Orange Rocker 30
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Orange Rocker 30

Rocker 30, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Orange in the Rocker 30 series.

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 21 reviews )
 15 reviews71 %
 6 reviews29 %
Value For Money : Excellent
King Loudness12/12/2011

King Loudness's review"Fireball!"

Orange Rocker 30
The Orange Rocker 30 combo is one of the more stripped down amps that they've built recently. It features two channels, natural and dirty. The natural channel has just a volume control, whereas the drive channel features gain and volume controls. They share a very simple EQ setup of bass, middle, and treble. There's no onboard reverb or effects to add to the equation, just pure and simple tone. It puts out 30 watts of power and is run on a pair of EL34 tubes. Simple, yet effective. The combo version of this amp features a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, the industry standard when it comes to many amps.

UTILIZATION

Getting a good sound out of this amp is pretty easy. I've been using one of these to record my solo album, and it's really quite interesting how good it sounds. I owned a Rockerverb 50 for a while and never did gel with it, but this Rocker 30 sounds fantastic. Both channels are pretty simple to get good tones out of. Sure it doesn't have the flexibility of some of the other multi-channel amps on the market, but that's a minor sacrifice when you consider that each channel seems to have a great sound without much tweaking.

SOUNDS

This amp is definitely akin to a fireball when it comes to tone. Everything about this amp tonally has a certain fire to it... lots of power and tone even for such a small and simple package. The natural (clean) channel sounds pretty good, but even considering that, it does have bit of dirt lurking within the sound spectrum which serves perfect for grittier bluesy or rocky tones. The drive channel is pure raunch heaven. It's quite high gain, but the overall vibe is very vintage and clear even with the gain dimed. In that respect it's a little more like a vintage amp that's being hit (overloaded) with gain stages. The tones are cool overall, and if you want a vintage voiced high gainer that has gobs of saturation but still has a loose and raunchy British vibe, check this one out!

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Orange Rocker 30 is a great amp for anyone looking for something in a reasonable package that combines simplicity with great hard rock tones in the loose and killer British vibe. This amp is now discontinued but can be had in the combo form for under $1,000 if you look, which is definitely a great deal. Grab one today!
yoTrakkz11/08/2011

yoTrakkz's review"pretty solid"

Orange Rocker 30
I have played guitar for several years, and haven't been impressed with digital effects and modeling until now. I decided to try the Orange Amp Rocker 30 out at guitar center one day and was amazed at the wide tonal spectrum available. I think it's important to note I believe this amp sounds better than any multi-effects processor I have heard (old or modern) because from input to speaker everything is designed to go together which I believe maximizes the final tone of this unit no matter the model or preset. The presets based on songs from the 50's through modern day sound great, and offer a great starting point to create your own tone, or to practice those particular songs.


UTILIZATION

Programming the unit is very easy as is adjusting the presets. This amp gets very loud, I haven't had it past about 1/3 and that was more than enough for me to worry about neighbors in adjacent houses being bothered.

SOUNDS

There are a few bugs that bother me though . One, certain presets sound almost the same no matter which pickup combination you use or where your guitar's volume or tone is set, but then some react the way you would expect from a regular amp. Also the built in noise gate is a good feature, but sometimes reduces your sustain. Compared to a tube amp (which I own several) this amp comes awfully close to the tone (especially the fender-esq tones), but is a little tighter and edgier sounding (which is more apparent with the more gain used) – however it is still acceptable no matter what. Also the flange effect really isn’t that good, but that seems to be the only one.


OVERALL OPINION

Overall I believe this amp influences my creativity because I can go from Rolling Stones to Metallica to Guns and Roses with the push of a footswitch button (programmed in the order I want). Check out line 6's website for the possible sounds then go try it out for yourself, you won't regret it
mooseherman03/03/2010

mooseherman's review

Orange Rocker 30
This is a pretty well-respected tube amp, made by Orange Amps. It only really has the 1/4" input, as its the combo version. There are no other external speaker outputs. There are 30 watts of power delivered to this guy. The interesting thing about it is that it has 2 channels, natural (clean) and dirty (distorted). However, the natural channel only has one knob, for volume. The dirty channel has volume, gain, and EQ.

UTILIZATION

Getting a good sound out of this, as an acquaintance of mine put it, is easy...if you're a good guitar player with a good guitar. If you don't have a good guitar, or aren't a good guitar player, it won't sound good at all. That's kind of a raw deal, especially since no guitar player really wants to think that he or she isn't good. This is especially true of the clean channel, which has no eq or anything. If that tone is specifically what you want then this is fine, if not, you're out of luck. There's slightly more variety with the dirty channel, but it's still rather limiting. Fortunately for me, I am a good guitar player with a good guitar, so I love this amp! But I recognize its limitations.

