I'm still in the process of returning my Sage, but assuming that it all goes smoothly:
I do think the quality of this guitar is excellent. It ticks off more premium boxes than any other guitar in this price range and the presentation and case is really very good. For my preferences, though, I didn't think it was a good fit.
I found the very flat and wide fretboard to be awkward on my left hand. I thought the action was set too high. On some fretted notes, I was getting a weird metallic shimmer sound (not quite fret rattle). And the tone overall was a little lower mid heavy for my taste (busy between 200-700Hz). The notes definitely still had definition - I wouldn't call it muddy. Just resonant enough that I immediately wanted to reach for an EQ when recording, even with a bright mic. I would probably string it with exceptionally bright strings if I were keeping it.
These things all might not be an issue for someone else and it certainly has a lot of plusses for a guitar in this price range. But I need something with a higher priority towards playability, a narrower neck, and a super consistent and clear tone. Although I'm aware I'm going to have to pay more than the asking price of the Sage.
Keep in mind I have no other comparison, but I do love this guitar. It is my first and only acoustic. It fits well and it is nice to play. I feel the sound is a good quality and I am happy I chose a Orangewood. The Sage is a beautiful guitar.
The last orangewood guitar i purchased , was a much better,comunication,from you to me! Constant,updates not this time,I was so impressed by that! Moving on ! Loved love the guitar, case ,guitar,very impressed,the whatcha,get for the price was too hard to pass up! Amazing gimme guitar offer! Orangewoodey perfect ! You couldn't of done better,than you have! 10 thumbs up !!!!
I received my Sage today, it was a pleasant surprise. Shipping was fast and the guitar arrived in great condition. It plays nicely and was well set up. Fit and finish was very good even compared to my Taylor 412 and Gibson J-35. It aounds very good for the money and beats the heck out ot the Breedlove and Fenders I played and at the same price point. I can hardly wait to break it in a little more and see how it sounds when it opens up.
After a couple weeks I had an issue with the bridge lifting off the body on my beautiful Sage Torrefied Spruce. Contacted Orangewood and they rapidly sent a return RMA label, and in very short order I had a new guitar at my door...superior service! The communication was professional and the only thing Bram at Orangewood was interested in was getting my situation rectified quickly and insuring I had a superior product. This is my second guitar from Orangewood and a third is in my near future...thanks!