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Laney VH100R 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head
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The Laney VH100R tube guitar amp head features twin footswitchable channels each with its own footswitchable gain, independent 3 band EQ, independent...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Laney VH100R tube guitar amp head features twin footswitchable channels each with its own footswitchable gain, independent 3 band EQ, independent reverb level and dedicated FX loop. You get an unprecedented level of flexibility. You can now go from a super clean shimmer, to a warm clean crunch, to a stack style distortion to a full on lead tone as simply as stepping on a switch - which is included with the amp (FS4).
The by word for the VH100R is flexibility - flexibility of tone and flexibility of use. In this day and age the modern guitar player has an arsenal of products available to them - from single stomp box effects to mighty racks. To cater for this level of choice the VH100R is fitted with five effects loops, each giving the player slightly different options when connecting external gear.
There are side chain effects loops for channels A & B as well as one global to the entire pre amp. There is an insert loop, which can be run in three modes - Bypass, Side chain or Insert with a dedicated return level, and finally there is a Pre amp out/Power amp in loop.
- Power RMS: 100 Watts
- Inputs: Hi & Lo Jacks
- Channels: 2 - each with footswitchable gain
- Equalization: Independent Bass, Middle & Treble for both channels
- Master Presence Control: Yes
- Bright Switch: Yes: on clean channel
- Switchable Resonance: Yes
- Preamp Valves: Premium ECC83
- Output Valves: Premium EL34
- Switchable valve bias (5881 / EL34): Yes
- Class: A/B
- Reverb: Yes- With independent levels on each channel
- Line Out: Yes
- Line In: Yes
- Footswitch: FS4 (Included)
- Speaker connections: Connections for 1 x 16 ohm, 2 x 16 ohm, 1 x 8 Ohm, 2 x 8 ohm
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VH100R 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head
- Weight: 27.5 Kg
- Dimensions (mm): 695 x 288 x 310
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I've heard of many artists playing Laney; Opeth, Tony Iommi, Paul Gilbert, etc. so I was willing to buy the amp without testing it first (risky, I know), but the impressive litany of guitarists who use Laney and this amp in particular persuaded me to take the plunge. Let me tell you, it was absolutely worth it. This is one of the most versatile amps I've ever heard. With twisting a couple of knobs, I can get the meanest metal growl to the most mellow overdriven tone. It also has Its two channels offer you a vast array of sounds, especially with switchable gain for each, giving you 4 completely different sound options. Not to mention the switchable bias (I put in some JJ E34Ls, which gives me great tight low end and smooth mids, as well as rich harmonics and awesome headroom). It also have FIVE effects loops, so there are infinite options as far as pedals go. I plan on getting a Keeley-modified tube screamer to take the sound to the next level.
This is just an outstanding head!! Where do I start? It's solidly built. I've had one for 5 years straight without any problems! It's a two channel head with boost/gain for each channel making it act like a 4 channel head. Nice! The FX loop is brilliantly designed. You can run your pedals dedicated to distorted channel or clean as well as both! Awesome! It has reverb for each channel and not to mention and eq section for both channels. Very flexible indeed! You can get fantastic shimmering cleans and full saturated distortion not mention great lead sounds! It's by far one of the loudest heads I've ever heard! I've owned many, many amps and this one surpasses them by a mile!
This is the most versatile amp I have played. Clean channel is great and stays clean at high volume. The drive channel has a really awesome array of tones available for anything from blues to rock. The Distortion channel is pretty decent but is a little grindy sounding. The High Gain channel is where its at though. Amazingly smooth liquid gain that is amazing for any kind of metal.
FEATURES: This head has all the features I could ever want in an amp. The multiple FX loops allow for use of effects in both parallel and series at the same time. The gain switches on both channels eliminates the need for various overdrive and dist. pedals as long as you are happy with the sound of the head.SOUND QUALITY: I am playing schecter 7 strings with Duncan JB's through this head into a cab with eminence legend v128's. The clean channel sounds amazing right off the bat - tight but not too tight, and very warm without any mud whatsoever. Engaging the boost on this channel gives you a nice warm, vintage overdrive with the breakup mostly in the low-mid range. It's also fairly flexible, allowing you to control both volume and drive for different textures.The overdrive channel by itself is very vintage sounding as well but with the break up more evenly spread out. There isn't a lot of saturation on this channel by itself - it's more like the sound of a single channel JCM 800 with the pre-amp and master dialed up. Very dynamic but really more for classic rock styles. When you kick in the drive mode you get an extra gain stage for more sensitivity and saturation. Depending on how you dial in the EQ this mode can stay very articulate or get down-right brutal.I ended up switching out the EL34's for 6L6GE's because the original tubes don't have the deep low end I need. Although I do like the clean sounds better with the EL34's and the amp seems louder with them in. With all the stock tubes in, the volume at 3 was painful without earplugs. Sound guys will hate this amp. I only gave it a 4.5 on features because the handles are flimsy for a head this hefty(it's a lot bigger than the picture make it seem). The newer versions have a much better handle design. I also don't like the 8-pin connector design for the footswitch. I would've preferred either 2 1/4 inch or a midi cable which is easy to replace if something happens to it. Overall I'm pretty happy with this amp. It seems well built and can sound really great when set up right.
This amp is great, you can get a myriad of tones!!! Though the bass sounds a bit thin until it gets louder, even with a attentuator. But it has plenty of gain! handles it well to, espacially when you push the tubes with an OD. I say if you want an amp that CAn be a master of ALL trades get this!