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I also own 2 Martins, 2 Taylors, a Gibson J-45, a Simon & Patrick, an Andrew White Freja, and a late 70's (MIJ) Alvarez-Yairi, but this Oliver, Jr. Mahogany Live is ALWAYS the first guitar I pick up when it's time to play. I am completely blown away by the look, sound, playability, and value of this little guy. If I was to gift anyone with an acoustic guitar, beginner or not, it would be this guitar.
I’ve wanted to learn to play the guitar my entire life. Recently, someone recommended that I go with an Orangewood guitar because of the inexpensive price and the outstanding quality. Because of his recommendation, I purchased the guitar and couldn’t be happier! My guitar instructor fell in love with the guitar immediately! Highly recommend!!
I remain in awe of the projection that this little guitar has. It has become my go to practice-noodling guitar. The action came set up perfectly from factory. Just can't put it down.
I started looking into this guitar after seeing Tony Polecastro and Darell Braun you tube videos from them on it. Background here: I've also purchased the Martin Jr and Taylor GS mini Koa, both fine smaller scale instruments and the Oliver Jr. fits right in-between them in terms of fit and finish. The neck is smooth and the fret work was on par with both the Martin and Taylor. Note here about the action on the instrument, it came to me set up at 2.75mm at the 12th fret which I adjusted down to 1.75 with a Light gauge string set of 10's and a bit of truss rod tweaking and saddle adjustment. Also noteworthy is it has no dead spots nor fret buzz either before or after I adjusted it to my liking. The tone of the instrument is, again right between the Martin which I hear as being darker with less definition in the low end and the Taylor shimmery high end and slightly louder bass. The Oliver Jr Mahogany is bright with out being offensive while the low end isn't as pronounced as the Taylor but having better definition in its lower register. An excellent instrument for the easy chair or couch. I have not yet used the electronic package on it but knowing its from Fishman it should be just fine. Note here the Martin Jr has a similar system and it sounds great when coupled with the Aura Spectrum where as the Taylor system is noisy out of the box, a problem I have yet to address with the builder / dealer as I seldom use it.
Only two things I would change about it, 1 bone nut and saddle 2 ebony end pins. I would also pay 3 to 4 times as much for an all Mahogany instrument on this scale / size that was build with the same attention to detail as this one has been. Thank you Orangewood and please donate my free set of Earthwood strings to your Giving Guitar program
Built it right, like as you have done, and word will spread. Two thumbs up. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because of the 2 items mentioned before and you can't give 1/2 stars...
I absolutely loved my guitar! I was having great difficulty playing my olld 1989 Yamaha because the body was too big. I’m 59 yes old and have fibromyalgia so I stopped playing for a long time! My husband purchased this because a friend of his told him about it having a small body. I am now playing with no difficulty and am so thankful for he awesome soft sound it displays! Thank you greatly for giving me hope to be able to play again ! I love the beauty and color and it is perfect for me!