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Cleo Live

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Open your playing to a wider sonic palette with Cleo’s timeless cutaway shape. We topped Cleo with torrefied solid Sitka spruce and solid pau ferro back and sides for a rich, aged tone. Gold hardware, abalone detailing, and Grover open gear tuners round out the vintage-inspired design. Comes equipped with the award-winning LR Baggs Anthem pickup.

Note: Torrefaction is a unique baking process. Every guitar is one of a kind, and the finish may slightly vary in color.

  • Body Shape: Grand Auditorium Cutaway
  • Top Wood: Torrefied Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back / Sides: Solid Pau Ferro
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Pickguard: Insert Included (Self-apply)
  • Hard Case: Included
  • Strings: Ernie Ball Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Medium Light
  • Electronics: LR Baggs Anthem
  • Tuners: Grover Open Gear Tuners (Gold)
  • Neck Shape: C
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Nut / Saddle: TUSQ
  • Nut Width: 44mm
  • Bracing: Scalloped X
  • Finish: Natural Gloss
  • Overall Length: 41”
  • Body Length: 19 11/16”
  • Body Depth: 4 9/16"
  • Upper Bout: 11 15/16”
  • Middle Bout: 9 5/8”
  • Lower Bout: 15 13/16”

Watch Ruben Wan Demo Cleo

Professional Setup in Los Angeles

With our expert setup, your guitar is ready to play right out of the delivery box. All Topanga models come freshly restrung with Ernie Ball Phosphor Bronze strings.

Guitar tech setting up an Orangewood guitar on a workbench with extra strings in the background.

Superior Tonewood

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.

Face up view of Orangewood Berkeley guitar.

Deluxe Hard Case Included

Take your guitar everywhere with our sturdy hard case. Designed for durability and comfortability, it’s made for the guitarist on the go.

Topanga Collection deluxe hard case in sunlight.

Iconic LR Bags Anthem Pickup

Our Topanga Live models come equipped with the award-winning LR Baggs Anthem Pickup System, chosen for its warm natural tone and feedback resistance.

Close up of LR Baggs Anthem control unit in soundhole of Sierra guitar.

Customer Reviews

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Tom W.
Very happy, with a couple of little nits.

I wanted a good sounding and easy playing general purpose gigging guitar that I wouldn't have to watch after like a Ming Dynasty vase, and my kids got me this for my birthday. It fits the bill perfectly: Wonderful finish, gorgeous woods (says "Pao Ferro" but looks like Indian Rosewood), sweet sound unplugged, and the L. R. Baggs is about the best acoustic pickup you can plug into an amp. Also it was delivered before the scheduled date. Good work!

The setup was near perfect, except for two nits: (1) The G string "pings" when tuning. Lube helped a little but it's going to need a very slight filing. And (2) This was NOT "freshly restrung"! The strings it came with were tarnished enough to leave my fingers black, and dead as rubber bands. The G string snapped at the peg as I removed it! I had to immediately restring the guitar. I stuck on a set of D'addarios, and it sings. Both easy fixes, but should not need to on a $1000 guita, especially when advertised differently. Nowhere near enough to remove a star though. I very much recommend the guitar.

One issue that may be unique to me: I have been using a Line 6 wireless transmitter, which I love. But the transmitter has a little button which turns the unit on when you push it into the input jack. The L. R. Baggs strap-holder jack's end is a bit rounded (probably to ease putting on the strap), not flat, and the transmitter button doesn't quite hit it when the jack is inserted. Until I figure out a fix, I'm back to a cable! Oh well.

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Francis D.J.
I Iove it. Just love it.

All the reviews on YouTube were spot on. Very happy with the purchase. More guitar than I need for many many years. Aloha.

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Alex M.
The One You're Looking For!

The Orangewood Cleo Live is not only stunning to look at, but sounds and plays beautifully. It is very easy to play with its low action and comfortable neck, and stays in tune well. The sound is very resonant and bright, especially when played with a pick that to me shares some qualities of a Dreadnought-style guitar, which makes it especially great for Blues, Bluegrass, Latin, and even Tommy Emmanuel-style playing in my opinion.

This guitar offers a lot and is very versatile. For its features and quality I think this guitar is equivalent to much more expensive guitars out there. Bottom line, I don't think anyone would ever regret their purchase of a Cleo Live.

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M.W.
Absolutely Blown Away!!

I have been playing Guitar for over 35 years as a working musician. I have owned many Taylor's, Martins, Gibson Guitars and I have to say that Orangewood nailed it with the Cleo Live.
What a great price for what you get. The build quality surpassed my expectations and the tone and playability are outstanding. I can't wait to see what the future brings with Orangewood not to mention That Orangewood will be a household name with Acoustic Guitars in the near future. I forgot to mention the excellent customer service and kudos to the guys doing the setups Thank you !

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Tom T.
Great bargain for a great, quality guitar

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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Tom W.
Very happy, with a couple of little nits.

I wanted a good sounding and easy playing general purpose gigging guitar that I wouldn't have to watch after like a Ming Dynasty vase, and my kids got me this for my birthday. It fits the bill perfectly: Wonderful finish, gorgeous woods (says "Pao Ferro" but looks like Indian Rosewood), sweet sound unplugged, and the L. R. Baggs is about the best acoustic pickup you can plug into an amp. Also it was delivered before the scheduled date. Good work!

The setup was near perfect, except for two nits: (1) The G string "pings" when tuning. Lube helped a little but it's going to need a very slight filing. And (2) This was NOT "freshly restrung"! The strings it came with were tarnished enough to leave my fingers black, and dead as rubber bands. The G string snapped at the peg as I removed it! I had to immediately restring the guitar. I stuck on a set of D'addarios, and it sings. Both easy fixes, but should not need to on a $1000 guita, especially when advertised differently. Nowhere near enough to remove a star though. I very much recommend the guitar.

One issue that may be unique to me: I have been using a Line 6 wireless transmitter, which I love. But the transmitter has a little button which turns the unit on when you push it into the input jack. The L. R. Baggs strap-holder jack's end is a bit rounded (probably to ease putting on the strap), not flat, and the transmitter button doesn't quite hit it when the jack is inserted. Until I figure out a fix, I'm back to a cable! Oh well.

F
Francis D.J.
I Iove it. Just love it.

All the reviews on YouTube were spot on. Very happy with the purchase. More guitar than I need for many many years. Aloha.

A
Alex M.
The One You're Looking For!

The Orangewood Cleo Live is not only stunning to look at, but sounds and plays beautifully. It is very easy to play with its low action and comfortable neck, and stays in tune well. The sound is very resonant and bright, especially when played with a pick that to me shares some qualities of a Dreadnought-style guitar, which makes it especially great for Blues, Bluegrass, Latin, and even Tommy Emmanuel-style playing in my opinion.

This guitar offers a lot and is very versatile. For its features and quality I think this guitar is equivalent to much more expensive guitars out there. Bottom line, I don't think anyone would ever regret their purchase of a Cleo Live.

M
M.W.
Absolutely Blown Away!!

I have been playing Guitar for over 35 years as a working musician. I have owned many Taylor's, Martins, Gibson Guitars and I have to say that Orangewood nailed it with the Cleo Live.
What a great price for what you get. The build quality surpassed my expectations and the tone and playability are outstanding. I can't wait to see what the future brings with Orangewood not to mention That Orangewood will be a household name with Acoustic Guitars in the near future. I forgot to mention the excellent customer service and kudos to the guys doing the setups Thank you !

T
Tom T.
Great bargain for a great, quality guitar

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.

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