“I’ve had the same two Rockerverb MKII 100 heads and cabs since 2011. Not once have I had any problems with my Orange gear. I’ve never even blown a fuse or a speaker. My band, Evanescence, tours all over the world, playing in different climates from cold and dry to hot and wet. My gear has been shipped back and forth across the Atlantic many times, been in cargo holds in the belly of airplanes across the pacific and always performs when the time comes. It’s more reliable than just about every piece of gear that I’ve ever had!!!” Troy McLawhorn of Evanescence
“My Orange Rockerverb 50 mkIII has been all over the country, dropped, had beer spilt on it, kicked, plugged into shady power outlets and is still here to break my pinkie toe when I accidentally kick it in the studio!” Ryan “Fluff” Bruce (Guitar Influencer)
“I’ve been touring with the same head and cab for over 800 shows with Hero Jr. and I’ve never had [knock on Orange wood] a problem. My rig sounds as killer as it did when it came out of the box 7 years ago.” Ken Rose of Hero Jr.
“These new Oranges have been the most road worthy amps I’ve ever known. I started using an OR 100 and Rockerverb 100 in 2015. The only thing that took out the OR 100 was playing it in 2 different rainstorms. It survived a brutal rainstorm at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans but another storm in New Jersey killed it. The Rockerverb is still going strong 4 years later.” Tim Sult of Clutch
“I use the AD200 MK3 head and OCB410 cabinet, an absolute unit!!! The tone I get from the amp is unreal, depending on the artist I’m playing for I can change it up between a warm vinyl like tone or beef it up so that the bass is absolutely pounding!” Mandy Clarke of KT Tunstall
“My Terror Bass amps have been absolutely rock solid since I
got them. I’ve never had a single problem. The same was true when I was playing
the AD200B heads. Despite being 200 watts of sheer tube-destroying power, they
never once needed repair work. You can drop them from waist height and they
always survive (which has, thanks to various stagehands, happened more than
once unfortunately).” Glenn Hughes
appreciate the story of how I became an Orange user because it embodies my “put
up or shut up” philosophy of rock music.
Before I moved to America to join our band, Hero Jr., I lived in London,
where I worked mostly as a songwriter, producer and studio musician. My main amps were vintage Marshall JMP 50
watt 2×12 combos from the late 60s and early 70s. Being a Jimmy Page and 70s rock fanatic I was
religiously partial to the Les Paul / Marshall sound. There was something about the raunch, honk,
and presence through that rig that inspired my playing. I am not really a “technical musician” and
I’m extremely sensitive to what instrument and amp I’m playing through. I’m not the dude that can pick up anyone’s
guitar, plug into any amp, and just start shredding. If it doesn’t feel right it’s not happening
for me. I’ve always been that way! For the majority of my work I’ve played the
same 1972 Les Paul for over 20 years.
Orange. To make a long story short,
seven years ago I had finished co-writing and producing an album with my
friends in the Indianapolis, Indiana rock band Hero Jr. The band’s singer, Evan Haughey, and I wrote
the songs for that album via SKYPE. We
had such a good connection that the hook-up between my studio in London and the
studio in Indiana felt like one living room.
We ended up recording the record back and forth between the two
studios. In June 2012 I was invited to
the Hero Jr. album release event in Indianapolis. The plan was to rehearse for a couple days
and play the new songs that we had all recorded together. I came over to America to do that show and
the vibes were so cool I never went back to London and joined the band. When the music feels that right there is no need
to think about it!
that day the never-ending Hero Jr. tour started. All my gear, except a couple guitars and
pedals, was in London and the vintage amp I was borrowing on tour was melting
down by the end of each set so I needed a rig.
A friend, and Orange user in London, suggested I talk to her artist
representative about potential touring rigs.
She said that the new Orange gear was killing it and that the artist
support system at the company was amazing.
She was right. The dudes at
Orange were very cool and really wanted me to find the right amp for my
style. They said I would not be
disappointed by Orange and that I would probably not want to go back to my
Marshalls. They were right. A week later I became an Orange Ambassador
and was touring with my first Orange rig, an OR50 and PPC-212 closed back
cabinet. From the get go I was
floored. Not only did I feel that
“connection” that I needed to be inspired, but the fans and technical staff at
the venues we played all mentioned the clarity and balls of my sound and were
impressed. I was really in love with my
amp and spent the next 6 years and over 700 shows playing that OR50.
got my Rockerverb 50 Mk. III last year to take on a short spring tour
supporting John 5 And The Creatures. My
relationship with the RV had an auspicious start as it arrived just a few days
before the tour started, and being such a picky creature of habit with my gear,
and having limited gear space on tour, I wussed out and left the RV 50 at home. My initial opinion was…great amp but not as
vibey as my OR50. As soon as I got back
from the tour I realized I was very wrong!
