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Orange (Orange Music Electronic Company) started its life actually as a studio and second hand music gear shop sometime in 1968. The company started producing amplifiers due to difficulties in getting sale stock. For this Orange's founder, Clifford Cooper, collaborated with the company Radio Craft, owned by Mat Mathias. Radio Craft produced the first Orange amplifiers based on Clifford's designs. Often people think that the first Orange amplifiers were actually co-built by Orange and Matamp (Matthias own amplifiers company), that is not the case.

By the mid '70s Orange became one of the main amplifier manufacturers. The company continued to innovate the amplifier world and even released, together with 
designer Peter Hamilton a computerised amp which used logic chips. This amp was so ahead of its time, it did not succeed.

In the mid '90s the Orange name was licensed to Gibson, who produced reissues of 
the Graphic 120, Overdrive 120, Graphic 80, Overdrive 80 and the Super Bass 120 models. These reissues differed from the originals amplifiers and were not considered a big success, this led to the licensing agreement to not be renewed. the Orange name was back with Clifford. Clifford wanted to give the name the glory it used to have and decided, together with his then new technical director, Adrian Emsley, to approach working guitarists that use Orange amplifiers and get their feedback on what can be done better. One example is Noel Gallagher of Oasis. Gallagher was using an Orange Overdrive which he required more crunch from. Orange made changes to the Overdrive circuit based on Gallagher's input, these changes were later the basis of the Orange OTR amplifier (Oscillatory Transition Return).

Orange's entry to the "hall of fame" of guitar amplifiers came with the 1998 release of the AD series. The series received a lot of positive attention and attracted major guitar players like Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. One of the amplifiers in this series, the AD15, was the first UK amp ever to be selected as the editor's pick by the US Guitar Player Magazine.

In the last years Orange also started manufacturing and selling their own line of pedal effects. These pedal effects constantly receive more and more recognition.

Today you will find Orange amplifiers in almost every guitar store, stage and studio. Orange is without a doubt one of the most important amplifier manufacturers in the industry.
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Orange Fur Coat
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Classic Tones - Modern Control Why the name Fur Coat you may wonder, if you did ... good question! This pedal is based on a Foxx Tone Machine which had a furry covering ... mystery solved! The Foxx Tone Machine had a much more complex circuit than the standard fuzzes of the era and included an octave up on a toggle switch. As with all things classic fuzz people love how they all sound for different reasons. Orange have been very loyal to the original tone while adding some much needed upgrades. First things first, the controls are moved from the side of the pedal now to the more conventional top. Secondly and just as importantly, the toggle switch to engage the octave is now a footswitch meaning you can turn it on mid song! The Octave also now features its own control allowing you to blend in just the right amount of upper octave to suit the tone you need. Compare the Fur Coat to the classic fuzzes on tonepedia and hear how you can save $20,000 (yes one did sell for that much) with this awesome offering from Orange. 

Orange Getaway Driver
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An Orange amp in a box. The Orange Getaway Driver is an Overdrive pedal which will send you into vintage territory. It's Class A circuitry delivers a rich harmonic content while staying responsive to your playing.This amp-in-a-box needs no more than three dials to get from a cranked AC-30 to a solid creamy blues-rock experience. The bite knob works as a tone control which focuses on high frequencies while leaving the lows pretty untouched. An internal switch even rolls off frequencies above 20kHz. The additional buffered headphone out with cab simulation can be used for quiet practicing, to go straight to an interface or via a di-box to the PA. Nice add-on! The pedal operates on a standard 9-volt power supply to emulate EL84 valves or 12-volt for the EL34 flavour.The Orange Getaway Driver is definitely worth a ride!