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Rotosound announce Billy Sheehan and Doug Wimbish NAMM 2013 Artist Appearances

Once again Rotosound have a first class choice of hand picked endorsees joining them on their stand at the Winter NAMM 2012 on Saturday 26th January 2013.

Doug Wimbish will be gracing the Rotosound booth at 1.00pm. He is known for his pioneering bass playing with Living Colour and recognized for his work with Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Madonna and Joe Satrianni to name but a few. 2013 will be a busy year for Doug with the 25th Anniversary Tour of Vivid about to kick off.

Then 3.30pm sees the arrival of the bass wizard, Billy Sheehan fresh from his recent tour with the supergroup also featuring Mike Portnoy, Tony McAlpine and Derek Sherinian. Earlier in 2012 he was reunited with his Talas band mates for a one off concert in New York.

If your would like to meet them, ask a question, or get them to sign something for you visit the Rotosound Booth ♯4278, Hall C and check out all the new products while you are there.

Billy Sheehan and Doug Wimbish  NAMM 2013 Artist Appearances

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Win Amazing Prizes: Golden Tickets In Orange Amplification Giveaway Bags

In celebration of the Signature #4 Jim Root Terror Head winning the UK’s Music Industries Association award ‘Amp Of The Year’ for 2012, Orange Amplification will be giving away four signed amps at this year’s Winter NAMM.

Each of the four days will see an Orange Golden Ticket randomly hidden in one of their giveaway bags. Everyday, one fortunate visitor to the Orange Amplification booth is in with a chance of finding an Orange Golden Ticket and winning a Signature #4 Jim Root Terror Head, signed by Jim Root!

If you find one of these highly sought after Orange Golden Tickets simply bring it to the Orange Music Booth before 5.00pm that day and collect your great prize.

And while you are collecting your Orange Amplification giveaway bag why don’t you check out our incredible products, chat to our staff, and meet some of our endorsees. Artists such as Glenn Hughes, bassist for Black Country Communion, will be appearing at 1pm on Saturday, January 26th and Larry LaLonde from Primus will be on the book at 3pm.

To discover if you have a lucky Orange Golden Ticket come and visit the Orange Music Booth 4890 in Hall C and collect your Orange Amplification giveaway bag.

Jim Root

Orange Amplification Launches NEW Custom Shop 50

Orange Amplification’s Custom Shop Series represents over forty years of master craftsmanship, creating and building the very best Orange amps in limited quantities that have become much sought after and critically acclaimed.

The launch at winter NAMM 2013 of the Custom Shop 50 is the culmination of their years of experience and expertise. The new amp offers the finest in hand-wired, point-to-point workmanship and the definitive British Rock amp. It has a vintage flavour much in the same way as its predecessor the Retro 50 of which the circuit is based upon. Each of these amplifiers is an individual masterpiece, built to perfection using only the highest-grade materials and components. Beautifully crafted in the Orange custom shop, this amazing amp is full of wonderful, powerful sounds, all with that hallmark Orange tone.

The amp can switch between 50 watts class A/B and 30 watts class A. The 30-Watt Class A mode has all the jangle, chime, and clarity you could ever want in an amp. Flipping the switch to the 50-watt Class A/B mode unleashes one of the most inspiring British Rock experiences you’ll ever encounter. The gain, bass, treble and master controls give you absolute control and the HF Drive as seen previously on the OR series adds an extra dimension. There is also an optional foot-switchable EQ Lift.


  • 50W Class A/B, 30W Class A
  • Channels – 1
  • Valves – 2 x ECC83 / 12AX7, 2 x EL34
  • Speaker Output Options – 1 x 16 Ohm 2 x 16 Ohm or 1 x 8 Ohm
  • Size – 27 x 55 x 24cm (10.63 x 21.65 x 9.45in)
  • Weight – 18.55kg (40.9lb)

The Orange Custom Shop 50 delivers classic Orange British tone to give you a singular and distinct amplifier that is quite simply a work of art.

To take a look at the new Custom Shop 50 and the complete range of other Orange Amps and products go to Orange Music Booth 4890 Hall C.

Orange Custom Shop 50

Orange Amplification Launches New Twin Channel OR100

The new OR100 from Orange Amplification can simply be summed up in one word ‘Stunning’! This top of the range guitar amp is the first OR model to feature two channels and delivers up to 100 watts of incredible Orange tone making it the crown jewel of the OR series.

