I wanted a baritone and researched Alvarez, Guild and Cort, all fairly close in price range. I went with the Hugo during OW’s last sale. Not really into form over function, but this guitar is beautiful. It’s the sound that really did it for me. It feels like I’m playing a totally different instrument. I love the sounds this guitar produces. It has really opened up new musical horizons for me. Also, the factory setup was solid with with no need for a luthier readjustment. Thanks Orangewood, I’m very happy with this purchase. Keep up the good work!
Here are a few things I want to say about the guitar.
First, it is a beautiful guitar. It is stunner.
The fret work is very nice. No sharp edges.
I will also say playing it for the first time put a smile on my face.
Above all, it's extremely fun to play. It feels nice in the hands and sits comfortably.
The guage strings it comes with are a custom lot. This is what they use: 16-22-30-44-54-70
I know the tuning pegs have been mentioned by others, they do feel a bit flimsy. If you do want to change those here's what I was told "As for the size of the tuner shaft, it's slightly larger than our standard 10mm tuners to accommodate the larger string gauges."
Here are some things that I noticed.
The guitar is heavily built, so resonance lacks a bit. Thick gloss finish too.
The body itself is quite thin. I would expect a larger and wider body and maybe the bridge moved to the lower bout.
There isn't much sustain. Once a note is hit, it will somewhat quickly diminish (Fender fat finger didn't help much).
The guitar has strong mids, the highs do shine through, the lows get lost.
So what the above tells me is that this guitar is begging to be plugged in, which I have not done. I was hoping this would be a pure acoustic style playing guitar.
There are four small holes drilled out for the tuner and knobs controlling the pick up and a larger hole for the battery and output jack.
Cosmetic wise, there was only one issue I noticed.
There are some finish issues along the neck where it feels a bit rough. I wouldn't say it would impact playing at all.
One more issue. When I was done playing, the strings left a black residue on my fingers. I wonder how long the guitar was sitting, or if it was the Ernie Ball strings.
For the price point, this guitar is competing with Guild, Cort, and Alvarez. There are others including Baton Rouge (go to Thomann).
I am keeping the guitar and will use it very often. I got it brand new for more than 20% off so I am happy with that price. Remember, since it's a live version, the pickup adds $150'ish to the price. So the guitar without pickups would be around $300'ish, which is where I would put it and compare with.
Would love to see more satin finishes and thinner gloss finishes (let your guitars sing, Orangewood!) and a non-live version of Hugo.
Excellent guitar and is extremely useful for lighter passages. I am a 7/8 string player at heart so it’s wonderful to have all the low notes in a 6 string acoustic setting. If you are interested in this guitar via Andrew Baena’s review on YouTube, I can assure excellent build quality and tuning stability. The fishman pickup does it’s job flawlessly.
Hi I’m David. I live in Mexico City and when bought the guitar I asked my friend Eduardo for his address there in San Diego, so he sent it me the guitar from Tijuana. Honestly I had a higher expectation of the instrument. Basically for two reasons: it doesn’t has enough volume the sound; maybe was planned for connected playing mostly, but i am really needing it. Sorry. The other thing is that the lower strings are hitting the frets so much(I don’t know the word used to describe that in English).
I'm loving the low rich tones. I've tuned it B to B, and I recorded my 'Hugo'
the very first day it arrived. So perfect for sonic textures and extra ambience.