PG's Jordan Wagner walks us through his latest review of the Orange
Amplification TH30 head (also available in a 1x12 combo), which is
featured in the December issue of Premier Guitar.
The TH30 head
is a 30 watt head running on EL84 power tubes. The simple control
layouts of Orange amplifiers have always been a design strength. In the
case of the TH30, that philosophy remains very much intact. Each of the
amp's two channels—which you can select using a front-panel toggle—is
controlled by just three knobs, which means you can dial in both clean
and dirty sounds with very little fuss. The Clean channel features a
Volume knob and Bass and Treble EQ controls, while the Dirty channel
features Gain, Volume, and Shape knobs.
The amp's overall wattage
can be cut from the maximum of 30 watts to 15 watts, using the 3-way
standby switch on the front panel. And if you're in the mood for some
low-wattage, greasy-amp goodness, another rear-panel switch lets you
knock the wattage down to a tiny seven watts by bypassing two of the
four power tubes. Rounding out the modern options are a series effects
loop and a jack for an optional channel footswitch.