Orange Launches the Marcus King MK Ultra

Created with guitar phenomenon Marcus King, this signature Orange Amp is the first to be designed and built with Orange USA.


As Grammy Award-nominated artist, performer, and songwriter Marcus King logged thousands of miles on the road with “The Marcus King Band,” he established himself with performance prowess and a dynamic live show. During 2020, he cut his solo debut El Dorado, garnering a Grammy Award nomination in the category of “Best Americana Album.” King has used Orange amps for years and working together with Orange has created a signature amp with the sound to achieve his dream.

Representing a marriage of classic vintage American and British tonal sensibilities, the Marcus King MK Ultra is a completely unique design which offers a new approach to the definitive Orange sound. The 30 watt all-valve MK Ultra is the first Orange Amp to be collectively designed and built with Orange USA. The carefully tuned circuitry of the new amp is responsive to different volume and tone settings on a guitar and works with pedals to shape rather than sit on top of the tone. It uses the highest quality components including custom Heyboer transformers and a pair of 12AX7 preamp valves which drive into a power amp section made of a duo of cathode based 6L6GC power valves. This first for Orange brings out the harmonics and touch sensitivity King demands.

Marcus King introduces his Orange signature model MK ULTRA

Available now, find out more about Orange Amplification Marcus King MK Ultra signature amp go to orangeamps.com/marcus-king-mk-ultra.

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