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This is the third time I've bought an Orangewood guitar and I am impressed every time I take them out of the gig bag. The first two were gifts for friends wanting to start learning and made great starter guitars for them. But after seeing the quality of them and hearing them played for a while, I decided it was time to get one for myself. I went with the Brooklyn because I have travel/parlor guitars and dreadnought guitars, but didn't have something in the middle like a grand concert. Out of the box it was set up wonderfully and extremely comfortable. I couldn't find a blemish or oddity anywhere on it and the woods, inlays, and rosette look gorgeous. It sounds great finger picked or strummed and I like the included strings a lot more than I thought I would. They are staying on until they wear out before I start experimenting with other kinds. If you are looking for a guitar that is easy to play as a beginner that will still be good once you know your way around the fretboard, Orangewood gives you a lot of guitar for your money. I'm keeping this one.
I have been playing my Brooklyn almost every day since I received it about three weeks ago. I was looking at guitars almost three times the price before settling on OW based on reviews and I'm so glad I did.
My favorite thing about this is the neck. It's really easy to play, the setup was nice and low, I get very little ringing and my fingers don't hurt (too much) from playing barre chords. The Grand Concert size is perfect for me (I don't like the dreadnought size, too big). Besides the easy playability of the neck, the resonant sound of the wood is characteristic and woody. It is quite bright though, and using a pick tends to make it punchier than I like. I find fingerpicking produces the best tone on the Brooklyn for me personally, but it generates plenty of bright, punchy volume with the pick.
The only thing that kept me from making it a 5-star review was the specific guitar I received had a line along the top of the fretboard running about half the length of the neck. I can't manage to get it out despite polish and cleaning. It isn't a crack, just some kind of mark - probably invisible if you don't look for it, but of course, I gave the guitar a thorough investigation on receipt. I haven't exchanged it as the defect has zero effect on the playability or sound. I also almost like the little bit of personality it has as a result but a tighter quality control check would have been nice.
I've seen people comparing these guitars to Martins and Taylors and that's ridiculous - there's a vast difference between those instruments and the Orangewood, but honestly, for most of your practice, home, and even school or coffee shop gig needs, this guitar will do just fine. I wish this had been around when I got my first acoustic - this is far better than the $200 Takamine I bought as my first guitar.
For the price (bought during the 15% off sale, so it was $250 instead of $299), I can't say anything bad about it. It's wonderful.
good guitar. construction is very good no flaws seen, binding joint barely visible, inlays are well done( if fret inlay matched the soundhole inlay, that would have been really good. tuning machines work well- holds tune, smooth action and feel. beautiful in appearance
sound is rich and clear, very articulate even strumming.
i am very pleased with the guitar and the Christmas sale-
This guitar exceeded my expectations. The craftsmanship was nearly flawless and the sound and tone are wonderful for the price. Your follow-up during the purchase and shipping process were excellent.
Very pleased with the purchase of my new Orangewood Brooklyn guitar! Fit and finish, playability (action), sound are all exemplary. Only thing I can criticize, at this time, is the spruce top seems to have some spots and scuffs on it under the finish. At first I thought it might be some figuring in the wood, like maple with birdseyes, but it looks more like dent spots and a couple of scuffs on the spruce. It is under the finish so it is completely smooth on top. But for the price and the rest of the quality I can just pretend it's figuring. Now trying to decide what model to buy next!