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NAMM 2016: Orange - Mad About the O

When Orange created their first bass guitar, people probably gasped and said "Oh" in utter amazement, which could very well be why they named it the O Bass. This vintage-style model is available in three colours and features modern pickups known as split humbuckers. We can see the British brand is being held in high respect judging by their stylish O Edition headphones.

        

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Orange's technical director and head designer Adrian Emsley is the spiritual father of the O Bass, which has been around for about a year now. The reactions were so positive, Orange recently decided to take it into production. At the same time, they developed a black, one and a Tear Drop Sunburst model, as well as one in their characteristic Orange-orange. The retro body is made of okoume with a basswood veneer layer and has a bolted-on neck with rosewood fretboard. The pickups are very unique. Emsley himself reckons the split humbuckers on this bass will appeal to Motown and rock 'n roll lovers alike.

Small and versatile

Together with the O Bass, the amp manufacturer have also unveiled two guitar effects pedals: the Two Stroke and the The Amp Detonator. The first is bright red with a yellow print of an engine on it, which gives away what it does: it steps on the gas. This is, after all, a boost pedal. Unlike other boosters, however, this pedal has an expansive EQ and a secretive Oil knob which adds extra gain. Next, we have the Amp Denoator, an explosive pedal. It's essentially a signal-splitter with two buffered outputs that reduce unwanted noise. Don't let its small size deceive you, though - this little unit can handle two amps at once, offering you a truly explosive sound.

Orange you glad to see me?

Amplifier manufacturers developing home audio equipment seems to be the latest trend. Orange is partaking whole-heartedly with their O Edition headphones. They look great in a black finish with orange details, but the name and logo etched onto the metal head band is a particularly stylish feature. They're especially geared towards the commuter on the go who can use the inline remote with microphone for making and receiving calls. The audio that comes out of these on-ears boasts a full, rhythmic bass combined with rich mids and bright highs, without colouring your music in any way.

Check out the Orange product pages for up-to-date information on deliver times and pricing. For more NAMM news, have a look at our NAMM 2016 feed!

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