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The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin Vintage Brown

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Product Price $299.99
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Authentic mandolin "chop" is recognizable from the first strum, and can only be found in an instrument with a true, hand-carved spruce top. The Loar ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Beautifully crafted F-style with plenty of projection.

Authentic mandolin "chop" is recognizable from the first strum, and can only be found in an instrument with a true, hand-carved spruce top. The Loar hand-carved the tops of the LM-310F to provide that real 1920's sound, but with enough vibration to still cut through in today's ensemble playing.

The thin "V" profile of the maple neck fits comfortably in the player's hand and our removal of the fretboard extension beyond the 20th fret allows for easy strumming without getting hung up on the extended upper frets.

Combine the graceful curves of an authentic F-style body and D'Addario strings, and you've got an instrument that not only sounds great out of the box but will be handed down to the next generation when the time comes.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Top:	Hand-Carved Solid Spruce
Back & Sides: Maple
Neck: Maple
Fretboard: Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: None
Finish Type: Satin Brownburst
Scale Length: 13-29/32 in.
Truss Rod: Two-way adjustable
Frets: 20
Binding: Ivoroid
Bridge: Ebony, adjustable
Upper Bout: 6-3/4 in.
Lower Bout: 10 in.
Nut, Width: Bone, 1-1/8 in.
Depth: 2-1/2 in.
Body Length: 12-3/4 in.
Total Length: 27-1/4 in.
Pickup: n/a
Other Features: n/a
Color Options: Brownburst

Order this lovely Loar today. And then work on your chops.

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The LoarLM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best mandolin deal on the market today

I own a 1974 for Gibson F5 and 2002 F9 and bought this one specifically to take to work with me and leave in my car so I can practice on breaks and lunch...Read complete review

I own a 1974 for Gibson F5 and 2002 F9 and bought this one specifically to take to work with me and leave in my car so I can practice on breaks and lunch hour, I can honestly tell you this one sounds just as good and feels just as good, it's not a Gibson and will it stand the test of time who knows but for sure I would have to say this is the best mandolin buy on the market today,

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good begginer Mandolin

Since quality "F" style mandolins can be very expensive, what should you expect at this price? After doing some research, I bought this model using a 20% discount expecting that it...Read complete review

Since quality "F" style mandolins can be very expensive, what should you expect at this price? After doing some research, I bought this model using a 20% discount expecting that it might need a set-up. I took it to a well known mandolin maker who did the following:

Removed and shimmed nut, reinstalled and corrected nut slots.
Correct bridge slots and compensation
Oil tuners, tighten screws
Inspected interior, everything looked ok.
Replaced strings, set action at 12 fret to 0.050
Adjusted truss rod.

When I picked it up he commented that the G and D strings buzzed because the neck slot was cut too low.
Needed to file back the bridge to adjust intonation.
Neck was very straight and needed relief.
He also said the fret job was very good and noted that the tuners were good quality.
He felt the top was on the thick side and braces were a little too heavy.

So with the discount and the cost of the set-up and new strings I was back a little over the original price for a nice playable beginning mandolin.

PS bought the Road Runner gig bag which fits perfectly.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tremendous value, tone and playability

By rfd

from NJ

Pros

  • carved spruce top

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

      in terms of **playability, as with all mandolins coming from a big box store, it WILL need a good setup and new set of strings. add in the MF hardshell "F" case and yer good to go. the carved spruce top will take a bit of time to "open up" and gain a bit more volume, resonance and smooth treble tone. bottom line is that as a first mandolin, this is one to get. it will offer tone and playability with lowered string action (get the setup!). if mandolin is an instrument for you to pursue, this one will become a good back or one to electrify for gigging while you up the ante for another mando at 5 to 10 times this one's price tag.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for the price !

      By Mandoman

      from P-burg,Ky

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Well worth the money

      Cons

      • Block under bridge ,paint looked slopped on

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Church
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

      I bought this mandolin to play at church and I haven't found much that I don't like about it besides the small block of wood at the end of the neck looks like they overdid the paint but you have to be really looking it over to see it ... Other than that the tone and playability was great ! People had me scared it was going to need a setup but the action was great straight from musiciansfriend ... I did however replace the original nut with a graph tech nut but I do that on all my instruments . But love the Loar mandolin, my daughter has the A model Loar and I noticed how much more tone it had than my Alvarez mandolin , and the 310f did not disappoint !

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good begginer Mandolin

      By Ed K

      from North Attleboro, MA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good basic instrument

      Cons

      • Probably needs a set-up to put into good working

      Best Uses

      • Beginners Model

      Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

      Since quality "F" style mandolins can be very expensive, what should you expect at this price? After doing some research, I bought this model using a 20% discount expecting that it might need a set-up. I took it to a well known mandolin maker who did the following:

      Removed and shimmed nut, reinstalled and corrected nut slots.
      Correct bridge slots and compensation
      Oil tuners, tighten screws
      Inspected interior, everything looked ok.
      Replaced strings, set action at 12 fret to 0.050
      Adjusted truss rod.

      When I picked it up he commented that the G and D strings buzzed because the neck slot was cut too low.
      Needed to file back the bridge to adjust intonation.
      Neck was very straight and needed relief.
      He also said the fret job was very good and noted that the tuners were good quality.
      He felt the top was on the thick side and braces were a little too heavy.

      So with the discount and the cost of the set-up and new strings I was back a little over the original price for a nice playable beginning mandolin.

      PS bought the Road Runner gig bag which fits perfectly.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best mandolin deal on the market today

      By J P

      from Kansas City Missouri

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

        I own a 1974 for Gibson F5 and 2002 F9 and bought this one specifically to take to work with me and leave in my car so I can practice on breaks and lunch hour, I can honestly tell you this one sounds just as good and feels just as good, it's not a Gibson and will it stand the test of time who knows but for sure I would have to say this is the best mandolin buy on the market today,

         
        4.0

        I would buy this oroduct again.

        By Banjo Dave

        from Illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

          This is a nice lower priced instrument with a number of features found only in more expensive ones. I am not a professional musician, but I have played in bluegrass bands over the years. My main instruments are banjo and guitar, but I wanted a mandolin for playing in jam sessions. The action is high out of the box, and will require some set-up.

           
          5.0

          I would buy again

          By Ed

          from Gouverneur NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts

            Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

            Using this mandolin in a bluegrass gospel group. I was surprised when it arrived. I didn't have to set it up other than lowering the bridge.It is well worth the money.My main instrument is a D-28 Martin Guitar so I am not easily impressed by cheaper instruments but as I said this mandolin is a good buy!

             
            5.0

            Great sounding mandolin that is easy to play

            By 12 stringer

            from North Dakota

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Great Playability
            • Strong

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

            Fantastic instrument. very little adjustment to play right out of the box. Holds tone and pitch all the way on the neck. Stays in tune. Plays and sounds like a higher priced instrument. Maybe a better quality set of strings will go on it next. Really like this mandolin.

             
            5.0

            Quality Mandolin

            By Dirk Diggler

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

              Not bad for the price, stays in tune well.

               
              5.0

              Loar makes a great mandolin.

              By Bruno

              from Madden Mississippi

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

                  The Loar line of mandolin will not disappoint you, no matter which one you purchase.

                   
                  5.0

                  Love this product

                  By AJ

                  from Asheville NC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

                    For practice and learning. I really like it and a very good mandolin player said it was an excellent buy.

                     
                    4.0

                    Happy with this mandolin

                    By Rider007

                    from Steubenville ohio

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about The Loar LM-310F Hand-Carved F-Style Mandolin:

                      For what I payed I got my money's worth. Easy to play.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Very good and on time

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