Best Money I have spent
The amp is amazing, it takes pedals like a dream, and low end, my 7 string in dropped c sounds so evil...
The amp is amazing, it takes pedals like a dream, and low end, my 7 string in dropped c sounds so evil...
I've been longing to have an orange half stack ever since I was fifteen. I decided on this head after watching numerous videos on YouTube. The wait of all those years (8) was definitely worth it to leave Marshall behind. This head is incredible! The head's clean channel has just blown me away not only by its impeccable tone, but also its responsiveness. I run the head through an Orange Crush Pro 4x12 cab and I get just as excited every time I play it just as I did the first time. I've never used an amp's dirty channel but rather rely on distortion pedals for grit, therefore I can't really comment on its dirty channel. However, I can say it handles effects pedals perfectly and I love when I turn on my distortion, though I'm sure the neighbors don't. The search for that perfect tone can be daunting but if you're looking for a clean tone that can't be described other than the epitome of tone, pick this head up! Any gear head will love the analog circuitry so that's also a plus. I know for sure that I will be sticking with this head, and Orange in general, for the rest of my musical career. I would replace it in a heartbeat if something ever happened to it. Plus, the fact that it has a perfect rating on here can't be a coincidence.
I was very skeptical in the beginning so I bought this only as a back up for my tube amps and for using as a practice amp to save tube life. Cr120 sounds great and it is all analogue! The dirty channel is amazingly as great as many good tube amps' high gain channel and it reaches to a point where even trained ears wouldn't distinguish if this is a solid state amp when listening in a song. The difference between a top notch tube amp and this is however obvious when compared directly in single track. I tried many SS amps that emulate something or that claim to have a tube sound and all came and went. This just stays!!! The weakest point of this amp is the clean channel like many other orange amps with no surprise. I wouldn't recommend it for the clean channel though. Pointless to compare to a great tube amp if you can afford it and maintain it because the comparison would be between apples and grapes but it is a great amp on its own. You appreciate it even more if you buy a 3k tube amp and spend $ to change the power tubes every year or get frustrated with blowing fuses and end up searching a maintenance facility close by:)))) So it's a no brainer!
I am writing this review after a year of frequently gigging and practicing with this amp.
So right off the bat, a few recommendations:
If you're not a metal player, use a strat-type guitar. Anything with single coils. It allows to you explore past the dark clean channel Orange is known for. Dirty channel with a strat will restrict you to vintage tones, but it absolutely nails them. Sounds better than any of the Marshall JCM series heads.
With a LP,I had to dime the treble. the clean channel is just so dark and sounds like your guitar tone knob is dimed. With a strat you've got a much more dynamic clean channel.
Now, if you're a metal person... This amp will get so heavy if you know what you're doing. The cr120 is not far from the Rockerverb at all. In fact, in recordings you can't tell the difference. Put a Fulltone OCD pedal in front of this thing just as a little boost and it screams. Check out Ryan Fluff's review of the amp on youtube.
At home I play this amp through a ppc112 cab. Yes I know it's risky, but I never turn it up at home. When I'm with the band, I'll play it through a Mesa 412 and the master volume never goes past 4. This thing pushes some SERIOUS AIR. Really, it sounds like a different animal through a 412.
I absolutely love this amp. You really can't tell that its not a tube. It sounds better the more you turn it up.
If you want to see more videos of it in action, go to Dave Simpson's channel on youtube. Fantastic vids (50+ of them) that showcase the amp.
Awesome amp! Tone is great. Closest sound I've ever had to a tube head. Really great cleans really nice dirty channel. Lots of room to get it dialed it to exactly what you want. A great amp with lots of power.
I've always been a fan of the Orange amps. They have a unique bite to their tone. I was really surprised to hear it in this solid state amp as well. For the last 6 years I have been playing a Peavey XXX through a Marshall 1960a cab. My biggest question with this amp was could it satisfy me going from tube to solid state. It does... From most reviews I have read it seems it gets great reviews on everything except metal. I believe it does this best. It's not as saturated as a Triple rectifier or a Peavey XXX. It has more pronounced defining tone. It does sound very similar to the Rockverb. This will be my main amp and the first time it has not been tube in decades.
This head just screams! My main head, so impressive I have both my guitarists buying one...well done Orange, well done!
I've been a tube guy pretty much my whole musical career. This amp sounds just like it has tubes in it. Best solid state amp ever made. Hands down.
