Orange Rocker 15 watt Tube Combo
The CR60C is a stage-worthy amp for any player who craves Orange’s visual vibe, heavy tones, and can benefit from a 2-channel setup. At under $500, it’s very affordable too. While the CR60C won’t fool tube purists or deliver as much of the harmonic depth in high-gain situations as a tube-driven Orange, the CR60C sounds great independent of those comparisons, particularly when you factor in the sweet-sounding clean channel. This may be an Orange for players on a budget, but it has enough power and versatility to work on any stage and in any performance situation.
Crush Pix CR12L
Gain is just pure distortion. Dial it up for rock and metal. I found both to work great, very similar to a Marshall gain tone in my opinion.
The 3 band EQ is great in finding the right tone for your needs, and I had fun getting some interesting clean tones. By experimenting with the controls on the amp and the tone controls on my guitar, I could get a big range of tones. Adding a reverb pedal, or a chorus pedal would provide a really solid clean tone amp.
Many people claim that this is impressively loud for a 12 watt amp, and they’re right. I’m not sure whether it’s the design of the casing, the way the circuitry drives the 6″ speaker or something magic – but the volume from this little box is pretty remarkable.
Tubes vs Solid State
Jazz guitarists often prefer the super-clean sound of a transistor amp. The Roland JC-120 is legendary among jazz musicians, and even rock players looking for a good clean sound. Many solid-state or Transtube Peavey amps are known for their power and realistic distortion. The late Dimebag Darrell, formerly of Pantera and Damageplan, was known to use solid-state Randall amplifiers because they accomplished the harsh, buzzy tone he wanted.
So who plays tube amps? Pretty much everyone else. Tube tone is definitely the gold standard in guitar sounds, and most rock guitarists from Hendrix on have used tube amps to get their sound.
The size of the speakers of yours will have an effect on both the dynamic energy as well as the responsiveness of the amp of yours. Smaller speakers are going to give you more attack definition and better articulation, particularly in the lower end; larger speakers generate a lot more power but may be way too bass heavy and some players find the end result a little muddled. For the majority of guitarist, a 10″ or perhaps 12″ speaker provides you with the perfect balance of clarity and volume for top overall sound. Bottom line: finding the so called the best Orange amp is very influenced by your very own personal space and needs. Good luck!