Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII Head
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Rockerverb 50 MKII Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Orange in the Rockerverb series.


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Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII Head tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Orange
  • Model: Rockerverb 50 MKII Head
  • Series: Rockerverb
  • Category: Tube Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 05/30/2010

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Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII Head user reviews

Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 8 reviews )
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SonicPulverizer09/03/2012

SonicPulverizer's review"Perhaps not as rockin' as you'd think"

Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII Head
The Orange Rockerverb 50 mkii is a twin channeled, el34 based design with a great classic sound. Featuring a redesigned, tube driven reverb unit and effects loop. The amp also possesses a bias switch on the rear panel if you want to swap out the el34 tubes for kt88's. Classic Orange tolex gives the definitive look.

UTILIZATION

Having the ability to engage the reverb via footswitch is a great feature. The Rockerverb is a very simple amp and as such, is not difficult to dial in. Unlike Mesa boogie amps that take lot of time to find a sweet spot, Orange's sound proper just about anywhere on the dial. The tone controls are very responsive, with low and high-mid eq controls attached to the treble and bass. Build quality is rugged, as to be expected from Orange. I know many people out on the road with Orange amps and I've never heard a complaint regarding reliability.

SOUNDS

I played through the Rockerverb with a 70s Gibson Les Paul Standard. Orange 4x12. No pedals.

The clean channel just sparkles. Of all the Orange's I've played, the Rockerverb mkii's clean channel is my favorite. It is a warm, full sound that's very signature to Orange amps and seemingly refined in this particular model. Conversely, I was less than impressed with the Rockerverb's dirty channel. Compared to the AD30, it just sounded dull. The onboard reverb was tasteful but lesser in sound quality to other amp's in the price point.

OVERALL OPINION

The Orange Rockerverb mkii retails at $2149 new. In this price point the Orange is weak competitively. Amps like the Bogner Goldfinger and the Reeves Super '78 dominate it. Even Orange's own AD30 faired more favorably in terms of rock tones. Is it a decent design? Yes. Is it worth the price of admission? In my own opinion, no.
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iamqman10/29/2011

iamqman's review"BLack and Orange"

Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII Head
This is an exciting head from Orange is a two channel head with added reverb and 50 watts of power. Orange claims they are the Marshall slayer or killer and to an unmodded Marshall there definitely is an argument for that statement.

This amp has a sweet chewy gain distortion that is very inviting to play. The clean channel is also equally as amazing. It is pristine and chimey with a big dose of sparkle. Both channels has a great use in a live setting as well as being in the recording studio.

UTILIZATION


Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII Features

* 50 Watts of pristine guitar audio
* Four ECC83 preamp valves and Two EL34 output valves
* Transparent, enhanced valve FX loop with
* Two ECC81 valves for Reverb and FX loop
* Improved reverb tone with unmatched quality sound
* Bass, Middle and Treble EQ controls for each Channel
* Footswitchable reverb control
* FX Send and Return, Output value select and Failure fuse


SOUNDS

I prefer the distortion channel a lot for its thick gain that sustains and is very easy to play. Some times amps can be to tight of too sloppy on the bottom end but I find that this amp has the perfect blend of tightness with the added chewier thick distortion that gets a little looser.

There interesting thing about this amp is that it doesn't have a presences control knob. I thoughts that is interesting because Marshal does have those and you would think an amp that claims to slay the Marshall would have that feature. Either way this is a great amp for some good clean vintage tones and some nice grind distortion.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amps come in at around $ 2100, which isn't bad for this amp. It is a great sounding boutique amp quality 50 watt amp. I would recommend this to a classic rock player you likes the voicing of a classic rock amplifier and needs some modern features. These are great amps for the money and their tone is worth the price of admission.
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iamqman10/29/2011

iamqman's review"Latest and Greatest"

Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII Head
I had been waiting a while to try out the Orange amps since they claim they are the Marshall killer. I was a Marshall guy so I needed to be convinced what they claim was true. So I went down to the shop to try it out. The first thing I noticed was that it did sound very good. But I thought to myself which Marshall are they claiming to beat....Plexi, 800, 2000, 900....maybe it was the MG series to which I would completely agree with them on. Perhaps they beat the 900 series or maybe even a unmodified 800. Maybe not that far since the 800 is a classic in rock music. Well it did sound very excellent! This is the latest version of this model and the best in my opinion. Not much has really changed but the great sounding Orange tone is all there.

