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NAD: Orange Rocker 15w Terror Head

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by TA1996, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. TA1996

    TA1996 Strat-Talk Member

    16
    Dec 30, 2017
    England
    Have been after a smaller amp I can drive harder at lower volumes for a while as while I can crank them at home at uni this wouldn't fly so well

    This orange is definitively the answer to that! It comes with two channels but can easily be used with just the dirty channel and the guitar volume knob - with beautiful gain staging from clear cleans through to an intense distortion. Perfect amp paired with my 59 relic I really can't fault it.

    Was a little skeptical of how the natural channel would sound considering the only control is volume but it really sings well. I am sure I read an interview with Ade Emsley where he stated if you have a good guitar and can play it'll sound good, and if you don't and can't it won't. Very true so far!

    On the full 15 watt mode I haven't had the volume past 3/4 and it is really cranking at that. Would easily be heard over most drummers.

    A small amp having a proper tube FX loop is a real added bonus as well.

    Would say overall for tone it really is very close to the 20th Anniversary Bogner Shiva which is not bad when you consider the price difference! Would highly recommend to anyone.

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  2. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

  3. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 21, 2014
    Santa Maria, CA
    Nice! I've been meaning to check these out. Your comment about the tone being close to the Bogner's is quite a plug!
     
  4. shupe13

    shupe13 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 17, 2010
    Greenfield, IN
  5. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    57
    Dec 17, 2017
    In the shop...
    Congrats, I've been wanting to try one.
     
  6. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nice! I'm researching a smaller amp, this one keeps popping up. I don't get the knobs (labels) though.
     
  7. TA1996

    TA1996 Strat-Talk Member

    16
    Dec 30, 2017
    England
    I would actually say while I do believe the Bogner has the edge the Orange's drive tone feels more versatile to me, I do struggle getting the bogners to clean up and still have enough gain when I roll the guitar volume back up - having said that you have far more tonal options with the Bogner.
     
  8. DIYrocker

    DIYrocker Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 16, 2013
    Pennsylvania
    Congrats, HNAD! I actually kinda like the idea of just a volume control for the clean channel.
     
  9. Scrabus44

    Scrabus44 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
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    79
    Jul 18, 2018
    Liverpool, New York
    Love the guitar color. Is that an ebony fingerboard? Looks too dark in picture to be rosewood.
     
  10. TA1996

    TA1996 Strat-Talk Member

    16
    Dec 30, 2017
    England
    Hi, yeah I really love the Daphne Blue its such a vibrant colour, close up can look more sonic blue and from a distance almost a little surf green - well to my eyes anyway

    Fretboard is actually rosewood, just a really dark piece.
    Can see in the two pictures the guitar changes colour from close to far (no editing)
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  11. TA1996

    TA1996 Strat-Talk Member

    16
    Dec 30, 2017
    England
    From left to right:
    Plug - power on/off
    Large and small speakers- Full power/half power - though in the middle is also the standby switch
    Waved line is clean and the clipped line distorted
    Speaker is volume
    Treble cleft is treble
    Two arrows pointing to the middle... the mids ;)
    Bass cleft is bass
    zagged waveform is gain
    then the other speaker is volume for the natural channel

    I think it started as a way to market their amps in a way they stood out/a bit of a gimmick and has just always stuck. Most of them do make sense.
    Would definitely recommend you try before you buy as it has that distinctive orange tone which you either love or hate.
    Its not as 'smooth' as some amps with more of a raw punch to it on the dirty channel.
     
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  12. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Most excellent! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    More info on the guitar please.
     
  13. TA1996

    TA1996 Strat-Talk Member

    16
    Dec 30, 2017
    England
    Well its a 1959 lightly relic'd strat from 2017 in Daphne Blue

    Constructed with a 60's type 2 piece body
    60's neck with AAA rosewood and a 60's oval C profile
    Vintage hardware
    Wired with a 5 way switch
    Pickups are the Ancho Poblano hand-wound set (which are just truly killer)
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    I just absolutely love the minor detailing on it like the checked lacquer
     
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  14. Boubou

    Boubou Strat-Talk Member

    15
    Jan 6, 2009
    Montreal
    Nice, I have a Rocker 15 combo and love it