Makers come and go, but the "The" remains, steadfast, original in its simplicity, and omnipresent at the pointy end of the mandolin spear.
Even when makers rudely exclude the "The" on lesser models, its impact remains inferred.
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By Mandolin Cafe
April 1, 2013 - 10:00 am
Hayward, Calif. — Music Link, Inc., makers of The Loar Mandolins have announced an April 8, 2013 launch of The Loar "Unsigned" series of mandolins.
Company spokesman Greg Rich said, "To further honor the legend of Lloyd Loar and his tenure at Gibson we'll be offering select runs of distressed LM-700-VS Mandolins as unsigned models. Although the word "Loar" will not appear on the headstock — it will instead say just "The" — it will have a faux vintage label, unsigned (dated circa 1924-25) inside the body."
"Feedback on our name has not always been positive so to rectify that situation we've removed the Loar reference from the headstock for this series. From this point forward, owners of this model may simply refer to their instruments on web forums as their 'unsigned Loar.'"
"We've also taken the step to add serial numbers matching Gibson's numbering system from the 20s and corresponding FON stamps as well. It's an exciting time to be an owner of The Loar unsigned model," he said.
The Unsigned Loar Mandolin is based on the LM-700-VS model with Fern inlay, distressed (not shown in prototype). MSRP: $1,899.99.
Top: Solid Hand-Carved, Hand-Graduated AAA Spruce
Back & Sides: Solid Hand-Carved, Hand-Graduated AAA Flamed Maple Back, Solid Flamed Maple sides
Neck: One-Piece Maple with Rounded V-Profile
Fretboard: Bound Ebony
Headstock Inlay: Abalone/M.O.P. Custom Fern
Finish Type: Hand-buffed Nitrocellulose
Finish Options: Vintage Sunburst
Tuning Machines: Gotoh
Scale Length: 13-29/32"
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Binding: Ivory and Black/White Purfling
Bridge: Compensated Adjustable Ebony
Upper Bout: 6-3/4"
Lower Bout: 10"
Nut, Width: Bone, 1-1/8"
Body Length: 12-3/4"
Total Length: 27-1/4"
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