Loar Archtops and Mandolin

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Lloyd Loar was a Gibson sound engineer and master luthier in the early part of the 20th century and he is most famous for the F5 model mandolin & the L5 guitar he produced when he worked for Gibson from 1919 to 1924. If you fancy getting hold of either of those two little fellas with the elusive ‘signed by Lloyd’ label then you’d need to stump up about £100,000++. 

Now if you don’t fancy waiting for either the lottery win or the long lost eccentric relative to leave you a fortune or even a good old fashioned bank robbery then you could go some ways to getting some of the feel and vibe of those classics by checking out these wonderful ‘Loar’ instruments.

The specs are as follows…


Solid carved graduated spruce top, and traditional laminated maple back and sides, tobacco sunburst, vintage “V” mahogany neck, Grover tuners and a compensated adjustable ebony bridge.



Hand carved graduated spruce top & hand carved highly flamed maple back and sides.

It has a hand buffed nitrocellulose lacquer for superior acoustic projection and it comes with featherweight case with “The Loar” embroidered on it.



Hand carved solid spruce top, hand-carved figured maple back and sides.

Extended scooped fretboard allowing players to position the pick closer to the neck joint. “Fleur-de-Lys” style headstock inlay. A one-piece figured maple neck, bound ebony fretboard, Grover tuning machines and an ebony bridge.



If you want to try out of these beauties, pop along to our Denmark Street showroom in London.