I had been following Orangewood and their products for months, I was first exposed to them via a Youtube review and then did a Youtube search and found several more reviews, but like many if not most shied away in favor of more established manufacturers. I have 11 guitars, Martins, Taylors, Yamaha, etc. And I already owned both Paul Reed Smith SE and Gretsch parlor models.
When the Summer 2022 sale notice was emailed to me I had a weak moment and decided to buy the Orangewood Florence parlor. I rationalized the purchase as after all, it was under two hundred dollars. I went one step further and emailed customer service asking that they insure a couple of concerns I had from some negative comments would not exist on my guitar. My Florence guitar arrived a couple days after I ordered, when I opened up the gig bag and saw what had arrived I sat down and looked it over with a fine tooth comb. I couldn't find a single issue. Did I mention it was under $200! The action was perfect, I did have to tune it a bit and it took a few shots to get the B string adjusted properly, no problem, new strings are like that. When I sat down and played it I was shocked, parlor's usually have a problem with the low end but not this Florence. Again, I was shocked, often times when you see a review on Youtube the reviewer has been given a free item and therefore feels obligated to fudge in favor of the product. Maybe that's human nature. I haven't received anything from Orangewood that I didn't pay for and nothing but answered e-mails and on time delivery. As a result of the June sale and the Florence surprise, I ordered and received a Brooklyn. Guess what...the same outcome, it also arrived in a couple days and beat my expectations. As I type, I'm waiting for the new Oliver as I took advantage of their 'not quite perfect' sale of guitars that might have a nick or scruff mark. All this in less than a month! I'm sold.
Sounds great. Looks great! Straight out of the box.
We appreciate your review, Joseph!
I borrowed a friend of mine's Florence for a week and loved playing it. I found myself picking it up every time I walked past it. So why haven't I bought one yet?.....the finish. Two reasons...1. the finish on the top of my friend's Florence has some really rough spots in the finish, and the the finish was not buffed out evenly...2.. sorry, but the sunburst is one of the ugliest sunbursts I have ever seen and gives the Florence a toy look, and it deserves better. If the top had a natural blond top or the yellow stain (my choice) of the torrefied tops, I would buy one in a heart beat. So currently, I am holding out and hoping you offer a different color top in the near future. Again, the Florence was great to play, but hard on the eyes.
So, I'm working on some music at one of the dopest producer's home studio in Los Feliz. This guitar is sitting next to me in his studio. He says some musician he worked was sponsored by OW and forgot it here before traveling for tour. I was using it to run through the song for arrangement purposes (not recording because its funk disco alt-pop). And holy S! I was LOVING the sound. Seemed so clean, no bunk frets, action was on point. Everything.
Just came back for another session, sitting here now, and was like hmph I gotta check the price on this thing. I was fully expecting $1,500 minimum!! I'm blown away. For the price, this guitar is a S. T. E. A. L. Orangewood you better not jack up the price on this because of this review, but holy balls wow.
This thing is a full experience vibe. Snag yours, don't be a do-do bird!
I am enjoying playing a parlor sized guitar. The sound far exceeded my expectations for the price. I was disappointed that I purchased the guitar for $225.00 and now it is on sale for $190.00.