A couple things happened. First,
my OR50 went down and wouldn’t be repaired in time for a short string of
shows. I rehearsed for a few days with
it and still felt that homesick (ampsickness!!) longing for my OR50.
we started playing I began to get used to the RV and noticed that it was
ballsy, yet clean, and cut really well.
It fit. I usually use one setting and control the tone with my volume on
the guitar. With the RV I could crank
the gain but when I rolled off my volume I got the vintage cleanish sound I am
used to. That amp killed it. Like I said I’m not a technician, but the RV
felt like it had headroom for days. Most
importantly I felt it the RV catered to my style of playing and to the
band. Evan and I have a cool dual guitar
style together. We groove so intuitively
that it almost sounds like one big guitar.
The RV fit right into that.
second bonding experience I had with the RV was in the studio playing guitar on
a few outside non-rock recording projects.
The versatility of the RV was amazing.
On one session, which was ambient alternative, like Sigur Rós, I used
the clean channel as my basic setup and ran a lot of effects. The RV takes effects really well. The front end is very tight and balanced and
the amp was as true to my vintage effects as it was to the modern gear. I didn’t have to change settings once on that
gig. In addition to a killer gain
channel the amp sounds great using a combination of the clean volume and
attenuator to get a bluesier, natural overdrive sound. The RV rocked in the
studio on all styles of music. Whether
it was vintage soul/funk with a Strat or Tele, Blues, or Hip Hop, all my
sessions were great and I have used the RV50 as my number one studio amp ever
since. Even through a PPC112 the RV has
amazing range and depth.
third bonding session with my RV happened during the shooting of the three
videos Orange will be releasing, where I played a Strat, Telecaster, and Les
Paul, through it in order to show how the RV played true to the characteristics
of each guitar and the effects I used.
Prior to the shooting I used the amp for a short road trip and on some
studio sessions and although I was sold on the amp I didn’t really use a lot of
different settings. When it came time to
shoot the videos I was kind of winging the settings to show the versatility of
the amp with each of the three guitars.
I’m sure that Derik, my videographer, caught me saying, “Fuck, this amp
is really the shit” more than a few times.
the shooting of this video is when I realized the RV is one of the best new
amps on the market. It can do everything
I need in any situation I have been in, live and studio. I am so impressed that, besides being a
monster rock amp, there is so much versatility in the RV. Both channels have different clean and
overdriven possibilities, the EQ is musical and the attenuator really does its
job if you need to play soft. Set up
with the gain just right I can even get my Page on!! After getting to know my RV50 in so many ways
I have decided to get and ABY and see what it’s like in my touring rig with the
OR50. I’ve been using Orange amps and
pedals for a while now and one thing is for sure. From the Mini crush all the way up to the RV
and OR, Orange has a sound and personality that is perfect for the music I
make. The build quality and
harmonic/tonal consistency is awesome. I
don’t use reverb, as I prefer room ambience, but the built in reverb is an
added bones for anyone that needs on board verb. I never use the effects loop so I cant
comment on that. Orange has been my only
amp since 2012 and I’ve never thought to change or try others. Great dudes.
Great gear. “Put up or shut up!!”
love all kinds of music but I have always had a special thing for 60s and 70s
guitar rock. Maybe it’s because the
genre evolved from Soul, R&B, Blues, and improvisational Jazz and has few
boundaries. Bring on the 60s and 70s,
add volume and fuzz to the mix and it’s just right. I favor pre-80s music because, in my opinion,
talent, craft and vibe were as important aspects of the business as the need to
sell records and many of the “corporate” record people had their roots in
music. They hung out with the artists
and bands and released records that, for the most part, touched them, and in
turn resonated with the public.
grew up as a songwriter and always wrote my own tunes. My favorite artists have always been
Zeppelin, Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Neil Young, The 3 Kings, Miles,
and too many more to mention. The
mixture of raw rock power and good songwriting is important to me. When Evan and I sit down to write a Hero Jr.
album we usually start on acoustic guitars.
A typical session starts with a lyrical concept or a lick. Evan and I are very in tune with each other
and we share our ideas freely, trusting that we will always get where we are
going. So far it’s worked like a
charm. We always have an abundance of
ideas and work well as a selfless team with one goal, getting the best out of
each other during the initial creative phase of developing ideas. We generally write from our social
observations and from the obstacles we encounter in our lives and how we
grow. Our songs always come out having
multiple meanings to our listeners.
and I are different people so each song means something different to him than it
does to me. Even before people hear a
song it usually has two meanings coming from two different places. Before we bring a song into the band we have
a finished melody, lyric, and song outline with the main licks and an
arrangement in place. From that basis we
start rehearsing and after pushing, pulling and trying many variations of
dynamics and parts the song comes out Hero Jr.
