Loar is a brand dedicated to the production of acoustic and acoustic electric models fashioned after the legendary models of of 1920s and 1930s. The Small Body Series is centered around models with smaller body sizes, but full length scales. The LO-16 comes in natural and black gloss color options and has a non-cutaway body made of spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The bridge on this model is made of rosewood and has white pins. The neck on LO-16 is made of mahogany and features a v contour and a dovetail joint positioned at the 14th fret. The fingerboard is made of ebony and has 19 frets, white dot inlays and 1.6875" wide bone string nut. The MSRP for the Loar LO-16 is set at $329.99.
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I agree that The Loar LO-16 is a vintage style flat top with the style and appointments that make it worth owning at the modest entry price. I love the aesthetics as well as the intent of the designers! It has a well balanced string to string projection that is pretty loud for it's size. It's not too sophisticated in the area of harmonic content, but it responds well when you dig in and can get as loud as my Martin dreadnought. The fret board is wide and flat making it easy for my fat fingers to get around on. I like it. It has personality in the looks and sound departments. However mine falls down in the quality control/factory setup category on two issues. The fret edges are sharp, and the plastic bridge pins do not want to hold the strings in place. Not deal breaking issues for me since I acquired mine for a super cheap price, perhaps because of the previous owners dissatisfaction. The low price makes it easy for me to justify an in-depth visit at Mr. Luthier for some set up time. I would say either get it super cheap if you can and deal with the issues, or definitely play before you buy if paying full price. Also no hassle, postage paid return policies help in this department. I'll also say that I prefer guitars made in the USA. But I have or currently own, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Taiwanese, and yes Chinese instruments in my stable. All of the Asian instruments have needed set up and upgrades to bring them to a professional level, and it's to be expected in most of these cases.
The Loar LO-16 4.06 out of 5 based on 1 ratings
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