Orange Micro Crush

What did you get for Christmas? My lovely girlfriend gave me this sweet little Orange Micro Crush. Looks awesome, right? Totally retro cool and portable 3 watt amp with a 4 inch speaker powered by a 9 volt battery. It also has a tuner. So how does it sound? You get a fairly clean sound if you leave it on clean and a very raunchy Orange distorted sound on Overdrive. And it does go fairly loud. All in all, it sounds a little less like a toy than my Fender Mini ’57 Twin amp but nowhere near as nice as my Yamaha THR10C (10 watts with two 3.15 inch speakers). So I’d say it’s still a toy–but an affordable, fun, portable toy and the tuner is a real plus. More pics after the jump!


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Fender Mini ’57 Twin Amp

I’ve been meaning to write something on this little amp for a while now. I have a weird fascination with mini amps, and I’m also a fan of pretty much anything Fender. So the minute I saw this little Mini ’57 Twin Amp, I pretty much had to have it.

Now, if you go to the Fender website, you will see that the mini amps are listed under accessories. That should be a tip off right there. Fender is not trying to market these as amps. Yes, it does amplify sound from your guitar. But… it’s really just a toy. If you are thinking of using one of these for a practice amp, I’d spend a few more bucks and get something real–like a Mustang 1. However, if you want a toy, something that looks cool and is kind of fun to play with every once in a while, this is pretty neat. It would also make a great gift for that Fender fanatic who has everything.

Now, I’m kind of curious to try the Orange Micro Crush. Sounds like it might be a bit more than just a toy. Maybe I’ll put it on my Christmas list.

Anyway, more pics of the little ’57 Twin after the jump!


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Yamaha THR10C

Ok I was pretty set on getting a Fender Super Champ X2 this summer but then I heard about these things. There is a whole series of them–Yamaha started with the small THR5 and bigger THR10 last year, then added the THR10X for people who want more gain and distortion and the THR10C for people who want clean tones. I like it pretty clean so I think this one is for me. I actually like the size and color (and price) of the THR5 better, but the 10s have a separate volume control for the AUX in for when you want to use it to play music, so that it probably worth the extra $100.

Anyway, I play in my living room a lot and think this would be better than having a another bigger Fender amp for everyone to trip over. Plus I can use it to play music in the kitchen while cooking, bring it camping, etc.