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Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head

A pint-sized, high-gain hybrid tube head that's big on tone and small in size: the Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head.


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The ultra-compact Micro Dark valve hybrid head builds on Orange's acclaimed Dark Terror and Dual Terror amps to give you that unsurpassed Orange tone in an incredibly small hybrid package. With 20-watts of power and tons of gain on tap, the Micro Dark is the ultimate amp for hard rockers and metal players looking for a small practice or studio amp that doesn't sacrifice tone or performance. Although the Micro Dark is voiced to satisfy even the most discerning devotees of distortion, it delivers a nice clean tone as well.

The Micro Dark also features Orange's intuitive Shape control along with an all-new 12AX7-driven high-gain preamp section to offer an array of screaming over-the-top tones that you normally wouldn't expect from such a small amp. Just like its big brothers, this tiny beast sports smoky black chassis and a no-nonsense 3-knob control layout that disguises this amps surprising versatility. Other premium features include a headphone jack with Orange's unique CabSim circuitry and a fully buffered effects loop. Pair the Micro Dark up with the optional PPC108 cab and you've got yourself the perfect rehearsal rig. Plug into a larger cabinet and the Micro Dark might be your new amp of choice for recording in the studio.

Valve/Solid State Hybrid Design
The Micro Dark sports a new high gain circuit which blends valve and solid state technology. The preamp uses single 12AX7/ECC83 valve and produces a huge range of usable tones with warm cleans, smooth overdrive and fat, singing distortion. Its solid state output section puts out 20 Watts and can be can be paired with any 8 or 16 Ohm cabinet.

Shape Control
Orange's exclusive Shape control varies the midrange response whilst interacting with the bass and treble. Working from the 12 o'clock position, a subtle nudge to the left adds more midrange and smooths the highs. A clockwise notch or two reduces the mids and brightens the tone.

At the extremes the Shape's effect becomes even more pronounced, especially as you begin to push the Gain control. A scooped, thrashy voicing with an aggressive 'smiley face' EQ is easily achieved in the fully clockwise position, whilst turning fully anticlockwise boosts the mids, for a more classic 'bark'.

Buffered Effects Loop
The Micro Dark's fully buffered, low impedance loop allows for any number of effects and cables to be patched in without sacrificing tone. It's incredibly transparent, meaning your pedal arsenal will perform to its absolute peak.

CabSim Headphone Output
A popular feature on Orange's Crush Series amps, the headphone output includes their CabSim circuitry which faithfully emulates the sound of a mic'd Orange 4x12" cabinet loaded with Orange's flagship Voice of the World speakers. Use headphones for silent practice or connect to a mixer/recording console to capture huge, authentic Orange tones in the studio.

Get your Orange Amplification Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Guitar Amplifier Head
  • Power Supply

Must buy


Great little amp. Have it hooked up to a 1x12 cab and it growls. Great as a little backup or for practicing at home. When hooked into a 4x12 and mic'd, may be able to play in a live setting with a smaller band.



I like this amp, but beware it is small


Nice amp! This is SMALL, but very loud. It is a hybrid amp and only has 1 preamp tubes. The gain stage is nice and really can get a metal tone. Classic rock can be dialed in, but not as easily. The clean tone is very nice and I've enjoyed using it with pedals. I wish it had 2 channels. The head is so small that it almost feels like a toy, so be aware that it is very tiny.



Orange Micro Dark 20 watt Head


Always fast delivery and the best customer service of ANY musical instrument or equipment store. I have had to take a bit of time getting it adjusted through the EVH 1x12 w/ a G12 HERITAGE to sound less "muffled" than sone amps. It DOES pack serious punch and power into a 1 pound amp. I did finally get the variety of sounds I like BUT I'm pretty sure I'm going to return it ONLY because I think a 6505 20 watt or Hughes and Kettner HEAD or even the Boss Katana 100w but used at 50 with the 1x12 would be better for a 6 string ONLY player. The product is well worth the money and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a chunky sound that goes better with a 7 ot 8 or even 9 string. This was made more for that type music than the 6505 and Boss are. Been faithfully shopping at Sam Ash for 17 years now still will be tomorrow.



Tiny amp, huge sound


This little guy is awesome! Great tone, works great with any cab. Headphone out simulates a cranked Orange 4x12 which makes it great all on its own.



Great sound


This little amp packs a huge punch. Great little amp.



Would definitely recommend


This thing is amazing. I plugged an MT-2 into the effects loop and got some amazing distortion sounds from it. The gain from the amp head itself is enough to play heavy rock riffs, and the clean tones sound great as well.


