Orange's first-ever effects pedals, the Phazer, Sustain and Distortion, are wonderfully retro, great-sounding stompboxes. They're also incredibly rare. So rare, in fact, that Orange itself is seeking assistance in locating examples of each one.
Manufactured between 1977 and 1979 at the company's UK factory, the pedals remain a favorite of Orange aficionados, who as of late have been asking the company on social media to reissue the trio.
Though longtime Orange employee Mick Dines located the original, tea-stained schematics for the pedals during a recent round of housecleaning, and passed them onto current designer Ade Emsley, the company has still yet to locate any physical examples of the pedals.
Hoping to reissue the pedals with upgraded internals, Orange has requested that anyone in possession of an original Phazer, Sustain or Distortion unit get in touch with the company.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.