Orange Amplification has introduced two new pedals, the Fur Coat and the Getaway Driver. The former is a vintage fuzz; the latter is an overdrive, cab sim, class A type pedal. Both were designed by Orange’s technical director, Adrian Emsley.
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The Fur Coat, which was inspired by the great fuzz tones from the Seventies, is loosely based on the old Foxx Tone Machine (originally released in 1971) that often was used by artists such as Peter Frampton and Adrian Belew. Designed with a foot switchable octave, it is superbly versatile, allowing players to adjust the level of the upper octave rather than just turn it on and off.
In keeping with the era’s vibe, it is built with germanium diodes and is Orange’s only true bypass pedal. When used. it puts a “dirty, smelly fur coat” on every note produced giving them a warm, furry quality. The Fur Coat drapes itself over the music; stroke it lovingly to produce grungy, warm effects or turn it up for lots of filthy, shaggy texture. Its tone can be dressed down casual, super modern, funky or wonderfully dramatic.
“It sounds absolutely phenomenal,” said Clutch’s Tim Sult. Matt Pike from Sleep added, “I’ve tried every fuzz pedal on the planet. This is my new favorite. The Fur Coat is everything I expected Orange would do with an octave fuzz. It’s seriously gnarly.”
The Getaway Driver is an amp-in-a-box type pedal. It has the same transparent, buffered output as the Orange Two Stroke and Kongpressor pedals plus a second Cab Sim / headphone output. This makes the Getaway Driver perfect for silent practice or recording. The three dials, Volume, Bite (tone) and Gain, allow players to “rev their engine.”
The pedal really excels when played through an amp’s clean channel, even ones with a bright cap. Low gain and high volume makes for a clean boost, pushing amps over the edge into classic overdrive. Armed with one of these, players can be transported back to the fast and furious seventies feeling the heat as this hot rod pedal drives relentlessly forward to produce the closest thing to the buzz of being a real getaway driver.
The Fur Coat can be powered by 9 or 12V DC. Running at 12V increases the headroom and the output volume available. It draws very little current, less than 5mA allowing for a long battery life. The Getaway Driver can be powered by 9 or 12V DC. At 9Vs the pedal has the characteristics of EL84 valves, whereas 12Vs gives it a EL34 flavor.