Orange Micro Crush CR3
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The Micro Crush was without a doubt the
heaviest and largest of our micro amps, and
possible the most legitimately useful as well.
The cabinet is wood with orange finish and
Orange’s classic white metal chassis. There are
several nice details, like the woven grille and
rubber feet. It has Tone and Volume knobs, and
buttons to activate its built-in overdrive and
tuner, plus a power button. It has a 1/4” input,
1/8” headphone output and a standard AC
jack. Because of its weight, a belt clip wouldn’t
have been practical, so the Micro Crush very
thoughtfully ships with optional strap buttons.
The amp is pretty loud, and it offers an exceptional
variety of good, useable tones for such a
small package. The Orange-flavored, crunchy
overdrive shines. Among all of the micros we’ve
played, this one is least saddled by the nasality
that goes hand-in-hand with the micro design.
We wouldn’t be surprised at all if you bought it
for fun and ended up sticking a mic in front of it.