Jim Root of Slipknot demos the Rockerverb 100 MK3 guitar amp live at Download Festival. Find our Rockerverb series here.

Orange Amplification take great delight in welcoming Jimmy Bowskill as a new Ambassador. The Canadians driving, lyrical guitar playing is the core of The Sheepdogs good time rock ‘n’ roll.
 
The multi-award winning Bowskill is considered one of the most talented players in the Roots and Blues scene today. Musically intense, his playing is full of sweet licks and chops whilst his voice is strong, soulful and expressive. The Sheepdogs, famously the only unsigned band to appear on the front of Rolling Stone, are skilled purveyors of vintage boogie rock.
 
When asked about his Orange gear, Bowskill said: “I have used my Orange AD30 as my main touring amplifier with the Sheepdogs for 5 years all over the world and have only had to change tubes. I love the clarity in the breakup of the AD30 circuit with the EL84’s and the smooth clean headroom as well. They are very reliable and excellent sounding and performing amplifiers. Best in the biz.”
 
The AD30 valve amp is the one stop shop for all shades of pure British chine and crunch with two different, independent channels voiced to complement and interact beautifully with each other.

Frank Sidoris by David Phillips

Orange Amplification is delighted to welcome new Ambassador Frank Sidoris, rhythm guitarist with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
 
Sidoris, who has been with Slash since 2012, has also played with Alice Cooper, the late great Lemmy Kilmister and Rush’s Alex Lifeson. More recently he has joined Wolf Van Halen’s, Eddie Van Halen’s son, new band Mammoth WVH.
 
He uses the Custom Shop 50 amp, known for its exquisite blues / rock tones providing an inspiring canvas for his rhythm work combining it with the cabinet main stay for touring artists, the classic PPC412.
 
Talking about being an Orange Ambassador Sidoris said: “It’s an honor to be associated with Orange, a company that has remained at the pinnacle of iconic tone and style for decades and continues to catch eyes and ears on stage and in the studio.”

Every month we reward one lucky winner with a prize. All you have to do is post your Orange rig to any qualifying social media using the hashtag #OrangeRigOfTheMonth. Please note we are not accepting entries via email.

What’s your name, age, occupation?
Yann Goraguer, 46, Aerodynamics Research Engineer

How’d you first hear about Orange?
I started building my own amp back in 2005 and was looking for some “alternative” inspiration, at least for the aesthetic. Being a Stoner/Doom/Sludge enthusiast, Orange was the obvious choice.

What gear is in this rig?
Orange Rocker 30 combo and Gibson SG. For the pedals : Pharaoh and Rosie Fuzz, Small Stone, Aqua Puss and Reptile delay, DIY Les Lius, Overdriver and power supply. Since I swap a lot between open G for slide and standard/drop tunning for the rest, the Octa-Switch helps me to stay  calm during a show. The only thing I bought brand new is my 2005 SG Special (50’s neck with custom pickguard and SD SH-59 set) everything else is second hand or DIY.

If you’ve got any, can you share links where people can go to hear how this sounds?

What do you use your rig for?
Rehearsals, shows and recording with my band : Rancune Ducks.

How often do you update the rig?
More often than I can afford…

What guitar do you use? Why?
Since I’m a lefty, it is difficult to find decent guitars at decent prices, still nowadays. I only play Gibson or Gibson like. Most of the music than inspires me is played on that. The SG is my main guitar, tuned to E standard and drop D. I also have a Les Paul Standard with a Classic 57 set and a Gordon Smith GS1, same tunning. A Custom 77 “China Girl” (French brand, SG like) with P90 and mini-humbucker, tunned to open G for slide. And finally, a reversed Ibanez GAX30 in C standard.

When was the first time you saw an Orange amp?
Early 2000′ at a local show with a Pop Punk band. A full set of sub two minutes, almost identical songs….but a Rocker 30 half-stack on stage with no pedals. I spent the whole gig on the first row….and I bought the combo version a couple of month later.

If you could own any piece of gear, old or new, what would it be and why?
It’s not really a piece of gear but the only thing I do want now is a proper place to play and record music. With Anthony, the other guitar in the band, we became addicted to the recording process a couple of year ago now.

Who is your guitar hero?
I don’t like the “hero” concept, so I would quote bands rather individuals, but it’s easy to find out : The Who, early Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Black Keys, Kyuss, Sleep and everything with Jack White in the line-up.

During the lockdown, we tried to stay busy by doing videos like this :

Any social handles if you want included?
Twitter : @RancuneDucks

Orange ambassadors The Re-Stoned recently did an Open Studio Session, and it’s all up on Youtube for us to enjoy. If you do have a penny or two to spare, they are gratefully accepting donations via Paypal: rushus@mail.ru.

If you enjoy music, please support hard-working musicians whenever you can, buy their records & merch and spread the word! More info about the band via their website which you can find here.

Our annual Wish Granted contest ended with more than $30,000 in Orange product given away to over 100 individual winners. We had 87,219 total wishes come in just to our website. It’s safe to assume there were well over 500,000 additional wishes just through social media.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the items we awarded by type:

Guitar Amps, Cabs, and Pedals – 48 pieces

Bass Gear – 10 pieces

Accessories and Merch – 48 pieces

We granted wishes to people in more than 20 different countries on 6 continents. Without a doubt, this Wish Granted was the crowning achievement of the 7-year-old contest.

