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The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin Sunburst

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The hand-carved LM-520 F-model mandolin is the response to players' requests for a value priced mandolin with more stripped down appointments yet a similar sound to the best-selling Loar LM-600 mandol... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The hand-carved LM-520 F-model mandolin is the response to players' requests for a value priced mandolin with more stripped down appointments yet a similar sound to the best-selling Loar LM-600 mandolin.

The 520 is carefully assembled in the same hand-carved workshop that gave birth to the LM-400 and 700, and have similar hand-carved, fully graduated spruce tops. The solid maple back of each instrument is also hand carved, and the solid maple sides complete the package. The maple neck has a comfortable rounded V profile finished with a rosewood fretboard. The compensated adjustable ebony bridge and high quality vintage-style Grover tuning machines insure that these mandolins have great intonation and stay in tune no matter how hard they are played.

Perfect for players who want a high-quality, great-sounding hand-carved mandolin but don't need all of the bells and whistles, these minimally appointed instruments deliver the high-end tone, chop and projection the music community has come to expect from The Loar. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Top: Solid Hand-Carved,
  • Fully Graduated
  • Spruce Top
  • Back & Sides: Solid Hand-Carved,
  • Fully Graduated
  • Maple Back,
  • Solid Maple Sides
  • Neck: Maple w/Rounded "V" Profile
  • Fretboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: M.O.P. Logo
  • Finish Type: Gloss
  • Finish Options: Vintage Sunburst
  • Tuning Machines: Grover with Pearloid Buttons
  • Scale Length: 13-3/4"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Frets: 29
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • 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"
  • Case sold separately
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The LoarLM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Well built / quality (5)
  • Long life (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

LM-520 After 2 Years

Let start out by saying that I still consider myself a beginner on the mandolin even though I have been playing for 4 years now and the mandolin was the first instrument I decided to...Read complete review

Let start out by saying that I still consider myself a beginner on the mandolin even though I have been playing for 4 years now and the mandolin was the first instrument I decided to play. I started out with a Fender Acoustic Starter Mandolin Kit. It was nice but the neck was very narrow. I started my research and found The Loar had a 1/8 inch wider neck and the reviews on it were good. So I bought it from another site that does set ups.

Right out of the box beautiful sound and very easy to play compared to the Fender. But after about 18 months of playing it I started to get some string hum on the frets. I raised the bridge to get calm it down some but that made it very hard to play.

I gave it to a friend to look at, He lowered the bridge back down, cleaned up the frets adjusted the truss rod for me and then I put on Martin Bluegrass Light strings and now the lttle guy really plays and sounds phenominally.

I have taken it to the local Bluegrass Jam sessions and and all of the old timers with Weber's, Jade's, and Flatiron's loved it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wanted it to be a keeper

I really wanted to love this mandolin. I read reviews of sub $1k mandolins for weeks before I purchased the Loar LM-520 over the Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly. When it arrived it was...Read complete review

I really wanted to love this mandolin. I read reviews of sub $1k mandolins for weeks before I purchased the Loar LM-520 over the Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly. When it arrived it was beautiful and had good tone but of course the action was terrible. I expected poor action so that was no big deal as I hear all mandolins need setup. But, while bringing the mandolin up to pitch, one of the tuning keys came out of the worm gear and dropped little parts in my lap. I believe the tuners on this mandolin are poor quality. MF was great about returning it and I now have a Michael Kelly Legacy Elegante on order. Hopefully that one will be a keeper.

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5.0

Excellent Product, especially at this price point

By Garyrob

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Great action, did not need a formal set up
  • neck was straight
  • well made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

    have a half dozen acoustic instruments including other mandolins, banjo, guitars, etc. For the money this Lloyd Loar mandolin was an excellent choice. It is as pretty as the gibson F model. It feels hefty in your hands. Tuning keys were fine, holds tuning well.

     
    5.0

    Excellent product, especially at this price point

    By Puppa Dawg

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • craftsmanship is surprisingly good.
    • Good Tone
    • The neck was dead straight and action is great.
    • tuning keys are tight and tuning holds well.

