Product Spotlight: Orange Rocker Series
Orange is one of the most legendary brands in the amp market today. Since 1968, the company has been a major influence on the sound of rock and metal music worldwide. Orange amps have always had a very distinct British tone that separates them from brands like Marshall and Vox. A pushed Orange gets a unique bitey tone, almost fuzz like in nature. It was this sound that attracted the likes of Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi in the late 60s and early 70s. Over the years many other artists have fallen in love with this tone, thus Orange amps can be found all over famous recordings.
Nowadays Orange is still going strong and is as popular as ever. Recently they have been getting into the affordable side of things with their excellent Crush series of solid-state amplifiers. Additionally, the brands micro amps have been getting acclaim as of late. But today we are going to look at a more traditional sounding set of offerings from the brand. The Rocker series from Orange is pair of fantastic, somewhat underrated, guitar amps. There are a lot of things that make these great amps, so let’s dive right in. Here is why you should look into the Rocker 15 and Rocker 32 from Orange.
The Dirty Side of Things -
The Rocker series gives you all the gain aspects that you expect from the brand. Offering a more vintage tone than that of something like a Rockerverb, the Rocker series is going to have a rather traditional saturation. For many, this is that sought-after signature sound Orange is known for. The amp breaks up just like most other Orange amps, as you would expect. Moreover, this dirty channel comes equipped with a three-way EQ that makes for ease when dialing in your midrange. If you have ever used an Orange tube amp before, you will feel at home with both the sound and layout of this side of the amp.
The Clean (Natural) Side -
It may sound weird to say that the clean channel is where any British amp shines, but with the Rocker 15 and 32… it kind of is. Now, I am not saying that anyone should be buying this amp strictly to use clean, it is without a doubt a gain-minded design. However, the natural channel on the Rockers sounds great! It is very well dialed in, so much so that there is only a volume knob as far as controls go. Additionally, it actually plays with pedals particularly well. It can be hard to find an amp like this that will work as a pedal platform, yet the Rocker pulls it off with flying colors. Don’t expect this amp to ever sound like a Fender but do keep the natural channel at the forefront of your purchasing decision.
Rocker 15 – $799.00
The Rocker 15 is a fantastic affordable tube option from Orange. This amp gives you a massive tone in a small package, your back will thank you for this in the long run. Yet, even if you don’t care about weight, size or price there is another reason the 15 might be better for you than the 32. The standout feature with Rocker 15 is the Headroom/Bedroom switch on the bottom of the chassis. This switch lets you change the power output from 15/7 to 1/.5 watts. This setting is going to be ideal for apartment and late-night players. If you are trying to get a great tone beneath a certain amplitude, the Rocker 15 is an awesome pick.
- 1x10 Orange Voice of the World Gold Label Speaker
- Orange Basketweave Vinyl
- Valve Buffered Effects Loop
- Choice of Output Power (0.5, 1 , 7, or 15 Watts)
- 3 12AX7s and 1 12AT7 for Preamp Tubes
- 2 EL84s for Power Amp
Rocker 32 – $1099.00
The 32-watt version of the Rocker series takes on a new form from its 15-watt sibling. There are two major additions to the Rocker 32 other than just volume. The first of which is the additional 10-inch speaker. Having two speakers does heavily alter the way that this amp sounds in a room, offer a thicker tone as is pretty much always the case. The other main difference with the Rocker 32 is that it is a stereo amplifier. That’s right, if you are using stereo delays, verbs, chorus, etc. this amp might be a way to open up your sound. While this feature is not that apparent in a small room, for recording or live use this a great sounding addition.
- 2x10 Orange Voice of the World Gold Label Speaker
- Orange Basketweave Vinyl
- Valve Buffered Effects Loop (Mono or Stereo)
- Choice of Output Power (15 or 30 Watts)
- 4 12AX7s and 2 12AT7s for Preamp Tubes
- 4 EL84s for Power Amp
This series from orange offers great value and some of the most versatile British amps to date. You would struggle to find a much better deal than these guys on the market. This is especially the case when you look at the wide tonal pallet thanks to their natural channels. Both the 15 and 32-watt versions fulfil a need for different types of players. Bedroom musicians or really anyone who values the pros of a small and easy to dial back amp will love the Rocker 15. For those out gigging, the Rocker 32 will make playing in stereo an easy task. There are so many reasons why these amps deserve recognition, that I could only generalize things. The best option would be to try one of them out for yourself. But even if you can’t find one near you, I am sure you will not be disappointed. Orange has really hammered it out of the park with this series.