The Loar Design Workshop is proud to announce the addition of three new products to the successful Loar archtop line of guitars. The highly sought after LH-650 is now being made available in a black nitrocellulose lacquer finish. The Loar is also releasing solid-top versions of both the best-selling LH-600 archtop and the LH-650 archtop cutaway with pickup, giving players more great-sounding options than ever.
Modeled after American designs from the early 20th century, The Loar's archtop guitars are hand-assembled from carefully selected woods. Even the solid-top versions receive the same attention-to-detail and care in assembly as their all-solid counterparts. For archtop players who want instruments that offer more value than anything else on the market, the new Loar guitars are worthy of careful examination.
The Loar's Archtop Cutaway in black (LH-650-BK) is an excellent option for traditional jazz guitarists who want to make the classic archtop sound heard clearly for ensemble playing. This all-solid guitar features a top that is hand- graduated spruce, and the back and sides are hand-carved from solid maple. The hand-rubbed black nitrocellulose finish gives it a slick understated look, the perfect companion for some suave jazzbox-style 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-BK stylishly perfect for either soloing or accompaniment.
The solid-top versions (LH-300, LH-350) give players affordable access to the classic archtop sound, but without the sacrifice required to get a true vintage model. Made to the same specs as the LH-600 and 650, with the same hand-carved spruce top, we've kept the price low by building them with laminated maple back and sides. The mahogany neck with vintage V-profile is capped with a bound rosewood fretboard. The compensated ebony bridge keeps these guitars perfectly intonated, while the Gotoh open-geared tuners keep them in perfect tune. The hand-rubbed vintage sunburst body is finished with an extra-thin coat of polyurethane, yet another way to keep the cost down, but keep the value high.
The LH-650-BK comes standard with a Loar logo-embroidered featherweight case and has a MAP of $1087.49. The LH-300 and LH-350 have MAPs of $674.99 and $749.99, respectively. All Loar guitars have our industry-leading limited lifetime warranty.
Available March 2010
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