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Fantastic but limited
As expected from a British amp, the distortion on this amplifier is killer. With a full rotation of the gain knob you can get anything from blues crunch to near thrash metal. It can also get crazy loud at 15 watts, so having the 7 watt switch is helpful for bedroom jamming or recording. My only slight gripes are the lack of on-board reverb (not a huge deal) and a limited EQ section. With only one tone knob, there is not much tweaking to this amp's sound - it's very much plug-and-play, which is not a big issue as it sounds fantastic.
Rugged construction and great tone. What else can you ask for in a portable head?
edited about 2 years ago
Simple, straight forward, and smokin' good
This amp really only does one thing: British crunch. But it does it incredibly well. You can coax some OK clean tone out of this by rolling off the gain and turning the volume down on your guitar, but it's never going to give you the glassy cleans that a Fender or some Mesa amps will provide.
If you're not a frequent clean player, this will work beautifully. But if you like your distortion, this can do everything from slightly overdriven blues to high-gain metal and solos (though I'm not a fan of the distortion with the amp gain dimed, so I'd recommend rolling it back to 2 or 3 o'clock and putting an overdrive pedal in front to get there).
As far as features, you've got built in attenuation (15w and 7w), and a tone nob (seems to just be a mid boost/cut). Again, this isn't going to give you a wealth of tonal options, but it gives you will sound incredible.
My go-to head.
I had a few Vox amps before I bought this... I don't have those amps anymore. The Tiny Terror struggles with clean tones, but a clean boost will help out with that a lot. I usually have the tone at 2 o' clock, gain at 12 o' clock, and the volume... wherever it needs to be for the situation. Pop pretty much any distortion, overdrive, or fuzz pedal in front of this thing, and your dreams will come true.
Mean little head
The Orange sound at a less obscene price point. low-watt head works great in the studio or on the stage. That hi-gain stage sound is unmistakable and really specific to Orange heads. I run this through a little Marshall 1X12 cab that has a hot-ass Eminence speaker.