When Orange released its adorable Tiny
Terror head a few years ago, guitarists were
giddy with the lunchbox sized tube-powered
tone machine. The amp’s combination of
portability, hip aesthetics, and big sound
made the Tiny Terror a modern classic. So
much so, Orange has spun-off the Tiny Terror
franchise into a 1x12 combo version and
a high-powered take dubbed the Dual Terror
amp. Orange’s latest twist, the Tiny Terror
Hard Wired Edition, is basically a boutique
version of the original model as it sports a tidy
point-to-point circuit as well as cork-snifferapproved
appointments such as carbon-comp
resistors and “mustard” capacitors.
The well ventilated metal chassis flaunts
a smooth and shiny white enamel that reeks
of class, and the chrome handle just adds to
the tough-yet-regal construction of this lil’
sucker. Under the hood, all of the pots,
switches, and tube sockets are securely fixed
to the chassis. I tested the TTHWE through
an open-back Fender 2x12 and 1x10 as well
as a Marshall 4x12 with a variety of Fender
Telecasters and Gibson SGs.
To say the Tiny Terror Hard Wired Edition
is an aggressive-sounding amp would
be an understatement—it can get downright
severe. With all of controls halfway up on my
Tele, the Orange snarled and barked with
fierce midrange bite, tight low end, and searing
treble response—as well as a lot of grind.
When I backed off my guitar’s volume control,
the TTHWE responded well, delivering
a shimmering clean tone that sparkled mightily
with single-coils, provided the Gain
control wasn’t much past 12 o’clock.
The TTHWE is a decidedly modern amp
with lots of gain on tap. With single-coils,
high Gain settings tended to get a little
splatty, but backing the Gain off easily mitigated
this. Also, cranking the Volume and
backing down the Gain proved to be the
ticket for more muscular-sounding power tube raunch. Running through an open-back
cab, I rolled off the TTHWE’s Tone control
completely, but with the closed-back cabinet
the Tone control became a bit more
useable. Through a 1x10, the amount of bass
knock the Orange churns out is very impressive.
Even at whisper volumes, the thump
is still there to give power chord riffing some
extra oomph. With humbucker-equipped guitars,
higher Gain settings work much better,
and the TTHWE kept its nasty, surly
demeanor intact. This amp sounds like it
wants humbuckers, as they seem to revel in
the extended treble response and hyper-gain
capabilities the TTHWE has to offer. The
half-power switch is plenty effective at giving
you some power tube grind at slightly
lower volumes, but if you’re thinking you
can crank the Volume in your bedroom or
apartment, you’re going to be disappointed
because this amp is loud. And running at full
power, it’s plenty for small clubs if your band
plays with any type of dynamics. The Tiny
Terror Hard Wired Edition offers a lot in a
small, extremely portable package. If you’re
looking for an amazingly constructed, fierce
sounding blues/rock machine that can even
get into metal territory, you may want to
consider harboring this tone terrorist.
CONTACT Orange Amplifiers,
MODEL Tiny Terror Hard Wired Edition
PRICE $1,149 retail/Street price N/A
CONTROLS Volume, Tone, Gain
TUBES Two EL84 power tubes,
two12AX7 preamp tubes.
POWER 15 watts/7 watts
EXTRAS Half-power switch, two 8Ωspeaker
jacks and one 16Ωspeaker jack
WEIGHT 12 lbs
KUDOS Loud and powerful molten rock
tones in a bite-size package.
CONCERNS Not very friendly to single-coils in
higher gain settings.
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