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DOWNLOAD 2016 – Rain, Rock and Rain plus Rain.

Before we start this blog, be prepared for as many water related puns as possible.   The Laney Ship set sail for Port Download and my word what a weekend was had! Our Artists Killswitch Engage, Skindred and Black Sabbath were performing and we were there to watch them rock harder than a ship in the mid atlantic.   The music was on our side but the weather wasn’t as a wave of rain battered the site from mid-Friday afternoon until the last note was played on Sunday evening, this didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits though, and in true Download style, everyone waded through the rain and had a great time.   Friday saw the turn of Killswich Engage and our two artists Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel who play Lionheart L20T-112 through IRT-412 cabinets alongside TI50 heads giving an unbeatable sound and their distinct tone for Killswitch. DL KSE AMP   Saturday started how Friday ended, sodden and soaked but the festival atmosphere continued to ooze and drip from everyone and the good times carried on. We moved from the main stage or ‘Lemmy Stage’ (as it had been renamed this year in honour of the great man himself) to see the rip roaring Skindred, and our artist Dan Pugsley. Dan has played many Laney Bass Rigs in the past and is currently using a Nexus SL through NX410 and NX115 cabinets, giving a huge and thunderous sound, something Skindred are synonymous for.   DP S STAGE   All in all the weekend was a success, and anyway, who cares about rain when there’s so much rock and roll happening, it didn’t bother the 100,000 people who went to Download, and it certainly didn’t dampen our spirits.   Long live Download, Long live typical British festival weather, and always without doubt #LoveMusicLoveLaney


Introducing our new series ‘Tone In 60 Seconds’.   This series of videos will show you how to achieve the guitar tones of some of our axe-wielding heroes throughout the ages. Starting with Brian May from Queen you can now achieve the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody solo sound. Playing in this series is Josh Jones from UK rock band Black Tower, playing a Gibson SG Standard and Gibson Les Paul Gold Top Deluxe. Some of the sounds you will be hearing include: Zakk Wylde, Angus Young, Steve Vai, Dimebag Darrell amongst others.   Stay tuned to our Facebook page for each video!   Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 11.00.31


      Music Legend and Guitar Virtuoso Don Alder will be performing a very special Guitar clinic at Music Bros Ltd in Shrewsbury on Monday 9th May from 7PM and Sounds Great Music in Cheadle on Tuesday 10th May from 7PM. This is an unmissable opportunity to see Don up close and personal and the only chance to see Don do his thing in the UK. Don will be showing the versatility of the Laney A1+ including his very unique way of combining the two input sections to create a much larger sound. This is an unmissable opportunity, however if you can’t get there in person, make sure to check our Facebook during the clinic at Music Bros Ltd in Shrewsbury as we will be broadcasting live around the world during Don’s performance.  


As the bassplayer and founding member of international hit makers INXS, Garry has had a lifetime devoted to what he does best – playing bass in what is regarded as one of the best rhythm sections in one of the greatest international bands. A newcomer to the Laney sound Garry has fallen in love with his Nexus SL head and lightweight cabs; “I have been playing professionally since the late 70’s and I have played pretty much every bass rig made in my constant search for the perfect system for my sound. This year I discovered Laney amps and I am blown away. They have the great rock tube bass amps that we all grew up with and love, but they also have the new Nexus line of Hybrid amps and cabs. Super light, brilliant sounding, able to produce all the sounds I’ll ever need – and they look pretty sexy as well. I am looking forward to a great relationship with this company, they believe in what they do and love their work- Just like me!” He will be grooving through a Nexus SL Head, a N115 topped off with a N410 set of cabinets. His playing and sound has served as an integral part of a band that sold well over 45 million albums, won numerous international awards and sold out countless Arenas and Stadiums around the globe during a long and productive career. Garry studied electronics and woodwork during his school years and has always been actively involved with every aspect of his bass sound. He has customized bass amps, designed cabinets, and championed vintage amp line reissues for some of the biggest  amp makers in the world. He has now designed, developed and Patented his own unique bass guitar pickup, The Quad (TM), which will be released for sale in 2016 by the Mojotone pickup company of North Carolina. 2015 heralded the formation of Garry’s new supergroup, STADIUM. The members of Stadium are comprised of live performers from famous international bands such as, INXS, Aerosmith, Morrissey, Smashmouth and Bon Jovi. Stadium is currently writing and recording a debut album in Los Angeles, Garry’s home for the past 10 years. The album is due for release in 2016. Stadium will be playing on the world stage soon.. Stay tuned


