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The Loar LM-520VS Review

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Submitted by Muscle Tone (see all reviews from this person) on 7/17/2014

Where Purchased: Guitar Center

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


It has a pretty decent sound. Sounds very good on the treble strings, but is a bit lacking on the middle and bass strings.

Sound Rating: 8


This mandolin was setup very well when my dad purchased it. Nothing really had to be done to it. It was good to go!

Setup Rating: 10


It's basically a stripped down version of the LM-500 because it doesn't have any peghead inlay or binding. This is Loar's version of the Gibson F-5G. Just a no-frills F-style mandolin. I really like it though.

Appearance Rating: 9


I have used this mandolin on quite a few gigs the past year and have never really had any problems with it so I could definitely rely on it for that purpose.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Have never dealt with Loar directly, but Guitar Center did a great job helping with the purchase.

Customer Service: 10


I don't think anything should be upgraded on this mandolin. For the price you get very good parts.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I played this mandolin for awhile and really liked it. I have since moved on to other mandos that in my opinion have a stronger sound than this one, but overall I don't think it's a bad instrument in any way. If you're looking to buy a decent solid hand-carved F-style mandolin without breaking the bank, this would be the way to go. I would recommend it.

Overall Rating: 8

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