SOUNDS

I like this amp the best with the Les Paul. It's not that impressive with a Fender, except on the clean channel, but even then, the natural brightness of my Strat is too much for it. This is when I wish I could EQ the clean channel. Anyways, with the Les Paul, I could easily get a great clean and dirty sound. In fact, my favorite sound is when the clean channel is pushed to the limit, as it produces a very 60s sounding Garage-rock/British rock tone similar to The Who and the Yardbirds. When plugged in, this amp recalls the classic tones of the early 70s and gets super heavy. It really manages to wipe the floor with most amp distortion. I definitely am very impressed with the raw power of this amp. However, it is a bit predictable, and getting a wide range of tones from it is not easy, which is why I tend to prefer pedal distortion nowadays.

OVERALL OPINION

I think that this is a great-sounding amp, and I know that there are many players out there who wouldn't need any other amp (there was a time when I myself fit this description). I think that mostly, my beef lies with how little versatility it has. There is no room for anyone who plays anything other than classic rock era stuff. Therefore, I wouldn't personally get much use out of it. I think that many people would enjoy it, though, and it's been popular enough to warrant that assumption. Check it out if my description interests you.
Audiofanzine FR03/15/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Orange Rocker 30
(Originally written by gp54/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
30-watt tube amp with three 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL34 power tubes. One input, two channels. The clean channel only has a volume control. The dirty channel has a gain control and a 3-band EQ. The combo has a standby switch to warm up the tubes. It has one 16 ohm speaker output, two 8 ohm speaker outputs and a footswitch connector for channel selection.

It's a simple and effective amp but I miss an FX loop (like on the Rockerverb 50).

UTILIZATION

Very easy to use: power on the amp, wait until the tubes are warm and start playing! The amp provides a good natural sound, you really have to try to get a bad sound. No user's manual but you won't need it!

SOUNDS

I play with a Gibson Les Paul Classic and a Fender Strat Highway One and the sound is great. This amp provides a real good sound considering its size.

The clean channel sounds transparent. The sound starts to crunch with the volume control set to 5, if you use humbucker pickups. With single coils, the sound starts to crunch when you set the volume to 7 or 8. I haven't tested it with distortion pedals but I can't imagine it could sound bad.

The dirty channel is THE reason I bought this amp. The response ranges from slight crunch to straight rock sound. I'm sure the gain of this channel isn't enough for heavy metal players, but they can still get their favorite sound using a good distortion pedal with the clean channel. The sound is really excellent. It has a lot of presence and huge dynamics I had never heard before!

The gain control is also great because the dirty channel starts to crunch you set it to 3-4 and it gets really wild when you get to 6. If you set it to 3 you get ZZ Top's La Grange sound, at 5 you get AC/DC, and at 6 you get Airbourne! The sound range is very wide. You'll get the best results with 80's and 90's rock. The frequency response is well-balanced and it provides strong low-mids which help your instrument to cut through the mix.

You'll have to crank it up if you want to get the most value out of it: a killer sound! But you can also play at home thanks to the very responsive master control.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for two months and it's a really good product. I bought it because of Orange's reputation. I'm a believer!

I like this amp a lot for its sound character and its huge dynamics.

I previously tested many tube amps: Marshall JVM, Laney, Vox AC, etc., but if you're looking for a pure sound and a huge dynamic response, I strongly recommend you Orange!

For me, the value for money is good because I bought when the price was dropping! Now that the price is up again, I still find the value for money is good considering the quality of the product.

Of course I would buy it again. But if I had more money I would choose the Rockerverb 50...
tomaya12/22/2012

tomaya's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" irreplaceable"

Orange Rocker 30
EL 34 12AX7, pure british, simple circuit and well in UK. Vintage 30's suffolk, not China. HP gaffe in China is the stew by the R30 against any danger.

UTILIZATION

Very simple, solid, like a little bull by heavy cons and that is, normal, this is a very good point.'s Transformers are very good, so heavy.

Manuel? ah ah, no need, everything is recorded on the knobs.

sound? ah ah ah!

SOUNDS

I play everything, and the sound of this little thing is hell, why? because it is THE sound lights and nothing else, and this is where we can clearly see the difference with transistors. The EL 34 r30 exploits of very crude way and that's awesome.
on the other hand, thus the R30 wants to eat: a good scratch, that's for sure, I played on a PRS CE24 long, it is give and take, a good scraper is great in this amp returned .

I love all the sounds of the cube, I added a 2 * 30 below (also orange) is hell.

I play a lot of distortion (from blues to heavy) the dirty is frankly very wide page (led zep 1) hammet, but with a fulltone ocd behind, PAN! ah ah!

OVERALL OPINION

I bought brighton 550 pounds in 2005, I fell in love with her, literally, I had to bring a big Marshall departing, and now ...