Drawing on the heritage of the original and iconic ‘Pics Only’ launched in 1972, the new OR100 has taken the best of the original features in terms of tone, construction and design and uses today’s expertise to create a guitar amp of epic proportions. Better still, the new amp utilises the very best valve technology to create a tone that is so very special!

The OR100 incorporates for the first time on an ‘OR’ series amp; twin channels, as well as a valve driven FX loop, foot-switchable boosts and independent EQ. The output power can be scaled between 100,70,50 and 30 watts, plus there is a choice of clean and dirty channels.

As well as being one of the most versatile and dynamic amps Orange has ever made, the OR100 delivers a classic tone that is unique to Orange; a sound that so many famous artists describe as ‘the holy grail’ of tones!


  • 100/70/50/30w Class A/B head
  • 2 channels
  • Valves: 4xECC83/12AX7, 1xECC81/12AT7, 4xEL34
  • Speaker Outs – 1 x 16 Ohm cabinet connected to the 16 Ohm output
  • 1 x 8 Ohm cabinet connected to one of the 8 Ohm outputs
  • 2 x 16 Ohm cabinets each connected to one of the 8 Ohm outputs
  • Size 55x27x28cm (21.65×10.63×11.02in)
  • Weight 23.84kg(52.139lb)

To take a look at the OR100 and all the other Orange Amps and products go to Orange Music Booth 4890 Hall C.

Orange Twin Channel OR100 (front) Orange Twin Channel OR100 (back) Orange Twin Channel OR100

Legendary Bassist Glenn Hughes Appearing on Orange Amplification Booth Saturday 26th January 2013

New Orange Amps endorsee, Glenn Hughes will be appearing on their booth on Saturday 26th January 2013 at 1.00pm.

For over forty years Glenn has been a bass player, vocalist and songwriter with some of the greatest rock acts and is currently lead vocalist and bass player with Black Country Communion. Commenting on his recent move to Orange Amplification Glenn said, ‘I plugged into that Orange Amp and it was though it had been designed for me!’

To find out more about the AD200B MK3 head with an OBC810 8 x 10” Bass speaker cabinet Glenn Hughes is using, ask him how its vintage inspiration has taken him back to his roots of Trapeze and Deep Purple, or simply meet him, go to the Orange Music Booth 4890 Hall C.

Glenn Hughes

Orange Amps – Another World First

Big things have been happening at the Orange Global Headquarters! Their Research and Development team have been working on another World First! A revolutionary, ground breaking innovation. This new product will amaze and excite the audio world.

For over forty years Orange have been at the forefront of Guitar Amplification design and technology. Their innovations include the ‘pics only’ and world’s first programmable digital guitar amp in the 70s, through to theTiny Terror in the ‘noughties’ and the OPC computer and DIVO technology launched in the 2010’s.

The launch of this new product will be at the Winter NAMM show on January 24th at 11am PST, and will be simultaneously streamed around the world. A link for the event will appear on the Orange website

Top Secret

Get Connected at Ampeg’s NAMM 2012 Showroom

Ampeg’s move from the main floor of the Winter NAMM Show to a massive new showroom upstairs was a huge success last year. This year, the new location encourages interactivity with free Wi-Fi access, including dedicated iPad stations where visitors can enter Ampeg giveaways on Facebook and Twitter and share their NAMM experience with their friends and family.

“The Ampeg showroom has really become a social hub,” remarked Ampeg Social Network Manager, Ryan Cassady. “People can relax a bit, check their email or upload all the photos they have taken during the show. It doesn’t hurt that our endorsing artists also tend to hang around.”

This year’s giveaways are all about Ampeg’s return to guitar amplification with the announcement of the new Heritage R-12R Reverberocket and first showing of Ampeg’s GVT line of tube guitar amplifiers at Winter NAMM. A giveaway on Ampeg’s Facebook page offers a chance to win a GVT52-112 50-watt tube guitar combo. There’s also a Twitter contest in which followers’ re-tweets earn a chance to win an all-new Micro-CL Stack.

Visit Ampeg during NAMM at their massive showroom upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B during the 2012 Winter NAMM show January 19-22, 2012 in Anaheim, CA. Visit Ampeg on Facebook at or follow on Twitter (@ampeg). Full contest details also available at

Slipknot’s and Stone Sour Guitarist Jim Root and other artists confirmed for Orange Amplification Booth Saturday 21st Jan

Orange Amps have a full schedule of product demonstrations and guest artists for the Winter NAMM 2012.

