Folkmusician setup is not included.
We get asked about this mandolin all the time. "How do you sell it at such a low price?" "Is it new?" "Is it a factory second?"
The mandolins are brand new. In most cases the LM-520 mandolins do not sit around even a week. We have a steady flow in and out. These are all factory firsts. Folkmusician is the world's largest The Loar dealer. We sell more of these mandolins than the majority of dealers combined! Due to the volume, we are able to offer an extremely low price. Keep in mind, these are not being setup here in our shop. This LM-520 will include the factory setup only. We do sell the same mandolin with our setup for an addition fee.
The new hand-carved LM-520 F-model mandolin is our response to players’ requests for a value priced mandolin with more stripped down appointments yet a similar sound to our best-selling Loar LM-600 and LM-400 mandolins.
The new 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.