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Picked this up for my son for Christmas. He’s been wanting to learn guitar and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money to see if he would stick with it. I’ve been playing for 25 years and believe to get a kid interested in guitar you need to spend a few bucks for quality instrument that will play and sound good so the new player will not get discouraged with the action and sound of a cheap guitar. This is tough for some parents as we tend to buy cheap and then our kids get discouraged.
In steps Orangewood! Great first guitar! Sound, action, look and feel! This is just what my son needed and he can’t put it down. Great action and small body for little players. I was so impressed I ordered an Oliver Cedar for myself and am in love with that guitar. For the price you can beat this deal! I had a Taylor Big Baby when I was younger and I wouldn’t hesitate to say this Dana Spruce Mini is easily as well made and sounding as that for a third the price. If your little one wants to play but you don’t want to spend $300-$400 for a beginner guitar, BUY THIS!
I just love it.. come already set up. Perfectly.
Great quality guitar for the prize.
It’s a great playing and sounding guitar for the money. However, the quality of the finish and some details are what you would expect from a $100 guitar. I’ve seen some absolute beginners come in for lessons with unplayable guitars that were obviously cheap, but this one I would definitely recommend to anyone.
I won’t give it five stars because the finish was ROUGH. I had to sand the whole guitar down with 1500 grit sandpaper to make it feel nice. 320 grit to the fret ends and then 600 and 1500 on those as well. Also, I’ve had the guitar for a couple weeks and still can’t get the neck flat with the truss rod. It’s tightened all the way and still has a slight bow, which is okay but I’d like to get it just a bit straighter. I can’t really complain for the price, I won’t send it back because after all the sanding and polishing the frets, it plays nicely now and I’ve already used it on stage and had great results.
Buy one and sand it down a bit, polish the frets, and play it with love to break it in a bit and you’ll have a great cheapo guitar you can take anywhere.
I began playing on an old Fender acoustic for several months. The sound was average and my small hands made it difficult to play certain chords. So I decided to find a traveler guitar. As I was searching for guitars online I found Orangewood.
I ordered the Dana Spruce. The sound is great. The main problem with my particular guitar was the nut. It's made of plastic and and should be smooth but there's a small jagged edge at the G string. When I tune the G string I hear a bizarre beeping noise.
I don't consider it to be a big problem unless the string snaps. I have to tune all the strings everyday, also not a problem because the sound is great. I love the size of the Dana, it's like night and day compared to my Fender. It's so easy to play which is the main reason I bought it.
Bottom line is the quality sound of this guitar for the price is amazing.
I bought the Dana Mahogany as a camping guitar because taking my Martin DC-16 was getting too risky, not too mention burdensome. I didn't expect much, and just hoped it would stay relatively in tune and not have fret buzz like most cheap guitars do. Well, the Dana met those standards and then exceeded them beyond any rightful expectation for a guitar this cheap. The Dana is a joy to play and due to it's small size, it's very easy to play. It's really a perfect guitar for beginners because of this. And it sounds great, even next to my Martin - it doesn't disappoint. For the style of music I've been playing (Delta Blues) it almost sounds more appropriate because those old blues guitarists weren't generally playing top end guitars. And for it's size, it projects it's sound more than one would expect.
The intonation was perfect out of the box, and every string on every fret rings true. The action is just right, and made me realize I should probably lower the action on my Martin. The tuning knobs feel a little cheap, but they don't slip, which is what matters. The guitar is as light as feather too, so between that and it's size, it's really the perfect travel guitar. It also looks great in person. And on top of all of this, it comes with a quality soft-shell case. Really, this is an unbelievable deal and a quality guitar. I had to write this review because I've been blown away by the Dana. I absolutely love it.
Orangewood, I'm just waiting on your 12 string model.