They were loaning these out at the hotel (Edgewater in Seattle) I was staying at. How odd to loan guitars if you want to borrow I thought. I was working on a new EP and going to the studio soon so I needed to ensure I had the songs worked out. Well…what I thought might be a cheap quality guitar I had never heard of turned out to be fantastic….
I borrowed the Florence parlor guitar. I looked them up online and was floored they were around 200 bucks. I made a case to the hotel to let me buy it and they didn’t so I ordered one that day. I love the feel, the resonation, and the price. It’s compact enough to take on outings and hotels to work on songs and keep the calluses thick. Is it an expensive Martin, Larrivee, or Taylor? No, but you won’t find a better guitar in this price range period. I recently went to the Gibson Guitar Garage in Nashville and they have been dropping the pricing on Epiphones and I think in large part it’s because companies like Orangewood and Recording King are putting out quality at a lower price point.
The action was a bit high when it arrived but this was dead of winter and a couple cranks clockwise of the truss remedied that. Highly recommended
Thank you for the review, Jon! Glad you got the chance to try out the Florence and decided to purchase one for yourself. Enjoy!
Totally pleased with my entire experience from their web site to their prompt delivery! Perfect little guitar that comes well strung with a box of goodies and a nice bad ! Even had a discount for the holidays. I’m not a Martin or Taylor level of player but it makes me feel good to play my guitar and make my sound. Thank you Orangewood- won’t be my last purchase
Sounds and looks beautiful and I’m having a lot of fun playing it! I’m petite and this Florence feels just right.
I had been following Orangewood and their products for months, I was first exposed to them via a Youtube review and then did a Youtube search and found several more reviews, but like many if not most shied away in favor of more established manufacturers. I have 11 guitars, Martins, Taylors, Yamaha, etc. And I already owned both Paul Reed Smith SE and Gretsch parlor models.
When the Summer 2022 sale notice was emailed to me I had a weak moment and decided to buy the Orangewood Florence parlor. I rationalized the purchase as after all, it was under two hundred dollars. I went one step further and emailed customer service asking that they insure a couple of concerns I had from some negative comments would not exist on my guitar. My Florence guitar arrived a couple days after I ordered, when I opened up the gig bag and saw what had arrived I sat down and looked it over with a fine tooth comb. I couldn't find a single issue. Did I mention it was under $200! The action was perfect, I did have to tune it a bit and it took a few shots to get the B string adjusted properly, no problem, new strings are like that. When I sat down and played it I was shocked, parlor's usually have a problem with the low end but not this Florence. Again, I was shocked, often times when you see a review on Youtube the reviewer has been given a free item and therefore feels obligated to fudge in favor of the product. Maybe that's human nature. I haven't received anything from Orangewood that I didn't pay for and nothing but answered e-mails and on time delivery. As a result of the June sale and the Florence surprise, I ordered and received a Brooklyn. Guess what...the same outcome, it also arrived in a couple days and beat my expectations. As I type, I'm waiting for the new Oliver as I took advantage of their 'not quite perfect' sale of guitars that might have a nick or scruff mark. All this in less than a month! I'm sold.
Sounds great. Looks great! Straight out of the box.
We appreciate your review, Joseph!