Product Type: Laney Amplifiers
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(Almost) totally addicted to bass
Laney RB4 Bass Combo
Member Name: Drifter_2000
Laney RB4 Bass Combo
Advantages: Easy to use, portable and compact
Disadvantages: No headphone socket, bit expensive
I acquired this amplifier in a slightly fortuitous way. A friend who is something of a hoarder was moving house and was having a clearout. As I helped him to shift piles of his possessions we unearthed a Laney RB4 amplifier that looked as though it had been untouched for years. He said I could have it for a tenner- it was only a few months later that I discovered that I'd robbed him blind... I called him to let him know but he was happy to stick with a tenner provided I bought him a few pints as a gesture of thanks. What a great deal I thought...
The Laney RB4 is the most compact and portable amplifier I've owned but is surprisingly heavy given its small size. It's pleasing enough on the eye and can be stored easily (mine doubles as a table- maybe I'm turning into my friend!). A plastic/rubber handle on top means that it can be carried around without too much hassle.
It works well with my bass guitar, giving a fairly average sound with no feedback. It's fine for the garage or the home but I wouldn't recommend it for performing or for larger spaces. I thought at first that it was giving feedback as I could here a persistent buzzing, but it turned out that the input connector on my guitar was loose. Controls allow you to adjust the master volume, the gain, the bass and the treble, while simple slider enable you to equalise the sound. The lack of a headphone socket is a noticeable flaw in my opinion as I like to be able to play without annoying the neighbours.
As one would expect, it's less effective with my rhythm guitar but I felt the need to experiment just to see how it would perform. If you want to hear what you're playing more clearly but don't want to invest in an additional amplifier it's probably fine for an electric guitar.
Summary: A no-frills amplifier
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