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From an Artist Relations perspective, the AD200B bass amp is one of the best weapons in my arsenal. It’s an amp with extremely pure bass tone, lots of clarity no matter how you’ve set the knobs, and it’s overdrive is a perfect blend of classic and modern. I’ve had hundreds of artists make the switch from “the other standard bass amp company that which will remain unnamed” onto the AD200B.

Artists love it because it’s produced to the same standard as most vintage tube bass amps. They also tend to make the switch when their classic bass amps are ready to come off the road to become studio-only pieces.

Here’s the backstory on a handful of Orange Ambassadors that use the AD200B (which we commonly refer to as just the “AD200”):


Geddy Lee – Rush

This might be hard to believe, but Slipknot is actually responsible for Geddy Lee playing the AD200.

Rush and Slipknot were recording next to each other in a Nashville studio. On a whim, Geddy heard the bass tone coming out of Slipknot’s studio and peeked his head in to find out what was making that glorious sound. Martin, Jim Root’s tech at the time, told him it was the AD200.

It took us about NEGATIVE FIVE MINUTES to decide Geddy could make or break Orange bass amps. Once we got that now-iconic photo of him chilling on top of his AD200’s we started buying up a ton of full page ads in guitar magazines. It was basically an entire year of promoting Geddy. The result? A nearly 100% increase in bass sales (and they’ve been growing every year since then).

Geddy used the AD200 for ¼ of his onstage bass tone. He turned the gain and the treble all the way up and everything else down as far as it could go. So basically the AD200 was his overdrive tone. However, the bass tone on Rush’s 2012 album Clockwork Angels is FULL of AD200 (check it out).


Glenn Hughes – Deep Purple, Black Country Communion

I was at Winter NAMM in 2011 when suddenly I got pulled into our demo room by an extremely excited Cliff Cooper (Orange’s Founder and CEO). He told me Glenn Hughes had stopped by and asked to try the AD200. We stuffed ourselves into that demo room like sardines. Glenn plugged in, played for 10 seconds, and then stopped and looked at all of us. His face had an expression of disbelief.

“This is the tone I’ve been trying to find for decades…this is my sound.”

Since then Glenn has been using the AD200 at 99% of his shows without fail. When I can’t find backline for him in some random city in, say, Africa, he makes sure I know how sad it makes him. He recently switched from playing through a combination of OBC115 and OBC410 speakers, to a pyramid-looking set up featuring (3) OBC810 cabs turned sideways.


Tom Petersson – Cheap Trick

Everyone knows that Tom is constantly switching up his rig, but for the past 7 years Orange has become a staple of Tom’s tone. Tom plays 12 string bass guitars (which he’s famous for doing) and his rig is a mash-up of bass and guitar amps.

The first Orange amp he added to the mix was the AD200. Then he started throwing in Orange guitar amps, specifically the now-discontinued AD50 hand-wired, the AD30, and more recently the Custom Shop 50 hand-wired. For about a year his rig was entirely Orange, but in true Tom fashion he’s started to put some Fender back into it. Honestly, as long as Tom Petersson of motherfreaking Cheap Trick has Orange on his stage I’ll be OK with whatever it is!


Jason Narducy – Bob Mould, Superchunk, Split Single

I’m putting Jason Narducy, one of my favorite people in the world, right below Tom Petersson because Tom is the reason Jason picked up a bass. I’ll just let Jason tell you what he thinks about the AD200:

“The first time I played an AD200 was in a rehearsal space in LA in 2006. It was the first practice with Bob Pollard’s new band and we had to learn 357 songs or something like that. We also taught our livers what 357 beers felt like. Despite the beer and avalanche of songs, I knew right away that the Orange AD200 was special.

I noticed the amp was orange just like the manufacturer’s name. They nailed that. But more importantly, it had the best tone for my P-bass. There were no hollowed out frequencies that you get with the common rented bass rig. The AD200 has presence and muscle. It is my favorite thing besides beer. And my family, I guess.”

 


Ben Lemelin – Your Favorite Enemies

If you’ve been following Orange closely over the past decade you know that there’s a super insane French-Canadian dude named SEF from the band Your Favorite Enemies who has done product reviews for us. SEF is like the human version of candy-flipping. However, we also have been working with the band’s bassist, Ben Lemelin, for the same period of time, and he’s just as good at doing killer demos.

Ben loves the AD200 for its super pure bass tone and for its ability to get wildly overdriven when necessary.

 

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Give us a brief run down of your career to date and how you ended up playing Orange…

I started playing music 33 years ago when I was 10.  So I’m going to skip to 2006 to save us a little time!  I was playing bass with Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) and the guitarist on my side of the stage was Dave Philips.  He’s very talented and had already played with Frank Black, Tommy Stinson, and many others.  He was using a AD30TC for the whole tour and I couldn’t believe how accurate it was.  Very few knobs and they were all set near 5.  Sounded perfect.

Because I’m a guitarist too (see my current solo project Split Single), I went home after the tour and ordered an AD30TC for myself from my local guitar store, Guitar Works in Evanston, IL.

Let’s start with a simple one. Why Orange?

Most of my time performing these days is with Bob Mould and Superchunk, for whom I play bass.  I had performed on Jimmy Fallon in September 2011 with a band called Telekinesis.  The guitarist, Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers), is an Orange endorsee and he put in a call to Alex at Orange to see if they could provide me with a bass rig for the show. Alex took care of me. I plugged in my Roger Mayer Rocket Fuzz into the Orange and the band exploded all the way to number one on the charts.  Not really.  But it sounded great.

When the Bob Mould tribute show happened in November 2011, I asked Alex again if he could help out.  I was to play bass with Bob, Dave Grohl, Britt Daniel, The Hold Steady, and Margaret Cho.  He, again, took care of me and we started a good working relationship.  I have used the Orange bass rig ever since when available.

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What amps are you currently running for your live set-up?

Bob Mould & Superchunk: AD200B MK3 head with OBC410 & OBC115 cabs

Split Single: AD30TC Combo

How about your recording set-up?

Same

What is it about these amplifiers & cabinets that you like? Not only sonically but also any noticeable comments about how they handle life on the road.

They are durable and easy to use.  Always plenty of power if I need it.

How do you like to set the amp up?

Everything on 5.

The current Orange amps you are working on, are the tubes stock or do you have a preferred brand? If so, which?

I haven’t worn tube socks since middle school. They make my calves itchy which effects my playing.

Would you like to say anything else?

I got sunburn on my left shoulder in Tennessee last week.  It’s blistering now.  Should be fine in a week.