Carson, CA


Would definitely recommend.


I love this amp head! Plugging in an MT-2 into the effects loop intensifies the power of the distortion pedal. Even without it, the gain from the amp head is enough to get the sound and tone for the heaviest of rock riffs. Would definitely recommend.



The Convenient Micro Dark


For what it is, its a great practice amp. This was my first introduction into tube amps. The stock preamp tube is a little ehh BUT i swapped out the tube for Sovtek 12ax7 and it sounds wonderful in my opinion. Definitely louder. But you can swap to whatever tube suits your sound. It also has a built in FX loop (unlike the micro terror..) which is very handy when you're running multiple pedals into it. Last but not least it has a built in headphone input which is a must if you dont have luxury of playing out loud. All in all for what it is, this is great mini head amp with a lot of convenient features and also for a great price! I have not yet taken this amp out for gigging but for small venues or backyard shows i am sure it will get the job done. A great amp none the less. Great introduction for beginners getting into tube amps.





What a great amp for the money! Tried out all the mini tube/hybrid amps at a local music store. This one was absolutely the best! Playing it through a Traynor 412 cabinet, it sounds amazing and is incredibly loud, with very little hiss. Playing an Edwards LP copy. Added a Boss super OD for that great Vivian Cambell sound on a budget. Playing mostly metal and doom with it. The shape/gain dial is better suited to this style than the Mircro Terror. That is a great little amp as well. For the money this has better features (effects loop!) than the Micro Terror. Got mine as an open box, so it was the same price as the Micro Terror. Get it, you'll love it! Fast Shipping, Showed up in perfect condition, like new!



Great Amplifier


Little, but mighty. Very good tone.



Micro Dark 20-Watt Guitar Amplifier Head

4.8 48


Amp Type Hybrid
Channels 1
Watts 20
Other Features High-Gain Preamp, Shape Control, Fully Buffered Effects Loop and CabSim-Loaded Headphone Output, 12AX7-Driven Preamp

Gain, Shape and Volume Controls

Matte Black Finish (Steel Chassis)

1 x 8-16 Ohm Cabinet, Rated at 20 Watts or Greater
Weight 1.72 lbs.
Dimensions 6.5 x 5.31 x 3.74 inches (WxHxD) - Unboxed
Series Terror Series
Model Micro Dark
Warranty Info:

Orange Music Electronic Company Inc. (Orange USA) warrants that Orange Products purchased through an Authorised Dealer of Orange USA will be free from defects in parts and workmanship for an initial period of 1 year (365 days) from the date of purchase.

This Warranty shall be applicable when You present the Product along with the original sales receipt and/or proof of purchase.

What is Not Covered:

  • Damage caused by negligence, abuse, modification, improper use, incorrect voltages, incorrect polarity or the use of power supplies not recommended by Orange USA.
  • Damage caused by another product.
  • General wear and tear.
  • Damage caused during transportation of the product.
  • Damage caused by repair or service carried out by persons not authorized by Orange USA.
  • A Product with a serial number which has been defaced, removed etc.
  • A Product which was not purchased from an Authorized Dealer within the USA

This Warranty shall be effective from the date of purchase and cover the following Products and components for a period of:

  • Amplifiers, preamplifiers, effects pedals – 1 year, extendable* to 2 years
  • Speaker enclosures (cabinets) – 1 year, extendable* to 2 years
  • Valves (vacuum tubes) and Speakers in Orange Products or supplied by OMEC Ltd. – 90 days

*The Extended Warranty Period is only applicable if the USA Registration form is submitted prior to the expiry of the initial 1 year warranty which begins at the date of purchase. It is Your responsibility to submit this information and We shall not be liable nor do We accept any responsibility whatsoever for non-receipt of this information.

If a warranty or RMA claim is made within 90 days of the purchase date of the Product, Orange USA pays ground shipping both ways.

For non-warranty repairs, the customer pays shipping both ways.  Repair charges must be paid within 45 days of the repair completion or the Product becomes the property of Orange USA.

The Warranty Service:

  • The Warranty Service may include repairs or replacement of the Product in accordance with the terms set out herein.
  • We will endeavour to repair the defective Product at no cost.
  • If we are unable to repair the defective Product, we reserve the right to provide you with a replacement which may or may not be a reconditioned unit.
  • In the event a repair or replacement has been made, we shall be entitled to take and keep possession of the defective Product which is deemed to be beyond repair during the Warranty Period.
  • Providing the defective Product is covered by the terms of this Warranty we shall be responsible for the cost of returning your unit to You.

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