The power of prog is thrust back to the top and exactly where it should be with this seminal body of work by an undisputed hero of prog rock. Mr. Francis Dunnery is back. We spoke with Francis, who is well known for his truthful words and his trusty Laney Lionheart L20H with LT212 cabinet. Here’s a bit about his recording process when creating a fresh body of work; The whole concept of recording guitars is something which I have spent the last few years getting into. I never used to bother trying to get guitar sounds, I paid little attention to the process but after hearing some of my early work I have decided to try and perfect the art form. After checking out tons of amps I chose the Laney Lionheart because of the overall quality of the sound. Since plug ins came on the market everyone thinks that if you have a picture of a huge stack amp then it sounds like a huge stack amp. This is nothing more than a marketing scam. Compressors, reverbs, EQ units etc, the pictures of the plug ins do not replicate the real thing. I think its important to acknowledge this from the beginning because it is a vital component in my guitar sound. I used a very simple set up. 1 SM57 on the outside of the cone. You don’t need anymore than this. Maybe a room mic? But why complicate things! 75% of the sound comes from your hands so theres no way to make a bad player sound good. I dont care what amp or guitar you are using, you must first be able to play it otherwise you wont be able to take advantage of any quality amplifier. For me, the most important thing with any amp is that it must sound quality when it is clean and must remain quality and retain the musicality in the chords when you overdrive it. I need to be able to play an overdriven sound and still hear the music in the chords and not some fuzz or buzz. The Lionheart L20H with LT212 cabinet definitely does this better than any of the other amps that i tried.  If like me you are a blues guy or prog or melodic rock then I think you will be hard pushed to find an amp as good as this for less than $7000. Im very happy with my Lionheart and I haven’t heard anything better since I started using it. I used the L20T-212 combo on my recent live work in the U.K and it was a home-from-home for me. We love what we hear and can’t wait for you to check this great record out! Vampires is available right now at


    We are thrilled to announce our newest artist Serg Dimitrijevic. An established and well respected international musician originally from Sydney Australia, Serg relocated to Los Angeles six years ago where he now lives and works. Serg uses a GH50R head with a GSV12VR cabinet. This combination encapsulates the sound he wants and the reliability he needs while playing with Earth, Wind & Fire. Serg’s love affair for music began at an early age. Both his parent’s are avid lovers of all sorts of music which made a huge impression on his early musical interests. It wasn’t unusual to hear the latest pop music, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, KISS or Prince being played around the house. It wasn’t until his early teens when Serg got bitten by the guitar bug. After messing around on an acoustic guitar and keys from ages 7 – 11, fate seemed to step in when Serg decided to skip school with a friend who had just starting playing the electric guitar and wanted to show Serg what he had learnt and to show off his new electric guitar.After listening to his friend play “It’s A Long Way To The Top” by AC/DC, Serg asked if he could show him how to play the opening riff. That would be the turning point in Serg’s life.After his friend showed him the riff, Serg quickly and naturally executed the riff and that sparked his creative fire and instant love for the guitar like he had never felt before! Wasn’t too long after that experience that Serg pleaded with his parents for an electric guitar promising them that he would take it seriously and he would take lessons and that he had found his passion.Being the cool and hip parents,they saw the genuine enthusiasm in Serg and gave him the opportunity to indulge in something he was excited about. Through out high school,Serg attended weekly private lessons with many of Australia’s leading guitarists and once finishing high school,saw Serg audition and get into the University of Wollongong to study music full time.During these years, Serg would find himself jamming and playing with as many people and bands as he could.Also getting himself interested in writing and recording his own music and ideas. Serg carved out an impressive resume of artists that he worked for while living in Australia.He would constantly be on the road or in the studio with Australia’s leading artists which saw him travelling the globe with them.This also saw Serg on numerous TV shows,Radio shows and also on a few DVD’s released by a few of Australia’s biggest names. After doing years of work in and around Australia, Serg decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue the same goals as he had reached in Australia. Since moving to Los Angeles, Serg has been busy making the transition into the American Music Industry and making an impression due to a lot of his past experiences and his obvious passion for playing the guitar and love of music. Serg has established himself in LA where you will find him doing studio sessions, touring,producing and writing for his own projects,other artists and music for licensing in TV and film. The last eight years have seen Serg tour throughout North America, Canada, Japan, Europe and Australia with many established US and International artists. * Serg also play Bass, Keys and Talk Box. A few artists Serg has worked for/with… – Earth,Wind & Fire – (current guitarist) – ZEDD – Sugar Ray – Heart – Kelis – Ariana Grande – Aretha Franklin – Good Charlotte – The Madden Brothers – Intergalactix – Pras (The Fugees) – Queen Latifa – Mary Wilson (the Supremes) – DJ Lethal (House of Pain,Limp Bizkit) – PNAU (Australia) – Elliot Yamin – Jungle Bros. (US) – Human Nature (Australia) – Cool & Dre – Cash Money Records – Roc Nation Records

Laney Signs Mike Krompass

It is our pleasure to announce our new artist signing, Mike Krompass to the Laney family of artists. Mike is a seasoned professional, having collaborated with Meghan TrainorSteven Tyler5th HarmonyAshley Clark, Mutt LangeSmash MouthTheory Of A DeadmanJ Dash,  American Idol David Archuleta, Kris Allen, Jordan Knight (New Kids on the Block)Jared LeeCassidee PopeNickelodeon, Cartel, Jennifer Paige, Robbie Nevil, Three Graces, American Bang, Natasha Bedingfield, Aly and AJ, Hayden Panettiere & Colby O’donis among many others. As a  multi-Platinum music producer, songwriter, mixer, engineer, multi-Instrumentalist and programmer, Mike has produced, engineered, mixed, written and played on many top charting Billboard hits, selling in excess of millions of units worldwide. A transplant from Toronto Canada to L.A., Mike now resides with his wife and children in Valencia CA, working out of their studio “Twelve Records Music.” We met Mike at NAMM 2016, after he had joined “Stadium” a new “super group” with members from Aerosmith, and notably a close friend of Laney, Gary Garry Beers of INXS. Mike played through the new GHR range and was so stoked by the sound we signed him up on the spot.  Expect to see much more from these guys!!

