Just received my Florence and was pleasantly pleased. Great action and solid. Decided to give it to my Grandson to start. Now I got to buy another one for me. Ha! Thanks for a great product.
Honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect in quality and sound, but let me tell you, this is a new favorite diddle guitar of mine, I’ve been playing it over my other high end expensive guitars. I’m not saying it compares to the Martin and Taylor’s I got but it has great quality for its price point. I would highly recommend Orangewood to anyone who wants a nice guitar without breaking the bank. Stoked on my Florence Parlor! ❤️
I was looking for a much more expensive parlor-sized guitar, such as a Larrivee, Eastman, etc. when I stumbled upon Orangewood after @jeremytheguitarhunter mentioned them on an Instagram story. The reason I opted for the less expensive option, in addition to saving some coin, was because I wanted this guitar to be something that is always leaning on my couch, easy to pick up and play throughout the day. Given its price, I also won't mind my daughters picking it up and learning as well. Here's the good and bad:
The Florence is perfectly setup and plays extremely well. The tuners are nice and the guitar has no problems staying in tune. No small guitar sounds like a big-body dreadnought, but the Florence sounds darn good and belies its affordable price tag. As a bonus, the gig bag is higher quality than expected.
THE (not so) BAD:
The guitar has two slight blemishes, one the size of a fingerprint on the top of the guitar, the other a speckle of finish about the size of a freckle, that chipped off on the side. This isn't a deal breaker for me given its couch-surfing destiny. The strings, as mentioned in other reviews, came out of the box looking old and tarnished. They still sound good, but it almost appears as though the guitar is strung in Indonesia and they get tarnished on the boat ride across the ocean.
The sunburst finish, in my view, makes the guitar look very cheap. More like Mattel than Martin. It's unfortunate because everything else associated with the guitar would cause one to think it's far more expensive than it is. The sunburst has this toy-looking bright orangey red burst that is a very far cry from a vintage tobacco-colored burst of an old Martin. This is the only trait of the guitar that would make me embarrassed to show it off or play it on stage, and an authentic sunburst or a satin black finish would really turn this guitar up to 11.
Extremely pleased with Orangewood In total. Marketing, ordering process, ship time, etc. were all perfect. I am now looking for an excuse to buy a top-of-the-line Orangewood (that I don't need) and would highly recommend Orangewood to anyone looking for a guitar that punches well above its weight and leaves a little weight in your wallet.
If you are looking for a smaller guitar without compromising good tone this is the guitar. It’s a beauty with a great matte finish and plays well. The tone has a little bell like quality but that’s what you get with a parlor. Highly recommended.