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The guitar was everything I hoped for. The guitar came set up nicely. After a minor tuning, the guitar played beautifully. The guitar is aesthetically pleasing—not that improves how it plays. It just make you want to pick it up and play. Also sounds great plugged in.
Ordered the echo 12 live, said they'd ship it in 3 to 7 business days, it shipped in 3 business days. They said it would arrive on July 20th, arrived on July 19th. Absolutely beautiful guitar, terrific quality, looks and feels amazing, sounds amazing, very loud and bright. I could not be happier. Thank you Orangewood
I have owned a Guild 12 and currently own a Godin 12. The Guild was in the early 70's so it's not a fair comparison (back then people were expected to play with medium and heavy gauge strings). The Godin is current and is a good guitar. I had to take the truss rod up full bore so it wasn't too bad on my fingers. The Echo 12 is far easier to play. Bar cords near the nut are a piece of cake. The tone is very good. Not as great as my 50-year-old rosewood Martin, But no one will know the difference. The finish is beautiful (much better than the vintage Martins). I also own a web-based business that has a similar business model - direct to consumer - and I know exactly what Orangewood is doing - they are chopping out a number of middle men. Not only the retailer but also the brand and both mark them up along the way. In my industry, the brand makes 50-100% and the retailer makes 40% so the retail price is normally 3 to 4 times the cost. By cutting out these middle men you get a price similar to what the brand would pay - a huge savings. And this is not an advertisement for Orangewood - I am a full paying customer - who happens to own 5 of their guitars - all full price. Why so many guitars? As my girl friend asks me, because I can.