3 Monkeys Amps Orangutan

The 3 Monkeys Amps Orangutan is a powerful amp that serves up a serious dose of classic 70s rock tones. While it’s not a super high-gain amp, it gives a really diverse range of overdriven to clean tones. It definitely has a vintage sound but with it's very own distinctive character, and it’s both great for playing gigs and for recording. The Orangutan is powered by four 6V6 tubes that produce between 30 and 36 watts. There are three ECC83 preamp tubes in the amp. The transformers are all custom-wound and are designed by 3 Monkeys Amps to specifically work with their amps. The sockets, jacks, pots, poweramp, and preamp are also all hand-wired.

One of the unique controls on the Orangutan is the six position voice switch. This switch changes the gain structure and the tone of the amp. This is really where magic happens with this amp as the voice switch interacts with the volume control to create smooth overdrives and shimmering cleans. The treble control acts like a cut, while the bass functions like a global low frequency control. Using the lift switch will disable the bass control and give you more clarity and boost. Then there’s the room control, which acts as a focused reverb. The reverb on this amp is perfect for rock, in that it's really subtle and kind of trails off behind the notes rather than watering down the overdrive.

The Orangutan is fit in a solid birch ply cabinet that is a little different than most—it’s not just another square amp. Instead, it tapers towards the bottom. The faceplate is crushed glass with industrial silkscreening. All Orangutans are hand-made in the U.S. and weight about 34 pounds. The amp retails for $1,999, or a 2x12 cab is available for $899.

For more info be sure to visit the 3 Monkeys Website: http://www.3monkeysamps.com/

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March 31, 2011
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