Laney Lionheart L20H Guitar Amplifier Head (20 Watts)

Try this beast of an amp with four EL84 matched output tubes and 3x12AX7 preamp tubes.
Lionheart represents everything Laney has learned through forty years of tube heritage, distilled into a single ampilfier range. Designed to deliver the ultimate tone of a tube being pushed hard - warm and expressive, at an output level which can be used in everyday environments. This twin channel, all tube amplifier features 'Parallel single-ended' Class A output from 4x EL84 matched tubes, providing 20 watts of rich tube power.

The L20H also features gold plated PCB's and jack sockets. Sealed gold contact relays are used in all signal paths for minimum sound coloration, and the amp comes fitted with the renowned "Type 4" large spring line reverb for the classic guitar reverb sound. Each L20H features a hand stamped 'build number' in the order they come off the Laney production line, and comes with a custom made 'Lionheart' dust cover.
Power RMS: 20 Watts

Inputs: 2x Jack, Hi & Lo

Channels: Clean & Drive

Equalization: Passive Bass, Middle and Treble

Bright Switch: Yes

Preamp Valves: 3 x 12AX7

Output Valves: 4 x EL84

Class: Class A

Reverb: Yes

Footswitch: FS2 (Included)

Speaker connections: 3 x Jacks

FX Loop(s): Yes

Impedance: 4, 8 and 16 ohm

Baffle: Marine Grade Plywood

Cabinet Design: Marine Grade Plywood cabinet with retro banding strip, leather strap handle.

Weight: 17 kg

Dimensions (mm): Width 562 x Height 253 x Depth 253

Channel Controls: Gain (Clean), Gain & Volume (Drive)

Master Section: Global EQ, Reverb and Tone controls
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 39.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 29 x 14 x 13 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LAN L20H
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: +1 61 57 93 8787
Email: support@laney.co.uk
(10 ratings)
Submitted March 2, 2014 by Jim G in Peyton, CO
"Owned and Gigged this amp for 4 years. Great Tone Machine"
I have waited 4 years to review this amp because we all pretty much love everything we buy the first month, don't we? I use this amp in a Country / Classic Rock cover band for weddings, corporate gigs and things like that, about 40 - 50 shows per year. Guitar are primarily a G&L Tele style and several Hamer USA with humbuckers or P90s. It's not too loud when it is wide open for most of the shows we do, and. I don't have to mic it for most situations. Reverb: Some people don't think it has enough. It might not take you surfing, but I can find pretty much any wet sound I want somewhere between 1 and 10 on the dial. I have owned lots of amps. This has become my main live rig. I love the tone of the Lionheart series so much, that I recently picked up L50H Lionheart 50 watt head for larger outdoor venues. Hope this review helps!.

Sound
I love the clean channel. I run it wide open at about 3 o'clock for lead tones. At that point, the overdrive tone is coming form the power tubes which is a great sound and feel. Excellent break up and I often don't need any dirt pedals to get great lead and rhythm tones. When you back off the volume knob it cleans up VERY well and responds to your picking dynamics. Hit the strings hard and you get a sweet crunch tone. A lighter touch, gives a cleaner tone with a little bite to it. Gain Channel: I use it more as a volume lead boost channel for larger gigs. The amp has read more a shared EQ for both channels. While the Gain channel has gorgeous rock tones, you have to dial in the EQ section different. If I was just playing rock, I would probably do that, but I need more versatility for the gigs I use it for. However, when you dime your guitar on this channel you get rich over the top lead tones. Roll off your volume knob and it cleans up just like the clean channel.

Features
Hand-wired, two channel amp with reverb and a foot switch

Ease of Use
The manual comes with some suggested settings for each channel. That made it easy to dial in a great tone out of the box and then tweak it. The tone knob is a pretty cool feature.

Quality
I have played Laney amps for 14 years and gigged them constantly. Other than changing tubes, I have never had a problem with any of them. The Lionheart seems to be built tough!. The other guitar player in the band plays Dr. Z Amps and he's had several of them break down on him over the last four years. The Lionheart has never, ever gone out on a gig, and I have never had a problem with it in 4 years. (I'm not knocking Dr. Z amps, they sound GREAT! Just comparing reliability)

Value
I am honestly amazed at the incredible value of this head. A hand-wired 20 watt Class A Tone machine, built in the UK and shipped to your house for under $900? The reason for that is that Laney is not a household name like Marshall, Vox or Fender. If it were, this amp would be priced much higher

Manufacturer Support
Although I have never had to deal with a problem with a Laney amp, I have dealt with Laney UK. They responded very timely to my email questions about the L50H head I wanted

The Wow Factor
I dig the blue!

Musical Background:
I am a full time professional musician

Musical Style:
Country (old and modern) classic rock, blues,
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