Orange O Bass review – this stylish and affordable reissue is a more serious contender than you might think

First released to acclaim in 2015, the Orange O Bass has been tweaked and reissued – but is it fresh fruit or has it been diluted?

Orange O Bass
(Image: © Orange)

Guitar World Verdict

The new O-Bass looks distinctive, has all the features you’d expect at this price point and supplies a decent range of tones. Affordable, simple to manage and easy on your lower back, this vivid axe does its job very well indeed.


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    Sweet mid tones.

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    Finger-friendly neck finish.

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    Plug and play with zero learning curve.


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    You’ll need a preamp pedal for truly massive tones.

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Given the glum state of the world, the arrival of the latest version of Orange’s highly cheerful O Bass couldn’t be better timed. A passive, bolt-on instrument with a single split pickup and solitary tone control, this instrument may look unsophisticated – but there’s a little more under the hood than you might expect. (Not a fan of the orange finish? Never fear, a black version is available.)  

Pull the bass out of the supplied gigbag and, if you’re already familiar with the original 2015 model, you’ll notice that improvements to this Les Paul-shaped instrument include binding around the body and a new, black finish on the headstock. The split-coil pickup has been moved towards the neck for tonal reasons, and the neck molding has also been retooled for extra playability.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.