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The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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The Loar's hand-carved, nitrocellulose-finished LH-700 archtop acoustic guitar is a product of extensive historic research. The all-solid body is fin...Click To Read More About This Product

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Hand-carved select tonewoods for the professional jazz guitarist.

The Loar's hand-carved, nitrocellulose-finished LH-700 archtop acoustic guitar is a product of extensive historic research. The all-solid body is finished with nitrocellulose lacquer to reflect the classic jazz sounds of Golden Age instruments. With the use of traditional building techniques like classic parallel bracing, the hand-carved Loar LH-700 is a singular achievement. Its excellent projection and quick decay make it the professional choice for jazz soloing or accompaniment.

The Loar LH-700 archtop guitar is assembled with an AAA solid hand-carved spruce top and AAA flamed 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 archtop is finished with a meticulously inlaid flowerpot headstock design and a hand-buffed nitrocellulose lacquer tobacco sunburst finish to stay true to classic design and style. Includes case.

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The LH-700 acoustic guitar will be built in very limited quantities so don't wait long! Order yours today!

Top: Solid Hand-Carved, Hand-Graduated AAA Spruce
Back & Sides Solid Hand-Carved AAA Flamed Maple Back and Flamed Maple sides
Neck: 1 piece mahogany, vintage V profile, MOP inlay markers
Fretboard: Bound Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Abalone Flowerpot
Finish Type: Hand-Buffed Nitrocellulose Lacquer Tobacco
Finish Options: Vintage Sunburst
Tuning Machines: Open-Geared Gotoh
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Truss Rod: Compression
Frets: 19
Binding: Ivory
Bridge: Compensated Adjustable 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"

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The LoarLH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Looks Great, Sounds Great, Plays Even Better!

By Swing_Lowe84

from Louisville

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Comments about The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

These guitars have everything I could ask for in an acoustic archtop: window-busting volume; spectacular appearance; near-perfect intonation (odd for a wooden bridge, eh?); holds tune great; comfortable as can be; buttery playability; top-quality materials; lifetime warranty.I've owned (and/or tried out) lots of acoustic archtops. I own two from the 1940s. Not one has the 30s jazz-sound that this one has. If you're a light strummer, buy something else. Or learn how to make an archtop project. It takes a heavy pick and a practiced wrist/arm/hand. Not like playing a Les Paul or a D-28. It takes proper technique and practice. The Loar's trebles are *piercing*. People in a close room say, "Ouch!" when the notes get high and clear. I own 14 other guitars, but this one is my main instrument. I can't get enough! I recommend D'Addario "Flattops" strings. Put 'em on and enjoy, enjoy. It's a keeper!

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Looks great, sounds ok, plays fine

By OnHawaiianTime

from Undisclosed

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Comments about The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

These are nice guitars for the money. It looks a lot like a vintage L-5, but sounds more similar to an Eastman. I own a 1932 Gibson L-5, and have owned a recent Gibson Historic 1934 L-5 reissue and an Eastman, among others. While these really nail the look and play and sound fine, mine LH-700 really doesn't have the rich high end of the original. Instead, it has a much more pronounced low-middle end that sounds louder and warmer than the Gibsons, but without the same twangy bite. Still sounds nice, and at a fraction of the cost it should come in handy. The materials are nice, but not perfect. The finish is ok, the nitro is a bit on the thick side for an acoustic guitar but is still pretty good. The maple on the back and neck is ok, but nothing too spectacular. The v-neck is comfortable. It has a similar shape but much thinner than that on a vintage L-5. Bridge and nut are nicely fit and finished. Mine came ready to play right out of the box after a change of strings. I hope that the wood breaks in to get a little more high end and lose a bit of the muddiness, but even if it doesn't, this is a very playable and nice sounding guitar for everyday use. I play mostly pre-WWII jazz. This guitar is great for someone into acoustic jazz who wants a no-nonsense player that will give you an approximation of good acoustic jazz tone for an affordable price. I bought it as a guitar for bringing to jam sessions that will do the job where I don't want to worry about some investment-grade guitar getting dinged up. I recommend it for the same.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Authentic 1930's sound w/ modern features & price

By polishbroadcast

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

I have played / owned many vintage & modern custom archtops from big old names, & big new name luthiers, with big prices. The Loar is one of the best acoustic archtops i have ever played, regardless of place of origin or age. It has a resonance and woody detail rivaled only by vintage instruments costing thousands ... and I've owned a few. Good: The 1.75" nut is roomy; beautiful ebony fretboard; Grover sta-tites (18:1); impeccable sunburst / lacquer finish; beefy v-neck comfortable all the way up past the 12th fret; perfect factory setup; light and resonant; incredible sound (can't say this enough);Bad: rough-cut f-holes w/ bad finish edge in one spot; unfinished under fingerboard extension (same as Gibson);I played my Loar for 2 hours after receiving. It is the best sounding and playing guitar I've owned. It's got that hollow, woody sound only a high-end archtop can deliver. The cosmetic nitpicks have no bearing on how good this guitar plays and sounds.

(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


Bad Neck Angle on LH-700

By H Kallman

from Washington State

Comments about The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

As mentioned in other parts of this review it was difficult to get beyond the poor quality control that allowed a (not so cheap) guitar get out of the factory with a neck that would have needed an immediate reset. I know The Loar can do better because I have another The Loar that has a perfect neck (but doesn't sound as good as this one).Actually sounded quite nice although as noted under "quality" the neck was way off. Seems to be a decent reproduction of a vintage jazz guitar.I have another "The Loar"--the LH-400--and it is not bad. I also have a vintage L5. I really looked forward to receiving the LH-700 but when I did the action was unusually high. I brought it into one of the better luthiers in the Seattle area and he told me the neck angle was way off, among other problems, and I should return it, which I did. If I kept it I was looking at hundreds of dollars of repair costs (or shipping costs--apparently in both directions--if I wanted to invoke the warranty).