I recommend this amp at all, it is very simple and well built ... girls, attention to weight! he broke his back.

on the other hand, consider changing lamps every 2/3 years (it depends of course) will screw up the dirty at a time, the EL 34 are all in the bulb, it is normal.
I never changed the 3 AX7 currently.

advice for those who want the very big sound: put it on a 2 * 2 * 2 or 4 orange is perfect.
thony5412007/27/2012

thony54120's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simply legendary!"

Orange Rocker 30
What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor, ...)?
Lamp

What is the power delivered?
30W Class A

What connection?
A guitar input
2 output 8ohms
An output 16ohms

What are the settings, the effects?
2 channels: Clean / Dirty
One volume for the clean
3-band EQ, volume and gain for the Dirty

UTILIZATION

The configuration is simple?
Conernant is how clean the ... saying childish. Volume, I have never seen an amp that simple. I even lost when I use the other.
The dirty, a little more difficult compared to clean.

Do you get a good sound easy?
I do not see the interest as dune question, there is no bad sound on this Orange. I use it constantly with clean, it's my guitar and my effects that alter the sound.

The manual is clear and sufficient?
I have not seen the manual, at least I have no memory and I've never had any use.

SOUNDS

Will it fit your style of music?
Ah very good question, I am very "boring" for the sounds I want. In general, I play casiment all styles of music can I go to a beautiful clean a large metal.
It keeps in all cases the warmth and roundness of the sound, but it swallows all the pedals I give him, as for the guitars.

With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?
It took a lot of guitars:
- Ibanez SAS, Sabre, SZR, Jem;
- LTD MH
- Gretsch: G5120
- Epiphone: Tribute
- Blade Texas Standard
On the effects, as mentioned above, he accepts it all. I have not seen a single pedal he did not like in 3 years.

What types of sounds you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "fat", ....)?
Just find the pedal or guitar and you'll get the sound you want easily. Do not forget that it keeps its characteristic sound so warm and round for clean rather slamming the Fender is difficult.

What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
I will talk about sound in terms of clean or dirty, no effects added.
I begin with the sound I do not like it because after having my vox, I finally gave up the kind of clean Fender Beatles, Hendrix etc.. When he, yeah he does well but next to a vox ...
I love the sounds, the Gretsch with Dirty while playing the ZZ Top. In the kind "I have the sound of Gibbons' yeah quite frankly is was very confusing.
The rock, the blues a little round or harder to ACDC is just beautiful. Noted that Angus has played a very short time on Orange before being Marshall.

OVERALL OPINION

How long you use it?
Since 3 years and this is just the beginning.

What is so special that you love the most, least?
Frankly, everything. This is my first Orange, I do not really know the brand and the sounds that came out today and I do not want under any circumstances to part with it.
What I like most is the side P & P, because I do not use much the Dirty, a single volume knob is enough for me very well. As long as the guitar is good, I manage my saturation with it.

Did you tried many other models before buying it?
So to be honest, this is my first full lamp. I can already hear the critics arrive like "it begins well, it means he has expensive tastes." Just look at the price I paid nine to understand that I jumped at the chance.
More seriously, then I tried a lot of amp full lamp and although I am big fan of Vox for example, the Orange will never leave me.

How would you rate the quality / price?
For me, € 677 new, 3yr warranty ... I have trouble finding such a quality / price ratio. On its normal value ie about 1200 €, the value for money is fine, but nothing. The prestige of the brand that appear in the price anyway. Do not forget this is a Made In England.

With experience, you do again this choice?
No need to answer this question because it is so obvious. For information, I go on a stack and I was so afraid of not finding this version in mind that I preferred to find the head before selling the combo is to say ...
iggy2504/05/2012

iggy25's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Orange makes a problem"

Orange Rocker 30
30W all-tube amp
Made in UK (assembly and component quality and inspire confidence)
HP celestion vintage
2 channels: clean with just one volume, a "dirty" EQ with bass, mid, high gain and volume.
The 30W are gnflés to steroids and the only comparison in terms of power I can do is with the AC30.

UTILIZATION

To be simple is simple ...
Equalization settings are ultra-efficient found the right sound quickly whatever the level of gain.
In his clear bin and you plug you play.

SOUNDS

start with the clear sound: surprise ... it is quite frankly, it happens not to the sharpness of my Fender Vibrolux but it's super easy on the ear. A little dry high enough in the media ideal for short or funk rhythm. The sound remains clear until mid stroke volume knob before you start and then it sends cruncher already very strong (not always the drummer banged like crazy ...)
Dirty channel: here lies the strength of the beast ... it is the BEAUTIFUL HEAVY DYNAMIC is in short everything you would expect from an Orange amp. The grain goes from blues to hard rock.

