I really enjoy playing my Ava Live guitar. It's very responsive and easy to play. The factory setup is is pretty good. However, It does have an annoying buzz on the B string and a little on the high e string. The action may be too low and causing the string buzz. I emailed Orangewood for help and they suggested that I do a truss rod adjustment but it didn't eliminate the problem. I may need to send this one back but I would give them another chance and try another one. Besides that, it's a great instrument with a fine fit and finish. The LR Baggs pickup does a great job capturing the balanced sound of the Ava.
I received mine about 3 weeks ago. The jury has spoken, verdict is in, I LOVE it. The torrified spruce top has darkened up a bit, and I thinkthe sound has mellowed along with it. I am not a professional player, just someone who loves to play and (hopefully) is getting better.
It is not fair to compare this to my D41 . I honestly never knew how LOUD and bassy it was until I got my Ava. The Ava is not anywhere near as loud (which is just fine), and the low end is nowhere near as overwhelming. I think the Ava is just as good in the mid tones, and not quite as twangy on the high end. The fit and finish are top notch, I love the smaller body size that makes it easier for me to play. The LR Baggs makes a good sounding guitar even better. Well set up, easy to play. For this kind of money, I am beyond impressed. Hey Orangewood, Great job!!
Ava Torrefied Spruce Live
All solid wood, torrified spruce top, LR Baggs pickup, Grover open tuners, beautiful sounding, professional setup for $800ish dollars? Incredible deal!
Sounds a lot like a $4000 Collings I owned years ago.
No complaints. Sounds good, plays good, looks good.