Orange OR30 review – a British-built 30W head that can breathe fire onstage… or in the bedroom

This single-channel tube head could put the squeeze on its rivals thanks to a surprisingly versatile range of tones – with a distinctly British accent

Orange OR30
(Image: © Orange)

Guitar World Verdict

The Orange OR30 delivers Orange’s distinctively British tonal character, but with a lot more tone-shaping versatility, particularly in the upper mids and treble, along with enhanced performance flexibility thanks to its footswitch-controlled second volume.


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    Surprisingly versatile.

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    Superb tones and low noise.

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    Plenty of power.

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    Two-watt bedroom setting is neighbor-friendly.


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    Cleans are maybe a little polite in bedroom setting but not much to complain about here.

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Orange Amps seem to be showing up on concert stages more and more frequently these days – admittedly, they’re pretty hard to miss with their bright orange covering. But there’s a good reason for that increased visibility, as Orange has steadfastly expanded their products’ features and variety of available tones with some well-designed heads and combo amps introduced over the last few years. 

Orange’s new OR30 is likely going to keep that trend going strong. In addition to providing its own unmistakably British/“simply Orange” tone that fits a nice sweet spot between Marshall amps and Vox, the OR30 adds a few helpful new features that provide expanded stage performance and tone-shaping versatility.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.