Laney VC-15

Laney VC-15

Overal

The Laney VC15 is an all-tube class A/B, 15 watts, two-channel combo, with built-in reverb. The preamp uses 3x12AX7 tubes, and in the power amp section, you find 2xEL84 tubes. It looks absolutely heart-warming, especially in this cream color. It’s built to last, except the leather handle, which as you can see, hasn’t endured the test of time. This combo is equipped with a 1×10 Custom Jensen Driver.

Features

To begin with, you can choose from two inputs: a “Hi” and a “Lo” input, the “Lo” input is attenuated about 50%  from the “Hi” one.

On the clean channel, you’ve got a volume knob only. (What else you’d need?!) Then comes a shared “Bright switch” which comes very handy when you use it on a lower volume and gain setting. On the drive channel, it gives a bit more emphasis to the notes. After that, there is an also shared three-band passive EQ, a reverb amount knob, and finally a “Tone” knob, which can help to restrict the high-end if needed.

On the drive channel, there is a separate “Drive vol” knob, and a “Drive” knob, which obviously controls the amount of the overdrive of the preamp. You can switch between the channels via footswitch.

On the back, there is an effects loop, (with a bypass/level switch) so you’re able to use this combo in a 4CM setup. (Read more about it here: Four Cable Method Explained)

Sound

It’s an old cliche, but the tube 15 watt is LOUD, this combo is no exception, it’s much louder than you think as you look at it.

The Clean channel offers the traditional British chime, but with a modern flavor. Especially when you engage the “Bright switch”, then you”ll find THE CLEAN SOUND which every guitarist looks for. Without the “Bright switch” and with some low-end boost the tone becomes full-bodied, excellent for soloing, too.

On the Drive channel, you’re able to dial in everything from the mild crunch to a well compressed, singing solo tone. Do not be misunderstood, it’s not a high-gain amp, but this overdrive sounds perfect in many pop, rock or blues mixes, bringing an absolutely natural texture to the drive guitar sound. If the “Bright switch” turned on, every nuance of your playing becomes totally clear and jumps out the mix.

The built-in reverb is usable too, especially for a more “vintage” feel.

PROS'N'CONS

Pros:

-absolutely nice sounding amp keeps the best part of the classic sound, but in a modern context

-lightweight (14kg) and small enough to transport it easily

– you’re able to use extension cabinet, for a bigger sound

-effects loop, foot-switchable channels (clean, drive)

Cons:

– it’s a small combo, furthermore, it’s got a 10-inch speaker, so it sounds a bit boxy by a person, but not on the recordings

 

PROS'N'CONS

Pros:

-absolutely nice sounding amp keeps the best part of the classic sound, but in a modern context

-lightweight (14kg) and small enough to transport it easily

– you’re able to use extension cabinet, for a bigger sound

-effects loop, foot-switchable channels (clean, drive)

Cons:

– it’s a small combo, furthermore, it’s got a 10-inch speaker, so it sounds a bit boxy by a person, but not on the recordings

 

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