OVERALL OPINION

The rocker 30 is built for all the Rock n 'Roll Fucking.
Great sound and ultra-simple operation that makes you want to express themselves without going to pauffiné three leaden sound.
Too bad the clean channel is not as a gain setting for crunch and distortion on the same amp but already has good orange AD30 for that.
cycodead12/29/2011

cycodead's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" SOUND !!!!!"

Orange Rocker 30
All Tube Amp
2 channels: clear and saturated
30w (is that enough?)
no effects loop (anyway, I know not to use it and I do not like the effects)
no reverb (rather boring, that)
there's no easier for settings: no EQ for the clean channel EQ and 3 buttons for saturation, a button dirty (I like the term) and another dirty volume gain, here, we will not nab a headache with it. I put 8 because of the lack of reverb
no footswitch is Pluot medium (the seller gave me a marshall footswitch to go with, he said he would have trouble having an orange, and should I sell it, it ' is slightly abused here)

UTILIZATION

The configuration is it simple? MOUAHAHAH !!!!! I spend good.
there's no manual, anyway, who cares, when you trying an amp, you will not read the manual before.

Do you get a good sound easy? bin, euuuh, I would like another, would blame her for one of m. .. e!

SOUNDS

I play rock at the Hellacopters or stooges, some see the stoner metal, bin, it sounds everywhere, attention, metal, pantera is not either, but the first Metallica album, it can do a little fair, but it does!

I play a les paul studio (the first, not the dung now), and this amp is made for her! It looks like she has a bad temper with!

In rhythm, it has a nice presence to accompany the bass (I play in a trio), and immediately had a solo, it is clear from the lot without having to add a volume pedal to be heard. The harmonic whistle well without "force" and has a grain really .... dirty while being very "clean", not runny for 2 cents, so his English!

For the stoner, it's a slaughter, giving a lower tone, rhythms seem heavier, very dynamic, awesome, I even made the doom, no problem.

With the les paul, I play with the gain pushed to 3 / 4, more, the sound does not change and made the guitar feedback of all sides, it's boring!

on the other hand, where it is painful, is the lack of reverb, not punk or stoner, but for the rockab '! I had to buy a Danelectro slap back, I'm not care a terrible buzz when I do not play, horrible! And the rockab ', this amp goes well, the gain of the saturation below the half, my gretsch rings of fire god, with a micro diharmmond Electromatic. It's not a fender, but it will just as well with another personality, against, to invest in a good or a good slap back reverb pedal '.

For its clear, I couple with a vox bulldog, and here I am metal. J'équalize from the pedal, it sends, but that's another story ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use this amp for 4 years and soon, repeating 'in concert, and each time, I am his. I part company with all groups who play with us with a particular sound is class!

The 30w is more than sufficient, I easily deal with jvm45 100w or mesa boogie f50! and I should not I carry around a piece of furniture for the sound is great!

I did not buy by chance, at some point, I amp lugging a different week in rehearsal ', until ... orange, I did not know, made an appearance, it was the revelation: D The sound has more to all group members, it's still rare.

I do it again the same choice again but it would be nice if it was a little cheaper.
Little_Paco12/23/2010

Little_Paco's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" hard with ease"

Orange Rocker 30
Lamp 3 12AX7 and 2 EL34.

Cab plywood very strong.


UTILIZATION

The configuration is simple, given the poverty settings. Perfect sense since we will not take the head.

SOUNDS

The sound is quite clear and effective neutral setting but not when it sounds this good.

The saturation has a 3 band eq which does the job without any change at all in the tone of what it leaves arranged.
Grain level is hoarse, accurate, pretty aggressive with good dynamics.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a week, I tried some other amps before this one and frankly it has real sound quality, it grows well has a saturation effective.
Another remarkable point, it is served by a quality cab. I tried on a small H & K cab with a celestion G12H30 I own, the sound becomes less clear is more directive.

After it has still some flaws, apart whether minimalist, which is not necessarily a fault, the main objection to him is I think it's his behavior on the crunch, both on large saturation that kills, so it is not really possible to get a slight crunch is soft. AC
12/31/2009

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Orange Rocker 30
ben ca dizzy so missing button and connections, but it has a mouth !!!!!!!!!!!! extraordinary power of 30 watts posted means nothing and it is hard to compare with All tube more powerful effect level queudal mm y no EQ for the clean! then if you want to put the pedal will fork out and set the analog and very good (true bypass) mm and yet he loves too much ... well you are still here? happens because the best

UTILIZATION

then!! mm without a brain you've got a good sound !!!!!

SOUNDS

it looks like nothing else ,.... forget what you know so plain that disto ... it kills nothing to add

OVERALL OPINION

it seems expensive but ultimately saw the quality is a very good value for money, I bought every resurection!!