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I’m in the process of wearing out my Sage that I purchased last fall and the same thing will happen with the Mason nylon. Orange wood makes guitars that are fun to play.
I am not 💯 percent convinced about this guitar. The neck needs to be wider and the box lighter to give it the touch of a classical nylon string guitar. I love the smoothness of the neck and box, but it needs a lot of improvements to sound like a real nylon classical guitar.
I've been a gigging musician for a long time and as such, played a ton of great and also sketchy guitars from the 70's onward over the the years. I gotta say, Orangewood guitars are what I wish we had back in the day. Fantastic sound and incredible quality; the price being a BIG bonus. These are high-quality instruments and the value meter here is way up...to 11...maybe 12. The Mason nylon cedar live that was just delivered is the real deal. Cheers!
The first thing that caught me was the bass. It’s yuge. You never get that on sub $500 nylon string guitars. The voice is sweet and mellow with good sustain that goes all the way up the neck. The pickup is on the bright side and produces that piezo “clack.” I roll the treble on the guitar to almost off. Straightens that out. I push the bass a little above flat. I’m currently playing through a Positive Grid Spark and it sounds as good as it gets. Intonation is good overall but the high E is pretty flat. The gig bag is posh. Fuzzy and well cushioned. A total surprise.