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All our guitars are professionally set up by our expert technicians for the smoothest "out of the box" experience for our players.
Take your guitar everywhere with our premium gig bag. The durable padding and comfortable straps provide protection for the guitarist on the go.
All guitars come with an optional pickguard to protect the wood and add a decorative touch. Please keep in mind! Once applied, it can't be removed.
Our Melrose Collection Live models come equipped with an Fishman Flex EQ System. The system features a built-in tuner and onboard volume / tone controls.
We use Ernie Ball acoustic guitar strings to provide a crisp and full-sounding rich tone.
It sounds good and plays well. Certainly a good value.
Raise the price a bit, and add better tuners and nut. The tuners don’t turn smoothly, and the strings bind on the nut a bit.
Thanks loving it!
I have had this guitar a couple weeks, and I am pleasantly surprised. I was considering an Alvarez baritone and a Ibanez baritone, both which were a little more expensive than the Orangewood. The Alvarez had a number of negative reviews focusing on general bad build quality. The Ibanez at 699.00 was a little more than I wanted to spend, and was a cutaway (I don't like those). So, I chose the Hugo Baritone Live!
The guitar came well packaged and the shipping was pretty speedy. It is an attractive guitar, and I was gratified to see it had a gloss finish. I was also happy that the pickguard was optional. I don't like pickguards either, so I guess it will stay in the gig bag.
Though Orangewood states that the guitar was "professionally" set up, it was not. The nut was cut way too high and the action was quite high on the 12th fret. Playing a bar chord on the first fret was impossible. One of the bridge pins was loose and shoved all the way down and I had quite a bit of difficulty getting it to stay in. I always take these promises of "out of the box" playability with a grain of salt. One will ALWAYS need to have a new guitar taken to a competent luthier for set up. So that's what i did. When I got it back it was much improved.
I had hoped that this could be strung A to A, and I did that for a few days, but the strings were a little floppy and there wasn't a lot of volume. So, I tuned it to the B to B and that seems to be right for this guitar. The tuners seem nice, and I like the rubber grips on them. The pickup system is quite good. The tuner at times does not seem completely accurate, especially when tuning lower strings. The top is beautifully bookmatched and there are some interesting variations of the wood grain that are pleasing. I love the dark finish on the rest of the guitar, and the neck is fantastic. There is a slight bit of roughness in the finish on the back of the neck at about the 3rd or 4th fret which is a very minor finish flaw. There is also a bit of roughness on the top right behind the bridge. The gig bag is pretty good and will afford the guitar good protection. I also appreciate the specialty allen wrench for the truss rod. Because of these minor issues I am rating this a 4 rather than 5.
This is a fun and solidly made instrument. I enjoy using some open and alternate tunings and it affords me a whole new realm of possibilities. The guitar is light and comfortable to play. After it was setup I have been using it in my church for instrumental preludes and I have written a couple new instrumentals for that purpose. The instrument inspires me to create. The lower range of the instrument brings many songs that were too high for me to sing right into my range!
I also have to give a shout out to Orangewood's staff. They answered all of my questions as I was considering the instrument and did so in a prompt manner. This factored into why I chose Orangewood.
This is a great mid range guitar with a lot of bang for the buck. Granted I am only one guy and my sample size of Orangewood guitars is limited to only one guitar, but based on my experience if I needed to buy another acoustic guitar, I would certainly buy another one of these,
After having bought an Oliver, I knew the quality of this baritone would be great, and it certainly is. The guitar is flawless and beautiful in appearance, and sounds great. As my fretting hand is weak from nerve damage, I'll probably shave down the saddle a wee bit when I change strings and/or go to a lighter gauge.
Hugo Baritone Live