From what I gather (and have experienced) there is a great deal of variability in the quality control applied to "the Loars" as well as its cousin brand, Recording King. With regard to the latter, I have purchased approximately six Recording King guitars online, and had to return two owing to neck angle problems. It is too bad they have inconsistent quality control, because when their guitars are good, they are really good,
If the guitarI received wasn't defective, it would likely be a good value.

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Poor Quality

By player

from Houston, Texas

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  • All Solid Wood


  • Flat Sound
  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

I've read great reviews on the LH-700, but what I received had numerous construction and finish flaws. I was also very disappointed with the lack of projection with single note and rhythm playing.
This was not up to today's construction standards even for a low priced guitar.
I own a LH-350 that is very well made that plays and sounds great, but this (LH-700) was a total lemon.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Hard to beat at this price range.

By Michael B

from Northern NY State

Comments about The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

My decision in guitar purchase was between this and a 1954 Gibson L50 archtop, and I've been pretty happy with the decision. For one, I have an extra couple thousand rattling around the bank account. But I've also been delighted with the sound quality and playability. I've had it about 5 months now, and the tone has really "opened up". It's a very lively sound, rich and clear. Even without amplification, it projects tremendously. Spending the extra 300 for the LH 700 instead of the LH 600 seems to have been worth it. The case alone is worth something, and the wood is beautiful.

It's been surprisingly versatile for me. I've taken it along for country and folk gigs, and it's really done me well. I'm hardly what you would call a brilliant guitarist, but it's making me sound better than I am.

There's a comment somewhere in this list where someone complains about a bad neck angle and returning the guitar to save repair costs. I'm a bit confused by that, as mine came with a lifetime warranty from Loar that covers that sort of thing. I called the local shop where I bought it, and they said that in those cases, Loar will usually just send a new guitar along as a replacement. My initial action was a little high, but the store attendant fixed that within a few minutes the first time I looked at the guitar.
One thing I really love is the V-neck on this. Both the wood and the finish are really spectacular. Check it out in person.
I was hesitant to drop this much on a Chinese-made guitar, but this has been well worth the expense.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


The Loar LH-700

By You name 'em and I'll maim 'em.

from Toledo, Ohio

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Comments about The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

Overall this guitar cannot be beat. I have played Gibsons costing thousands more and am entirely pleased with this effort from China. Craftsmanship is superb! Action will need tweaking but that is not a flaw of the instrument. The case is also crafted beautifully. If you love the archtop sound for rhythm...this is a sure bet!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


I love my Loar

By James5v

from Louisiana

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


  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

I guess I am lucky since my guitar had no QC problems when I purchased it. I have both a 650 and a 700 and enjoy both guitars. I have played them a lot and find them very fun to play.

I also have a Loar Mandolin and did have some QC issues with it. I returned two before I got one that was okay. Since I have had both guitars for several years I do not know about current QC issues.

I can only say I have really enjoyed my guitars and would not consider selling them.

(3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Far Too Variable

By Bixlives!

from NYC

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Comments about The Loar LH-700 Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

They do not seem to be using CNC building equipment, but are hand building them. This SOUNDS good, however, the builders are NOT luthiers!

Oddly, the top was carved OK and the wood was even fair. but the frets were poorly installed, cheap frets, (i.e. no way to make them right).

The neck fit nice, but I like larger necks.

Still, if the frets are not pressed in right , worse they are not good frets (German silver -a mix of steel and nickel), then you aint playing that gig.

The worst part was the bridge/saddle. Sure, you can get a decent one at Stew mac...but it won't fit this guitar!

The floating bridge/saddle was like a tinker toy and the string height from the arch-top was too low from the insufficient neck angle. hence, you are stuck with their bridge, unless YOU want to build one. The worst part about the bridge was the hardware. The thumb screws did not fit the screw threads and only held up the saddle because of happenstance -crooked thumb screws (can you imagine?!) Such a cheap thing to get right! The thumb screws were smaller than a dime and thinner. Again, the string height from the neck is too low to the arch-top. I.e. the neck angle is severely insufficient. Bad news.

No proficient Jazz player could possibly play one of these. If a Loar guitar did escape in playable condition, it is because of a fluke or a single worker who knew what he was doing.

Their bridge hardware, is awfully strange and indicative of their over-all problems. One thumb screw was thicker than the other! They looked hand made by a child. Screws are supposed to threaded by a machine. You cannot manually create threads!

CNC is a GOOD thing! I like a guitar that plays in tune. All tap-tuning ends up being; "—where should I place this brace?" ALL wood in unique and after playing hundreds of "tap-tuned' guitars, it is my impression that the WOOD that makes each guitar unique. Ken Parker is the only Jazz builder I know with truly new and good ideas.

As for CNC...I LOVE IT! I dig an ax that intonates well and plays IN TUNE. I like that strings do not buzz.

Loar? Tis a pity. A huge waste of tone wood in an era of disappearing tone wood. People who buy Loars are not players, they are wanna-be Gibson owners. New Gibsons are obscenely over-priced. There is NO magic to any make of guitar.

You cannot buy a guitar without playing it for at least 20 -30 minutes. Web buying took 3 months of my time until I finally hit several famous shops and bought an ax.

For solid body guitars, & even flat-tops, it is much easier. Arch-top jazz boxes are not marketable this way.

I have a disability and injured myself getting my guitar, but there was no other way!

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