The “Voice of Rock” for an entire generation of music fans, Hughes was recruited to Deep Purple in 1973 and became the band’s lynchpin bassist and singer until their initial split. Since then, Hughes has pursued a critically acclaimed solo career as well as collaborations with acts as diverse as Black Sabbath, Gary Moore and the 90s acid house group The KLF, before joining The Dead Daisies on bass and lead vocals in 2019.  

Radiance is The Dead Daisies’ second album since Hughes joined the group. Described by Razor’s Edge magazine as “an unstoppable force in the world of hard rock” and a “thick and meaty deep-in-the-blues rocker that satisfies on every level” by Metal Injection, the immense bass tones on the album come courtesy of Hughes’ array of Orange Amplification gear, including the OBC810 cab, AD200 MKIII head, Crush Bass 100 combo and, of course, his signature purple Crush Bass 50 combo. Talking about his signature amp, Hughes said: “When you can go in the studio, take that bass combo and make your album with something like that, it’s truly outstanding. It’s gritty, it’s punchy: sustain is so important and it’s certainly got all that.” He added: “Orange all the way… It’s the future, it’s the way to go, you heard it from me!

Catch rock legend Glenn Hughes fronting The Dead Daisies with his Orange equipment at the following venues this December:

Date          Venue                                Location

3rd Dec    Rock City                           Nottingham

4th Dec    O2 Ritz                               Manchester

6th Dec    O2 Forum Kentish Town    London

7th Dec    KK’s Steel Mill                    Wolverhampton

10th Dec    The Academy                    Dublin

11th Dec    Limelight                            Belfast

13th Dec    O2 Academy                     Edinburgh

Orange Amplification is delighted to welcome JJ Julius Son, frontman and guitarist with the worldwide phenomenon Kaleo, as an ambassador for the company.

Kaleo are one of Iceland’s biggest musical exports. Their breakthrough album, A/B, took their music around the globe with its three hit singles, the Grammy-nominated No Good, All The Pretty Girls and the chart-topping Way Down We Go, which have featured in more than twenty hit TV shows including Suits, Orange Is The New Black and Grey’s Anatomy. The band’s Fight Or Flight tour, supporting the release of their critically acclaimed third album, Surface Sounds, has taken them across the USA, including appearances at Coachella, and seen them opening for the Rolling Stones in Europe.

Jökull Júlíusson, better known as JJ Julius Son, is the frontman and guitarist for Kaleo. As the primary writer for the band, as well as lead singer, guitarist and pianist, he leads the blues-driven group with passion and musical skill. Demonstrating a wide range of musical genres and influences, the diversity of JJ’s music moves from cinematic, classic rock through soft, folksy blues, into hard-hitting stomp rock. JJ appeals to a mainstream audience with his grungy guitar riffs, crying leads and electrifying performances.

JJ Julius Son uses an Orange AD30 on tour, in the studio and at home. Speaking about the amp, he said ‘the Orange AD30 is the only amp I’ve found that can handle the wide variety of tones and instruments that I use in a single show’.

The Orange AD30 is a one-stop shop for all shades of pure British chime and crunch. From shimmering cleans, edge-of-break-up jangle or fire-splitting classic crunch, this amp has it all, in a simple, road-proven package.Check out orangeamps.com for an interview with JJ Julius Son coming soon.

Today, Orange Amplification announces the return of three iconic effects pedals — the Orange Phaser, Orange Sustain and Orange Distortion — with the trio’s vintage characteristics reworked for the present day. 

The modern story of these classic units starts in 2019, when an Orange message board went crazy for a photo of the long-discontinued Sustain pedal from the early 1970s, with its outsized form-factor and art nouveau typography. Not long after, a hand-drawn schematic diagram, complete with teacup ring marks, scribbled-out Biro and wobbly writing, emerged following an online call for help about what was inside the sturdy orange box. 

