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Scooped Rosewood FretboardView larger Nickel-Plated TailpieceView larger Contemporary Series F-Style Mandolin The LM-500 hand-carved, F-model mandolin is a tribute to classic design techniques. From the hand-carved, hand-graduated solid spruce top and solid maple back and sides to the abalone/mother-or-pearl headstock inlay, these mandolins were built to represent Golden Age craftsmanship updated for the modern era. The Loar Hand Carved Workshop The LM-500 is hand-carved and hand-assembled in The Loar Hand Carved Design Workshop with a number of appointments for modern players. Scooped Fretboard The LM-500s maple neck has a comfortable rounded `V` profile finished with a rosewood fretboard. The fretboard extension has also been scooped, allowing players to position the pick closer to the neck joint, so they can find the mandolins `sweet spot` without fear of the pick hitting against the higher frets. 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. About The Loar Inspired by the pioneering designs of the Golden Age, guitars and mandolins by The Loar combine expert craftsmanship and classic designs with upgraded features to appeal to todays players. From premium hand-carved tonewoods to original inlay detailing, each instrument is made for the best sound, playability and timeless beauty. The Loar pays homage to instruments from the 1920s and 30s, an age of outstanding craftsmanship and innovative design. We revive this tradition in order to bring you some of the best-sounding, most beautifully crafted instruments available today. Specifications Top: Solid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Spruce Back: Solid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Maple Sides: Solid Maple Neck: Maple with Rounded `V` Profile Fretboard: Bound Rosewood Headstock Inlay: Abalone/Mother-of-Pearl `Bon Fleur` Finish Type: Gloss Finish Option: Vintage Sunburst Tuning Machines: Grover with Pearloid Buttons Scale Length: 13-29/32` Nut Material: Bone Nut Width: 1-1/8` Truss Rod: Two way Adjustable Frets: 29 Binding: Ivory Bridge: Compensated Adjustable Ebony The Loar Mandolins The Loar mandolins marry high-end hand-carved tonewoods to vintage-inspired designs. From exquisitely appointed to stripped-down but elegant, each has the tone and chop professional players expect from a world-class instrument. The Loar F-Style MandolinsLM-370-VSMLM-500-VSLM-520-VSLM-600-VSLM-700-VSSolid Hand-Carved, Fully Graduated Spruce TopÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂSolid Maple Back and SidesÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂScooped FretboardÃ¢ÂÂCompensated Adjustable Ebony BridgeÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂEbony FretboardÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂHand-Buffed Nitrocellulose Lacquer FinishÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂGold-Plated HardwareÃ¢ÂÂGloss FinishÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