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A rock monster that combines traditional tube technology with modern features using only the finest quality components.
The Hayden Classic Lead 80 is a timeless and elegant amp, handmade in Essex UK. The Classic Lead 80 is a handmade 80W, two channel rock monster.
Free of superfluous gimmicks, it gets you straight to the sound with a performance reminiscent of '70s British rock moving on to more aggressive, modern tones.
Rated at 80W, the Classic Lead strikes the perfect balance between the characteristics of a 100W design and a 50W amp, most notably the ability to drive it harder at gigging volume levels of a 50W amp and the low frequency response of a 100W amp.
Channels 1 and 2 vary only in their gain structures, 1 being medium to high gain covering subtle warmth to a huger, 3D crunch, and 2 taking things further into full, saturated, sustain without a hint of fizz. Presence, Bass, Middle and Treble controls are provided for tone shaping but the Classic Lead won't make you work hard to get a great sound. It's all there, straight out the box.
Dual Master Volume controls keep the levels matched when switching between channels and the Classic Lead also includes a true bypass post EQ effects loop.
The Classic Lead isn't just about tone. It's also about response. Unlike other valve amp designs, the Classic Lead doesn't rely on negative feedback in the circuit design to deliver a 'pleasing' sound at the expense of dynamic response. Using custom-wound oversized output transformers, the Classic Lead 80 plays with you rather than against you, tracking your playing extremely quickly and making you feel truly connected to the sound.
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