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The Loar LH-650 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar Vintage Sunburst  (Used)

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High-quality construction and beautiful tonewoods make this a superb instrument for jazz guitarists.

The Loar's nitrocellulose-finished LH-650 cutaway acoustic-electric 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 LH-650 guitar perfect for either soloing or accompaniment.

The hand-carved archtop cutaway guitar is assembled with a solid hand-carved spruce top and solid figured maple back, sides, and neck. The bone nut and compensated adjustable ebony bridge let the sound of the select tonewoods resonate clearly, and the bound ebony fretboard is both beautiful and durable. The 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 hand-buffed nitrocellulose lacquer tobacco sunburst finish to stay true to classic design and style.

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LH-650 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar Specifications:

  • Top: Hand-Carved, Hand-Graduated Spruce
  • Back & Sides Hand-Carved Flamed Maple Back and Flamed Maple sides
  • Neck: 1 piece mahogany, vintage V profile, MOP inlay markers
  • Fretboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: Abalone Fleur-de-Lys
  • Finish Type: Nitrocellulose
  • Finish Options: Vintage Sunburst
  • Tuning Machines: Grover open-geared butterbean
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Truss Rod: Compression
  • Frets: 19
  • Binding: Ivory
  • Bridge: Compensated Ebony
  • Upper Bout: 11-1/2"
  • Lower Bout: 16"
  • Nut, Width: Bone, 1-3/4"
  • Depth: 3-3/4"
  • Body Length: 20-1/4"
  • Total Length: 40-1/2"
  • Pickup: Kent Armstrong Humbucking
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The LoarLH-650 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar

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Nope. Not this time



    • Not Consistent
    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about The Loar LH-650 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar:

      Dear fellow musicians -at this price, stick to CNC made pieces -that way they will be playable...in a practical way. The original L-5 that this is based on would not have sacrificed 25% of the chamber air volume for a cut-away that is inaccessible for only an extra 4 frets. (that are not accessible anyway!)

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      New Old School Archtop

      Comments about The Loar LH-650 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar:

      Let me finish by saying what this guitar is not. It is not a Wes Montgomery-George Benson style smokey jazz box like a Gibson L-5 or the dual humbucker Ibanez Artcores with laminate tops. It's not that sound at all. This guitar's basic tone originates from the acoustic/electric realm - with more emphasis on the acoustic than the electric. Once you plug into an amp the tones do become more complex in a pleasing way, probably due to the violin style spruce top. That spruce top is what gives this guitar a unique tone flavor unlike anything else I have owned or tried. For me, it fills a niche - that being fingerstyle chord melody. The slightly wider neck and its acoustic/electric tones are perfect for this style - pristine, complex, and sweet. It is more prone to feedback due to that top though, so volume levels must be low to moderate. Make sure that you listen to a spruce top/floating humbucker archtop to see if that sound is right for you. This Loar cannot cover nearly as many bases as say a good Gretsch, but for certain fingerstyle chord melody work, or traditional archtop style rhythms, I like this guitar best.
      This guitar originates more in the acoustic realm than electric, therefore it is very basic and simple. There is a volume control, a floating humbucker, and a jack. There is no tone control and that is probably good - the full range of frequencies is allowed to go through. This guitar's features are its woods rather than its electronics. The solid carved spruce top, the flamed maple back and sides, and the ebony fretboard and bridge, the wider neck, as well as the old school nitrocellulose lacquer finish are the distinguishing features.
      The quality is very good - no flaws in fit, finish, or function. Mine arrived adequately set up, but a pro set up improved playability and feel greatly and was essential for the guitar to reach its full potential.
      Hand carved spruce tops with floating humbucker pickups are expensive and they have unique sound qualities that are different from any other guitar so if that sound is what you are looking for then yes, this guitar is most likely the lowest price you will find for such features and woods and still get decent workmanship.

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      Very nice

      By jeff darden

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      Comments about The Loar LH-650 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar:

      After some serious work on the bridge.it plays like a dream...will keep it forever
      Perfect the Kent Armstrong pickup sounds beautiful
      First rate
      Best value on a jazz guitar..I have owned many and this far and away the best...you name them I have owned them..Gibson, Ibanez, Gretsch and more...bang for the buck stops HERE!!!!

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