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The Loar LH-650 Archtop Cutaway Hollowbody Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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The Loar's nitrocellulose-finished LH-650 cutaway acoustic-electric guitar offers an excellent option for traditional jazz guitarists who want to mak...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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FEATURES
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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
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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  • Practicing (3)
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(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New Old School Archtop

By PartialtoMarshall

from New Mexico

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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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice

By jeff darden

from Undisclosed

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!!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good idea . . .but

By JazzCoach

from Gainesville, GA

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Pros

  • Fair Price

Cons

  • Not Consistent
  • Poor Construction
  • Poor quality

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • School Bands

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

I have been playing guitar for almost fifty years and was looking for an instrument with a retro sound that was affordable and well made. I chose The Loar based on comments and reviews - I should have know better. I was disappointed the moment I took it our of the box because I was expecting a much higher quality instrument. The finish was acceptable, but there was some serrous fit issues, such as the mounting of the pickup, that left much to be desired. Also, the neck needed significant work in order to make it playable.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Nope. Not this time

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    Cons

    • 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!)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Jazz/Blues Box

      By bluesboy33

      from Fayetteville, AR

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Tone Knob

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

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

      Great jazz and blues box here, Sounds outstanding. Only complaints are that the pickup doesn't really "pickup" that great, perfect for jazz though, and that theres no tone knob, which is easy to add either way.

       
      5.0

      Cool Jazz Box, Great Price

      By Djano Mango

      from Hawaii

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        This guitar has n excellent acoustic tone due to all Solid Carved Woods. The only way to make a guitar like this these days is to have it made where labor is very cheap and so the Loar LH 650 is me a in China , Mission Accomplished. The person who started The Loar guitar company apparently has and has studied the original Gibson diagrams of classic archtops. He did his homework. You would have to pay at least 3K or more for a hand Crved guitar by some Luthier these days or the same amount for a beat up Vintage guitar form the 1930s-1950s.
        The stock pickup is also good, very clean and warm Jazz tone and best of all individual adjustable pole pieces to adjust each string to your output liking.
        I looked at some Old Epiphones f eom the 1950s tbat ranged for 3K to 4K and I took a chance on a Used one of the Loar instead and am glad I did . For about 1/4 of the price I got the same vibe in tone and relatively new, did not have to inherit someone else's 60+ years of fret and body wear.
        Very Cool guitar for Jazz and also for fingerpicking and folk.
        I really like singing with this guitar because the minimal harmonics and overtones, strong fundamental and quick decay doesn't interfere with the voice like a typical lively flat top guitar does.
        One of my favorite guitars these days.

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