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The Loar "Unsigned" Series

By Mandolin Cafe
April 1, 2013 - 10:00 am

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Headstock for The Loar "Unsigned" model

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
Body: Distressed
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
Frets: 29
Binding: Ivory and Black/White Purfling
Bridge: Compensated Adjustable Ebony
Upper Bout: 6-3/4"
Lower Bout: 10"
Nut, Width: Bone, 1-1/8"
Depth: 2-1/2"
Body Length: 12-3/4"
Total Length: 27-1/4"
Pickup: None

Additional information:
The Loar


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April 01, 2013 10:23 AM
Finally the "The" is getting the credit it has long been due.

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.

April 01, 2013 10:31 AM
It's a definite improvement. Sadly it's also the 1st April.
John McCoy
April 01, 2013 11:36 AM
˙ʎlsnoıɹǝs ʎɹǝʌ 'ʎɹǝʌ uǝʞɐʇ ǝq ʇsnɯ sıɥʇ
April 01, 2013 11:41 AM
I normally hate "the" on the headstock, but I'm willing to make an exception in this case. I'd proudly own and display a "The" mandolin! smile)
April 01, 2013 12:50 PM
MAS attack for an Unsigned Loar.

April 01, 2013 01:06 PM
Now finally someone is getting back to the real "Monroe" sound in the mandolin. It is pretty much a known fact that once Monroe put back the "Gibson" logo in his headstock his sound was never the same. In getting the mandolin back with the replaced logo in 1982 Monroe said "They done sometumpin' to it down there at that there Gibson factory and theys won'ts tells me abou' it. If it don't gets no better I'll have to remove it again cause the ways it is ain't no part of nothin' ".
Can't wait to put my order in. I wonder if they will offer the option of a real rattlesnake tail inside it?
April 01, 2013 01:38 PM
pining of the loar lorn?
Steve Ostrander
April 02, 2013 08:28 AM
Distressing is done with the actual fireplace poker from the Monroe hearth.
April 02, 2013 09:21 AM
Where o where is that Compton ball cap?
April 05, 2013 10:05 PM
How silly.
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