The Ava Live guitar was a pleasant surprise from the moment I opened the box and began to play. When you can feel a guitar resonate through your body as you play it, you know you have found something special. With my choice of the grand concert body style, I was apprehensive that I might not get the warm full sound that I like from a guitar along with clarity in the treble range . I was not disappointed, the Ava is well balanced from warm tones to bright.
The Ava is very playable and the action and set-up are excellent, which made it easy to play up and down the neck. This guitar is very versatile and can handle fingerpicking, flat-picking or more contemporary styles of playing.
The LR Baggs electronics also are high quality and sound great when plugged in. The Ava needed practically no equalization. I like the option to mix the mic with the bridge pick up and the option that allows you to change the level of the microphone for more precise blending. I also like the little green LED lights that let you know when it’s time to change the battery. Five lights reveal it’s fully charged and one light means you have about seven hours of battery life left.
For what it’s worth, I majored in music and have been playing professionally for about 40 years. I have owned quite a few guitars. I consider the Ava to be one of the better ones I have had the privilege of playing. A great price for a high-quality guitar.
First, I've been playing decades, but I'm mostly a strummer. Do some picking and finger picking, no where close to a virtuoso. That being said, for me Ava is a fantastic sounding and playing guitar. She literally sings when strummed, no doubt due to the solid wood construction. A smaller, thinner body than I thought it would be, but very comfortable. Noticed the thin wide-ish neck, nicer fit for me compared to my other acoustics. Stays in tune well. And the LR Baggs pickup - once I got it dialed in (just had to read the directions accurately!), sounds absolutely great through the Acoustic setting on a Roland Cube 60. On the electric guitar settings, the tone and general sound was not near as pleasant as the acoustic setting. So, in my limited experience, the Ava is the best sounding (acoustic & electric), best playing acoustic guitar I have ever played. Thanks Orangewood!
This Ava model is lightweight and plays well up and down the neck. The smaller Ava body does not have a huge low-end but I wasn't looking for that. What's important is every note ringing evenly, which it does with
relative ease of playing and a very clear sound. Right out of the box, it didn’t ring as warm as it does now a week later after having been played for hours. The pick up system is great and couldn’t sound much better when amplified. For the money, this a lot of guitar,
This is my 1st guitar I'm a very season (aged) person and have decided to learn the acoustic guitar. My son who has been playing for a few years and have various other brand guitars suggested that I look at your line of guitars at which time I did. I did my research of the other brand names guitars and Orangewood, I decided after research I wanted a guitar that I would not out grow no time soon and selected the all solid Ava Torrefied Spruce Live!!. My son stated that was the one he would had purchased if he did not have so many :-). My friends who plays in the garage sample it and love it. I decided to take lesson and my instructor who have never played on one really really love it, so I believe my selection was a very sound one. As I learned this new endeavor of learning the acoustic guitar I plan to keep you all posted on my journey. Take care an I will strummed on!! Larry L - Ohio
I compare all guitars to my 1970 Martin D-35. The Martin has a deep, rich sound which, after I played the Ava, I realized could be a bit too boomy. Strum a guitar and you instantly hear whether or not it has it's own voice. There are a lot of well made guitars out there that sound perfectly fine but not everyone has it's own voice. The Ava, besides being a beautiful looking guitar has a perfectly balanced tone that covers the gamut from a pleasing, deep bass, to a highly articulated top end. I think it's the mahogany which gives it such a distinctive tone. Recording the D-35 was always a challenge due to it's deep sound, but the Ava records perfectly. I plug the pickup system into one channel and then mic it into another channel. This gives me great versatility in mixing. When I wanted to write, or play for people, I always picked up the Martin (I also have a nice Larivee to choose from). Now, I don't even hesitate. The Ava has become my go-to guitar. I still can't decide whether or not to put on the pick-guard. The guitar sounds so great that I wonder if adding the pick-guard might affect the overall resonance.