Jim Root, guitarist with Grammy Award-winning band Slipknot and Stone Sour, will be appearing on the booth to launch his Signature #4 Jim Root Terror Head. The special press conference will take place on the Orange booth at 2pm on Saturday 21st.

Doug Doppler, former Joe Satriani pupil and the man behind some of the Guitar Hero recordings will be putting the Orange DIVO OV4 through its paces. He will also be demonstrating the new Micro Terror, Signature #4 Jim Root Terror Head and re-issued OR50H.

Tony Catania, currently lead guitarist with the Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience, will be around on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2012, playing a set each day.

Another guest, Earl Slick, will be putting in an appearance over the weekend to sign autographs. Earl has played axe for some of rock and roll royalty including David Bowie, John Lennon and Ian Hunter. He is currently working with the New York Dolls. Earl’s appearance time will be announced on the Orange Facebook page nearer to NAMM.

Plus the winner of the Intel Superstar competition Austin Renfoe will be playing on the Orange Amplification booth daily. Come and check out this amazing newcomer.

To meet these artists and see the latest new Orange Amps, go to the Orange Music Booth 4890 Hall C.

Book of Orange Signings with Cliff Cooper

Orange Amps launched a full colour coffee-table book, ‘The Book of Orange’, in 2011 celebrating over forty years of their history with a massive detailed archive of press cuttings, photographs and promotional material.

Cliff Cooper, the man behind the legendary brand of Orange Amplification will be on the Orange Amps stand to sign your copies on Saturday 21st Jan at 11am.

The flipbook is a two-hundred page insight into the Orange Brand as well as Orange Amplification. Start the book from one side and you will find everything you ever wanted to know about the innovations and technology that form an intrinsic part of the Orange Amps story so far. The Orange sound didn’t just happen – it took years of studying, experimentation and testing to perfect. The book provides an illustrated history of this quest, showing how Orange Amps truly did become the ‘Voice of the World’.

Turn the book over and ‘Building the Brand’ takes you from the 1960s when Cliff Cooper established the Orange Recording Studios, Orange Shop, and Orange Amplification, through to the present day and the proud launch of the Orange Personal Computer (OPC) designed and developed in-house by Orange.

Cliff Cooper, awarded the Music Industries Association Living Legend Award in November 2011 in the UK, is an engineer, businessman, serial entrepreneur and musician who has always been at the cutting edge of music amplification and technology. When Cliff started the Orange brand back in the 1960s he quickly became a prominent figure on the London music scene. The Orange brand driven by Cliff became synonymous with a distinctive sound and constant product development that continually pushed the boundaries. After over 50 years Cliff is as innovative as ever and has no desire to rest on his (considerable) Laurels.

‘The Book of Orange’ is a commemoration of the history of Orange Amplification and Cliff’s very hands-on involvement.

Come to the Orange Amps Orange Music Booth 4890 Hall C to get your copy of ‘The Book of Orange’, meet the man, the legend, and get your book signed while you are there.

Orange Amplification Launch Micro Terror and PPC108 cab

Orange Amplification launches at Winter NAMM the Micro Terror – their smallest Terror ever! Building on the winning recipe of the rest of the popular Terror series, the Micro Terror retains the beautiful unpretentious design, delivering a classic Orange sound way bigger than it looks, with a size and weight making it the most portable Terror yet!

The Micro Terror has a single 12AX7 pre-amp tube with 20 watts RMS of solid-state output. It is powered via a 15 volt DC supplier (international PSU included), features auxiliary input for MP3 player or CD, and can be plugged into to any cabinet with 4Ohm or greater handing (even a 4 x 12) and you will be ready to rock.

With a high tensile steel case is it built to the same rugged specifications as the other members of the Terror family and is incredibly compact and highly portable. This is a true Orange Amp classic, with masses of vintage British character, clean crunch and full-on overdrive sounds.

Matching the new Micro Terror is the launch of the new PPC108 cab, ideal for building your own mini-terror stack and a perfect partner for the Micro Terror. The scaled down cab, is available to purchase separately and its 8”speaker delivers a punchy tone and sound that has to heard to be believed. Like all Orange speaker cabs it is built to last using extremely rugged construction and manufacturing techniques and uses our legendary basketweave tolex grill cloth, Orange crest and badge.

Orange will be showing the new Micro Terror, PPC 108 and all the other Orange Amps on their Booth #4890 Hall C at NAMM.