Orange Phaser review

Orange's long out-of-production Phaser returns in a new old-school style, offering simple operation and a choice for pedal fans – which orange-colored box would you prefer?

Orange Phaser
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Orange is rewarded for its trip into the archives with a super-simple phaser to rival counterparts from MXR and EHX.


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    Simple single-knob operation.

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    Great 70s phaser sounds.


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    Size still could be an issue for some with less pedalboard space.

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One of the great British guitar amp brands, Orange has a practical modern range of pedals including the Fur Coat, Two Stroke, and others. But what is perhaps less well known is the fact that the company had a series of pedals way back in the 1970s – the Phazer, Sustain and Distortion. 

These units weren’t produced in large quantities and are now very rare. Roll on to a couple of years ago and some photos of these turned up in online message boards, prompting something of a clamor on Orange’s Facebook pages for them to be reissued. Orange responded by digging out some original schematics – complete with 40-odd-year-old tea stains – but didn’t have any actual pedals. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.