About lõm

About lõm guitar

lõm guitar is a folk instrument from southern Vietnam.
The proper name of the instrument is Guitar Phím Lõm.

We are a Japanese brand producing and selling these instruments.

Lõm is Vietnamese for concave. This naming reflects the shape of the guitar’s scalloped fingerboard. This unique craftsmanship offers a vessel for playing the fascinating music of Vietnam and a gateway to exploring Vietnamese culture.

We hope that we can bring a new way of expression to guitarists and other string-playing musicians.

With VỀNGUỒN Instructor, January 2016
With VỀNGUỒN Instructor, January 2016

Toshihiro Ohno, the founder of lõm guitar, was blown away by a YouTube video of Vietnamese guitar playing. In 2016 he visited the Về Nguồn music school that had posted the video. While studying the southern Vietnamese guitar style of Cải Lương, he decided to start a guitar manufacturer dedicated to bringing others the appeal and potential of the Vietnamese guitar.


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Community Station Higashi Koganei, Kajinocho 5-10-58, Koganei-shi, Tokyo
Open 11:00−19:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Try and purchase our guitars at this shop.
Please be in touch prior to your visit using the contact form.

Online Store


We are happy to announce the opening of our English online store.
We except all major credit cards and PayPal. We also offer overseas shipping.

Please check out our online store dedicated to those living outside of Japan so as to purchase a guitar or a variety of accessories.




Technical support for lõm guitars is provided by Takahiro Takada of Humpback Engineering, Tokyo. Please feel free to be in touch with requests for repair, fret replacement or other adjustments for your lõm guitar.

※Technical support is currently only available in Japan. Those living outside of Japan, please contact your local guitar repair shop.

Company Information


lõm guitars are imported and sold by Toshihiro Ohno, the one-man operation behind the company lutolu.

Here are a few items of note about the information found on this website:
– Information on Vietnamese guitar was obtained via an interpreter at a music school and a musical instrument shop found in Tây Ninh Province.
– Regional differences exist throughout Vietnam, please keep this in mind when considering the information offered here.
– Toshihiro wishes to learn more and more about Vietnamese guitar and its style of play. He encourages those with knowledge in the field to be in touch so as to exchange and share information.


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