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Price: $729
Info: www.orangeamps.com

SMALL WONDER
The Orange Rocker 15 Terror

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mall-footprint amp heads - tube
and solidstate - are all the rage and
getting better all the time. Case in point,
the Orange Rocker 15 Terror. At just 15
pounds, it's a full-bore tube amp with
two channels and plenty of kick, not to
mention an attenuator that takes it down
to 7, 1, and even 0.5 watts for jamming on
the down-low.
Basic specs include a Dirty channel with

three-band EQ (with those cool Orange
hieroglyphs), and a Natural channel with
a single Volume knob. Around back, look
for 8- and 16-ohm speaker outputs, a
tube-buffered effects loop, and a jack for
a channel-switching pedal. A Bedroom/
Headroom switch works in tandem with
the Half/Standby/Full switch out front. In
Half mode, the switch takes you from 0.5
to 1 watt; in Full, it goes from 7 to 15. The

MAGIC MAGNETS
TV Jones' Starwood Humbuckers

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est known for making the vintagesounding Magna'Tron, Power'Tron,
and Supra'Tron pickups, TV Jones has
expanded its well-regarded line to include
pickups for Telecasters, Stratocasters, and
Les Pauls.
The TV Jones Starwood Humbucker
sprang from an effort to develop a "dynamic," well-rounded, and musical PAF-style
pickup. Using proprietary steel pole screws,
slugs, and magnet keepers, the company's
goal was to offer a variety of sounds with
punch, articulation, and warmth the player
could access simply by using their guitar's
Tone and Volume controls. It's offered with
zebra or double-black bobbins and optional
chrome, nickel, gold, or aged covers as well
as an optional four-conductor lead.
In a Les Paul Historic '56 Goldtop, the neck
pickup was smooth and clear with ample
low-end and the right amount of output

to stay clean for jazz and rockabilly while
also embracing the burn with saturation.
It yielded substantive volume and clarity,
giving the hands free rein to embellish the
guitar's sonic overtones. The bridge
position offered definition for days,

tube complement includes three
ECC83s (12AX7) and one ECC81
(12AT7) in the preamp and two
EL84s in the power section.
With a Tele and an ES-335
semi-hollow, the Rocker 15
Terror made a wonderful racket.
The Natural channel works
much like a vintage tube amp
- no muss, no fuss. Given that
the Rocker tops out at 15 watts,
the Natural channel breaks up
sweetly as you push the volume, so keep
in mind that if you desire pristine cleans,
this probably isn't the amp for you.
However, if you want authentic tube
persona...
The Dirty channel will take you deeper
into crunch territory, from '70s Rolling
Stones and Aerosmith to '80s AC/DC
and Guns 'N Roses. You'll want to put it
through a PA for club gigs; even so, it's
more than enough amp for the job with a
truly organic tone and the kind of natural
compression and dynamics you can't fake.

- Pete Prown

presenting a full-bodied crispness and oldschool flavor that cut nicely. Being wound
for a fast attack and pick-sensitivity, as the
guitar's Volume was turned up, it unveiled a
range of harmonics and pleasurable sustain.
The Starwoods bring to mind the sound
of nicely aged humbuckers from the '50s,
minus decades of wear and tear - just the
ticket for those in need of singing musicality without muddiness or harsh top-end.
- Oscar Jordan

Price: $140 each
(two-lead, without cover)
Info: www.tvjones.com

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