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First of all let me clarify who I am. I've been playing guitar for several years and have owned a lot of different acoustic guitars made by people like Martin, Taylor, Fender, Gibson, Epiphone, Guild, etc. And this Hudson Guitar is probably the best and finest All Solid Mahogany guitar I have ever owned!! So to back that up, let me give you a detail description of my experience with Orangewood and this guitar. I'll start from the beginning.
Ordering it was a snap....and within one day it was shipped out to me via Fed-X and arrived in perfect condition in 5 days from CA to me in GA
Took out the guitar and immediately tuned it up and played it right out of the case and the setup was perfect and it sounded awesome!!! No buzzing, strings set at a perfect height and tone was great across the board. The sustain from this guitar is incredible, it keeps playing the last not or chord for over 15 seconds after you have picked it or strummed it....awesome!!! The playing volume....you won't need an amplifier for this guitar it really booms out with sound across the spectrum of notes.
Carefully examined the guitar construction and it is second to none the way it is put together. Great bracing and the finish inside and out is flawless and is carefully and professionally assembled.
Next I took it out of my mentor and luthier for his opinion, he has 50 yrs. exp. and is very accomplished in the construction, repair and playing of most all string instruments. I knew that if the guitar had any imperfections of issues he would spot them immediately and I would exercise the more than generous return policy of Orangewood and perhaps return the guitar. He inspected the guitar and played rhythm & picker....his final comment was............"it's a Keeper" and one of the finest guitars that has ever come into his shop!
Final comments: These guys have their act together, a great buy at a great price. I hope they come out with a Rosewood Guitar, I'd buy it in a heartbeat!!
Okay so i found this company one day about a year ago and read all the reviews on their guitars and i decided to try one to see if all the hype was true. I am so glad I did!!! These guys put out an AMAZING guitar for a very consumer friendly price. I'm now on my third guitar from them and couldn't be happier with all three. This solid wood guitar for $650 is absolutely awesome. Fit finish and tone of this guitar rivals my $3000 Martin and it plays in my opinion just a tad bit better!!! I am a lifelong Orangewood fan from now on.
Played this guitar right out of the box. Like other reviews this guitar plays beautifully. The action was set at 2mm which was excellent for my playing style. I own a Martin and Takamine that are more expensive modles than the Hudson. The Hudson plays as well as these guitars do. If your looking for a less expensive guitar, this is it, look no further. It has ll the tone and volume you'll need.
Beautiful Guitar - Tone - Fit and Finish - well above the price of admission.
I find that open chords are large, grand and expansive - It is about 12 to 14 second sustain - It's really nice. Drop D can be thunderous fun.
If you must know - what does it most sound like? A Martin - or a Gibson - a Taylor ???
The answer is yes - It could honestly be any of them - That's not a cop out - But kinda Martinish on chords but definitely that thick crunchy Gibson midrange as you work up the neck. It's just fun.
So while it meets and exceeds what I was expecting, I must say there are a few surprises with this guitar.
The Case. -It is exceedingly nice and plush - solid and classy
The easy volume as you work up the fat ebony fret board - it really gushes tone on the single notes so well. And you don't have to push it.
Orangewood logo on the headstock - this is really well done and understated in its presentation -
The quality of the mahogany one piece neck - the grain is so very pretty and the satin finish is as nice as I have seen - the tuners are just solid open gear grovers - and fit the whole vibe.
And it smells.... Good. - if you don't know- smelling your guitar is therapeutic.- it is is completely normal human behavior. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Have no reservations.
I'm keeping it - even after string changes - and the honeymoon period has worn off -this thing just has MOJO and it's a keeper. My curiosity has paid off - Nice job gentlemen. I would have paid more.
Not all guitars are equal, and that seems especially apparent in the lower end of the guitar spectrum. But please don't let the price tag on this guitar deceive you. The Hudson plays as well (if not better) than several of my $4k acoustics. The action is smooth, the neck is refined, it keeps good intonation high up the neck, and the tone is a healthy mixture of warmth and presence. When mic'ed in the studio, there's no heavy EQ work needed to "fix it." And the dreadnought body leaves nothing to be desired as far as volume. Seriously, this sucker can pro-JECT. But it's also incredibly intimate. When plucked gently, it coos like a lover. I highly recommend this guitar. It was love at first strum.