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I was looking for a much more expensive parlor-sized guitar, such as a Larrivee, Eastman, etc. when I stumbled upon Orangewood after @jeremytheguitarhunter mentioned them on an Instagram story. The reason I opted for the less expensive option, in addition to saving some coin, was because I wanted this guitar to be something that is always leaning on my couch, easy to pick up and play throughout the day. Given its price, I also won't mind my daughters picking it up and learning as well. Here's the good and bad:
The Florence is perfectly setup and plays extremely well. The tuners are nice and the guitar has no problems staying in tune. No small guitar sounds like a big-body dreadnought, but the Florence sounds darn good and belies its affordable price tag. As a bonus, the gig bag is higher quality than expected.
THE (not so) BAD:
The guitar has two slight blemishes, one the size of a fingerprint on the top of the guitar, the other a speckle of finish about the size of a freckle, that chipped off on the side. This isn't a deal breaker for me given its couch-surfing destiny. The strings, as mentioned in other reviews, came out of the box looking old and tarnished. They still sound good, but it almost appears as though the guitar is strung in Indonesia and they get tarnished on the boat ride across the ocean.
The sunburst finish, in my view, makes the guitar look very cheap. More like Mattel than Martin. It's unfortunate because everything else associated with the guitar would cause one to think it's far more expensive than it is. The sunburst has this toy-looking bright orangey red burst that is a very far cry from a vintage tobacco-colored burst of an old Martin. This is the only trait of the guitar that would make me embarrassed to show it off or play it on stage, and an authentic sunburst or a satin black finish would really turn this guitar up to 11.
Extremely pleased with Orangewood In total. Marketing, ordering process, ship time, etc. were all perfect. I am now looking for an excuse to buy a top-of-the-line Orangewood (that I don't need) and would highly recommend Orangewood to anyone looking for a guitar that punches well above its weight and leaves a little weight in your wallet.
If you are looking for a smaller guitar without compromising good tone this is the guitar. It’s a beauty with a great matte finish and plays well. The tone has a little bell like quality but that’s what you get with a parlor. Highly recommended.
This is my second Orangewood guitar. My first one is the Morgan Ray Mohagany which plays beautifully and I dont see myself parting with it.
I wanted a slightly smaller guitar which I can comfortably play while using my laptop. The Florence plays reasonably well. Actually the feel of the fret board is very similar to the Morgan. It does have a boxy sound and limited range but its parlor sized so that's just the way it is. Its great for practicing on your couch or even your bed and convenient while travelling.
The only thing that I'm not so happy with is that the action is a bit high for my liking and is causing some string buzz. I'm going to get that fixed from a local store but otherwise its a great buy for the price!!
I’ve had the Oliver Mahogany for about a year, and have been really pleased with it. It actually is my go to over my lower priced Martin, and the only problem I’ve had really with it is that the finish is kind of coming off in some places but that’s not a big issue with me. I was excited to get the Florence finally when they had the outlet sale. When it came in I played it for a couple of days and found that it just didn’t have the same quality as my other guitar. It looks amazing, but the quality just isn’t there for me in the sound of it. I’m hoping that when the Martin strings I ordered that I put on all my guitars come in that I’ll end up loving it, but right now I really just don’t like it. I paid 145 for it which isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t suggest paying 195 for it when you can buy a Oliver for the same price. If the strings make a difference I’ll come back and give another review, but as of now it is being put on a hanger for display.
As far as Orangewood as a company, they’re good to work with. FedEx delivered my package to the wrong address, obviously not Orangewood’s fault. While FedEx was absolutely no help, Orangewood was very responsive and helped to resolve the issue.
As for the guitar, it’s very comfortable and easy to play. And it being a parlor sized guitar, it’s pretty resonant. It’s a perfect couch guitar as I intended it to be and looks great sitting next to it. It’s more 4.5 stars just because mine came with some noticeable cosmetic blemishes in the finish. However, for under $200, the value you receive is great. Overall, I’m happy with it.