Submitted January 3, 2020 by Paul S in Weirton, WV
"Thunderous Laney Tone"
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I've had this amp for nearly two years. In that time I've experimented with different pre-amp tubes, pedals, and cabinets. This is hands down one of the most versatile amps I've ever played. Though the Ironheart line is clearly geared towards the hard-rock/metal crowd (of which I am a long standing member) I am constantly impressed at the tweakability and variety of tones you can get from this. Sure it has loads of gain if you want, or you can do blues, warm jazz, or really anything else you can imagine. Now, from a metalhead perspective, this amp is thumping and powerful, but not without it's own character. I've managed to get buzzsaw industrial metal tones to thick doom-laden sounds and everything inbetween. My only advice is that you will likely want to nab your own boost or overdrive pedal if you want to get a super-saturated tone. The built in boost is great, but if you max it out single note picks start to sound a bit truncated in a sort of brief and sudden way. Whereas, if you throw a tubescreamer, klone, or ep booster in front, you will get a serious metal tone from the lead and rhythm channels. On a totally personal note, I love the gritty tones you can wrangle from this amp, the power and sustain you can get even at lower gain settings can be as cold, harsh, warm, dark as you want. Just a nudge of the tone and dynamics knob can change the whole sound of the amp, not to the mention the awesome push/pull eq knobs feature.The last tidbits are the Reverb and DI functions. The reverb is sort of a digital plate-like reverb and it's not half-bad. Though admittedly, I leave the reverb off in favor of more advanced pedal effects. The FX loop is clean and allows for a decible drop if your pedals run a tad too loud. I run a reverb, delay and noise gate in the loop and everything sounds crisp and beautiful. The DI is good, but doesn't actually allow for Silent recording, some people may be turned off by that. Regardless, you do get a respectable 412 cab emulation that sounds good and rounds out the amp nicely.All in all, I love this amplifier and it can do a lot more than it's marketed for.If I had any gripe at all, it would be that the LED above the Power Switch is a bit dim compared to any of the other lights, not a major flaw and probably a simple fix.
15 Years of jamming/recording at home, playing with a couple small bands, and irritating my neighbors.
Metal ( Industrial, Black, Doom) and a smattering of other styles.
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