This amp is all about producing warm, accurate, and detailed tone. I've played a lot of amps in my day. Solid state, tube, digital, etc., but this amp sticks out. It easily competes with some amps that cost much, much more. If you're a blues, jazz, or classic rock player, then look no further! $450 for this is an absolute steal, and I'm amazed by the fact that there aren't any tubes in it.
This is definitely the best Solid State Amp in the market, nobody can't beat the price. Very well made high quality construction and the most important thing, you don't have to worry about tubes and expensive maintenance any more!
I'm currently running this head through an Mesa 4x12 angled cabinet. The cabinet has celestion vintage 30's in it. It sounds fantastic. I have also ran it through my carvin, closed back, 2x12 cabinet with celestion vintage 30's. It sounds just as good, but with a little less bass.
In addition, I have it hooked it up "4 cable method" with the boss GT-100 effects unit. No issues with the effects loop, works just as good as my Carvin V3m tube head.
I am very pleased with the tone of the Orange Crush 120H and will be using this to save tube hours on the Carvin V3m head. A matched "JJ" set of pre-amp and power-amp tubes is about $100, which could easily pay for the Orange Crush 120 head in a year of heavy use.
The only thing that Orange could do better, would be two offer a 3 channel setup, like my Carvin V3m. If they did, I would pay more to have that feature.
Running it through Marshall 4x12 at the moment. Orange got it right with this head; sounds like a tube, but it's a solid state, so great tones with reliability. It's a win win at a great price, buy this head!
Been using a Marshall JCM 2000 for years. Picked this up for gigging to save wear and tear on that and now....I have a Marshall for sale.
I've read a lot of reviews, watched a ton of videos and studied this amp head extensively before making the decision to try it for myself. I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed with the work and effort that the minds at Orange put into this amp. 100% analog Solid State from Orange Amplification puts a smile on my face a mile wide.
Based on the Rockerverb series, you can definitely identify RV tones and vibe. Certainly the tones you derive from the CR120 will be based on the cab you run through it. I'm using a closed back solid birch Emperor 212 8ohm with Celestion V30s, and it sounds other worldly.
I'm in love with the clean tones dialed up around 10:00ish - 12:00ish. There is an ever present dirt factor from 12 up that will take your cleans from pristine to killer breakup.
Completely analog, save for the digital reverb circuit, this amp would fool many tone snobs and tube aficionados. The reverb is brilliant, and you can select between spring, hall or plate. On the dirty channel, beginning around 1:00 - 3:00 you'll be treading into Tony Iommi land. It just gets super squishy from there (in a very good Orangey squishy way). The more master volume you heap the thicker and more tube-like the response. However- it is not a tube amp- but really once we start talking Rokerverb vibe this thing comes really close to achieving just that.
Side by side with a RV you will hear the difference... However it is tube maintenance free and will serve well in my studio or as a backup. I will be using this for more than just a back up, trust me.
Jon at Sweetwater was awesome in my customer service experience, calling me to let me know when it would be in and then following up to let me know it was on it's way. Nothing but love for the guys at Sweetwater!
After playing tube amps for 50 years I've finally found a good solid state to take there place. You can use the dirty channel and just roll back the guitar's volume to clean it up. The best was when a guitar player from the crowed said it sounded like 2 AC 30's. I paired it with a 2x12 ob from Orange.. I highly recommend.
Being a Guy who grew up in the late 60' and 70' their were tons of Solid State Amps. I used Sunn Concert Lead' Acoustic Control' Kustom' solid state amps. They all were loud but had just horrible gain or crunch' In the day they were decent we thought. But this new Orange has to be heard to be beleived. I have many Tube Heads' Marshall' Univox' Fender' Engl' ect but this new CR120 just sounds great. A real thick crunchy sound. I think I like it better than my Marshall. The reverb is excellent also. I am using it with 2 Avatar cabs with Vintage Celestron 12in speakers. The sound is just killer. And the price is hard to beat. Thanks Sweetwater for your fast shipping and support from Ty. Thanks Bob
I have always been interested in solid state amps for all of the usual reasons: low maintenance, cost, reliability, etc. But I've never found one that sounded good enough to be my main amp. This amp is the exception. The hype is real. This amp could be double the price and still be worth the purchase. Now-- one thing to keep in mind: it is still a solid state amp and the response is still very solid-state-- but this amp in particular has a very refined response. Additionally, the tonal characteristics on the gain channel rival many all-tube amps that have four digits in their price tag. The only criticism I have for this particular amp is that the clean channel does not have that pristine quality that many other big-name solid states do-- but let's be honest: you don't buy an Orange for the cleans, you buy them for the gain channel-- and in that respect this amp delivers... Orange set the bar pretty high here and other manufacturers would do well to sit up and pay attention.