    Cons

    • no cons at all at this point.

    Best Uses

      Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

      Wanted to upgrade to an F style body. I've been playing other instruments for years. I found this mandolin to be very high quality with beautiful finish and excellent tone. I'm having a pro player check it out but set up should be minimal. It played great right out of the box.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great instrument

      By J

      from Arkansas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

        Awesome instrument. Solid construction. Looks great. Great sound.

        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        The Loar LM-520-VS Mandolin more than I hoped for!

        By Benjamin fish

        from Western,New York

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Didn't Cost Five Thousand
        • Easy to play
        • fun
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Made In Asia
        • Some Small Finish Issues

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Songwriting

        Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

        The Loar LM-520-VS Mandolin a lovely addition to my instrument collection.Fun to play, excellent instrument extremely affordable price for tone and overall quality this was absolutely worth the money I pay for it,has returned the investment and I've only had it week. Minor finish issues especially around the neck and under the tongue can't really see it when playing and I don't think anyone noticed it nothing that I care about. Guys at guitar Center were extremely lovely nothing but awesome.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great for the money

        By Dr. D

        from Goose Creek, SC

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Great Tone

        Cons

        • Needs Slight Fret Work

        Best Uses

        • Any Venue

        Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

        great sound. perfect intonation. quality build. the ends of the frets are a little rough and could use some finishing touches. just what I needed at this price. the instrument is nice enough that I also bought a case and a pick-up.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolutely amazing instrument

        By Andy

        from Alabama

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

          I've been playing Bluegrass/Old Time music for years now. About a year ago I picked one of these up at a local music store and could not have been more pleased. Once I did a little work it the sound it made was unbelievable. I use it for both small jam sessions and performing with a band. And just look at the price! You will never find another mandolin with this kind of quality for that price. I'm sure mine will live a long and happy life.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Quality

          By Mandolin player

          from Meridian MS

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

            This product is a VERY good quality item! I would definitely recommend this to everyone!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            New to Mando

            By spookykat1

            from Seattle

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

                New to the mandolin. Initially I bought a REALLY cheap brand… fun but hard to keep in tune - if anything it made me catch the bug. Picked up The Loar 520 about 6 months ago and I have been amazed by the quality. It is a solid wood instrument with plenty of volume. It is slightly wider at the nut which makes it easier to play for us guitar folks. Not only does it sound good but it's lovely to look at as well, mine has a very nice figured maple back and sides.

                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                nice upgrade

                By Lee

                from Central Ohio

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

                    This was an upgrade for me from an inexpensive mandolin in a frustrating ordering process. Musician's Friend saved the day by providing me with a great deal on this much higher quality instrument. I couldn't be more pleased with it. The factory set up is sufficient for now and I've been playing it for several weeks. I'll get a professional set up at some point but I'm not proficient enough a player for that to matter much just yet. It has a good action, the neck provides a comfortable center position and action was fine right out of the box. Intonation is right on the money. This instrument is loud if you strum it hard and this leads to some great chops-especially as you develop your ability with four finger chords. However, it has great tone even at lower volume for single note leads or transition runs. I'm primarily a guitar player and got this as a new toy. However, I find myself playing it as much as my guitars because it's so fun.

                    (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Wanted it to be a keeper

                    By Barry

                    from Murrieta, Ca.

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                    • Breaks Easy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about The Loar LM-520 Hand-Carved F-Model Acoustic Mandolin:

                      I really wanted to love this mandolin. I read reviews of sub $1k mandolins for weeks before I purchased the Loar LM-520 over the Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly. When it arrived it was beautiful and had good tone but of course the action was terrible. I expected poor action so that was no big deal as I hear all mandolins need setup. But, while bringing the mandolin up to pitch, one of the tuning keys came out of the worm gear and dropped little parts in my lap. I believe the tuners on this mandolin are poor quality. MF was great about returning it and I now have a Michael Kelly Legacy Elegante on order. Hopefully that one will be a keeper.

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