View Full Version : How good is the Orange RV 30? AD 30?
08-07-2007, 09:12 AM
I've heard nothing but good about Orange amps, but haven't had much of a chance to play them. How good are they?
What are the goods and the bads? Cleans? slightly dirty? really dirty?
Might toy with the idea a little more. Currently have a Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier combo. Great amp, but I never use Channel 2... its just too much for my style.
08-07-2007, 10:42 AM
the ad30 is the cats meow. doesnt get fully clean but close enough just by rolling the volume back on the guitar. needs some kind of boost to cut through a full band mix. its very harsh and brittle sounding, but its a good thing. go for a single channel ad30 and get a boost, wah, and delay. youll be set. single coils sound best through ad series oranges.
the only con is everyone and their mother has an orange. its becoming a fad. if you can live with that then go for it.
08-07-2007, 12:12 PM
Rocker 30 = Marshall goes to 12.
AD30 = Vox wishes it could.
These are great and unique sounding amps. Try them for yourself.
Personally, I tried them all and ended up with an RV50. Second choice would have been the Rocker 30.
For reference, I play loud, modern heavy stuff.
08-07-2007, 12:24 PM
RV30 is a very simple but cool little amp - the dirty channel is great for classic rock and blues, maybe indie rock, too - not a high gain machine, but there's plenty enough gain on tap for all but the heaviest of rock. The clean channel has no EQ, so if you need more versatility, add an EQ pedal, but it's voiced well, so the natrual character of your guitar really comes through. Both channels are responsive to pick attack and nice dynamics.
Only complaints I had with it: the combo is maybe a little mid-heavy with the stock Celestion Vintage 30 and, like the Rockerverb series, it can be finicky with pedals - especially fuzz and certain types of boosts.
The amp is well made and very sturdy - cool thing about the combo is that it is very compact and easy to lug around to gigs.
08-07-2007, 02:31 PM
My pal has one and i've used it at a show and messed around with it a few times. The clean channel is really midrangey but in a very vox voiced manner. As far as the dirty is concerned its what i'd consider industry standard for good, british distortion. It had more then enough kick for me as far as gain goes, but i did prefer it with a compressor goosing the front a little bit.
Def try it through a 4x12 if you get the chance, you'll buy it on the spot after that lol.
08-07-2007, 04:35 PM
AD 30 is an excellent amp--the cleans are wonderfully chimey, but slightly warmer than an ac 30. The clean side will stay pretty clean all the way up the volume as long as you keep the gain relatively low (9'oclock or below). Up the gain a bit and you're into some warm hair around the edges. I use the second channel for more of the overdriven tones. With the master at about half and gain at about half you can get some pretty cool raw old-school Brit punk sounds. Crank the master and leave the gain at halfway and the amp just rages in a very warm way.
I've recorded with that amp for two different CD projests. In both cases, the other guitarists just used my gear instead of recording with their own stuff. Both producers/engineers commented on how good it sounds (and those guys were both former/current studio players). The Orange just sounds that good.
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