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THE ALL NEW MINI LANEY!

We are very pleased to announce the brand new MINI-LANEY Amps. “Practice or perform any style, anywhere with a MINI-LANEY.”

Cute, compact and battery-powered MINI-LANEY amps deliver great guitar tone, any time, any place. MINI-LANEY amps can also be mains operated, powered via the optional power adaptor (MINI-LANEY-PSU) – perfect for desktop or backstage use.

MINI-LANEY amps come in two model levels: MINI: The original miniature Laney – a super compact solution for quality guitar tone and performance anywhere

MINI-ST: With twin-speakers, stereo amplifier, and integrated digital delay the MINI-ST delivers full, wide tones from its ultra-compact cabinet

Both MINI-LANEY models are available in three iconic design styles inspired by Laney’s 50-year strong back catalogue of amp building:

LIONHEART – IRONHEART – SUPERGROUP

 

 

 

 

Laney LA30BL, LA212 – Black Country Customs

Happy New Year, our 51st in business! It would be rude not to share this story with you…

Say hello to the LA30BL and LA212. A perfect pedal platform for the modern player. Accompanied by the LA212, a unique angled speaker cabinet design housing Celestion Speakers.

Watch the full story below and buy one right now through your local Laney dealer. Smaller than it’s bigger brother however this amplifier is NOT a limited run of production.

Find out where you can purchase yours here: www.laney.co.uk/dealers

Mattias Eklundh clinic tour of India!

The god of tone Mattias Eklundh with his Ironhearts will be performing a clinic tour in India.

He will be travelling extensively in India next month:

He is holding his freak guitar Camp India from 12th-17th February ( https://www.facebook.com/freakguitarcampindia/ ) and has been invited to play something called Engifest in Delhi the 18th February with the Delhi Technological University (big thing, +70,000 people) and also at the Swedish Embassy. He then returns to Mumbai 19th and most likely do two shows there 21st and 22nd.

New U.S.A Distributor for Laney!

Headstock Group, the British parent company of long-standing U.K. brands Laney Amplification and HH Electronics, has announced a new strategic partnership with EMD Music, Inc., of Nashville, Tennessee, for their brands in the USA with immediate effect.

Headstock Group CEO, James Laney, said, “We are very excited that this new alliance with EMD Music will allow us to positively meet the demands of the US market and give stronger and better representation of both Laney and HH Electronics in both the M.I. and Pro-Audio sectors.

EMD Music is a hugely successful company with a great track record of reaching dealers of all levels and types, offering reliable and efficient support, excellent supply chain management, and a proven sales force. We look forward to working closely with them to build our presence in the most influential market in the world.”

EMD Music Operations manager Andrew Swift added, “We are so impressed with the dedication and quality we see in the Laney staff and the product selection. We couldn’t have found a more perfect fit for our growing distribution model.”

For Product Inquiries please contact EMD @ 866-871-5800 toll free or usa@emdmusic.com

Laney GH30R-112 Press Release

AUGUST 2017:

Laney proudly introduces a brand-new guitar amplifier. The Laney GH30R-112 is an all valve combo packing an impressive 30 watts RMS of pure power into a lightweight, open-back combo featuring the classic Laney GHR controls and a very special Celestion G12 V Type 12” speaker.

Designed and Engineered at our UK headquarters, the GH30R-112 calls upon 50 years of British legacy and heritage in building amplifiers to create one powerful, striking and versatile guitar amplifier.

The GH30R-112 allows a player to dial in the amount of Output section in their signal by balancing the amount if pre-amp gain.

POWER AND PORTABILITY

At 21kg the GH30R-112 is lighter than it’s competitors but also has the power and headroom for serious performances. All for an amazing price, you won’t break your back or your bank to obtain powerful tone. A slip cover is provided with the amplifier so the good looks of the GH30R-112 are protected all the way!

OWN YOUR TONE

The GH30R-112 has two channels with independent controls over your pre-amp and power amp. This unique feature of the Laney GHR family gives the player complete control and the possibility to own their tone, not just hear it. A great sound is found immediately, but YOUR sound is found when a little time is spent with the GH30R-112. A real ‘tweaker’ amp, a slight adjustment to the front panel and a difference can be heard immediately, once again showing the immediate responses that the GHR range of amplifiers harness.

It is not the case that Channel 1 is focused towards clean or Channel 2 is focused toward gain – they can be dialed in to produce whatever tone you are looking for. The more you ‘tweak’ your settings, the more you find your sound.

CONNECTIVITY

Useful connection options are at the tips of your fingers: The ‘Pull Bright’ on the Channel 1 Drive control, the ‘Pull Mid’ control where your mids will be immediately scooped, the British designed and engineered Reverb control with a pull option to turn your sound from a close reverb to a large and deep reverb, the independent Output Volume control on Channel 2, the Balanced D.I out to the rear of the amplifier (with cabinet emulation switch) down to the finer details like the FS2-Mini footswitch which is supplied with the amplifier. The FS2-Mini has be redesigned for the modern player, a player who has limited space at the best of times, the FS2-Mini gives the option of Channel switch or Reverb on/off in a handy size that can be tucked away on a pedal board or stored between use to the rear panel of the amplifier where the cage around the speaker provides protection to both the speaker and pedal.