Happy Birthday Tony Iommi

Today (Feb. 19) marks the 68th birthday of legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, hailed by many as the godfather of heavy metal music. This year also marks the final tour for Black Sabbath, rounding up what has been an amazing career for Tony and all the guys of Sabbath, to read more about the tour and how Laney has helped beef up Tony’s sound go to – It Began With Laney But today, on Iommi’s birthday, we celebrate his glorious career. As the guitarist for arguably heavy metal’s greatest band, Iommi’s innovative playing paved the way for thousands of metal musicians that would follow in his footsteps. From Black Sabbath’s landmark debut self-titled album to their classic sophomore disc ‘Paranoid’ to the current day, Iommi has laid down some of the most memorable riffs in heavy metal history.

“It began with Laney .. It ends with Laney”

It is often the case that when something finally reaches it’s natural conclusion interest invariably begin to focus on how it all began in the first place. This is certainly the case when you look at the career of the band Black Sabbath and in particular our involvement with Tony Iommi the guitarist.Black-Sabbath-the-End-poster With the beginning of “THE END” in sight, discussions of set list and associated considerations began to surface and it became clear that the set list would more than likely be written to include material from the whole of the bands considerable musical output. With this in mind it was not long before we got a call from Mike Clements – Tony Iommi’s long time guitar tech asking if it would be possible for Tony to borrow a couple of amps from our historic collection to listen to. It’s not often that you get the time to listen to “Old” amps in detail so the fact that we had to listen to the old SUPERGROUPS we had in out collection was a real pleasure. IMG_1634 There is not doubt that these amps have a sound unique to them – a subtle undertone to the note played. A sound which with hindsight was a very unique sound and something intrinsic to the sound of the early Sabbath recordings. Tony immediately heard a sound he recognised from back in the early days and it was decided very quickly that he wanted to have this sound available to him for the early era material which was to be included in the set list. So we set about scouring the relevant sources for original LA100BL’s for us to work with. We met some very dedicated and immensely interesting people along the way and managed to source a few examples of the SUPERGROUP LA100BLS we were after and began to put them through their paces. It quickly became clear that whilst these amps sounded great they all showed signs of their age and previous owners! Would we trust them to survive a prolonged time on the road and remain 100% reliable – probably not. Old LA's So the only option available to us was to built Tony some new “OLD” LA100BL amps.  No easy task. NEW Old LA's The key ingredient to the sound of the old SUPERGROUPS was the original Partridge output transformer used. The original Partridge Transformer had long since ceased being produced so we had to come up with a solution. This meant a long period of design and testing on the production from the ground up of a new transformer capable of producing the unique tone of the originals. NEW Old LA's 2 Combine this with the meticulous attention to detail of using as close to the original materials as was physically possible and after 6 months of painstaking RnD and sonic testing we finally came up with a new “OLD” Laney SUPERGROUP LA100BL – an amp of totally stunning sound and beauty. LA100BL VERSION 2 13 units were built in honour of the final Black Sabbath album. 6 of these 13 were loaded into Tony’s live rig to handle the older content of the set list whilst the new material is being played using Tony’s current TI100 live rig. IMG_1743 Everyone who hears Tony’s new “OLD” rig is totally blown away by the tone, there is something there that is tonally unique. Make sure you get the chance to see Black Sabbath and listen to the man and the amplifier that put heavy metal on the global map. As Tony says “It began with Laney – it ends with Laney”

Good Charlotte @ Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

Team Laney have been hopping up and down for some time, waiting for the boys of Good Charlotte to come to our hometown, so Saturday night at the Barclaycard arena was a special night, not only because we got to watch some top class players rock out, but we got to watch them do it, wailing through a Laney back line. Click here to see the guys playing out to a packed arena 2T8A0787 2T8A0708 They guys are out supporting All Time Low, and with only 6 arena dates in the UK, the crowds were massive to see these legends live for the first time in years, confirming that rock bands can most definitely still sell out arena stadiums. Benji has been using an Ironheart IRT120H and IRT412 cab for the Good Charlotte dates, changing it up to adapt his tone from his Madden brothers gigs where he uses a Lionheart L50H and L412 cab. He told us “Laney just gives me such a great tone, the guys always get me what i need, when i need it. The equipment is robust, with amazing tones and gain. I couldn’t be happier”. The guys have two more UK dates left to play, in Dublin and Glasgow, before they return to working on their other projects; The Madden Brothers and The Voice Australia.   Check out more from their tour with All Time Low here – #LOVEMUSICLOVELANEY