Summer NAMM 2017: Wrap-Up


The Music Link

Recording King | The Loar – Wandering around the rows and rows of guitars and instruments, I was drawn to a display at The Music Link booth where there were a table full of parlor guitars with great designs and very affordable.  Jim Laplaca filled us in on the background of the parlor guitar as well as the history of Recording King and The Loar.  The models he showed us were from the Dirty 30’s series which is based on the 1929 Depression Era guitars many of which are based on Montgomery Ward catalog guitars.  Many of the guitars were made of solid woods with the less expensive models made of laminate.  One in particular that drew my attention was a solid blue body with a white fretboard with red, white and blue inlays reminiscent of and vintage Gibson banjo which is a limited edition model.

Also on display was guitars, banjos and mandolins from The Loar which included the EZ Tone Plus Series and remakes of instruments from the Center of Progress Exhibition in 1930.  One guitar in particular we had a chance to check out was The Loar Blackstone Small Body Acoustic Guitar.  This guitar is made of a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard with Grover turning machines.  A nice feature on this guitar was the open pore satin black finish which gave it a nice organic feel.  It was finishsed off with ivory-colored binding and with a vintage-style white pickguard.  Nice and affordable at $429.

Jim also told us to check out their female endorsed artists like Katie Cavera and Ellie Perry.  On my list!


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