This process is so important and is a big part of who we are as a band. We know when we are finished with a song that
we have tried every possible combination of ideas and that we all agree it is
“airtight”. We are very lucky to have
our four man family and a creative check and balance system that actually
on and off stage we are a band. I do not
think I could have given up my writing and producing career if I didn’t feel
this bond and team energy. My one music
biz dream has always been to be in a band that could carry on the tradition of
my heroes and stand the test of time. I
think we all feel that way and that’s one reason Hero Jr. has been able to slug
it out for seven years of ups and downs on the path to wherever it is we are
headed. We love what we create and I
believe rock fans, besides loving the music, react to the “brotherhood” and
vibe of a band that is not only talented but scrappy. Before we go into the studio to record, we
take the songs on the road to see how they work in front of people. We are a live band first and we want to get
that feel in the studio. We have
recorded our last three albums and EPs live, with no overdubs.
get the songs right it’s important to play the new tunes out live in front of
an audience. Classic rock fans are
relentless and you know when they are not into a tune. It’s what we love about the genre! We usually record all our rehearsals and
shows to hear what works, as the feeling on stage is totally different when you
listen back to a show a week later. When
we all agree we are ready, we set up in a studio facing each other in a semi-circle
and start recording. We separate the
amps a little but are not afraid of amp bleed as it acts like glue. Letting the bass bleed into the drum
overheads allows for a “surrounding” bottom end that anchors the whole
song. We play each song a few times and
usually have a good take in three tries.
If we don’t we move on to another song.
it fresh and “unrehearsed” is important in the studio. We are never stressed out and we really do
trust each other on such a level that we all end up being one when the take is
right. I’d say 80% of our last three
recordings are from the first three takes.
For me there is no better musical feeling than being in a well-oiled
touring rock band. It’s what got me into
this when I was 13. The vibration of
“real” rock music touches every part of me.
I’m grateful for music, creativity, my bandmates, and for Orange. Seriously. I use all the products I endorse
and there are no better rock tools for me than my Orange gear. “Put up or shut up!”
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Some guitarists are purists. Like Orange, they refuse to ever “go digital.” We like those guitarists. They are our bread and butter. We share with them an affinity for analogue tone. Digital hardware, be damned.
Why won’t they make the switch? After all, digital promises fewer repair headaches and a plethora of tonal options. The reason they’re sticking with analogue is that it sounds better. There’s no way around it, folks. What vinyl is to MP3s, analogue amps are to digital modelers. Analogue offers a level of presence and warmth in one’s tone that just can’t be achieved with a digital signal.
We’ve compiled a short list of Orange Ambassadors that are all-analogue, all the time. Check out their own reasoning behind staying true to their tone:
Scott Holiday of Rival Sons “In this day and age we’ve all messed around with digital amps…and the technology is pretty good now! Almost like the real thing even! The only problem is..It’s NOT the real thing. And the real thing wins…every time. That’s why digital platforms are imitating it..Because nothing will ever beat the sound and feel of valves/tube amps/analog circuitry. There’s almost a living breathing quality to a great tube amp…an immediacy…an almost human quality in responsiveness. I’m not saying ‘reject technology’ or to not appreciate it…I do! And I implement said technology within my rig. What I’m saying is: nothing will ever beat the sound of a great tube/analog amplifier.”
Ken Rose of Hero Jr. “I am one of those ‘freaks’ that can feel analog reacting with my body. In most cases I prefer analog because it feels like the amplifier and the effects and the tape, or whatever is analog, is directly connected to my expression and creativity. I am not dissing digital by any means, as I use it daily, but I personally feel an aural and auditory kinship with analog.”
Andreas Kisser of Sepultura “Analogue sound is the truth, is what the digital world tries to emulate but never gets quite there. I only use the sound of the amp, straight to the guitar, no distortion pedals. That way I can feel the real sound of the guitar, the wood, the pick-up and the strings. Analogue is where the evolution of a musician is, you break your limits and create something new.”
Tim Sult of Clutch “I prefer the warmth and depth of an analogue tone. It makes the wood of the guitar and cabinets sound more like a living being.”
Danko Jones “Lately, I’ve seen bands playing live without real amps. I mean, wtf? If you’re a rock band and you’re not playing through real live amps during a show, it’s not a rock show.”
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