Laney Amplification began in 1967 when Lyndon Laney, whilst playing in a local band, “The Band of Joy“ with John Bonham on drums and Robert Plant on vocals, turned his musical interest into amplifier construction. Initially working in his father’s garage, Lyndon Laney sought to design and build amplifiers with key tonal characteristics that were unheard of at the time.
Laney’s signature tone, coupled with unrivalled performance and affordability were key characteristics that helped set Laney amplifiers apart from its competitors.
Laney amplifiers were highly sought after and used by numerous local musicians, one noted musician being Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, who used Laney amplifiers during the recording of their seminal first release “Black Sabbath“ launched on Feb 13th 1970. An album which defined the new sound of Heavy Metal.
From Laney –
“It’s a cold-hearted guitarist whose hair doesn’t go up on the back of his neck when he plays a power chord on his favourite axe plugged into a Laney VC30212 Class A combo for the very first time…a slice of sonic heaven.
Vintage in attitude but packed with warmth, tone and enough gain to delight the most hardened Class A purist, the Laney VC30-212 covers vintage guitar tones with ease and absolutely creams the tones required for contemporary playing.
If you are looking for pure, expressive, classic tone, you need to look no further than the Laney VC30-212. Running through a pair of 12″ Custom designed 35 watt drivers, the VC30-212 generates very little crossover distortion because it runs in pure class A mode. That unmistakable Class A sound and feel is there in spades in this killer amplifier.”
Britain is famous for its 30 watt Class A guitar amplifiers and unlike more recent Asian made Laney amps, this VC30 was hand built by Laney in Cradley Heath, West Midlands, UK around 2000.
Features – Laney VC 30-212 Class A – all valve Electric Guitar Amplifier Combo
Type - Class A tube combo
Four EL84 power tubes
Three ECC83 or 7025 preamp tubes,
Hi and lo inputs,
Power and standby switches,
Controls for Clean Volume, Drive Volume, Drive level, Drive switch, Bright switch, Bass, Middle, Treble, Reverb, Effects Level
Main and extension speaker jacks,
Ohm selector switch,
Effects send and return jacks,
Two 12″ HH Invader Vintage 35 speakers
It has a crack in its leather handle, but apart from that this VC 30 is pretty clean, especially for a 20 year old amp.
Obviously inspired by competitor Vox’s AC 30, this Laney unit has its own thing going. It actually delivers marginally more clean headroom than an AC 30 (if you want that), and breaks up in a slightly different way. Kinda gotta hear it live to fully appreciate the differences - but they’re all good.
Bottom line is it’s a hand built, great sounding, very Brit Rock amp in very good condition.