LABOGA MR HECTOR "DUO MASTER" MKII TUBE AMP HEAD
Awesome electric guitar amp head handmade in Poland. 100W. Dual Master Volume control.
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LABOGA MR. HECTOR AMP HEAD
Hey, what you have here is one of the best electric guitar tube amp heads I've ever played. The LABOGA MR. HECTOR "DUO MASTER" MKII TUBE AMP HEAD is a 100W head handmade in Poland and specially designed for rock and metal guitarists who demand high-gain sounds.
Don't be confused, it's not a noisy dirty screaming machine. Its distortion is brilliant, balanced and very defined. This incredibly opens the range of music you can play with it. Inside a determined style, you can play heavy rhythms or perfectly defined shredding lead licks. Also, it has a really nice clean sound that allows you to play bluesy and jazzy tunes with a classic strat or vintage pickups.
But, the biggest thing here is the Dual Master Volume control. The head has two Master Volumes (1 and 2) , that you can switch between with the foot switch. It may seems silly, but that little thing is specially useful while playing guitar solos (where you usually need to be a bit louder to be heard properly), but also for changes between clean and distorted parts of songs, and even for sudden silences, turning down the Master 2 to 0. It's super, and something that I couldn't do with any pedal or booster in a standard volume multi-channel amp head.
Also, it's not a "hundred-knob-head" that you have to study the manual for a month or being an engineer to be able to set it up. It has the few controls you need to adjust your sound and a common EQ for clean and distorted channels. So it reduces a lot the time you have to spend on it when recording or in a soundcheck.
This particular tube head is becoming relatively popular and has gained a great reputation between players and bands in all Europe, and hopefully also in the US in a near future. The most important artists endorsing Laboga in this moments are Motorhead, Behemoth, Annihilator or Napalm Death, among a lot more artist of radically different styles.
I've personally been playing this head with my amateur Heavy Metal band for about two years now and I definitely love it! I think I'd buy it again if I had to. Specially if you compare the price to other similar-quality tube heads as Mesa Boogie's or Engl's. It's not a cheap head, but cheaper that the others mentioned.
Absolutely killer and pure sound!! Since I bought it, I've thrown away all my pedals and effects and I exclusively play directly plugged to this amp head. I don't need anything else! Absolute 5 star rating in all areas.
Standard finish is black tolex. Red, snakeskin and camouflage limited edition finishes are gorgeous but difficult to find...
|Customer Support ||
I never had to repair the amp head, and I hopefully won't in a near future if it works as up to now. Laboga is a small familiar polish company so I guess they have some resource limitations and not a big list of dealers, but their products are great. Nice web (http://www.laboga.pl/english/main.html) where they explain clearly what their products are all about, and where you can download all the characteristics, sound samples and all the instruction manuals. I only contacted them once about where to find an extra foot switch and a cover for my amp in my country, and they replied me very kind and efficiently with the address of one of their dealers here where I found what I was looking for.
|Liked about it ||
- Dual Master Volume control.
- Simple and Easy to use controls.
- Awesome sound.
|Didn't like ||
- Does not have a reverb control.
- Special finishes only in limited editions.
- Price (Still Expensive for me).
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