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From the first strum, I am very impressed with the Sage Live. It fills a room like a professional quality instrument should. I shopped Martins and Taylors in the $500-$1000 range for some time before decided to give the Orangewood a shot. By my estimation, it’s every bit the guitar a Martin GPC 13E or a Taylor 214ce, and several hundred dollars less expensive.
The sound is alive, vibrant, and full. I’d put it in between the dark tones of a Martin and the glassy notes of a Taylor. I’ll just sit and strum chords because the sounds are truly gorgeous.
Other notes, it holds a tune very well. It stayed in tune through shipping, which is remarkable. The action feels right to my fingers.
I’m yet to play it plugged in extensively, but the versatility of the mic-pickup combo seems very useful.
I am also very impressed by the quality of the case. The guitar fits perfectly into a velvety interior. The padding is firm, holding the guitar snugly.
Overall, I purchased expecting a 50-50 shot at returning it. I’m fully on board now, and looking forward to seeing how it holds up for the next couple of decades.
I’ve had my Sage Live for about a month and a half now. I bought it because it fit my must-haves at a price I could afford and with free return shipping it was worth a shot. Let’s just say I’m very happy I took the chance. My primary use for the instrument is leading worship at a large church alongside a full band, orchestra, and choir. I was looking to replace my 15 yr old Martin D-16RGT solid rosewood dreadnaught with “budget” after-market electronics since the piezo pickup was pretty bad and the guitar was in dire need of an expensive neck reset. I wanted something that was made with solid wood, had a smaller body, and came with a better electronics package. At the guitar store, I narrowed my preferred sound down to a Breedlove Oregon Concert E (all Myrtlewood), and the new Taylor 314ce, but both guitars retail around $1,700-$2,000 and my current budget didn’t allow me to go that high. I actually bought an Eastman AC122-1CE and brought it home for a couple days, but couldn’t fall in love with it. The fit-finish and sound were very good for a $550 guitar, but just not to the level I wanted. Also, the tuners, soft case, and tinny-sounding piezo pickup were turn-offs. In order to have those elements upgraded individually it would have ended up costing close to $1,000 total. Instead, I decided to try the Orangewood since it had the same solid wood construction, but with a superior pickup, better tuners, and a hard case included.
I immediately fell in love with the sound and feel of my Sage Live. The fit and finish of the guitar is honestly not distinguishable from the Breedlove and Taylor guitars I had tried. In fact, I love the full-satin finish, binding, and no-pickguard look of the Sage Live so much that I think I prefer it to the others. It feels wonderful in the hand too. The pickup totally lived up to its name as well. It sounds great through our system and finally makes it sounds like I’m playing an acoustic guitar instead of a guitar-i...
The Sage Live arrived in quick order. Monday order was delivered on Thursday in Southern Cal. Comparing it to other $1,000 acoustics w/electric pickups it is certainly at the top. I am not well versed with the electronics of any acoustic guitar, but I can say that the LR Baggs Anthem is easy to use and understand. Sounds great into a 'clean' amp setup. I'll experiment with other tones and settings someday. The natural tones are awesome. No doubt they will age nicely. The playability is out of the box really good. I think after a month or so, I might want to experiment with some setup, but maybe not. On an aesthetic level it is simply beautiful. Understated (as many fine acoustics are), but quite appealing. All of the finish work is terrific. I find the headstock to be spot on. I wouldn't change anything. I'm not an accomplished player by any stretch, but this is an instrument that I am sure to be proud to play anywhere. It's a bargain.
I’m not an audiophile by any means and have always played mid level guitars. The Sage Live is my first higher end guitar and it is easy to play it looks great and most importantly sounds awesome! Definitely rivals my friends Taylor that I’ve played. My guitar did have a chip in the wood upon arrival but the exchange process was simple and easy. I’m 100% sure I’m getting another Orangewood guitar in the near future. I’m gonna need to grow an extra set of hands though cuz I won’t be able to put either guitar down 😀 Thanks for making an excellent product at a reasonable price!
I am very pleased with this find. The O' Wood add for the Sage in Vintage Guitar Mag caught my eye...the guitar has beautiful lines, wood tones and styling. I then absorbed a few video reviews on-line and was convinced to roll the dice. This guitar is the best sub - 1K guitar I have ever seen and played. Has very strong, well balanced, warm tonal response for ALL styles ( strumming, fingerstyle, jazz, segmented flat picking, etc). without using the pickup. Orangewood truly created a very impressive & affordable instrument here....for any level of player. Wishing orangewood all the best & Peace to all.........Bobby.