After looking at grand auditorium cutaway Taylors and a Teton, I decided to go with a Sage Torrefied Spruce Live. This made me very nervous, not being able to play it first, but I had read enough reviews on online guitar forums to give Orangewood a try. My whole experience following that decision, from purchasing to receiving the Sage and playing it right away out of the box was outstanding. I ordered on a Thursday night and it was delivered on a Sunday.
I have now played it daily for two weeks and it sounds better every day, both finger-style and with a pick. It is a well-balanced sound with an easy play feel. The guitar stays in tune remarkably well, even with hard play. My plan was to take the Ernie Ball strings off and replace them with new strings right away, but everything sounds just right, so I will wait a little longer. Can't imagine how brand new strings will sound. I do have to admit I have not used the electronics yet, but plan to do so this weekend and do some recording.
So, two weeks in, no buyers remorse. I love the look and feel, I am very satisfied with saving half of the price of the similar Taylors I was looking at, and the Sage is all solid wood to boot. My only complaint is that my other guitar (Martin 000-15DM) is feeling neglected, so I have to make some equal time this weekend. Nice job, Orangewood and thanks!
I love this guitar. It has an awesome sound and plays well. Well worth the money and more!
We appreciate your review, Mark!
I got the Sage Live guitar around 3 months ago. Was a great guitar, sounds amazing. But there was fret buzzing on multiple frets and strings. The pickup setting on the anthem also did not work at all. I ended up having to send it back.
Within a week and a half, I got another Sage Live. This one had a tiny bit of fret buzz, but I fixed that using the trust rod. The anthem also worked. I do not like the strings either, but that is my preference. The Guitar is absolutely beautiful, sounds amazing, plays great, and sounds great plugged in. I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 just because of the hassle of sending it back. I would’ve given it a 3 out of 5, but I couldn’t, just a really great guitar. But other than that, it is a solid guitar for an amazing price.
I’m sorry to have to tell you how disappointed I am with this guitar. It is a beautiful instrument to look at but I’m afraid that’s where the beauty ends for me. I know if I had played this guitar in a music store, I would not have taken it home with me. I have been playing it the last few Sundays at church and I just can’t get past how much I do not love the sound of this guitar. I’m afraid I’ll need to return this guitar as I have serious buyers remorse over this purchase. I’m certain I’ll never buy a guitar again without playing it first.