FEATURES:

  • 30 Watts RMS
  • All Valve ECC83 & EL34 Loaded
  • 1 x 12” Celestion G12 V Type
  • 2 Channels
  • Bass, Mid, Treb Controls (Mid with Pull-Shift)
  • Master Output Volume Control
  • Reverb with Pull Focus
  • FX Loop with Mode Switch
  • Foot-switchable Channel & Reverb (FS2-Mini Included)
  • Unique D.I post output section with level control.
  • Cabinet Emulation & Ground Link
  • Rugged Plywood Cabinet & Chassis
  • 2 Colour Covering
  • Slip Cover Included
  • Folding TILT Mechanism

Find out more on the GH30R-112 on it’s product page below:

GH30R-112

Laney Celebrates 50 Years!

LANEY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

Halesowen, West Midlands, UK, August, 2017 – Laney celebrates its 50th anniversary

Laney Amplification is to celebrate its 50th Anniversary of business in September 2017.

Lyndon Laney began making amplifiers for friends and fellow musicians in the mid-1960s. As a bass player on the scene in the UK’s Birmingham & Black Country area, it was a vibrant time for music. Sometime member of “The Band of Joy” with John Bonham on drums and Robert Plant on vocals, Lyndon Laney decided his own true talents lay in amp construction. Using his father’s garden shed, Lyndon sought to design and build amplifiers with key “tonal” characteristics that were unheard of at the time.

The Company was officially incorporated in September 1967 and popularity for the products began to grow. Laney’s signature tone, performance and value helped set Laney apart from competitors. The products were highly sought after and used by numerous local musicians, most notably Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, who first used Laney for the recording of their seminal first release “Black Sabbath” launched on Feb 13th, 1970. This album defined the new sound of Heavy Metal and Tony remains with Laney to this day.

Since 1967, Laney Amplification has gone from strength to strength, working with a great many globally renowned musicians and with a sales network in over 80 countries. Laney also remains a family business with music-making at its heart: Whilst retired from day to day duties, Lyndon stays on as Chairman and to his immense pride, his son James Laney is CEO for the Group.

In celebration of this milestone, Laney is holding an exclusive party in Birmingham for its endorsers, distributors, dealers and other special guests.

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RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR 2017!

We went to Kent in England for the Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017! It was raining and it was also sunny, but my word it was a blast. We hosted the Laney Rising Stage with a whole host of fresh and up and coming bands!    

Live in Liverpool with Louis Berry & Jesse Eigen

We went to the Liverpool International Music Festival where local hero and rising legend Louis Berry was playing the main stage. The weather was hot, the sun was out, and the music was scorching!

Louis and Jesse play Laney amps (Lionheart L20T-212 and Nexus SLS, N410, N115 respectively) we sat down and caught up with both of them, and asked a few questions.

Starting with Louis:

How did you start with music? Well my Grandad had a guitar at the end of his bed, it always interested me, but one day I decided to pick it up and have a go. I learnt a few chords immediately, it was just dead easy for me, made me think ‘wow, this is real’ so I showed my Grandad and he said learn it on a banjo, everyone plays guitar, play a banjo but the guitar for me just stood out, plus you can’t play rock and roll on a banjo!

Actually writing for me, it was by chance completely, I was hanging around with lads who were in to crime and things like that and it was through being involved with that kind of lifestyle that I met lads who happened to play drums and guitar, I watched him write a song on the guitar, I didn’t even know him, and it inspired me. I thought, if he can do that, why can’t I? So I went home and wrote a few songs, started playing them to the lads and they liked it. I got introduced to a producer through one of the lads involved in that world, recorded a few tracks with the producer. After that, the songs got sent into BBC Introducing in Merseyside. They then asked me to do a gig in The Cavern Club, so I did my first gig and got a publishing deal, did my second gig and got a record deal.

How do you feel the fans differ in Liverpool to around the world? Well my own shows in Liverpool are another level, absolutely stupid and crazy man, but playing elsewhere is very different, especially festivals where you have a huge mix of people in the crowd who aren’t necessarily there to see you, which is a double edged sword as you have instant access to new fans, but they will also not be straight into you as they’ve never heard you before! If I do a festival in Liverpool, a lot of the people are there because they like to go and watch bands all the time, but if I do a headline show in Liverpool the people who come, come because it’s me. Because I come from the same world as they come from and I speak about the things that are true to them. They wouldn’t look at Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys and think “right, I’m going to dress like him” it just wouldn’t happen, it wouldn’t last five minutes. I’ve the exact same as them and they can relate to me and I think that’s why when I click with a person, I really click with them for life.

