Orange Crush CR120C 120W 2x12" Guitar Combo Amp (Discontinued)

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$699
Orange Crush CR120C

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 96/100 is based on analysis of 200+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The Orange Crush CR120C is part of their streamlined line of solid state combo amps with no digital amp modeling.

While most manufacturers have gone down the DSP route, Orange stays on the beaten path with their Crush series of solid state amps with no amp modeling. And interestingly, this line of streamlined amps are still rated highly, even in the face of more sophisticated and complex digital amps.

The CR120C in particular is a 120-Watt amplifier paired with two 12" speakers, which means that this amp is meant to go really loud. It doesn't give you the ability to choose between amp models, rather it sticks to the tried and tested 2-channel formula, one for clean and one for dirty.

What separates this from digital amps is the use of multi-gain stages to achieve its tone, much like how solid state pedals work. The dirty channel gives you the unmistakably Orange crunch tone via four gain stages, while the clean channel utilizes two gain stages.

Finally, it has a built-in reverb which you can set to spring, hall or plate.

Features

  • 120 Watts
  • 2 x 12” Speaker
  • 2-Channel Multi-Gain stage Amplifier
  • Built-in Reverb (Hall, Plate, Spring)
  • Effects Loop

Pros
The main advantage of the Orange Crush CR120C is its simplicity and consistency, it lets users get great tones quickly with minimal tweaking. The amp's dirty channel gets a lot of thumbs up, with some users describing it as sounding much like how a tube amp would. It also receives a lot of good feedback for its clean channel which is impressive given that Orange amps are mostly known for overdriven tones. Reliability is also often commended, with many appreciating how they get consistently good tones out of the amp, compared to their more expensive tube amps.

Cons
There are a few who feel that this is a one-trick pony amp, but given the limited 2-channels that it has, it does quite an amazing job as reviews attest to. Still, this is not ideal for those who want amp voicing and effects right on the amp. Being heavy also means that this is not very easy to haul around, and it is not meant for low volume practice.

Overall
This is a true stage ready workhorse amp, ideal for those who prefer tweaking pedals and rackmount effects instead of playing with settings on their amp.

Unfortunately this is no longer available new in stores - for excellent alternatives see our guide to The Best Solid State Amps.

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.