Orange Micro Dark 20-watt Hybrid Head

20-watt Electric Guitar Amplifier Head with Shape Control, Tube Preamp, Solid State Power Amp, and Portable Size
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Massive Crunch from a Micro Amp Head

The Orange Micro Dark hybrid electric guitar amplifier head puts great high-gain tones in a simple and very portable package. Based around Orange's popular Dark series of amplifiers, the Micro Dark offers the same searing gain and tonal versatility as its big brothers, but boasts the same tiny format as the Micro Terror. This mighty mite crams 20 watts into a head about the size of a small lunchbox. If you need a simple-to-use, portable amplifier with huge tones, check out the Orange Micro Dark.

Orange 20-watt Micro Dark Electric Guitar Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • Tones from the heavy to clean
  • Compact and convenient
  • Easy-to-navigate controls
Tones from the heavy to clean

The Dark series of amplifiers make no secret that they're engineered for high-gain heavy metal. But even with the few knobs on the front panel, you'll be able to quickly dial in a large variety of tones from metal grind to spanky cleans. And if the huge range of tones available aren't enough, the Micro Dark will work with most guitar speaker cabinets, allowing you to fine-tune your tone.

Compact and convenient

There simply aren't many other amplifier heads this small that can keep up with the Micro Dark's 12AX7-driven tones and 20 watts of power. At under three pounds, the Micro Dark amplifier head is a cinch to transport to any recording session, rehearsal, or gig. And its diminutive size makes it an easy fit in any room, no matter how tight the space may be.

Easy-to-navigate controls

The 3-knob control panel makes pulling great sounds out of your Orange Micro Dark easy. It features pots for volume, gain, and shape. The shape control is the same used on the other Dark series of amplifiers, going from scooped grind on one side of the dial to a more classic mid-focused tone on the other. Want even more tonal options? The Micro Dark boasts a buffered effects loop in the back for patching in your favorite time-based effects. And the single input and single speaker out streamlines your setup so you're getting great tone in no time.

Orange 20-watt Micro Dark Electric Guitar Amplifier Head Features:
  • 20-watt hybrid amplifier head geared toward metal tones
  • Hybrid tube preamp and solid state power amp push 20 watts of power
  • Shape and gain controls go from country cleans to savage high gain
  • The amp is less than 3 lbs. and only 5.31" tall
  • 20 watts is plenty for practice, rehearsals, and some gigs
  • Straight-forward control layout
Grab huge tones in a compact package with Orange's Micro Dark amp head.

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Tech Specs

Type Hybrid
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 20 Watts
EQ Shape tone control
Amp Modeling No
Preamp Tubes 12AX7
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS
Outputs 1 x 1/4" TS 8 ohm out, 1 x 1/4" TRS headphone
Effects Loop Yes
Height 5.31"
Width 6.5"
Depth 3.74"
Weight 1.72 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Micro Dark

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Orange Micro Dark

This little head is worth every penny you pay for it. Sounds awesome thru a 2x12 bottom. But thru a 4x12 cab you would swear you are playing thru a $2000 head.

The Next BEST thing

With all the features packed into this little unit, you'd be surprised by the low price/great value. Great quality construction. Simple controls make it easy to dial in tones across the spectrum of distortion/gain. The cab simulation in the headphone is a nice touch for recording. I love being able to place my modulation effects in the FX loop. It's my new favorite amp!
Music background: Hobbyist

orange head

very small , but plenty of power

Tone, easy and versatile.

Being meh, about the Micro Terror, I wasn't expecting much, but tried since everyone was going nuts about it. Immediately fell in love. Easy to dial in some good times, from clean to modern metal. I never got so much variety from a gain knob. I could only afford the head at first (experiment had shown that a crappy cab didn't do it justice), so I used the cab sim out to my mixer, and it was pretty good for an included freebie. Then later, I added a PPC112 cab, while leaving the cab sim out to the mixer. A nice Wet Dry rig on the cheap, and it sounds amazing. With the gain one notch past the top, my Epi LP Custom PRO can go from clean, to crunch and have about 8 differ sounds in between, all controlled by my picking and guitar volume. My poor CrushPix 20W combo has been gathering dust.
Music background: Noob

Awesome tone, tiny amp!

Got my little Micro Dark after grabbing a Peavey 1x8 cab to put together a good home and small jam setup. Since I play both bass and guitar but lean towards bass a little my bass rig took priority, so I wanted to get something that had good tone to it but wouldn't be super expensive and didn't need anything physically big. So, I bought this little monster. It packs such a punch despite it's size, and even through my little Peavey cab it easily gets loud enough for a full band jam! As far as tone goes the Micro Dark sounds amazing, it does get bassy the farther to the right you turn your Shape knob but I personally like that a little. It's​ got some serious gain to it too, but be aware that it is pretty fuzzy. But it is an Orange. I use it to get some great Nine Inch Nails inspired tones, but what it also does well is some good, sorta dirty clean stuff. I roll my gain to just past noon, then roll my guitar's volume back for some fantastic cleans that break up a little, which is great considering my play style. The FX loop is what makes this little box so great, my pedals just sound so much better through the loop rather than straight into the amp's input. I can't get over how much my tone improved with my getting this amp. Get one, every guitarist could use one of these! Thanks Josh Strid for your being such an understanding sales guy!
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