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I started on an old, beat up classical guitar, then went to a cheap amazon steel string to play at my youth group (was a Vangoa 3/4 size acoustic). I was looking at Taylor 200s and 300s, Martin Road Series, Eastmans, Guilds, even Gibson’s new G-45. I was set on a Martin D-12e, but when I played it, I didn’t love the cheap pickup. I loved the sound of the guitar thought. I decided to save up for a Martin D-18, but needed something nice now. I am beyond impressed with my Sage live! It sounds comparable to the Martin that I played, but the satin finish is better in my church (so the reflection doesn’t blind everyone). Also, the Anthem is perfect at my church, when it’s just a few Mics, guitar and piano, or even if we have drums, base, electric, and synth. I’ve played it to death, on the third set of strings, and for now, the Martin can wait! Thanks Orangewood for the wonderfully balanced Guitar that has given me motivation to become great!
I have been shopping around for a new guitar for a few months now. I played quite few from the Taylor line, some of the higher-end Gibsons and Martins. I had pretty much relinquished myself to the fact that I was going to buy a $4000 Taylor, because they just sounded that much better than everything else. And that was not going to happen for a very long time because of the price.
Then one of my favorite artists posted a picture of themselves playing an Orangewood. Never heard of those! I looked into them, watched some review/comparison videos, and ultimately decided to give this one a try. After all, I was actually able to afford this.
The first thing you'll notice is that it's just as pretty as the pictures. Build quality is fantastic and beautifully ornate, especially for the price. Very comfortable to hold and play. Definitely something to be proud of when you look at it. I love it. Also, it comes in a very good quality hard case.
But the thing I was most worried about was the sound. There's no way to play before you pay. Now, having played for a few days, I can safely say that is sounds great. Like REALLY great. Actually, it's ridiculously good. I have played some $3500+ Taylors that don't sound this good. I genuinely feel as if I'm playing a guitar worth thousands more than what I paid.
Orangewood, thank you. Sincerely, thank you for making this possible. I am beyond happy with this guitar, and playing it has been exactly the experience I was looking for. So much love to all of you.
I was on the fence for weeks on whether to purchase the Orangewood Sage. I’d searched the web for any and all videos and articles reviewing their high end, all solid models because the price for one of their solid body acoustic guitars sounded to good to be true. The reviews were all positive but could I trust them....
So, I took the plunge. I’ve had my Sage acoustic for about five days now and I couldn’t be happier. The quality and craftsmanship are top notch. I’ve owned and played several Taylor acoustic guitars from the 100 and 200 series and this guitar blows them all out of the water. I’ve never played a guitar with such balanced tone. The tone is warm and the highs cut through beautifully yet they aren’t tinny like some brighter acoustics can sound. The action and playability are perfect. The neck feels great with no sharp edges like you might expect with a less expensive guitar. You guys really nailed it - tone, craftsmanship and looks.
The LR Baggs Anthem pick up system amongst the best in the industry and the reviews will show.
Thank you Orangewood for saving me $1,000 to $1,400 (the cost of the other comparable solid body acoustics I was considering). If you are on the fence on whether to get an Orangewood guitar, I encourage you to go for it. The Sage is an excellent value.
The guitar sounds great the only thing I was unhappy about was the top of the guitar being of two different shades and from the bottom of the bridge to the end of the top was a dark streak which I was not to happy about
I bought this as an upgrade from my first guitar which was a Seagull. I was debating between this the Taylor 214ce, Taylor 314ce and Martin GPC 13e, since I was willing to spend more as a treat for myself. I was hesitant about the Orangewood first as I couldn’t test play it, but after watching many reviews on YouTube and playing the others at the guitar stores, I decided to just get it and see. I’m so surprised by the sound of the Sage! It’s a beautifully made guitar without any visible flaw (even Taylor 214ce that I saw had some visible unevenness on the guitar binding). The sound of the Sage is between the Martin and the Taylor, with enough bass tone yet enough brightness, thus great for both chords and fingerpicking. Set up was perfect out of the case (and also a BEAUTIFUL hard shell case with gold hardware). I did not have to tune it out of the box. I do prefer the neck of the Taylors but it’s not a deal breaker for me since I’m saving at least $500 with the Orangewood. I’m having so much fun with it! Keep it up Orangewood; please make an all solid with all gloss finish!