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The Loar LM-220-VS Performer A-Style Mandolin

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  • Solid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Spruce Top
  • Solid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Maple Back, Solid Maple Sides
  • Maple Neck with Rounded "V" Profile
  • Bound Rosewood Fretboard
  • Compensated Adjustable Ebony Bridge
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Product Description

Mother-of-Pearl Headstock Inlay
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Bound Rosewood Fretboard
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Performer Series A-Style Mandolin

The hand-carved LM-220 A-model mandolin is our response to players' requests for a great-sounding, high-value mandolin with low key appointments. The LM-220 is carefully assembled in the same hand-carved workshop that gave birth to the LM-400 and 700, and has a similar hand-carved, fully graduated spruce top. The solid maple back is also hand-carved, and the solid maple sides complete the all-solid package.

Quality Construction

The maple neck has a comfortable rounded "V" profile to fit the hand perfectly. The compensated adjustable ebony bridge and high quality Grover tuning machines ensure that these mandolins have great intonation and stay in tune no matter how hard they are played. For players who prefer a more streamlined look, the LM-220 has a single layer of ivoroid binding.

Minimally Appointed

Perfect for players who want a high-quality, great-sounding hand-carved mandolin but don't need all of the bells and whistles, these minimally appointed instruments deliver the high-end tone, chop and projection mandolin players have come to expect from The Loar.

About The Loar

Inspired by the pioneering designs of the Golden Age, guitars and mandolins by The Loar combine expert craftsmanship and classic designs with upgraded features to appeal to today's players. From premium hand-carved tonewoods to original inlay detailing, each instrument is made for the best sound, playability and timeless beauty. The Loar pays homage to instruments from the 1920's and 30's, an age of outstanding craftsmanship and innovative design. We revive this tradition in order to bring you some of the best-sounding, most beautifully crafted instruments available today.

  • Top: Solid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Spruce
  • Back: Solid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Maple
  • Sides: Solid Maple
  • Neck: Maple with Rounded "V" Profile
  • Fretboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: Mother-of-Pearl "The Loar" Logo
  • Finish Type: Gloss
  • Finish Option: Vintage Sunburst
  • Tuning Machines: Grover with Pearloid Buttons
  • Scale Length: 13-29/32"
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-1/8"
  • Truss Rod: Two way Adjustable
  • Frets: 24
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Bridge: Compensated Adjustable Ebony
The Loar Mandolins

The Loar mandolins marry high-end hand-carved tonewoods to vintage-inspired designs. From exquisitely appointed to stripped-down but elegant, each has the tone and chop professional players expect from a world-class instrument.

The Loar A-Style Mandolins
Solid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Spruce Top
Solid Maple Back and Sides
Rosewood Fretboard
Compensated Adjustable Ebony Bridge
Headstock Inlay
Golden Age Tuning Machines
Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
Gloss Finish

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 9.9 x 1.6 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • Item model number: LM-220-VS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,781 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 7, 2011

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael King on December 20, 2013
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So here is the deal.. This Mandolin is fantastic with a beautiful full sound and you can tell it is a quality item unlike some of the other stuff you find at this price point and under.

My only beef here was with my original order here on Amazon. I ordered for my wife as a Christmas gift and was very glad I had her open early. First impressions were great overall with look and tone but quickly realized that this particular mando that we received was defective. It had some fierce fret buzz on the G string that just would not go away even with the action cranked up high. I took it to a guitar luthier next day to have it set up.. figured a simple truss adjustment would take care of it. After all, this thing didn't come setup at all so minor adjustments were to be expected. After the luthier took a look he realized the truss was all the way loose and the neck still had a slight backbow to it. This was causing the fret buzz with no way to rectify.. If we only ever wanted to put heavy strings on this it might have been ok as it would have pulled the neck in some. This was not acceptable to me for the money spent. I quickly returned this mando and luckily found another LM-220 in a local shop. I had the new one looked at and it was perfectly fine with no fret buzz and truss rod issues.

So in short here.. I don't want to deter shoppers from this instrument as it is very nice. I'm sure this sort of thing happens all the time and it is part of the gamble with ordering an instrument you can't hold and play first. In a perfect world there would be no defective models (good luck with that). I just hope in the future The Loar can take a little extra care in checking these guys over before they leave production.

My advice? I would order from a music shop that will set this mando up before it gets to your door so you don't have to hassle with it like I did.
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By Rick Devore on January 26, 2014
The Loar LM-220 is one of the lowest priced all solid wood mandolins on the market. Being that it is mass-produced in China, buying one can be a hit & miss affair. I got lucky with my purchase. I bought mine new but with minor finish imperfections on Ebay for $220. The imperfections are so minute, I needed a magnifying glass to find them. Overall, the workmanship on mine was first rate; no problems at all. I took it to my local guitar shop (Fudoli Music in Butler, PA) to have it set up & intonated. (Very important!) After some inexpensive minor set up work, it now plays with very low action and the notes are clean and in tune up and down the neck. The solid, hand carved woods (tight-grained spruce top & maple back & sides) give the mando a superb professional tone. Loar cut costs by using rosewood for the fretboard but the all-important bridge is made of ebony, which gives a sharper attack to your picking. The tuning gears aren't the very best but work well. All-in-all, I'd put my Loar LM-220 up against any $650 mandolin. I really like it. The Loar company has been making mandolins for a long time and they make a lot of them. Despite the general excellent workmanship, I read reports of some Loars having very bad fret work. And, that is a very serious situation. If you buy one, have it inspected by a professional. If it's a bad one, reject it. If it's a good one, you will be very happy with it.
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