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I purchased the Hudson and Hugo live for myself and the Mahogany Oliver Jr for my wife. All I can say is WOW! The quality in craftmanship is there and the instruments play and sound amazing. We received frequent and clear updates on the state of our order from placement to arrival at our door by Orangewood. I can't say enough on how that aspect helped with the anticipation! We are highly impressed with Orangewood product and service. I am telling you the price can't be beat.. Thanks Orangewood!
I bought a new acoustic guitar that just came in today via FedEx. Its the Hudson Dreadnaught by a relatively new company called "Orangewood". The whole thing with a hardshell case and free shipping was $650. My thoughts about the guitar are as follows:
1) The Hudson is one of their "high end" guitars that were released quite recently. It is made with a solid spruce "torrified" top and mahogany back and sides. It played and sounded fantastic right out of the box (except obvious tuning that needed to be done).
2) This guitar sounds almost (but not quite) as good as my Martin 000-28, which I paid $1600 for, and now sells for about $3000 new. The Hudson, with its similarly thin neck feels really comfortable. And it plays consistently in tune up and down the fret board. I haven't touched a guitar in almost 3 years now. but even with all my rust this guitar is a pleasure to play. Licks that I haven't played in years started to come back to me. I think thats what a good instrument does. It responds to the musician and communicates well what the musician has in mind. It didn't feel like wrestling. If felt more like a conversation that was so easy that it minimized my "stuttering".
3) Orangewood specializes in low end "beginners" guitars. But unlike most beginner models, By every review, they are legit quality. This company is now my goto suggestion for anyone who is trying to learn guitar, or who needs a quality guitar and doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars for one.
4) This guitar doesn't respond as well to hard strumming. (This most definitely is not a Martin HD28. In that sense it is similar to my Martin 000-28 which is a smaller bodied guitar. Both guitars definitely have a "sweet spot" when it comes to strumming tone. But in my mind, this is actually a good thing as it forces the guitarist to nuance their strumming with finesse instead of power. This is also what makes it so amenable to fingerstyles.
Bottom line: this is a great guitar. If you have $4000, go get a Martin or a Taylor or a Huss & Dalton (which are FANTASTIC btw). But if you don't want to spend that, then get an Orangewood. And don't bother buying another guitar until you raise the requisite $3000 to buy something better. You can find better guitars between these price points, but why bother. The Orangewood will serve your needs just fine until then.