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i have been thinking of one of these. i think the 50watt will be more than enough. i have not owned a head in years...just preamp racks into my BBE processor and 50/50 mesa amp. killer sound but i really dig paul gilbert's tone and he used nothing but the laney GH100L on the last 2 albums. any experience with them? i love his tone and molten metal like old metallica / ONE, that cool Oz Fox tone, stuff like that.

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I have a GH50L and I really love it. The PG sound is definately there, and doesn't take much tweaking to get. Most of the time, I used my amp straight in, nothing else, but if I need effects, I have a single rack FX that gives me what I need.

And it's LOUD. Very, very loud. Which is good, but to get the best out of it, I have to have the master up on around 5-6 - which even when going through a 1x12, is enough to scare a drummer.

Another cool feature - has an input to bypass the internal preamp, so you can stick a rack preamp into it and amplify via the valve poweramp.

My only gripe is the fact that it is single channel - you can footswitch the overdrive on or off, but if you use hot pickups (I use a Paf Pro and TZ) you'll be in the crunch range on the 'clean' setting when you have the gain up. Means you havta fiddle with the volume on your guitar, but that doesn't really bother me.

Bottom line, if you like PGs sound, you'll like this amp, if you can deal with the single-channel-ness. If not, try a VH100.
 

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I'd go GH50L.

They are both exactly the same, only one's louder. So obviously thats up to you to asess how loud you need your amp to go. The GH50 is stupid loud though, and would be plenty for any situation.

And for the tone your after, it would suit perfectly. Its more than capable of doing what your after. And with a few pedals in front of it, obviously even more would be accessable.
 

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very cool, thanks guys! i will have to find a place to get one or try one out. i guess i would need an attentuator, if that is what you call them...since i can't play that loud most of the time.

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I don't think there's such a huge difference...both have the capacity to melt your face off :p I own a GH100L and run it through a THD Hotplate, great tone, even when I run the Hotplate under the quietest settings (-16db).
 

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I don't think there's such a huge difference...both have the capacity to melt your face off :p I own a GH100L and run it through a THD Hotplate, great tone, even when I run the Hotplate under the quietest settings (-16db).
Is there any difference in tone when you run through the attenuator?

I've heard mixed reviews about them, but never had a chance to try my amp out with one.
 

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not saying it is 100% true in every case but majority of the time there is actaully very little difference in 50 watts tube and 100 watts tube (same model only different power output ) . the difference is in the amount of clean headroom you get out of 100 watts versus 50 . on 50 watt amps the power tubes will distort quicker which is why there is such a nitch for expensive low wattage tube amps . 100 watts will hold together longer but only produce about 6db more volume then 50 watts .


either way my point is 50 watts tube is damn loud .
 

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Is there any difference in tone when you run through the attenuator?
yes, it does alter the tone the quieter you set it. -8db is nice medium and you have the deep and bright switches to compensate. at -16 it definitely alters the tone..but even at quietest settings it still sounds a lot better than playing a tube amp at low volumes without one. Also, part of the good tone comes from the volume pushing the speakers....so there's always a compromise when trying to play a tube amp at low vol always.

But I play in an environment where I am able to play loud. I play at -8db most of the time....and it's still effing loud.
 

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great guys! thanks! i will have to find where to buy one. where did you get yours at? i have not owned a head in years...just rack units. i don't have a place to play it yet but i'm working on that. working on building my home studio for clientel as well...it will come in handy their for my band once things come together. i may have to order it before trying it, as i don't have a place that sells them local.

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+1 on the 50w

It's gonna take a lot of volume to get those power tubes cooking on the 100w, thus you won't have that good of saturation at lower volumes.
 

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I'd go with the 50W myself. More crankable, and with a channel that responsive, that's a damn good thing, especially if Paul's tone is what you're after.
 
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