The tones you can dial in with this thing! I play Versatile styles from Jazz, Rock, and a little bit of metal. It has very nice cleans, turn up the bass knob to get that nice jazz tone.
The stages of gain on the dirty channel are pretty tasty. The reverb is just right. This thing can get so loud! You won't be disappointed if you want good value.
Blows all other solid states away. Best bang for the buck.
I was totally blown away by this amp. The best thing; cr120 has the warmth of a tube amp but its a solid state. Probably the best solid state amp out there. The clean channel is bright and chimey and you can overdrive it using its master volume. The dirty channel has 4 stages of gain and responds very nicely to pick and to fingers. I was running it through a 2x12 marshall cab and cr120 sounds incredible. The digital reverb is very nice and adds a nice feature to the amp. the reverb is the only digital part of this amp.No hiding behind his amp,its you and your playing and your guitar. Thanks Cliff Cooper and Adrian Emsley for adding an affordable "rockerverb" to the line.
When I got this amp I had decent expectations for it, considering its a Orange Amp, but what I got exceeded my expectations. Don't underestimate this amp even thought it does not have tubes. BEST SOLID STATE AMP I HAVE EVER PLAYED BY FAR. It is light years ahead of any solid state I've played. I just used it in a large outdoor show with my band and it easily kept up with my lead guitarist's Crate Blue Voodoo. The tone is amazing, and it handles pedals like a champ. Clean is great, and the dirty channel has amazing range in the gain. You can do anything from Jazz to Metal with this amp. The reverbs are also very good. If you are looking for a great sounding amp that wont break the bank, or a solid backup that you can rely on, this is it. I would suggest this amp to anyone, it is well worth the price.
I have known about the Orange company now for a while but was never that crazy about the orange tolex covering. Then one day I stopped in at a local music store and the owner had the little OR15 tube amp head. He asked me if I had ever played thtrough an Orange amp and I shook my head no. I plugged in a Fender Squier Tele and BAM! This thing ROCKED! It is a great little beast but it had the orange covering and I was looking for something with 2 channels and in a different colored covering and he said that he had the CR120H in a black covered cab. This thing is sweeeet! NO tubes and built like a tank. The chassis is thick gauge steel with well thought out build quality and components with NO knob looseness or jack looseness and no headphone jack to short out and cause speaker to cut in and out like the Fender Mustang III V.1 that I had. Impressive clean channel and tubelike dirty channel. I bought it based on the sound and build quality of the OR15. I think Orange has got me hooked and I will most likely buy more Orange products in the future. Thank You ORANGE!
I love this head! It is versatile and simple. Great tone that is, as you've heard before, full of warmth. The only reason I don't give 5 stars is because my taste wishes it was just a wee bit brighter, but I've been able to reach my goal with additional EQ. I play in stereo with my Marshall and the result is just phenomenal.
Sounds amazing and super easy to use and nice to use with pedals.
Great product! Exceeded my expectations.
Thanks for a great product.
Great amp with plenty of power. The clean channel works very much like one on a tube head in the sense that the more you crank it, the more it breaks up and gives a bit of grit to the clean tone. The dirty channel is great for the vintage dirty tones. I prefer a more modern distortion sound so I had to do a bit of research prior to buying this to make sure I could get the sound that I preferred. With little effort I was able to get what tone/distortion that I like. I paired this with the Orange PPC212-OB cabinet and they couldn't be more perfect for each other.
Like I said earlier, I did have to put some effort into getting a more modern distortion tone so if you like that as well, definitely try it out before you buy it.
I love solid state heads and am very happy that Orange finally made one. It sounds killer and is built like a take.
This thing is awesome. I had been looking for a solid state amp for awhile, didnt want the expence of tubes and care. Ran across the Orange 120 and just was blown away. If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to tubes you will not be dissapointed. I would recomend this amp to everyone!
This is subjective as always. It has plenty of power for pretty much a large show if need be. The overdrive is like a pallet of colors. Their all different but no rules. Its very powerful and different from other amps. Compare it to my present arsenal of bogner, blackstar,vox marshall, fender. That is why I have a variety and most do. It has warm cleans but not sterile. It sounds like two different amps in a theil mesa 1x12 and then marshall 4x12. Bottom line is it occupies a unique avenue of needed sound for the guitar. Great deal here.
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