Orangewood debuts its Highland series of solid-wood acoustics

[L-R] Orangewood's Highland collection: the Ava, Hudson and Sage (Image credit: Orangewood Guitars)

Orangewood Guitars' Highland series of acoustic guitars are the company's first solid-wood models and comprise the dreadnought Hudson, the grand concert Ava and grand auditorium cutaway Sage.

The three solid-bodied acoustics share similar construction, with solid spruce tops, mahogany on the back and sides, ebony fretboards, open-gear Grover tuners and GraphTech TUSQ nuts.

Orangewood Guitars is based in California and since its launch last year have used a variety of laminated woods on their accessibly priced acoustics. The Melrose series has layered pau ferro back and sides complementing solid-spruce tops.

The Overland series similarly used layered mahogany on the back and sides while their entry level Playa models featured a variety of layered woods on tops, backs and sides. 

The Highland series retails at $645, with an optional LR Baggs Anthem pick-up ($945). A hard case comes as standard. 

The use of solid wood is a significant upgrade, and an ambitious move from Orangewood. The company's co-founder and creative director, Eddie Park, hopes that the Highland series will "welcome a new group of advanced players into our growing guitar community.” 

Orangewood Guitars are only available online. See here for all the details and to order.

Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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