<img src="http://www.allimusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/RVERB100MKIII.jpg" alt="RVERB100MKIII" itemprop="image" height="835" width="1200" /> <strong>Making its debut at this year's Frankfurt Musikmesse, Orange's new Rockerverb MKIII range builds on its popular two-channel format, adding some significant improvements to the package.</strong>
The new range includes this 100-watt head, which is built in traditional Orange fashion with a heavyweight enclosure and enamelled steel control panel, printed with Orange’s distinctive graphic symbols.
One immediately noticeable change is the front panel, which is ‘pics only’, like the classic ‘graphic’ amps of the early 1970s. This means a modicum of thought may be needed to understand the controls if you don’t read the manual first. We like the cleaner, text-free look.
“This is very refined British guitar tone, with a sweet treble, powerful midrange and tight bass that flatters lead lines as well as chords”
The head is designed to work with Orange’s PPC range of cabinets, although it’s quite tolerant of different loudspeaker types.While the Rockerverb sounds great with single coils, it comes alive when combined with the throatier punch of a good humbucker. The extra warmth and zing of the clean channel is very noticeable – a real improvement over the slightly sterile clean sounds of earlier models.
By using the power switches and attenuator (which incidentally works backwards, turning down the volume as you rotate clockwise), you can dial in a really sweet overdriven edge that time warps straight back to the heady days of the 70s.