The Loar LH-204 Brownstone Small Body 6-String Acoustic Guitar
Known for their stunning archtop acoustics, The Loar also make some excellent flat top guitars such as the LH-204.
It's designed to sound like the pre-war era (1930's) small body guitars with warm sounding mahogany back and sides off-set by the relative brightness of its solid spruce top.
This guitar is used for both live performance and recording, and by rhythm players as well as fingerpickers although many owners say it really excels at the latter.
The small nut width means the strings are closer together than they are on larger guitars which also makes it a good acoustic for beginners or those transitioning from electric guitar.
- Body Shape: Parlor
- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Back and Sides: Mahogany
- Finish: Satin Brown
- Bridge: Straight Padauk
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck Profile: C
- Fingerboard: Padauk
- Fingerboard Radius: Not Specified
- Number of Frets: 19
- Frets to Body: 14
- Scale Length: 25.4"
- Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Experienced parlor guitar players are very impressed with this guitar's ability to bring out the mid range tones much like the pre-war guitars it was modeled on. This guitar excels at fingerpicking with many guitarists saying it's great for playing Robert Johnson style blues. Owners are impressed with the aesthetics saying it looks much better than other guitars in the same price range.
There are no consistent negatives reported by owners although one person wished the price was slightly higher so it could come with built-in pickups and one person who complained about the lack of a second strap button - there are guitar straps and strap adapters designed specifically for single strap button guitars like this. It doesn't come with a pickguard so you'll want to be careful to avoid scratching the top if you like to strum heavily.
If you're looking for a guitar with a great mids, and don't need the extra bass or volume of a larger guitar, particularly if you're a fingerpicker, then put this on your shopping list.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options that you can see in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000.