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The guitar sounds amazing. It’s easy to hold, play, and sounds fantastic.
My only two complaints: the finish was much lighter than the picture. Much, much lighter and there was some unexpected disappointment because I wanted it to look like the picture. It’s practically white instead of the nice caramel color (a little nit picky, I realize, but I do like a darker finish).
The other complaint is that I order the kit with it. But my guitar came without it. I let Orangewood know but I’m still waiting. It’s only been 11 days so I expect to get it soon. They were very sweet about it and said they would send me some extra guitar stings.
But I still wish the finish was what was advertised on their website.
About a year ago I took a chance and bought a Brooklyn the sound was pretty good but not as deep or resonant as my two martin solid wood spruce tops with rosewood back and sides but I found myself loving the way it played and found myself playing it most of the time. So when the Ava was back in stock I bought one and now it is my best buddy. Great guitar thank you Orangewood
Truly. I was a skeptic. I have a Martin 000-15 and a Martin OM-42 and a Gibson Custom J45. I love high end guitars. Their quality, their unique sounds and response, etc. This Ava is incredible. It’s responsive, resonant, and plenty of punch. Plays well out of the factory (though I still had a set up done by my luthier) and holds it on against any of the guitars I have named. Sure, it’s missing some of the shimmer you get from the OM-42 but it’s also 1/10 the price! For the money, one or the best guitars I have ever played. Get one.
I have been playing acoustic guitar for over 50 years, and in that time I have played and owned a lot of really good guitars, including Martin, Taylor and Larrivee. I just received my new Ava from Orangewood Guitars, and I could not be happier. I read that some other owners had seen some minor cosmItetic issues, but I inspected the guitar very carefully and there was not a single flaw. It is very light, which is the first thing that I noticed about it. It was only a little out of tune - understandable with new strings and a long journey. Once tuned up, it was a delight to play and hear. The set up and the intonation are both perfect. I love the natural finish - it is my favorite for acoustic guitars. I also love that the pick guard is optional. I personally prefer no pick guard. The sound is just right - bright, but not too bright and just the right amount of bass and mid-range. I am afraid that my other guitars are going to have to get neglected as I have found my new favorite. And it is by far the least expensive of the bunch. Thank you Orangewood for such a great and greatly affordable guitar!