All our guitars are professionally set up by our expert technicians for the smoothest "out of the box" experience for our players.
Inspired by the sound and beauty of vintage guitars, we’ve added a torrefied solid top and Grover open-gear tuners to our Highland collection for an aged look, woody tone, and a timeless impression.
Take your guitar everywhere with our first-ever hard case. Designed for durability and comfortability, it’s made for the guitarist on the go.
All our Highland Collection models feature an ebony bridge
and fingerboard to add balanced bass and a smooth feel that guitarists love.
Our Highland Collection Live models come equipped with the award-winning LR Baggs Anthem Pickup System, chosen for its warm natural tone and feedback resistance.
We use Ernie Ball Earthwood Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings for a warm, distinguished tone with golden clarity.
Torrified or Horrified? Just so you know my experience as a guitar player, I have been playing for 58 years both as a professional recording artist and a studio musician. I am also a recording engineer. My Hudson Live arrived packed beautifully. Its was here in two days as I live in California. Tone is unique with plenty of volume. It is hard to describe but, The tonal balance across all the strings and up the neck is very good. Over all I’m quite impressed with the tone, I didn't think it would be that good. The Herringbone binding is also vey clean and looks great. The intonation is spot on all the way up the neck and the action is low with no fret rattle or dead spots. That is very surprising for any acoustic guitar at any cost. I have played this guitar for about three hours and I noticed it did get louder and more resonant as the wood began to breathe after taking it out of the case. Very impressive. Now for the pick up system. It does sound very good compared to others I have heard and it is adjustable for blending the bridge pup and the mic pup as well as the tone and volume working well together. I played it through my acoustic Yamaha amp and it sounded very natural. I also played through my electric amp Hughes & Ketner Ampman classic and was pleasantly surprised how loud I could turn it up and was very surprised how good it sounded and how natural it sounded through both amps. Now for the Neck. I can truly say this in all honesty that this is one of the best acoustic guitar necks I have ever played on in my 58 years of playing. As good as any expensive guitars that I have owned. I have played all the best and worst guitars ever made and owned them all. The ease of playing is incredible. I love the ebony fret board with nice clean inlays and great touch with the ebony bridge and string pins. The soft ouch and hard attack on the strings is also very responsive and delivers a sweet timber to the ears when played gently and a bit of pump when digging in. The Look, The one I received looks slightly aged on the top and the mahogany back and sides is just drop dead gorgeous. The grover tuners are excellent. They stay in tune and have a nice esthetically complimentary look. The head stock has a simple and very clean look to it. The guitar fits like a glove in the case and is more than adequate. The case is not a $200 Martin case but a good solid case and should last a long time. I play every genre of music and I find this guitar to be very versatile. I also like where the Strap buttons were placed. I paid $1045 Plus tax With free delivery. I guess they had a price increase because most say the paid about $945. However, I feel the value for the money is there and then some. The Craftsmanship on my guitar was perfect. No finish runs or extra glue everything as it should be. I hope this helps you too make a decision. I have no regrets at all. Believe me if this guitar was junk I would say so. I have no qualms about writing bad reviews. I just can't find anything wrong with this guitar. Isn't that just the cats meow and the whiskers too...
Other acoustic guitars I have owned
1960 Marco Polo 3/4 size
1967 Martin D18,
1968 Martin D28,
2018 Martin 00028 EC signature
2010 Martin X1
Big Baby Taylor date unknown
2000 Gibson Hummingbird,
2016 Yamaha AM1
2019 Prudencia Seaz 208 Classical
2015 Cordoba C7 Classical
And many others…
Very, Very, Very happy with my Hudson Torrefied Spruce. I was looking for an acoustic/electric for live performance but didn't want to alter my 10 year old Martin. My Luthier recommended an Orangewood Sage but after researching models on the website I thought the Spruce was my best option. The solid construction and playability of the Orangewood is on par with my Martin and it's certainly pretty. A nice hardcase to boot and all for a very good price. A little trepidation at buying without playing but sooo glad I did. Guitar True Love in just 2 weeks.
I work at a local music store and have played probably 20 guitars since I started looking for a new one. There were only 3 that I thought were absolutely perfect: the Taylor 414CE-R, the Taylor 618E, and the Orangewood Hudson Live.
better than expected…. I’ve owned many vintage acoustics and regretted selling each and every one. But couldn’t justify the $ of buying a vintage D-28 or D-35 no matter how much I missed those I’ve owned. This isn’t just a “good guitar for the money”… it’s a good guitar REGARDLESS of the money. Grover machine heads, Tusq nut and compensated saddle, LR Baggs Anthem pickup and a decent hardshell case. Couldn’t ask for more. Very pleased with my Hudson Live.