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The Loar LH-200 Small Body Acoustic Guitar Sunburst 

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Overview

  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
Description & Specs
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    $667.99
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  • Your Price:
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The Loar

Classic pre-war body style, outstanding features, and a strong, full tone.

Inspired by the incredible craftsmanship and design of the Golden Age, The Loar LH-200 is an acoustic guitar with a classic pre-war body style, outstanding features, and a strong, full tone. From the vintage sunburst finish to the open gear butterbean tuners, the LH-200 is modeled after small-bodied flat top acoustic guitars from the 1930's.

The guitar features a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a mahogany neck, ivory-colored body binding and a rosewood fretboard.

This model also features a bound peghead with a delicate fern inlay in abalone and M.O.P. by veteran designer Greg Rich. Following early 20th century bracing patterns, the LH-200 has an incredibly lightweight body that delivers outstanding projection.

The LH-200's smaller body size is great for songwriters and touring musicians who want a great sounding acoustic guitar to take to the stage. The guitar's beautiful looks and vintage features are appealing for all playing styles. Case sold separately.

Features

  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: Abalone/M.O.P.
  • Finish Type: Natural Gloss
  • Finish Options: Vintage Sunburst
  • Tuning Machines: Butterbean, Open
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Truss Rod: Fully Adjustable
  • Frets: 19
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Upper Bout: 10.75"
  • Lower Bout: 14.75"
  • Nut, Width: Bone, 1-11/16"
  • Depth: 4.25"
  • Body Length: 20.25"
  • Total Length: 41.25"
  • Case sold separately

Enjoy great sound, beautiful looks, and vintage features. Order today.

 
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The LoarLH-200 Small Body Acoustic Guitar
 
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5.0

The Loar LH-200-FE3 acoustic / electric - EXCEPTIONAL VALUE

By Brannon Hancock

from Dayton, OH

Comments about The Loar LH-200 Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

Typically I would be very cautious about buying an acoustic guitar without having it in my hands first, being able to hear it and play it and choose it based on those "real life" characteristics - not just features, stock photos and price. But in this case, I have not been able to find anyone in my area who sells these things. I've read such great reviews online that I really wanted to try one. I decided to take my chances. I am so glad that I did. I can't imagine having found a better and cooler instrument for the price, or even for twice the price.

I really can't speak highly enough of the guitar I received. If you order one, I hope your experience is consistent with mine. I'm always a bit annoyed by reviews of entry-level instruments that say things like, "I didn't give it a higher rating because, well, it's not as good as my $2500 Taylor/Martin/Breedlove/etc." Evaluating a $400 guitar by comparing it to $2-3k instruments isn't very helpful. In just the past few days I've played some amazing small-bodied Gibsons (e.g. the Keb' Mo' and Robert Johnson signature models), the kinds that The Loar is patterned after, and while they cost exponentially more than this instrument, it's hard to see where that value is going in terms of tone and playability, other than of course the Gibson name and the fact that those guitars are lovingly crafted in the good ol' USA.

Given the choice, of course I'd take the $3k Keb' Mo' ... but not because it's a 9-10x better instrument - it might be 2-3x a better instrument - it's only 9-10x more expensive. See what I mean? The Loar plays and feels great, intonation is great, sound is great. Just great, great, great. If you're thinking about buying one of these: DO IT. Seriously. You can thank me later.
The Grover butterbean tuners are awesome - the same ones that are on my Breedlove, in fact - a really nice feature for a guitar at this price point. The abalone headstock inlays are lovely, and the neck, body and headstock binding are really nice too. Neck feels great - very comfortable, nice string spacing. Mine required no adjustment out of the box. Bone nut and compensated bone saddle (again, who gets features like this on a $400 guitar?!) are fine and well-fit. I pulled the factory D'addario strings at the bridge so I could install the battery for the pickup, intending to just put them back on and tune it up, but the G-string broke when I tightened it back up, so I just went ahead and restrung it with Martin .12s.

The Fishman Sonitone EQ pickup sounds just like a UST pickup ought to - no complaints at all. I love the soundhole-mounted controls (vol / tone) that don't require a preamp to be cut into the side of the guitar - very simple and effective. The battery is housed in a little bag velcro'd just above the neck heel inside the upper bout. It seems like a great little system, and for only adding about $60 to price of the guitar, it's totally worth it if you want to plug in and don't object to an undersaddle piezo pickup.
I am completely floored by the quality - the tone, construction, feel / playability, appearance, everything - of this Loar LH-200 acoustic-electric, especially considering the price. Right out of the box, I could tell I'd chosen wisely. My main acoustic guitars are a Larrivee and a Breedlove, and I've owned plenty of others (e.g. Guild, Epiphone, Yamaha), so I'm not only comparing this to other entry level-guitars. My late-90s Epiphone AJ-28 is comparable price-wise to The Loar, and I have to say, The Loar wins by a long-shot.

The finish isn't perfect, but who really expects a Chinese made guitar at this price range to be flawless? It actually looks REALLY good. You have to scrutinize it pretty hard to find any imperfections, but there's a little bit of glue squeeze-out on the soundhole side of the bridge, and a bit of haziness in the sunburst when viewed at certain angles. But overall, really lovely. Classy.
As the title of my review states, *exceptional* value for the money. My Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500M is a slightly more expensive guitar (all solid woods, no electronics), and while the tone of the Masterbilt probably wins in a blind test, out of the box, The Loar was far better in terms of set-up and finish. The fit and finish of the nut and saddle were FAR better on The Loar. My Masterbilt needed a good $50 worth of luthier-lovin' to get it playing well (generally poor fret work and nut was poorly cut and set). Don't get me wrong: both The Loar and the Epiphone Masterbilt are great values at their respective price points, but I was more initially impressed with The Loar. (My first impression of the Masterbilt was disappointment until I had it worked on.) I'm very pleased with both, however. I'm afraid these two guitars have created a bit of an addiction for inexpensive asian-made guitars...

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The Loar LH-200

By Charlie Shuck

from florida

Comments about The Loar LH-200 Small Body Acoustic Guitar:

i got my The Loar LH-200 about two weeks ago, it was already strung with d'addario strings. i tuned it, and have hardly put it down since. the action is amazing! the finish is beautiful! and it sounds great! i have already written 3 songs on it. the fishman pickup sounds wonderful. my best friend got the archtop, and the two guitars compliment eachother very well, it's the sound him and i have been looking for since we were in high school. i highly recommend this guitar to any level player. i play folk/rock 'n' roll, and the sound is perfect for both.

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