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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.
Inspired by lush natural acoustics, we added a torrefied solid Sitka spruce top and, for the first time ever, solid pau ferro back & sides to our Topanga Collection. Explore the balanced, resonant sound of an all solid guitar made for professional playability.
Take your guitar everywhere with our sturdy hard case. Designed for durability and comfortability, it’s made for the guitarist on the go.
All our Topanga Collection models feature an ebony bridge and fingerboard to add balanced bass and a smooth feel that guitarists love.
Our Topanga Collection Live models come equipped with the award-winning LR Baggs Anthem Pickup System, chosen for its warm natural tone and feedback resistance.
We use Ernie Ball Earthwood Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings for a warm, distinguished tone with golden clarity.
I discovered Orangewood guitars through recent social media sharing and on-line reviews. So I ordered their best and this Cleo did not disappoint me. I currently own 8xx series Taylor guitars, have played 9xx Taylor's, Own other high-end guitars, high Eastman and Martin's, and High quality classical guitar (Ramirez's1A), Alhambra's and Cordoba's and I have been a long time serious hobbyist luthier with over 20 classical guitars building. So now to own and play a Cleo Live, perhaps I may input some reviews both on playability, and build quality. I also ordered their Sage Mahogany for a HyVibe project I plan to work on. But this feedback is on the Cleo. The guitar was shipped the next days and arrived to me the very next day (I am fairly local to their location), and it came in fully setup, in a nice case, nice logo. The string action was just right to my liking (low) that is easy to play with absolutely no string buzz. The neck setting to the body is low and I do have enough saddle bone to lower down, but there is absolutely no need. The strings were in tune when it came, and intonation to all notes on the fretboard were spot on. The fretwork is absolute clean. No sharp ends to complain. I love the look and feel holding the Cleo, one thing, the neck contour is a real deep C, different than the Taylor's, Eastman's and Martin's but after a few days, I have found I like it more. More comfortable to the hand plus the satin finish of the neck feel of the hand moving is smooth and easier to play too. The voice sustain is commendable, I am still trying to some other string gauges to my liking. 12-53 or 11-52, I have found they work better for me and the sounding of the instrument. I love the look and feel of the torrefied spruce top, love the amber color as it is a real aged guitar. Most of my experience on the back/side on the majority of my guitars was on solid Rosewood, I have one Brazilian Rosewood So I will know more about Pau Ferro wood as I play this Cleo. I love the feel of the headstock, the inlays as they are just enough to enjoy. love the center inlayed line on the back The guitar logo is elegant. Of all of my guitars when possible I ordered with ebony fingerboard and this one ebony is clean black to my taste. Love the gold finish open tuners. One comment I would like to make is the body seems to be a tad heavy. Perhaps the makers would fine tune their building, bracing size. The body lacquer finish although looks beautiful but I would prefer satin touch and feel and it might cut the weight down a bit. In summary I really like it and for price comparison (considering not counting the cost of the great LR Baggs pickup) the guitar's price is a real bargain. Oh, the plastic white binding looks nice work but I would prefer wood binding, that would make the guitar feel more natural and more beautiful. I am pleased now to have owned the Cleo. BTW, Orangewood Guitar's customer services are very responsive!!! Love it.
I love my Cleo Live grand auditorium! I was considering upgrading to a top-of-the-line American made guitar with solid rosewood back and sides, but could not justify the price tag of almost $4000. When the Topanga series was launched I jumped on the Cleo Live at a fraction of the price with very similar specifications. This is a beautiful guitar in sound, playability, and appearance. The solid pau ferro (sustainable alternative to rosewood) B&S with torrified spruce top produces a crisp, bright sound with great sustain and resonance. Playability was excellent upon arrival, and my local luthier confirmed the proper setup. I love the pearl inlays, gold open-back Grover tuners, and lovely finish…very classy look. The hardshell case will keep it well protected. LR Baggs Anthem electronics are said to be among the best available. What’s not to love for a guitar that sounds, plays, and looks this nice for the price?