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This guitar came to me very playable right out of the box. Open chords sounded decent and it was nice to play. However, the nut was not cut very well or carefully, to be expected for a Made in China guitar. A cheap set of files off of Amazon fixed that pretty quickly, but I could see this making the F Major barre very difficult for a beginner, with the low E as high as it was. The truss rod also needed adjusting, which is to be expected.
I will say, the default strings are not ideal. I bought some coated D'Addario Custom Lights (smallest gauge is 11) and they feel and sound much warmer and sweeter and seem to suit the character of the guitar better. Don't cheap out your sound by leaving these 80/20's on, in my mind they are almost never superior to phosphor bronze, and I came to the same conclusion when changing strings on my spruce top Takamine.
How does this compare to the Takamine otherwise? A mini-jumbo Takamine spruce top is constructed just as well, if not better, than this guitar, and costs just a bit more if you buy it used. I think the spruce top allows it to keep more of the jangle and treble, as does the mini jumbo body. However, it is getting on in years, and it is to the point where I cannot quite get the action where I like it anymore. This Orangewood offers me much smoother playability and also an alternate tone to the more common spruce top. After that nut filing and truss rod adjustment, I can get this guitar down to 2mm on the low E and 1.5mm on the high E, with minimal buzzing. There may be a bit of buzz on a few frets, but not enough for me to notice; the fretwork seems extremely even and well done.
Obviously, the satin mahogany finish is just drop dead gorgeous. Its cutaway means I can add fancy flourishes on the high frets whenever I feel like it. The electronics are a nice touch if I ever want to be heard by an audience, but I'm not that good yet.
Was it the best guitar ever and set up perfectly? No, not exactly but it's great on both fronts, for the price. Tonally it is exquisite and sounds better than a lot of guitars I have test driven at my local guitar shops, which I think means I like the sweeter and mellower character of mahogany, maybe over and above spruce tops. It just begs me to play it whenever I get the urge to, and sounds better to my ears than spruce when I play it very softly, which is nice when I don't want to wake my SO late at night but I want to fingerpick something gently. It has great quality of life features like the cutaway and TRS jack, and it had a good setup. Good and playable, but needs work to get it to playing its best. I would still immediately change the strings, and I would recommend taking it to a tech if you're not comfortable judging a guitar's nut filing by how easily you can barre F major. It absolutely does not hurt that it comes with the best gig bag I have ever owned.
Just received my Morgan Live this morning! I’ve heard good and bad reviews (mostly positive) about Orangewood Guitars, and I figured I’d give it a shot as I’m starting to play more lately. I will say I’m truly satisfied with my Morgan, tone is just about perfect for my playing style and taste. Neck is very comfortable and smooth. Highly recommend the Morgan for beginners to intermediate players. But the stock goes fast, I was lucky to purchase this when they restocked, just a few hours before they were gone this time around! Keep up the good work Orangewood!
This is what I looked for comfortable great tone, everyone that plays it is impressed. The only thing I wish they would do is change the strings to elixir sound and tone is even better the morgan mahogany is super will purchase another.
I just purchased my first Orangewood guitar.
It’s the Morgan Mahogany Live.
I’ve been seriously playing guitar for over 25 years. I’ve had the privilege of playing in many different venues, large and small. Over the years, I’ve played with different guitars of great quality.
I have to say that the Morgan Mahogany Live is an exceptional instrument! The look, feel, the action and set up was plug and play right out of the box.
The sound as bright and clear. No buzz on the pickup, no weird vibration on the strings.
I’ll probably change the strings to a lighter gauge, but that’s only stylistic on my part.
Thank you for making such a marvelous guitar at an incredible price point. Orangewood can definitely play with the “big boys.”
I’ll definitely be purchasing my next guitars from Orangewood!