Santa is drunk in a tree btw

We wanted to take a moment to focus on a handful of the people who entered this contest. We’ve been doing Wish Granted since it’s inception (when I created the contest while sitting in traffic driving home on a cold Christmas Eve EVE). In that time we’ve seen the contest grow from less than 50,000 impressions per year to more than 3,000,000. For most people the odds of winning must seem impossible.

For these lucky people, that impossibility has become reality. Let’s focus in on some of the winners and what they had to say about having their wishes granted by “Cliffy Claus.”


Erik Deptuch, Canada, Terror Bass Amp

“I can’t thank Orange Amps for this amazing opportunity, my year has been difficult just like everyone else’s but this definitely has rekindled a spark of hope that no matter how long of a shot that things can, and will get better. Stand strong, stand united, and support those you care about. Hopefully the next few years can be better than ever! Once again thank you Orange Amps!”

Ana Rita Rodrigues, Portugal, Two Stroke Pedal

“I’m a beginner and Two Stroke seems perfect to add more what I already have. For now I’ll be playing with my Squire Hello Kitty Stratocaster Electric Guitar and give nightmares to my neighbors.”

Henning Mesquita Brekke, Norway, Pedal Baby 100

“Been playing several different Orange amps over the years, the Pedal Baby 100 will be super helpful when traveling and playing gigs!”

Alexandra Koroukhov, Israel, Micro Dark Amp

“I wish to expand my gear as I am a guitar beginner. Once I excel in my musical duties more and more, I would love to produce sounds with some additional gear of one of the leading manufacturers.”

Robert Madley, USA, OB1 300 Bass Amp

“I wanted this amp because I needed a bass amp and I could never afford this. You made my Christmas dream come true!”

Juan Pablo Jimenez Bernal, Mexico, T-Shirt

“Even though I was a small child the first time I saw an orange amp, I could feel the power of Rock beckoning me. 2 years ago through hard work I could finally afford a Crush Pro series amp and since then I have played it tirelessly every single day enjoying its might and raw tones. I want to thank everyone at Orange and Cliff for all the wonderful gifts, all the flawless gear you have created and for being part of the history of rock n’ roll. Rock on my fellow brothers and sisters of the world and stay Orange!”

Evan Messenger, USA, AD30 and PPC212 Cabinet

“I wished for this so that I could finally get closer to starting the band that my grandfather and I always fantasized over.”

Jimmy Lewis, England, T-Shirt

“I’ll be wearing it. Externally. Almost certainly on the torso area.”


That last one is my personal favorite.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 Wish Granted. 2020 was a dumpster fire, but we’re glad we were able to help add a bit of light into an otherwise dark year. Until next time!

Those of you who have been following us for a while are most likely familiar with our annual “Wish Granted” competition where we give away thousands of pounds / dollars worth of gear every Christmas. Those of haven’t, well, that’s pretty much it but we’ll give you the lowdown anyway. Our Wish Granted competition is run yearly in December, allowing our customers to wish for any Orange product of their choice either via our website, or by making their wish in a comment across our social media channels by including the #WishGranted hashtag. Last year was a particularly shitty year, so we were happy we were able to put some smiles on people’s faces by making their amplifier dreams come true.

Below, you’ll find the top 5 wished for products of website competition entries during 2020’s campaign. Anyone able to guess number one…?

5. AD200

Truls Mörck of Graveyard with his AD200 & OBC810

To see our AD200 in the top 5 is hardly a surprise, as it’s quite simply one of the purest valve bass amplifiers ever produced. Designed on the premise that the best tone often comes from the shortest signal path from guitar to speaker, this classic, uncomplicated design features inputs for both active and passive instruments and a simple but effective EQ.

“I’ve tried a few other amps but for me there’s just no comparison; If you wanna play rock ’n’ roll, there’s no amp like the AD200.”
Truls Mörck

4. Crush Pro 120 Combo

Solid state never sounded so good! Taking inspiration from the twin channel circuit in our prestigious Rockerverb series, the Crush Pro range (which comes in both a head and combo, with the combo being in the Wish Granted top 5) has been developed using high grade solid state components. The result? Amplifiers that deliver the warm, rich tonal characteristics that have been our hallmark from the very beginning, coupled with extraordinary levels of versatility and construction to match. The clean channel is a vintage-inspired design, with plenty of sparkle, and the Dirty channel takes its roots from the Rockerverb, with four stages of gain covering a wide range of driven tones.

3. Merch, Merch, Merch

Designer Holly Watts wearing our wireless Crest Headphones

We have an extensive merch range and we’re glad you dig it! Cause let’s be honest, it’s easier sending you a t-shirt or set of headphones than an OBC810. Check our our Global Merch Store here, and our US merch store here.

