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Old February 5th, 2016, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New amp day

My Laney L5 Studio setup arrived today, so my Epi Casino Gary Clark Jnr (and my Gretsch Corvette, pictured here) finally have a decent rig to be played through.

A good few hours in the interesting thing is that I've not once felt the need to put anything between my guitars and amps. The clean channel has an amazing chimey warmth, and the drive channel set to 4 or 5 gives so much dynamic response - anything from almost-clean to dirty blues just based on the way I pick. I'm finding the G12H nice and tight too, no loss of definition and really well balanced.

Bottom line is I'm loving it. Gorgeous tube tone in a modestly sized and priced package.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well that's great news! I'm glad you're lovin' it. Man, that Gretsch sure brings back some memories, I used to have a '66 Gretsch Corvette and I really regret selling that one. And I've been eyeballing those Gary Clark Jr. Epiphones for months now, they are beautiful. Play long and loud!
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Old February 7th, 2016, 09:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've been eyeballing those Gary Clark Jr. Epiphones for months now, they are beautiful.
Mate I've had many a supposedly-better guitar than that Epi GC Jnr Casino but I've never been in love with one so much. Gibson US P90's, hollow 335 body, great neck, its just got something really special.

As for my early days with the new Laney amp:

I've now progressed to having a pedal in front - the one I use is Tech21's Flyrig RK5. As those of you who've looked at the Flyigs know, this gives a boost, a distortion, a 'SansAmp' tone modeller, and a tape delay in a small package.

Interestingly the qualities of the amp makes me set up and use this pedal very differently than before.
- The boost by itself triggers clean channel to just-breaking, and the drive channel from warm blues to real crunch.
- The pedal overdrive really does not need much gain at all to make the rig scream. I find I'm using it to add a touch of edge and something that allows me to switch to a more trebly lead tone.
- The sansamp I'm keeping almost totally transparent tonally, but I'm finding its really cool for giving an additional amount of reverb to what's onboard the Laney head. So I have my standard setting of 4 on the Laney, but if for example I'm playing a clean line where I want a lot of ambience I can kick in more via the pedal.
- Main comment about delay is I've never noticed before the natural compression that a tube amp gives. So the level setting for my repeats only needs to be really low to add width to my sound. As opposed to the reverb in the sansamp part of the pedal I find this delay best with the lead/drive channel.

Long way of saying 2 things in short: first is that just a boost on the 2 tube channels gives more options than I'd imagined, and I now have a palette of 4 great basic sounds. Second is the basic sound of the amp remains so sweet to me that all I'm really wanting to do with the pedal is add some options for ambience and a bit of a tone change via the drive. No more turning knobs to 10!!
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Old February 7th, 2016, 10:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like you've made it into Tone Heaven!
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Very nice. I like the tilt bar under the amp...spring loaded I suppose?
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Old November 1st, 2016, 06:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That's a sharp rig!
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I really considered the 20 at one point, although I've heard they sound a bit different. I have not heard either, so I can't comment on that.

Congrats and enjoy!!
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Old January 6th, 2018, 12:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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That Gretsch Corvette goes well with your new Laney amp for sure..............enjoy.
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Old January 6th, 2018, 07:30 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That amp looks badass!


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