst is beautiful with a nice sheen to it. They really captured that vintage guitar look. Nice logo on the headstock too. No upper knob for guitar strap and sole knob is at bottom of guitar where cable is plugged in, so you will need a strap with a clip that wraps under strings at the nut, or, sit, play and go without a strap if you can. Not a big deal, but it may bother some players. No tone control, only volume, unlike most archtops that have both..not a deal breaker for me. Maybe simpler is better.

        The seller told me that quality control with these guitars can be hit or miss, so I can see where reviewer Vince is coming from. Luckily, my guitar seems to be a keeper without any issues.

        There are some nice videos on Youtube of this guitar being played plugged in and acoustically. They are worth viewing simply to see if this guitar is for you and to get an idea about archtops.

        Loar makes the LH 650, which is nearly double the price. I never got to play it, but it was way out of my price range. I can't say whether it is worth going up that high.

        The bottom line is, if you want a nice archtop to play some mellow jazz through an amp, but, as an added bonus, will also hold its own in an acoustic setting, this guitar is for you, but I warn you, once you plug it in and play a tune, I think you'll enjoy it much more when plugged into your amp.

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        3.0

        Great value...after more work....

        By Vince

        from VA

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        Pros

        • Good Fit And Finish
        • Rich Sound
        • Very Pretty Guitar

        Cons

        • Pickguard Very Shakey
        • Really Uneven Fret Work
        • Very High Nut Action

        Best Uses

        • Teaching In A Music Store

        Comments about The Loar LH-350 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar:

        The LH 350 has an excellent sound, and the finish is really nice. It is being sent off to my guitar tech to make it playable, as the upper frets are very uneven. The 15th fret makes everything from the 10th fret up rattle. After cutting down the bridge top a ton, and grooving the nut deeper it made all the fret issues show up even with a medium high action. For the price point the solid top is a plus, but if you are a serious player that enjoys a low action get ready to drop more money in making it work for you. The slotting on the bridge has the low E string really angled way too far into the fingerboard, and no way to fix it other than a new bridge top. I like the potential of this instrument, and am very picky, and positive about it's good points. Maybe I got one that slipped through without really having it "set up in the US." I bought it to use in a store that is a dealer to help out the owner, and after it is properly fret leveled and a new bridge top hopefully I will get the use out of it I intended. I would never take it out on a gig however.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very Satisfied

        By Hotcho

        from Milford, Pa

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • And I use 12's
        • Plays very nicely

        Cons

        • Feedback may a problem

        Best Uses

        • Jazz

        Comments about The Loar LH-350 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar:

        Love the Guitar overall..Plays great and I am using 12's which is a heavier guage string..A tonal control would have been a plus, but for [$] it is a great bargain..the higher end ones do have a tone control..feedback control can be a problem so I have to angle it away from the amp, however as with all archtops..It's hard to control the feedback..The tone and the feedback problem kept it away from the 5 star category..I could probably use a Henrickson or a Jazz Kat amp and it may take care of that problem..I don't know

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        (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Archtop for the price !!

        By Don Osburn

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about The Loar LH-350 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar:

        I got this guitar because I wanted to expand my jazz abilities. Arpeggios, ii-V-I, standards, etc, etc. I owned an Eastman previously, which was a phenomenal guitar, but waay more than I could afford. (And waaay more than I was able to play at the time.....) This Loar is AWESOME for the price. It plays smooth, and sounds great. I've only had it a couple of weeks, but I love it. The single volume knob makes it easy to set up and play. It would be nice if it had a tone control, but I don't miss it at all. I just set the amp the way I want it and leave it. (Tube amp, btw....) Phenomenal archtop guitar for the price, and very fun to play. I'm looking forward to trying some different string types on it to see how it responds. However, the stock set up I received in the mail was great right out of the box. I noticed a bit of a buzz on the B string up around the 13th fret, and considered raising the bridge on that side a tad. However, it has gone away with regular playing. If you're looking for an archtop to work on your jazz chops, I don't think you can go wrong for this price for this guitar.
        A tone knob would be nice.
        It won't compare to fully hand carved guitars 3 to 4 times the price. HOWEVER, it is the BEST archtop I've seen in this price range.

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        (23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A real carved top guitar for the price of plywood

        By fretless in gaza

        from southeast michigan

        Comments about The Loar LH-350 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar:

        Overall this is simply an outstanding guitar for the money. The carved top means that it's responsive when you play it gently, and yet it doesn't choke when you dig in. Great for anything from acoustic rhythm guitar with .012 or .013 bronze strings to amplified jazz solos with flatwounds, and if you put on lighter strings, blues.
        The set of features in the Loar LH-350 are exactly what you want in a guitar like this- a real carved (not pressed) top, a free floaring pickup, and a volume control. Period. No extras to get in the way of a pure tone. It's essentially an acoustic guitar with a pickup system that won't interfere with the vibration of the top.
        MIne has one tiny flaw- a pickup mounting screw that's off by maybe .05". That's it. Fit and finish are first rate for a guitar in this price range. The poly finish is thin enough that it doesn't choke the sound. It may not have the depth and glow of a nitrocellulose finish, but it looks pretty good.
        Every other archtop in this price range has a laminated top, or a pressed solid wood top. This guitar not only a a real carved top, it has a Kent Armstrong pickup- not a cheap clone- and good quality hardware. The pot is a quality unit . The tuners are genuine Grovers.

        This is excellent value for the $$$.

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