2. Dark Terror

Picking up where the original Tiny Terror left off, the Dark Terror takes this classic ‘lunchbox amp’ formula and gives it a dark, modern twist. Designed to put high-gain heavy tones first, the 4-stage preamp borrows technology from our flagship amps, packing the best of Orange saturation into a portable, 15 Watt package. Equipped with our all-valve FX Loop and output power switching, the Dark Terror summons not only demonic distortion but also great clean and crunch tones.

1. Rockerverb Series

Nick Johnston by Grant Cooper

It might not come as a surprise that our Rockerverb amps were the most sought upon items in the Wish Granted competition. The award winning series, which consists of both a 50W & 100W head as well as a 50W combo have in many ways become our flagship amps since the release of the MKI back in 2004. The Rockerverbs demonstrates better than anything else that a workhorse amp can be a master of all trades, and the original was actually our first ever ‘high gain’ amplifier, with a unique voice that quickly became a firm favourite amongst the heavy crowd. However, its supreme versatility and dependability meant the series has been a mainstay for touring artists and session aces, both on the road and in the studio.

“I’ll never forget the first time I played an orange amplifier The rockerverb was always one that lived somewhere in my mind after the first time I experienced a note through one. Not only is it the coolest looking amp on the planet, but it changes my playing in a way that makes me sound more natural, more organic and more like myself. It sounds massive, but it still manages to let my fingerprint shine through.” Nick Johnston

Those of you who’ve registered your Orange gear in recent times will have seen the section where we give our customers the chance to suggest a charitable cause we donate to.

As we’ve grown as a company we’ve also built a big social media following, and we’d like to use our platform to shine a light on important causes (don’t worry, this won’t be on expense of our excellent amp content!) that are also close to our customers’ hearts.

Having gone through thousands of entries with different causes and charity suggestions, we’ve landed on ‘Habitat for Humanity‘ as our first one. We’ll give you the lowdown of their case and work in their own words:

Photo via Habitat for Humanity’s website.

“We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.  Housing poverty around the world is so widespread, that we need to engage in many ways to solve housing problems. Together with our partners and volunteers, we provide new housing solutions and opportunities for people in need of decent shelter.”
Habitat for Humanity

To help us raise money for Habitat for Humanity, Orange ambassador Marcus King kindly signed one of our ‘amp in a pedal’ Terror Stamps, which is now up HERE on eBay for auction, where 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the charity. Auction runs through the 16th, so place your bid, spread the word, and remember to register your gear here to have a say in which case we support next.

Photo by Emily Butler.

Marcus King Signed Terror Stamp Auction Launched

Orange Amplification recently asked its customers to nominate a charitable cause for the company to support. After thousands of entries the company is proud to announce they will be raising funds for ‘Habitat for Humanity‘ whose objectives are to “…build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Housing poverty around the world is so widespread, that we need to engage in many ways to solve housing problems. Together with our partners and volunteers, we provide new housing solutions and opportunities for people in need of decent shelter.”

To help raise funds for the charity, Orange ambassador Marcus King kindly signed one of the company’s ‘amp in a pedal’, a Terror Stamp, which is now up on eBay for auction. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. Marcus was recently nominated for a Grammy and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young blues guitarists to break through in decades described by Rolling Stone Magazine as an ‘electrifying performer’.

Follow the auction, which ends on the 16th January 2020, and bid on Ebay at https://www.ebay.com/itm/402634870386. To help choose another cause for Orange Amplification to support, register your Orange gear here. Further information on the auction and story will be covered on the Orange Blog page here

Question: What if Ghostbusters was like, still about blasting ghosts, but instead of using proton packs they used Orange amps strapped to their backs and the guns were guitars?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. The Ghostbusters are some of my favorite people. They’re all laid back and cool, but at the end of the day they’re action stars, superstars even. They saved the f*cking world. They’re pretty ugly guys but that’s what makes them endearing. I mean, look at country music icon Conway Twitty:

Conway Twitty came from a time when you could be ugly as sin but still be a music superstar. We called it the 70’s. That dude was beating off women with a stick.  

The Ghostbusters have proton packs which, according to the definition I found in my sock drawer, have “the power of 1,000 suns harnessed into a backpack that could potentially malfunction causing the end of the universe as we know it.” That’s a whole lot of power for these men to wield.

In fact, we should fear the Ghostbusters. They’re basically gods. Which is why I don’t understand how a guy like Martin Peck, representing a governmental organization like the EPA, would think it’s even in his wheelhouse to try and tell these guys what to do. Put them on their pedestal and give them their gold medal because nobody is worthy of their greatness.

And so that’s why I think they’re basically the same as Matt Pike.

Hear me out.

The Ghostbusters have technology capable of tearing holes in the space-time continuum. Matt Pike has a wall of Orange amps. That’s pretty much the same thing. Also, the Ghostbusters shoot beams of energy (music) at ghosts (their audience). Then they capture the ghosts (the audience’s attention) and transport them to an otherworldly holding chamber which is essentially purgatory (the merch line).

See? Doesn’t that make sense?

It doesn’t? You’re upset you even started reading this opinion piece? Fine, no worries. The whole point of this was to show a picture of a Ghostbuster with an Orange cab strapped to his back.

Yeah, that’s pretty badass.