What Amps Does Orange Goblin Use in the Studio?

Updated July 20, 2017

Founded in 1995 as Our Haunted Kingdom, the British doom/stoner rock band Orange Goblin has risen to international renown. Its sound has developed into a modern take on influences such as Black Sabbath. Music critics praise the band's live performances and heavy, droning sound. Orange Goblin uses a variety of amplifiers in the studio to achieve its sound.

Orange Amplifiers

Orange Goblin has been known to tour and record with vintage and modern Orange Amplifiers and has been fully endorsed by the company for its guitar and bass amplification. Bass sounds have been provided by Orange's AD200B all tube bass head, and guitars have been played through a variety of Orange heads, including the Thunderverb and Rockerverb models. Both guitars and bass amps have used modern Orange cabinets for their sealed back designs and sound.

Marshall Amplification

Orange Goblin also secured a full endorsement deal with Marshall Amps in 2008, and the band has been known to use both vintage and modern Marshall amps in the studio and live on stage. Both the JCM800 and 900 series amplifiers have been reported to be used in the studio for guitar sounds for their classic tone and reliability. Marshall 4x12 cabinets have also been used in the studio, and full stacks of two Marshall cabs have been used by the band when touring the world.

Vintage Matamps

Earlier Orange Goblin recordings have also featured vintage Matamp Series 2000 heads and cabinets. These precursors to the modern Orange amplification company are coveted for their fuzzy, loud sounds and true vintage appeal. Founded by Mat Mathias in the 1960s, the Matamp Series 2000 became a favourite British amplifier for guitarists who enjoyed loud sound and powerful speaker distortion. Orange Goblin has also used vintage Matamp 4x12 speaker cabinets in the studio.

Electric Amp

Modern American-built Electric Amps have also been used by Orange Goblin. These remakes of the original Matamp circuits are built to last on the road and in the studio and feature similar sounds to the Series 2000 amplifier. Variations on these Electric Amplifier include the Green Amp, Purple Amp, Black Amp, White Amp and Motorcity Mad Amp. Each variation may have been featured on earlier recordings.

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Larry Rivers has contributed his recording and audio production expertise to Nashville and Los Angeles alt-weeklies as well as industry magazines since 2008. He is a music recording expert, holding a Bachelor of Science in audio production and bringing over 12 years of album production and live sound engineering to his how-to articles.