I've had my Berkeley TS Live for 10 days now, it wasn't bad out of the box, but is SO much better now. Fit and finish are impeccable, delivery prompt and on time. The case is a perfect fit and solid. I will admit it's the heaviest guitar I've ever owned (it's heavier than my 1973 Epi Excellente, which weighs a lot) Love the satin neck, and the setup is perfect - strings almost down on the fretboard but without buzz. I think the more I play it, the more the top ages, the better the sound. I have a Oarngewood Ava TS Live that is a completely different guitar than day one - the sound is now terrific, exactly what I was looking for. The Berkely projects itself like a dreadnaught should. Has a deep low end, and the middle and highs sound distinct and separated. I haven't played plugged in much, this guitar really doesn't need it, but I agree that the LR Baggs is probably the best out there. I've owned much more expensive, top of the line guitars, and feel that this Berkeley is in that league.
So... I was not wowed by this guitar when I first pulled it out of the box. Don't get me wrong, the case and the guitar are both absolutely beautiful. All of the inlays and logos are real and not stickers, and the dark wood color is my favorite! The case is well made, fits like a glove, and the handle is super comfortable! However, when I first strummed the guitar, it kinda sounded a little dead to me. It had the warmth and the solid wood sound I was hoping for, but it sounded muted. So, I had mixed feelings at first. I liked it but I wasn't in love with it. I also noticed it was quite dusty in a few areas, and the strings were not completely new and had some rust in a few areas. The next day I took it to my Luthier and had him look at it. He informed me that when he gets any new guitars from the factory, they have a break in period before they open up and he bangs on most of them for a week before selling. He also mentioned the strings were most likely rusted from sitting on a boat all the way from China. While I was there, I tried a few Gibson's, Taylor's, and Martin's and didn't seem to like anything that wasn't more than $3000+. So, I took my new guitar back home and really banged on it for a few days and noticed it starting to open up, and then I re-strung it with some 12's instead of the 13's. That's when the guitar came to life. All of the clarity and volume I was hoping for was there. This guitar isn't going to sound as good as some of Martin's dreadnaughts that are really high end, but it gets pretty close in my opinion. It has a different flavor than a rosewood D-28, but it's close enough for me. After a few weeks of the guitar adjusting to its new environment, I'm going to take it to my Luthier and have him set it up with a real bone neck nut and saddle and slot the bridge. With the cost of the guitar and the $180 set up, this guitar will rival many high-end guitars for a pretty nice budget. If you personally are high end guitar buyer, this guitar isn't for you. However, if you are on a budget like me and looking for something that is really nice, this would fit that budget. I'm thinking about creating a Youtube review with how impressed with this guitar I am. Also, the pick up is killer, but that's what I expected with the LR Baggs Anthem! ;)
I have got to say, these guitars surpass my expectations! I have the Echo Live, and am looking to upgrade to solid wood and the Anthem system - so, seriously, if "Brian" sends his back - send it to me! :)
Not that loud at all .finger action is ok. its hard to fret I picked up a yam that's was 3 times louder and fret action is softter that the orange it's not worth the price that's for sure .I will probably be sending it back 😔
Hi Brian, we are sorry to hear that you are not satisfied with your recent purchase. Something that may help is making a small adjustment to your guitar's truss rod. If you have any questions about how to do this, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we will be happy to help!
This guitar is awesome. It plays like a dream. It's great that the guitar was setup professionally right out of the case. You can't touch anything with the features and price point. I went to Guitar Center to compare some Martins and Taylors. You would need to pay more than twice what I payed to get in the ballpark of quality and playability. I hardly ever write reviews, but if you're on the lookout for a quality guitar you need to check out Orangewood guitars.