The rest of the story writes itself: as more evidence was unearthed about the Sustain and its two brothers the Distortion and Phaser, the wizards in the Orange workshop set about remaking these beasts, retaining their most-loved qualities and incorporating the contemporary features — LEDs, DC inputs etc — expected on 21st-century effects pedals. The result is three seasoned UK-made pros retuned and ready for the modern age. 

First up is the Orange Sustain, which smooths and regulates guitar sounds, acting like an overdrive for clean tones with added chime and warmth. Boosting volume without scuffing purity, and making soft parts louder and loud parts softer, it offers an expressive, nuanced and three-dimensional take on the sustain/compressor effect. 

Then there’s the Orange Phaser, the most elegantly simple of the reboots, with just one knob and one job: to bring sweet psychedelic swirl to any rig, its dial modulating guitar tones from woozy sweeps to choppy stabs via kaleidoscopic insistent, whirling pulses. With four-stage circuitry rebirthed from the original schematics combined with modern techniques inside the box to reduce the noise floor, the Orange Phaser adds maximum spin with minimum fuss. 

And finally there’s the Orange Distortion, with vintage appearance up top but all-new circuitry below deck, replacing the original’s back-to-back diode design with an amp circuit and tone stack with a user-adjustable treble. New design doesn’t mean new sound though — the Orange Distortion retains all the bite and growl and warmth and howl of its 1970s forefather, from fat gravelly textures to red-hot screamers and maximum saturation.

That’s quite the box set: together, they make up a trio of effects pedals that’s not just a perfect homage to one of rock’s golden ages, but also ripe for any modern set-up. With a large-footprint, tank-strength aluminium chassis and classic looks, a mere glance at the pedals will offer a 50-year-back teleportation. Then, stomping on the footswitches completes the time-travel: these might be new for 2022, but with the Orange vintage pedals, the song remains the same. 

For more information about these new UK-made pedals, view the launch video at https://youtu.be/zwi3AZT_xts and learn more at orangeamps.com.

Contributing to environmental conservation and restoration across the globe

London, UK, 31st May 2022 – Orange Learn (part of Orange Amplification), a global music education provider leading the way in the use of sustainable learning and assessment methods, has today announced a partnership with One Tree Planted, who are working to restore forests and rebuild habitat globally. For every course purchased, Orange Learn will plant one tree.

Photo by Ben Hemmings.

 “Sustainability and environmental awareness is at the very heart of what we do at Orange Learn. Our revolutionary approach to learning music and taking exams online was deliberately developed to help reduce carbon emissions and paper wastage. We are always looking for ways to deepen our commitment to sustainability and our partnership with One Tree Planted is one of many ways we plan to join the global effort to protect our planet.” [Cliff Cooper, Founder, Orange Amplification]

The objectives of this new partnership include:

·        Raising awareness of deforestation and habitat loss

·        Supporting a key global reforestation initiative

·        Giving our customers an opportunity to further contribute to sustainability as they learn

 

This partnership is designed to make it easy for  customers to contribute to global reforestation and a sustainable future. For every music course purchased from Orange Learn’s website, Orange Learn will donate $1 to “One Tree Planted” to plant one tree. The trees are planted by local partner organisations and community volunteers in areas where there has been deforestation. To learn more about this partnership, please visit https://www.orangelearn.com/one-tree-planted/

Orange Amplification is delighted to add VENOM INC and former ATOMKRAFT frontman TONY “THE DEMOLITION MAN” DOLAN to its artist roster. Dolan recently announced a new album with VENOM Inc, due on 23 September 2022 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Says Dolan:
I use my Bo-El Big Generator basses which are pure power with the right touch of finesse but as I’m the Demolition Man I need that overwhelming punch that only the combination of Orange and my Bo-El can deliver… To become a proud Orange artist is beyond my words except to say I’m honoured to represent old-school & new-school values wrapped in the harmonious and sustainable weight and power torque of Orange! The skies are now literally not the limit!

