Amp Review: The Orange AD30HTC 30W Amplifier


The Orange AD30HTC 30W Amplifier is something to get excited about!

Orange Music Electronic Company is a British electric guitar and public address amplifier manufacturing company, famous for its distinctive bright orange Tolex-like covering on amplifier heads and speaker cabinets. Orange also manufactures amplifiers for bass guitar, speaker cabinets for instrument amplifiers and combination (combo) amplifiers.

Out of the box

The Orange AD30HTC amplifier gives you a very British sounding crunch tone. Being that is was made by the Brits, rightfully so. The mellow gain is perfect for rhythm guitar tones and riffs. For a 30 watt amp it is surprisingly loud and full. The AD30HTC breaks up nicely at higher volumes and is crisp at lower volumes. If you are a metal or hard rock guitarist, this is not the amp for you. However, if you are a rock guitarist looking for smooth crunch and fast attack, then this IS the amp for you. Once the tubes heat up, it’s a rocking little amp!

Specs

The AD30HTC all-tube guitar amp head offers 2 dual stage channels with completely separate signal paths for smooth channel switching. It’s like having 2 valve amps in 1. The Orange AD30HTC amp’s channel 1 has a thick, creamy, classic tone when pushed to higher volumes. Channel 2 has a tighter, springy and slightly faster character with more mids and a bit more gain.

Features

  • Channel 1 and 2 controls: gain/volume/bass/middle/treble
  • Configuration: channel 1/ channel 2—clean thru distortion
  • Output: 30 watts – Class A
  • Tubes: Preamp – 4 X 12AX7, Output – 4 X EL84, Rectifier – 1 X GZ34
  • Speaker: 2×12
  • Dimensions: 21-3/4″W x 10″H x 9-1/2″D
  • Weight: 39-3/4lb.

The Low Down

The Orange AD30HTC is a great addition to any setup giving you that classic crunch and thick bright tone. If you are looking for the classic tone with a bit lower gain then, this is the amp for you. The AD30HTC has amazing channel switching with absolutely no lag time. The clean tone is beautiful and bright yet you can create that warm thick tone if desired. It’s a bit pricey for the average guitar player, but it has a very unique tone that you can’t get with other amplifier manufacturers. This baby sounds best with single coil pickups.

Pros: Great British tone, Lightweight, cool color.

Cons: Expensive being a specialty amp, not enough gain options.

MSRP – $1629.00

Till next week thanks for reading and keep on shredding!


Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

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  • I have never got a chance to play an Orange amp. I have always heard good things about them. I liked what i heard in the video demo . I wish my local music store’s would carry them.

  • Orange amps are some of the best amps. I almost got one but I ended up getting a Savage amp. I don’t think i could have lost with either one.

  • Generrik

    OK, can i just point out that he gave this a 7 for tone and the Marshall MG250 a 9?

    That’s pretty fishy if you ask me. Pretty fishy…

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