Orangewood Hudson and Sage Live review

The fresh-faced acoustic guitar company delivers two beautifully well-rounded instruments

Orangewood Hudson and Sage Live acoustic guitars
(Image: © Orangewood)

Guitar World Verdict

Orangewood’s Hudson and Sage Live models deliver the tone, performance, playability and features of high-end acoustic models at affordable prices that are appealing to beginners and pros alike.


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    High-quality, budget-friendly acoustic guitars.

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    Both models have thermotreated spruce tops to remove moisture, oils and resins to duplicate the tone of a vintage instrument.

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    Complex, responsive tone.


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    Can only purchase direct from Orangewood, however the process is no longer than it would be with more well-known retailers.

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The market for acoustic guitars under $1,000 has become so crowded recently that some of the few ways a newcomer can truly stand out is by offering a product that is either less expensive or better than the competition. Orangewood Guitars has done even better than that by producing instruments that are both less expensive and better. 

Although the company has been around for only two years, they’ve already built an impressive buzz amongst the acoustic guitar community for the incredible value their instruments offer. Here we take a closer look at two of Orangewood’s leading and most popular models on the market - the Hudson and the Sage Live.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.