Says Orange:
Tony recently joined the Orange roster as an official ambassador, and we are thrilled to be working with him and supporting him and VENOM INC both on the road and in the studio.’ – Orange Global A&R Manager Ella Stormark

Tony is using the AD200 & OBC810, and you can find his artist profile here.

Full press release via Lords of Metal can be found here.

Orange Amplification introduces the Guitar Butler, a complete guitar rig in a pedal. Like its hugely successful sibling, The Bass Butler, this dual channel guitar pre is intuitive to use and covers a musician for as many situations as possible; gigging, playing at home, recording, touring, as a back-up, for use with a PA or DAW and much more.

Designed to give guitarists a comprehensive service to their signal chain, The Guitar Butler can be used either as a stand-alone or as part of a rig. It is perfect for musicians looking to get preamp tones from their pedalboard straight into either a power amp / speaker cabinet combination or into a PA system.

The vintage-voiced Guitar Butler has been created to make it easy to place pedals up front, it has top mid and front controls in its tone stack and the precise control offered by its sweeping E.Q adds further warmth to humbuckers and brings out the sparkle in your single coil pickups.

The JFET circuitry of the classic overdrive Dirty Channel means it behaves in a similar manner to a valve amp. Push the volume and the resulting sound has the same dynamic feel usually associated with valve rectifiers. The controls for this channel are volume x 2, treble, middle, bass and gain. The gain is like a classic amp, bright and tight, not totally clean like a Rockerverb. It just saturates and gets fatter the more it is turned up.

Like all great butlers, The Guitar Butler has an array of connections: The Buffered FX loop allows time effects like modulation, delay and reverb to be added after the preamp. There is an Amp Out without Cab Sim and a Balance Out with it, plus a Ground Lift switch to stop any earth loops. Guitar Butler manages all a guitarist’s tonal affairs.

To find out more, including full technical specifications please go to orangeamps.com/guitar-butler/

Orange Amplification extends its Crush amps series with the launch of the Super Crush 100 head and combo, taking the now classic Crush Pro and moving it a big step further toward a more valve-like tone. The completely new design is more than just an upgrade. It delivers all the immediacy, definition and character expected from any of Orange’s top-of-the-range valve amps. See Ty Tabor (Kings X) talking about the Super Crush 100 here

The Super Crush 100 effectively mimics the huge, rich and responsive tone of the Orange flagship Rockerverb amps. It uses the same 100 Watt Class A/B power amp as the Pedal Baby and combined with the 2-channel JFET preamp design, it provides masses of authority and musicality which will have guitarists swearing there are valves inside! An on-board digital 24 bit reverb module provides a lush, spring reverb ambience and the fully-buffered, ultra-transparent, series FX Loop takes care of all effects needs.

Two completely independent, all-analogue preamp channels give instant access to a whole spectrum of warm, valve-like tones. From high-headroom clean to high-gain metal, every sound ever needed is dialled in with ease, thanks to a versatile circuit and intuitive simple control layout. The Dirty Channel boasts four cascading stages of proper Orange gain and the Clean Channel is a bright, vintage-flavoured, two-stage design with plenty of headroom, keeping clean tones shimmering and clear at any level.

The Super Crush 100 features a balanced XLR output with Orange’s CabSim speaker emulation technology

giving instant access to great D.I. guitar tone, straight into the P.A. or recording interface. The additional rear Cab Back switch offers the choice of an open or closed back sounding cab. The compact 1×12 combo boasts a Celestion G12H-150 speaker giving it a hard-hitting, classically British voice.Ty Tabor (Kings X) commented on the Super Crush 100 “This Is the very best transistor amp made… period. It’s my No 1. Amp for live and in the studio”.

Orange Amplification are launching the limited edition, Glenn Hughes Signature Crush Bass 50 and its colour is deep purple, not orange! See Glenn talking about his Signature amp at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9Xqv36ZccA.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Glenn Hughes, has been an Orange Ambassador for over a decade. For many years he was the bass player and vocalist with Deep Purple, who recently celebrated fifty years of definitive classic hard rock. Hughes is also known as the bassist and vocalist for Trapeze, Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa, California Breed and more recently The Dead Daisies.

