There’s a big smile on my face as I sit here listening to Black Sabbath at full volume – and then Laney go and announce the new Tony Iommi LA100BL amplifier, LA412 cab and a TI-Boost pedal!
Arguably the best band from Birmingham ever, rock legends Black Sabbath have a sound that every respectable guitar player can cite as being classic – with no argument.
Tony Iommi, apart from being a living legend also has – in my opinion, at any rate – the most amazing guitar tone. He has forever been associated with Laney amps. We all know that Black Sabbath are about to play their last ever live dates before they put themselves out to pasture, so this new amp rig and pedal has been made to emulate the guitar sound that Iommi defined on that first Sabbath album. We also hear Tony will be using this set up live on the final tour as well!
Black Country Customs
This new amp is made by Laney’s Black Country Customs department and is all hand-wired point-to-point, with a hand-drilled turret board and an original box frame output transformer. It’s going to be heavy in so many ways – I expect it will sound f**king ace at full pelt. Enough to frighten Satan himself.
I love they have kept it all to original specifications, with a simple control layout of Gain One, Gain Two, Treble, Middle, Bass and Presence. All is as it should be – this thing will put a huge smile on any Sabbath fan’s face when it gets cranked it up to let rip.
A large part of Mr Iommi’s tone is his modified Rangemaster treble booster, which was juicing the front end of those old valve amps. Laney have recreated one and added a few new features including Drive and Volume controls, plus a Mid switch and controls for High and Low.
This is a big change to the original Rangemaster treble booster and I hope it doesn’t detract from the simplicity of the original pedals too much. But if it’s good enough for Tony, then I’m sure it will be evil!
RRP TBC with 50 sets available worldwide of each LA100BL, LA412 and TI-BOOST