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The Loar introduces the Grassroots Series

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Hayward, Calif. — The Loar introduces the Grassroots Series — two all-new mandolins for 2014 that are carefully crafted to deliver high-end sound in a low-key package. Both models were announced and on display at this past week's NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Grassroots Series mandolins are available in traditional A- and F-style body shapes, and are based on classic Golden Era designs and given a modern touch by eliminating the fretboard extension and finishing in vintage sunburst matte. Tops are hand-carved spruce to optimize each instrument's individual character, and the thin "V" profile of the maple neck fits comfortably in...

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A vs F style mandolin

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A vs F style mandolin What is the biggest difference between A style and F style mandos other than shape? The A vs F style mandolin debate has been going on for nearly 100 years. The F style mandolin as we know it was invented in 1923. It did take a few more years before it caught on and became the standard. While originally developed for classical music, the popularity of the F-style really took off shortly after bluegrass gained popularity. The scroll and point has nothing to do with the sound of the mandolin. In Fact, the scroll and...

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