The Crush Bass 50 compact combo, inspired by Orange’s flagship AD200 and OB1 bass amplifiers, perfectly blends some of the most defining elements of each. It has the essentials of a recording amp and delivers warm, clean bass tones, vintage growl with fat low end and blendable overdrive. Plus, the limited edition is finished in a distinctive tough purple textured vinyl with a silver coloured plaque ‘Glenn Hughes Limited Edition’.

Talking about the Crush Bass 50, Hughes said: ‘You can go in the studio, take that bass combo and make your album with something like that, it’s truly outstanding. It’s gritty, it’s punchy: sustain is so important and its certainly got all that.’ He added: ‘Orange all the way……..it’s the future, it’s the way to go, you heard it from me!’

‘We feel privileged to honour Glenn with this affordable limited edition bass combo. He has played such a big part in British music history,’ said Cliff Cooper, Orange Amps CEO and Founder. ‘To make a purple combo is a fitting way to pay a tribute to him.’

To find out more about the Glenn Hughes Signature Crush Bass 50 and other Orange products please go to orangeamps.com

Orange Amplification is proud to announce its new hand built, Custom Guitar. Designed by Orange’s Technical Director Ade Emsley and constructed by luthier Jason Burns at Blast Cult, each guitar is made to order in London, England. Fashioned from solid mahogany, the OE-1 is available in a two-toned gold and ivory or custom finish. The custom 12” radius ebony fretboard has 22 frets. The inlaid headstock and body has an eye-catching chessboard nitro binding. 

The guitar features a nickel, ABM, Kalamazoo, Tune-O-Matic Bridge and Stop Bar Tailpiece for easy adjustment and tuning stability. The OE-1 is fitted with Grover® tuners, four custom turned brass control knobs and a robust three-way switchcraft toggle switch including a custom clear pickguard. Purchasers of the OE-1 will be offered a choice of alnico Staple soapbar P90’s or custom Mojo dogear UK Filtertrons. The guitar will be supplied in a Hiscox hard case.

Ade Emsley commenting on the design of the guitar said “It’s a blend of engineering, instinct, and my own experience with high-end guitars. I’m very proud of the sound and the feel that the guitar delivers.

Available through the Orange Global Store.

We are excited to auction a classic OR50 amp signed by Biffy Clyro to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the charity chosen by Orange Fans. Mike Vennart, Orange Ambassador and longtime session guitarist with the band, toured with this actual amp for four years. It is signed by him and founding band members Simon Neil, James Johnston and Ben Johnston.

Based on the legendary Pics only amp, the versatile OR50 featured a traditional single channel with a three stage gain section and HF Drive control. Its wide range of vintage tones and that classic British Crunch, pay homage to the Orange amps that helped to define the music of the seventies. According to MusicRadar it is: ‘No-nonsense, single-channel simplicity for rock and blues.’ See our technical director Ade Emsley talk about the OR50 in the video below:

Biffy Clyro, one of the biggest bands to come out of the UK, have enjoyed high profile tours with Muse, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age as well as being festival headliners in their own right. They have released eight, madly innovative albums, the most recent being 2020’s Celebration Of Endings with which they were planning to tour prior to lockdown. They hope to tour October 2021, once again filling venues with bone crunching riffs and rousing choruses and are scheduled to headline the 2022 Download festival.

Talking about the amp Mike Vennart said: ‘This was my amp, I toured it for about 4 years. It’s signed by Simon Neil, James Johnston and Ben Johnston of Biffy Clyro, and myself. It’s an absolute classic workhorse beast of an amp. Never let me down. Goddammit I miss it!!

All proceeds from the auction will go to Cancer Research UK, a charity that works tirelessly to help prevent cancer, diagnose it earlier, develop new treatments and optimise current treatments. To own this amazing amp with an auction starting price of £1, check out the auction here. To find out more about Cancer Research UK or make a donation of your own, please visit their website here.