Anaheim, CA (January 24, 2008) - Orange has two new heads for 2008, the OR 50 and the 40th Anniversary series. Both have picture-only labeling on plexi faces.   The

Anaheim, CA (January 24, 2008) - Orange has two new heads for 2008, the OR 50 and the 40th Anniversary series. Both have picture-only labeling on plexi faces.
 
The OR 50 is a single channel screamer with a vintage tone. It''ll soar in a live situation (check out the boost when the pressence is near full) but can record at full gain with lower volume.

The 40th Anniversary series is something the guitar industry has never seen before. Technically, the series involves 40 different circuits (no, that wasn''t a typo -- that''s 40 different circuits) with different personalities and thus, different names. No serial numbers in this limited edition, instead each one will bear the name of a girl. Jimmy Page has the first one.


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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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