The Loar LH-700 is a hidden gem of sorts.
It’s an archtop guitar featuring a solid spruce top. It doesn’t have a round soundhole on the top. Instead, you’ll find two holes shaped like “Fs”, on opposite sides. The back and sides are flamed maple and the whole guitar is finished in dark tobacco staining. All of this gives the instrument a vintage look and feel.
This is a solely acoustic model, so there are no electronics to discuss. However, the hardware is both quality and appropriate for the style. The elaborately decorated headstock features six gold Grover Sta-Tite open-geared tuners, with a smooth 18:1 gear ratio and butterbean style tuning keys. There’s a compensated adjustable ebony bridge, with a floating, trapeze-style tailpiece, and a standard bone nut.
The solid woods are all excellent quality and resonate extremely well, leading to a guitar that will cut through any mix with a sparkly voice – perfect for playing with groups and vocalists.
The spruce leads to a mellow and balanced sound, but with plenty of brightness when needed, while the maple back and sides help project the tone clearly.
- Solid Hand-Carved Arched AAA Spruce Top;
- Solid Hand-Carved Arched Flamed Maple Back and Flamed Maple Sides;
- Figured Maple Neck with Vintage-Style Skunk Stripe;
- Bound Ebony Fretboard; Hand-Buffed Nitrocellulose Finish.