Thunderverb 50 and New Slanted 4x12 Make an Impression

August 9, 2007

We’re a little red-faced here at Premier Guitar today. We royally screwed up an earlier version of our Summer NAMM Photo Gallery- in particular, a photo caption accompanying Orange’s impressive wall of gear. While giving the company a well-deserved A+ grade for visual aesthetics, we mentioned the classic amp maker didn’t bring anything new to the summer NAMM 2007.


Allow us to correct ourselves.

Orange Amps showcased two cool products that are worthy of much love and attention: The Thunderverb 50 head and their slanted 4x12 cab.

The Thunderverb series of amplifiers incorporates Extended Tone Range technology (ETR) to expand the low end without crunching your tone. This is done with a mixture of classic and innovative tube technology as well as unique output transformers. In fact, the Thunderverb 200 was designed specifically for guitar and bass. Not surprisingly, the 200 quickly became the new standard for metal guitar amps.

The new Thunderverb 50 is a smaller version of the 200 but with tailored power and a completely different output design. It still has the same preamps as the 200 and the same gain structure and separate EQs in both input channels, with the second channel having a mid-focused single knob designed for characteristically different voicings. The guitar-specific 50 also keeps the 200’s footpedal, attenuator and reverb. It delivers the same kind of jaw-droppingly rich tone with more than enough juice for club situations but enough restraint for a disciplined fullness.

Orange’s new slanted 4x12 cab delivers the same quality speakers (Celestion) and materials in Orange’s PPC412C, but with the nuanced advantages slanted-quad fans love. Rated at 240-watts and designed with the guitar player in mind, this slanted 4x12 delivers middle and high ranges with maximum clarity at optimum performance projection.

Orange continues to innovate while retaining the classic character and high standards that put the company on the map. Other new products of note are the 400-watt PPC412HP cab, the perfect companion for the Thunderverb 200; the 100-watt PPC112 cab that is perfect for the Rockerverb 100 and the versatile 15 watt Tiny Terror amp head that is a true workhorse in the studio, at home or rehearsal. Also, check out Orange’s fully functional mini-amp: the battery-powered Micro Crush that delivers more from a 4” speaker than you’ve ever heard before.

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• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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