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Orange Amps Looking for Original Phazer, Sustain & Distortion Pedals for Reissues Project

Do you own an original 1970s-era Phazer, Sustain, or Distortion pedal from Orange Amplification? If so,  the manufacturer is hoping to borrow them so that it can create reissues.

Orange manufactured the popular Phazer, Sustain and Distortion pedals at their Bexleyheath, U.K. factory between 1977 to 1979. These first ever Orange effects pedals are now very rare.

After seeing Orange users share images of various pedals, fans over at Orange’s Facebook page have requested Orange reissue these. While doing some decluttering during COVID-19 shutdowns, Mick Dines, who has been with the company since the early-'70s, found the original, tea-stained schematics for the Phazer, Sustain, and Distortion pedals and passed those onto the company’s current designer, Ade Emsley. However, Orange have not been able to find the actual physical pedals and need help to get these reissues right.

The company is looking to reissue the 1970s pedals, with upgraded internals, but they need to find examples of the actual pedals to gather information about the exact size and dimensions of the original pedals and learn from the owners what they liked so much about them.

Is there anyone out there who owns and still uses a 1970s Orange Amps’ Phazer, Sustain, or  Distortion effect pedals? If yes, Orange is asking them to contact the company via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email them through their website orangeamps.com/contact. Orange would love to talk to you.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.
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