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The Loar Upgraded LM-500 Mandolin

By The Loar - News Release
June 13, 2011 - 5:45 pm

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The Loar Upgraded LM-500 Mandolin

The Loar Upgraded LM-500 Mandolin

Hayward, Calif. — The Loar has announced the reissue of the LM-500 Golden Age mandolin.

The design elements of the LM-500 reissue pay homage to classic Golden Age styling with updates that reflect the interests and needs of modern players.

The Loar LM-500-VS is hand-assembled in The Loar design studios, home of the game-changing LM-600 and LM-700 mandolins. We've replaced the original LM-500's pressed top and back with a hand-carved solid spruce top and hand-carved figured maple back and sides.

The LM-500's fretboard extension has also been scooped, allowing players to position the pick closer to the neck joint, so they can find the mandolin's "sweet spot" without fear of the pick hitting against the higher frets.

The LM-500's aesthetics have been modernized also, including an all-new Fleur-de-Lys style headstock inlay for a more contemporary look. A one-piece figured maple neck, bound ebony fretboard, Grover tuning machines and an ebony bridge round out the list of impressive features on this beautiful mandolin.

MAP $599.99. Available Now.

Through June 19, The Loar is giving away an LM-500 Golden Age mandolin to celebrate its reissue. Visit The Loar Facebook fan page to register for a chance to win.

Additional information:
The Loar LM-500

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Ron McMillan
June 13, 2011 11:57 PM
I see it is selling for about $600 in the USA - what a steal. With great new instruments from The Loar, Eastman, Kentucky and others, most of them well under $1000, these are surely golden years in terms of value-for-money instruments for serious players with amateur budgets. I have an LM400 on order, but if I did not, I'd be seriously tempted by the new LM500.

rm
Banjopad
June 14, 2011 10:22 PM
I was able to find a LM700 a year or so ago. Great sounding mando, but twice the price of the 500. It was kind hard to find. not many around.I don't know if they are more available now?
Banjopad
mandopaul
June 14, 2011 10:47 PM
I am very happy with my LM600, a great sounding mandolin, i am sure the 500 is every bit as good.
The scooped fingerboard is a nice feature. LM600 should have had it.
Fstpicker
June 14, 2011 10:53 PM
Blueron,

As another happy LM-400VS, I don't think you will be disappointed with it's tone one bit. I LOVE mine!

Jeff
Ron McMillan
June 15, 2011 06:53 AM
Quote from Fstpicker: Blueron,

As another happy LM-400VS, I don't think you will be disappointed with it's tone one bit. I LOVE mine!

Jeff End Quote

Glad to hear it, Jeff. I have to wait a few more weeks before I get my hands on mine. It has to go from the workshop in China to the distributor in the USA to the Thai importer's warehouse in California and back across the Pacific again to me in Bangkok. Whew.

rm
Clement Barrera-Ng
June 15, 2011 11:02 AM
Ron I think you will love the LM400. I still remember the one I had fondly, but foolishly let go in a fit of MAS....
Fstpicker
June 15, 2011 11:24 AM
Quote from blueron: Glad to hear it, Jeff. I have to wait a few more weeks before I get my hands on mine. It has to go from the workshop in China to the distributor in the USA to the Thai importer's warehouse in California and back across the Pacific again to me in Bangkok. Whew. End Quote

Wow! Talk about a "run-around"! smile Keep us posted. The tone on mine has opened up more and more since last fall when I purchased it.

Jeff

P.S. Don't know why the "quote" feature is screwing up. Wierd!
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