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vintage Orange OR80 valve guitar ampThis vintage Orange guitar amplifier is fresh from our workshops where it got a thorough going-over. A very original example, showing plenty of gigging wear, but with no modifications. The knob is missing from the F.A.C. control switch, but otherwise surprisingly complete and original.
Tone to die for with the original CTS speakers.
The first Orange amplifiers, in the late 60s and early 70s, were the so called Graphic Amps. They got this name because the first models had only images and no text to describe the knob functions.
In 1976 the Overdrive Amps were introduced. They were Graphic amps equipped with a Master Volume. There were no other major differences. This amplifier is one such amp. 80 watts of British tone. You thought the Vox AC-30 was built like a battleship? Wait until you see this Orange! Unbelievable build quality, from the chassis to the cabinet itself.
The Orange factory closed down during the disco era. The name has been revived by its new owners, and a new range of Orange amplifiers is being offered, but it's the real deal ones that tone hounds and collectors are interested in.
Orange Amps have been used and endorsed by many rock guitarists, including Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta, Wata, guitarist for Boris, Rivers Cuomo/Brian Bell of Weezer, The Edge of U2, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
There is an interesting Matamp lineage with Orange amps. The most generally accepted version is that Matamp was a name used for marketing Orange amps into the northern, more conservative parts of the UK, where amps which were Orange in colour as well as name might have been too much for the locals. Other historians suggest that Orange grew out of Matamp, or that the Orange brand only arose after the split between Cliff Cooper (Orange) and Mat Mathias (Matamp). Either way, the lineage with another revered name in amps is there.

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