The Loar LH-700 VS

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Jazz Guitar

  • Design: Archtop
  • Solid spruce top
  • Back and sides: Maple
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • 19x Frets
  • Scale: 630 mm
  • Nut Width: 44.5 mm
  • Ebony bridge
  • Grover Vintage style tuners
  • Colour: Vintage sunburst
Available since March 2010
Item number 234561
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Maple
Top Spruce
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 19
Scale 630 mm
Pickup System None
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
$1,365
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Great guitar
Anonymous 27.02.2016
I have spent many hours checking reviews of The Loar guitars on the web (there are no dealers anywhere near where I live), and noticed there were people who have complained about the build quality of The Loar company's products and it was a concern. As I wanted an old style archtop and decided to buy the LH-700 and can only say any concerns I had were completely unfounded.
The quality is excellent, I have a Gibson ES-175, J-45 and several Les Paul's as well as many other decent guitars and can say the quality of this guitar is up there with the best - the finish is truly stunning. The neck is comfortable and the action was good out of the box - just tweaked it a bit and moved the bridge to get the intonation correct. The tuners are super smooth, and the guitar stays in tune perfectly.
The sound is loud and less bassy than a standard steel string acoustic guitar as these guitars were made to cut through a band.
I should add this is a thing of beauty the nitro cellulose paint is polished to perfection and the gold plated hardware looks great. The solid woods used are also gorgeous with subtle flame maple making up the back sides and neck with a spruce top.
This would be a great guitar at several thousand Euro (and if made in the USA would be) - but at this price it is an absolute bargain.
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Straight from history pages when True archtops guitars raigned supreme...
Anonymous 31.08.2016
A trully old school acoustic archtop guitar. Sound is just SUPERB, imo this baby can hold its own against any 4-5x times more expensive archtop acoustics in sound, depth, volume, projection and natural reverb (ofc to get that true sound fat bronze 80/20 acoustic strings are needed, probably at least 0,13 gauge, p.s. comes with 0.13 strings from the box).
Wood is a marvel to look at, playability, intonation, not a single flaw (thaugh needs adjustment, but that isn't all that hard with modern tuners), feels like a much, much more expensive guitar.
As far as visuals, there are some visual imperfections, that doesn't effect overall sound and playability.
This guitar is for a true archtop lover. Don't be afraid of bronze strings to die fast, I use Elixer nanoweb bronze strings and try to wash my hands before playing.
Thomann service was great, recieved guitar in 6 working days, securelly packed, no blemishes. GJ Thomann :).
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Vintage et Style
Patrick682 19.05.2011
Composants de Haute-qualité !Avec un changement de cordes .... Immédiatement une sonorité Jazzy , swing et tout le potentiel d'un instrument hors pair.
Les Bois sont Exceptionnels , le Son évolue avec le temps dans un univers vintage.
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Anonymous 13.04.2014
Eine vollmassive akustische 16 Zoll Atchtop mit Ebenholzgriffbrett für 698.- Euro... eigentlich unglaublich.
Nach Recherche im Netz mit vielen sehr enthusiastischen und wenigen, aber sehr negativen Berichten war ich ziemlich gespannt, was Thomann mir schicken wird.

Hier meine Bewertung:

Plus:
Verarbeitung Korpus, Hals, Headstock, Bindings und NC-Oberfläche ist makellos.
Sehr schöner Riegelahorn für Zargen und Boden.
Feinjährige AAA-Fichtendecke.
Sehr schöne sunburst Farbtöne.
Ebenholzbrücke ist perfekt an die Decke angepaßt.
Knochensattel (kein Plastik).
Die Grover Mechaniken arbeiten butterweich und sehr präzise.

Minus:
Griffbrett und Bundierung ist ab dem 12. Bund nicht richtig abgerichtet. Ab da nicht sauber spielbar.
Bundstabenden nicht gut verschliffen, teilweise scharfkantig.

Kleinere Verarbeitungsmängel (die mich persönlich gar nicht stören, sondern die Gitarre eher sympathisch unperfekt machen):
Schwarzer Längsstreifen Halsrückseite verläuft nicht genau mittig.
Abdeckung Halsstab aus neppernem Plastik sitzt etwas schief.
Halsverlängerung über der Decke sehr grob "geschnitzt", Decke darunter nicht lackiert.

Klang und Spielbarkeit:
mit den aufgespannten Daddario roundwound etwas dünner und scheppernder Klang.
Mit 12er Thomastik Flatwound ein Traum! Schöner "holziger" voller Ton und laut.
Das V-förmige Halsprofil ist gewöhnungsbedürftig. Ich mag es. Für kleinere Hände wahrscheinlich schwierig zu spielen.

Fazit:
tolles Instrument mit amtlichem akustischem Jazz-Ton.
Allerdings erst vernünftig spielbar, nachdem ein Gitarrenbauer die Griffbrett- und Bundprobleme beseitigt und die Gitarre perfekt für die Thomastik-Saiten eingestellt hat.
Nach den Berichten aus dem Netz hatte ich aber sowieso mit einem professionelen Setup gerechnet und das Potential der Gitarre nach dem Auspacken rechtfertigt diese Investition absolut.

Ach ja, der Koffer: funktioniert, aber schön häßlich.
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