A-model mandolin from The Loar

The Loar LM-400 mandolinThe Loar, a division of The Music Link, has announced their first A-model mandolin, the LM-400.

They have done very well with their two F-style mandolins (LM-600 and LM-700) and are pleased to offer this new instrument to their budget-minded line. And they go to great lengths to remind everyone that unlike many lower-priced imports, these are hand-crafted instruments built in a small shop environment.

Both the solid spruce top and flamed maple back are hand carved and graduated, and the sunburst finish is created by hand as well. The whole instrument receives a sparse lacquer finish to ensure better volume and projection.

The subtly v-shaped neck is made from a solid piece of flamed maple and features a bound rosewood fingerboard. Again, less common with inexpensive mandolins, the LM-400 comes with a bone nut and a quality, compensated ebony bridge. The headstock is adorned with a pearl fern inlay.

The LM-400 is expected to sell for roughly $500. There are no further details yet on The Loar web site, but you should be able to find out more from one of their many dealers.

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