The Loar LM-110 Honey Creek SBB

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Mandolin

  • Construction: A-Style
  • The hand-carved top offers an authentic sound of the 1920s with enough resonance to prevail in today's ensemble playing as well
  • Top: Solid spruce
  • Back and sides: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Padauk
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Ivoroid binding
  • Neck profile: Thin “V"
  • Scale length: 353 mm (13.906")
  • Nut width: 28.6 mm (1.13")
  • Bone nut
  • 20 Frets
  • Adjustable ebony bridge
  • Nickle-plated machine heads with pearl buttons
  • Colour: Satin Brownburst
Available since March 2018
Item number 435130
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Shape A-Style
Colour Sunburst
Body Maple
Top Spruce
Neck Maple
Pickup System No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Scale 349
$244
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Good tone for the price
lindoman 10.10.2023
I was new to playing the mandolin when I purchased this item, so this review is after having done a lot of practice, and I have played other mandolins in order to compare (including an Eastman oval hole, and a professional luthier hand made instrument).

The tone is really good for an instrument in this price range, although I did swap out the stock strings for some flat-wounds, which worked well for me. This took a little of the brightness off, but it left a lovely rich quality to the tone of mandolin, which has a pleasing solidity and warmth to it, and there was still that typical mandolin "sweetness" to the upper end. As might be expected in this price range, the weakest string is the lowest G string, but otherwise, the tone is pretty even.

The finish is adequate - no major issues, and the matt texture of the finish "probably" contributes to the sound and feel of playing in a good way. I found that I had to very gently file a sharp corner off the "nut" on the e-string side because I kept catching my index finger on it.

The tuning pegs are "ok" - not the easiest to fine tune, but they do hold pitch well.

In terms of out of the box setup, the bridge was really not positioned correctly, so you may need to be ready to do a little re-positioning in order for the upper notes to play in tune. Maybe I was unlucky... but this is easily fixed. The adjustable height on the bridge itself means you can get a half decent setup with little effort.
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fair to middling instrument
Polycarp 27.08.2023
I've had the instrument for three weeks now. I don't think the mandolin is worth the money, but I'm a child of the 1940's so I think everything is too expensive these days! The strings on it sounded awful, so I replaced them with D'Addario EJ74's. The action was too high, so I've adjusted that, the intonation was ok. It now sounds like a reasonable instrument!
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Passt schon - gut
Floyd P. der II 11.03.2021
Bin überwiegend Heimanwender und wollte einfach mal einen Vergleich zur sehr günstigen F-Style von HB - man merkt den Unterschied. Ich hab die Seiten nicht maximal tief eingestellt und hatte mit den mitgelieferten Saiten etwas Problem mit einem Scheppern, wobei die Saiten nicht schlecht sind. Jetzt hab ich dieselben Flatwound von DAddario wie auf der HB drauf und bin zufrieden. Lauter als die HB, klarer vom Klang, durch die Saitenwahl aber vor Allem bei den G-Saiten deutlich dumpfer als vorher. Verarbeitung ohne jede Beanstandung, auch die f-Löcher sind innen sauber, ohne Spreisel. Mechaniken sind gut handlebar und halten. Bundenden wurden "entschärft". Ich finde die Loar optisch sehr gelungen, besonders durch das matte Finish. Als sehr zufriedener Besitzer zweier "Billig-Manolinen" frag ich mich nur, was mich erwarten würde, wenn ich mal ein 3000-6000,- € Instrument in die Hand nehmen würde... was geht da?
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Très Bien!
Camille_anne 11.02.2021
Je rêvais d'avoir une mandoline, pratiquant le violon et la guitare, je trouvais que c'était un chouette mélange.La mandoline est très jolie, belle finition. Je ne suis pas experte mais le sons et bien bien pour débuter. Ne pas oublier d'acheter une sangle et le bon médiator.
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