The Orange Rocker 32 Guitar Amplifier Combo is exceptional. Why? Well, for starters, it is designed and built by the legendary crew at Orange - who dedicate themselves to perfecting their art in crafting truly sublime gear. Packing a mighty 30-watt output (switchable to a home-friendly 15-watts when desired), an all-valve setup, and that distinctive "British" tone, the Rocker 32 already impresses. However, thanks to some carefully considered, and immaculately executed circuitry within, it paves the way for others to follow. If you're a pedalboard enthusiast who is looking for the perfect recording/touring partner, then you're about to fall in love.
The dream is real
When it comes to setups, every guitar player is unique in their approach to achieving their ideal tone. For those of us who like to take to the stage with a complex pedalboard arrangement, then it can somewhat difficult to transfer those ideas to the stage. The team at Orange have taken things to the next level, by offering a dual speaker setup that offers not only a mono FX loop output, but a stereo option, AND the ability to produce a wet/dry signal mix between the two speakers!
Within the chassis, you'll find a pair of Orange's 2 x 10-inch Voice of the World Gold Label speakers. As noted already, you can connect your pedals in a mono arrangement via the effects loop, as with any other amplifier. However, by taking advantage of the two separate valve output stages, you can take full advantage of studio-grade stereo-panning effects to create lush soundscapes that will entrance your audience. The wet/dry signal mix allows you to simultaneously run an effects-laden signal through one speaker, whilst your dry (clean) guitar tone can be fed through the other speaker, ensuring articulate separation for improved clarity on stage.
Durable Orange build quality
As we've come to expect from the team at Orange, the Rocker 32 is built like an absolute tank. Sparing no expense when it comes to build quality, the Rocker's chassis-mounted switchgear is secured to a welded steel enclosure, and housed in a rock-solid 18mm plywood cabinet - just as with Orange's flagship valve amp heads. The Orange Rocker 32 Guitar Amplifier Combo is built for life on the road, and you'll wonder how you ever got by without one.
It may have a diminuitive footprint, but it quite heartily makes its presence felt. Boasting four ECC83 (12AX7) valves alongside a pair of ECC81 (12AT7) valves, you have plenty of gain at the pre-amp stage to kick up an enormous amount of energy. Four EL84s in the power amp stage give you the legs to be heard in the most boisterous of small venues. The custom Voice of the World Gold Label speaker and beefed up transformers - same ones from Orange's mighty 'Terror' series - ensure that the fullness of your fatty tones sing with brilliant clarity. Not only that, but one of the output stages features its own cathode follower, which Orange included to add a subtle "widening" effect even when operating in mono.
The Rocker 32 is a twin-channel monster that offers a Natural channel that keeps things simple with a single knob for Volume. Simply plug in, turn up, and you're in Orange heaven. Your guitar and pedal setup is given full command of the amp's natural tones. The Dirty channel offers a plethora of control including Gain, Volume and a three-band EQ section, giving you a thick and meaty chunk with frequency sensitive control for maximum control. Both channels respond to your playing dynamics beautifully, ensuring the subtle nuances of your performance are translated transparently.
Whether you're a purist who wants to simply plug in and play, a pedalboard tap dancer who is experimental as they come, or someone who just wants an awesome amp that is perfect for home and stage use, then it doesn't get better than the mesmerising Orange Rocker 32 Valve Guitar Amplifier Combo.
Manufacturer Orange Model Rocker 32 Guitar Amplifier Combo Dimensions (H x W x D) 460 x 580 x 290 mm Weight 23.3Kg Connectivity Input: 1/4-inch Jack Line Amplifier Type Combo Amplifier Technology Valve Speaker Size 2 x 10-inches (Voice of the World Gold Label) Output Power 15 or 30 Watts (Switchable) Effects Loop Yes (Valve Buffered, Mono or Stereo Return)
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