It’s going off around the world though too? Well everything is relatable, and when you leave the UK the thing that becomes the easiest relatable element is the music. I was in the Czech-Republic yesterday and there were over ten thousand people there and it was absolutely mental. They might have heard of me, but they’d never seen me play before and it was absolutely crazy. The appreciation for live music on the continent is sublime.

How does the Laney Lionheart suit your playing and your music style? Do you know what? I haven’t got a clue about amplifiers and all that, I really don’t. All I know is that amplifier, honestly, I was using a different amplifier before but when I plugged into that Lionheart it sounded better. I feel better on stage with that behind me and that’s the main thing for me, to have confidence in the gear I’ve got in my hands and behind me. It definitely works with the sound I’m trying to create, plus I like to sound very different to Jack (guitarist in Louis’ band) I don’t need any pedals, I don’t even know how to use a pedal, the only button I have is the one to turn my electric off and my acoustic on. That’s it.

What is the one piece of equipment you couldn’t live without? I’d say my amplifier! I can play my acoustic all day long and just DI it but without the amplifier I’d not have my rock and roll electric!

Any pre-gig rituals? I do some shadow boxing to warm myself up, a lot of Jack Daniels and I always smoke fifteen minutes before stage. I read an article that said it raises your blood pressure when you have a smoke, so I give myself fifteen minutes so I’m not too mental when I do walk out on stage!

What was the last album you listened to? Ben Howard – Every Kingdom. He comes from a different world to me, writes about different things but I really am impressed with him, I saw him at the Isle of White Festival too and he blew me away.

Any tips for aspiring musicians? Make sure you write your own tunes, if it takes you two years to come up with it, make sure nobody is writing for you, nobody is writing anything for you. Stay true to who you are, don’t be playing to backing tracks, that’s just not rock and roll!

Louis sure knows how to get a crowd going, but what about his band and in particular his bass player Jesse Eigen, we had a chat with him too:

How did you start with music? My mums side of the family were really musical, my Grandad was a piano player and my mum played classical violin so they used to send us to get piano lessons when we were kids and we were living in Los Angeles at the time. My piano teacher had a guitar in the corner, and every time I was playing piano I would look over at the guitar and say ‘I want that thing!’ then after I played guitar for two years there was a bass in the corner and I said ‘I want THAT thing!’

How did you go from that to being a professional musician? We moved back to Israel from the states and I went to an arts high school and majored in music there then because you have to do national service in Israel, and I got into a programme that the military runs for musicians which you have to audition for, so you’re trained as a soldier but you go and play for the guys. Generally speaking, because the people who are chosen to do that are really good and top notch, you keep in touch and that’s how you get the gigs. So I did that for a bit then moved over here, and apart from being a massive The Beatles fan which I always have been, I got to Liverpool because I went to a college in Israel that had a partnership with LIPA which I had never heard of at the time.

How do you feel the fans differ around the world? Obviously the Liverpool crowd is always really up for it, but this time around with the shows in Europe we were really pleasantly surprised, you know, places that we have never played a single gig in, to go there and the crowd goes completely off the hook! The fans are great everywhere! When a person loves music, they show it. It feels like it is going up a notch. A year ago we were playing support slots, now we go to the Czech Republic and perform to ten thousand people who are waiting for us. It’s insane!

Why is the Laney the best fit for you? Especially with Louis, you need that rock vibe, but because there’s a few ballads in the set you need to get the deep low end involved and the Laney is a thorough all round fantastic amp for that, especially the Nexus, I knew Laney primarily for rock music, but with the Nexus SLS, it is just so versatile you can play so many styles with it. The Tilt control has changed my life, now that I’ve played it for a fair while I know my exact sound and I know my amp thoroughly. I use it now in another band too called China Crisis, and the Nexus SLS is really useful there as they use Chorus and Octave. When I initially got the gig I thought I would have to buy a few new pedals but they’re all built in the amp! The useful thing about having that rig is, you never know what size stage you’re going to have when you turn up to a gig but the fact that it does have the Tilt function so you can adjust it to the room. I’ll rarely have it the same way twice, and it’s not effecting the front of house too much because you can choose where the signal is taken from via the DI, so the Tilt works for my on stage sound really really well. I just love that amp!

What is your signal path? At the minute I’m jumping from different basses. One is a Sire V7 and a Fender Jaguar. That’s going through a volume pedal to a compressor, I always have that on, then into an OC2 then a Darglass MIcrotubes, a Big Muff then the Nexus Footswitch with the extra options there. Depending on the venue I’ll send the signal either direct to our FOH guy or have it for myself so I can adjust it to my needs on stage.

What was the last album you bought? A new band from Australia called the Teskey Brothers, and I’m a massive blues fan, and these guys are in their 20’s and they have got it nailed, proper old school blues from Australia. Sounds amazing!

Any tips for aspiring musicians? Just keep at it. There’ll be times where you feel like you want to give it up but just keep going.

Louis and Jesse are proud endorsers of Laney Lionheart L20T-212 and Laney Nexus SLS, N410, N115.