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This is my second Orangewood guitar. My first one is the Morgan Ray Mohagany which plays beautifully and I dont see myself parting with it.
I wanted a slightly smaller guitar which I can comfortably play while using my laptop. The Florence plays reasonably well. Actually the feel of the fret board is very similar to the Morgan. It does have a boxy sound and limited range but its parlor sized so that's just the way it is. Its great for practicing on your couch or even your bed and convenient while travelling.
The only thing that I'm not so happy with is that the action is a bit high for my liking and is causing some string buzz. I'm going to get that fixed from a local store but otherwise its a great buy for the price!!
I’ve had the Oliver Mahogany for about a year, and have been really pleased with it. It actually is my go to over my lower priced Martin, and the only problem I’ve had really with it is that the finish is kind of coming off in some places but that’s not a big issue with me. I was excited to get the Florence finally when they had the outlet sale. When it came in I played it for a couple of days and found that it just didn’t have the same quality as my other guitar. It looks amazing, but the quality just isn’t there for me in the sound of it. I’m hoping that when the Martin strings I ordered that I put on all my guitars come in that I’ll end up loving it, but right now I really just don’t like it. I paid 145 for it which isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t suggest paying 195 for it when you can buy a Oliver for the same price. If the strings make a difference I’ll come back and give another review, but as of now it is being put on a hanger for display.
As far as Orangewood as a company, they’re good to work with. FedEx delivered my package to the wrong address, obviously not Orangewood’s fault. While FedEx was absolutely no help, Orangewood was very responsive and helped to resolve the issue.
As for the guitar, it’s very comfortable and easy to play. And it being a parlor sized guitar, it’s pretty resonant. It’s a perfect couch guitar as I intended it to be and looks great sitting next to it. It’s more 4.5 stars just because mine came with some noticeable cosmetic blemishes in the finish. However, for under $200, the value you receive is great. Overall, I’m happy with it.
I love my Florence. She’s perfect. She will play nice and quiet if I choose or can sound very full with a pick. Small enough to take anywhere in the nice case that came with it. It also came set up perfect for my liking. Thank you for caring to sell such nice guitars at a great price.