The newest arrival to our shop, the Laney GH30R has plenty of growl and cleans up well too!
Some amps are good for one or two tones, like my 84 Marshall JCM 800 Combo for instance. It has a great overdriven sound when in the high channel but does not clean up well in the high or low input. Because of that, I prefer to play it using the low channel input so I can get a somewhat cleaner tone, but then I find myself missing the hot overdrive channel with that classic Marshall sound, and I try to replicate it with overdrive pedals. I come to realize that I would need two amps set up to get my desired sound when using the Marshall. One to assist with the cleaner tones set up with an A/B box. Well, that's a little more effort than I feel like exerting. I want one amp that can do it all.
I've been discovering Laney amps can deliver on that need and produce the outcome that I desire. The Laney Iron Hearts and Lion Hearts I truly love. But more recently I got to try a few guitars through the all-tube Laney GH30R. It can cover an array of tonescapes and do it well. It's a rugged looking amp with a cool red and black color scheme. I plugged in expecting some good bluesy sounds coming out my guitar and that it did. I tested the clean side of the amp, and it is warm and clear sounding, and with a pull of a knob, it sends it into bright mode quite suitable for some tele twang.
I cranked the gain and scooped the mids, and it can pump out enough growl to handle metal as well. If I were playing that style of music with passive pickups, I'd probably have a distortion or a boost pedal for the more extreme demands of the metal genre, but this amp does well stand alone for most styles of music. Laney cranked out a winner here, and you can test drive this and other Laney amps, at Guitars On Main's showroom.