One cool thing that this amp does top any Marshall in the ability to change different power tube from EL34, 6L6s, KT88s, or 6550s which makes this a very cool feature. Being able to tailor your power tube section to your liking is very beneficial. Marshall has dropped the ball on something like this.

UTILIZATION

50W
4 ECC83 preamp tubes
4 EL34 power tubes
Accepts EL34, 6L6, KT88, or 6550 power tubes
Clean channel controls: Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble
Dirty channel: Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble
Reverb
FX loop

SOUNDS


I used this amp with a Les Paul and a fender Strat. I was able to get some good Zeppelin tones and dial up some Angus Young setting pretty easily. The attack was something I noticed very quickly. It had a touch response similar but more dynamic than a Marshall. It had that midrange but was different in that it felt a little more comfortable if I played sloppy than I would with a Plexi amp. I think it was a little more forgiving and a hair more saggy which would constitute the forgiveness of the amp. I pretty much stayed on the gain channel but occasionally switch over for some smooth warm cleans.

OVERALL OPINION

I love the vintage vibe it had and the better clean channel than say a JCM 2000. I was able to get a very good tone that could play in a band setting very well or record with. I would recommend this amp to anyone looking for something different than a Marshall that wants to get a good OD channel and a smooth clean channel all in one amp. It is priced a bit high for where i think it is worth, but then so is a reissue JCM 800. I would pick this amp up on the used market since they hold a good value and seem very road worthy. I was impressed with this amp. I think it had many attributes that put it above some Marshall amps.
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King Loudness08/31/2011

King Loudness's review"Not much of an update"

Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII Head
The Orange Rockerverb 50 Mark II is the second (or updated) version of the original Rockerverb. The original model was loaded with 6V6 power tubes which is certainly not standard fare for most higher gain amplifiers. In addition, it featured a very simple EQ for its clean channel, and the reverb was known to be extremely wet and cavernous even at low levels - rendering it unusable for many players. The Mark II version changed the 6V6s over to the more conventional EL34s found in Marshalls or other British amps, which brought on a more typical sounding amp tone. The clean channel was also given an expanded EQ setup, and the reverb was modified to be more - or rather, less crazy.

Otherwise, the features of this amp are pretty standard. It's a dual channel 50w amplifier with clean and drive channels. Each channel has its own EQ with bass, middle and treble controls. There is also a master reverb. On the back are speaker outputs, the effects loop jacks and footswitch jacks. Pretty standard. The amp is available in orange tolex or black.

UTILIZATION

Getting a decent sound out of this amp is more difficult than I'd like it to be. It doesn't have a complex interface per se, and much like my old Rockerverb 50 Mark I, it does have good tones lurking within, but they're just harder to coax out of the amp than I'd like. The clean channel is definitely an improvement to tweak compared to the Mark I version which is a plus. However, I firmly believe that the 6V6 tubes actually work BETTER in this amp than the EL34s do. The EL34s in this amp cause it to go from a really thick and viscous sort of raw tone that is a cross between Brit and American, but the new version is a lot like a Marshall without the kick to it. I kept waiting to hear that magical tone when I'd twist the knobs and never got it...

SOUNDS

I've tried this amp with various Gibson and Ibanez guitars and the results are basically the same. The clean channel has improved functionality, but I don't like the tone of the EL34s clean in this circuit. It just sounds anemic and weaker. I didn't care for the functionality of the original, but the clean tones were much fuller and had a nice VOX-y chime to them. This one sounds more like a Marshall clean which was never my thing anyway.

The drive tones are decent, but underwhelming. Plugged into an Orange 4x12 even, I was waiting for the punch and classic EL34 roar to kick in... but what I got was just a fairly bland and fizzy tone. It didn't sound BAD at higher volumes, but it lacked the in your face quality of a good EL34 loaded amp like a Splawn where the sound is really harmonically rich and pleasing. I don't think the EL34 vibe really works for this amp. I loved the tones of the original, just had gripes with the functionality. This one seems to be the opposite unfortunately.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Orange Rockerverb 50 Mark II is not a bad amp, and the improved functionality of the controls is nice. However I didn't care for the tones as much out of this amp, and as a result I wouldn't touch it. At $2,299 new they're extremely high priced for what you get and to me really aren't worth looking into unless you're a devoted fan of Orange. People looking for an EL34 loaded firebreather should stay away though.
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