Finding the right amp for your bedroom and smaller clubs, can be a challenge. During the last decade, the market has been flooded by affordable tube amps in all price ranges and while most of them will cover your basic needs, there are some distinct differences that will have an impact on your tone. In this feature we’ll look at a handful of models with David Gilmour’s tones in mind.

The large tube stack phenomenon started in the late 60s, when bands moved to bigger stages and needed more volume and wattage. Prior to this, a small combo would do the job nicely. The whole thing escalated in the 80s with the ridiculous, although cool looking, walls of Marshalls.

By the early 90s, the low wattage tube amps were almost forgotten in favour for the transistor. But trends tend to get their rennaissance and once again, guitarists demands the timeless sound of the tube amp.

Large stacks or small combos?

It almost goes without saying. A loud 100w, or even 50w stack (head and speaker cabinet) is way too much for your bedroom and smaller clubs. In most cases you’re better off with a lower wattage amp.

Obviously, volume is an issue. You don’t want to blow the windows or your audience’s ears but the main issue is really tone. To be able to drive a 100w tube amp you need to play loud. At low volume the amp will sound dull and flat. It is designed for arenas and loud volume so you can’t really translate that to a small bedroom or 300 seats club.

A power attenuator will allow you to scale down the wattage and utilize the amp’s gain stage for your overdrive and distortion sounds. But, as I’m sure most of you are looking for, is an amp that can be a powerful platform for your pedals, meaning that the amp needs to be clean but you also have to be able to control the tube and speaker breakup.

David Gilmour has always set his amps, large or small, just at the edge of breakup. You don’t want to hear the crackle but rather feel that it’s there. You can’t do that will an amp that’s too loud. You need one that fits your environment. In most cases a 5w or 10w is more than enough for a bedroom and even a studio.

Tubes or transistor?

There was a time when tube amps was incredibly expensive and you really couldn’t find any in the lower wattage range. That’s not the case any more. In fact, now it’s almost the other way around. I can’t remember last time I stepped into a guitar store and found a wall of transistor amps.

It’s a matter of taste. One isn’t better than the other. Both tube amps and transistors has come a long way in providing great relieable tones. I do recommend tube amps though. They’re often better platforms for pedals and, in my opinion at least, they sound more organic and dynamic. Try both types of amps and listen to how they respond to your playing and how you set them up.

Amps and pedals

We’ve all been there. You’ve either bought a new amp or overdrive pedal and when you hook them up it sounds like shit. What happened? Well, not all overdrive, distortion and fuzz pedals are designed for all amps.

Depending on the model, Fender amps typically has less mid range and compression. British amps like Marshall and Hiwatt, typically has lots more mid range and compression. So, a pedal like the Big Muff, which has less mid range and compression will often sound bright and thin on Fender amps but paired with Marshall or Hiwatt, which will compensate for the lack of mids and compression, will make the pedal sound smoother and fatter.

I would say that choosing the right is the most important thing and buy pedals based on that but if you already have a large collection of pedals, then you might want to do some research on how they will work with your new amp or the amp you’re about to buy. More on choosing the right pedals for your amp here.

All amps are tested with the following in mind: 

– Overall sound. I’ve concentrated on replicating David’s tones but the amp should be versatile enough for all genres.

– The amp’s ability to maintain its character at even the lowest volume levels.

– The amp must be able to handle most of the typical Gilmour related pedals.

- Features, – EQ, channels, effect loop etc.

Buyer's Gear Guide Boss KatanaBoss Katana
The Boss Katana amps are incredibly impressive, with a typical Boss quality and attention to detail. As I, you may be sceptic, but the fact is that these amps sound awesome. If you’re on a really tight budget, then this is probably your best buy. Each model come with a wide range of built in effects and amp modelling presets but you can tailor your tones to your taste and the amps are great with pedals as well. The featured effects loop also allow you to utilize the classic built in Boss effects with your own pedals.
Output: 30-100w depedning on the model. All models has power scaling.
Tubes: transistor
Speaker: custom Boss speakers
Controls: channel volume, master volume, 3-band EQ and presence, effect controls
Channels: clean, crunch, lead, brown
FX loop: yes

Laney Cub 12

The Cub series are among the cheaper models in this category but, in my opinion, some of the better sounding. Typically British with a familiar 70s Marshall/Hiwatt-ish character. Lots of headroom, a nice mids hump and a warm, smooth top. Crank the tubes for a creamy overdrive and distortion that’ll take you from ZZ Top to Sabbath. The featured 1w power scaling, also makes this an ideal choice for the bedroom setup. All of the Cubs handles Muffs and overdrives nicely but I recommend the stack for a bit more headroom.
Output: 15w (1w scaling)

Tubes: 3x 12AX7 pre-amp and 2x EL84 output

Speaker: 2x 12” 50w Celestion G12E

Controls: gain, master, 3-band EQ and tone, reverb

Channels: one

FX loop: yes

Laney Lionheart L5 StudioLaney Lionheart
Laney’s Lionheart series is a collection of incredibly versatile amps capable of delivering classic British tube tones and tons of value for the buck. To say that they’re British is too loose. The clean channel has that slightly scooped Vox AC flavour that can sound almost like a Fender on lower volume but hit you straight in the face once you crank it. The gain channel is distinctly early Marshall, with all of the awesome qualities of the Plexi and JTM amps. It’s not a Hiwatt but you sure can get some awesome Gilmour sounds with these amps and pretty much anything from warm jazz to classic 70s rock and metal. The Lionheart is a great pedal platform too. The series feature a wide range of different heads and combos and for your bedroom and recording studio I recommend checking out the L5 or L5 Studio.
Output: 5-50w depending on the model. The L5 Studio has power scaling.
Tubes: 12AX7 preamp and EL84 output
Speaker: Celestion V30 and/or G12H depending on the model
Controls: clean volume, drive, drive volume, 3-band EQ and tone, reverb, bright/normal modes
Channels: clean and drive
FX loop: yes

Fender Blues Junior III

The Blues Junior is one of Fender’s more popular amps and with good reason. It’s got the classic Fender tone, with a nice chime and plenty of headroom but with considerably more mid range and compression than a Twin and similar amps. This makes it ideal for bedrooms and even smaller clubs and it can handle most pedals, including the more demanding Big Muffs and fuzz pedals. The stock speakers can sound a tad too bright, so consider replacing these with some darker ones, like the Eminence Cannabis Rex.

Output: 15w

Tubes: 3x 12ax7 pre-amp and 2x EL84 output

Speaker: 1x 12″ 50w Fender Lightning Bolt by Eminence

Controls: volume/gain, master, 3-band EQ, reverb, fat switch

Channels: one

FX loop: no

Buyer's Gear Guide BassbreakerFender Bassbreaker
Fender’s new Bassbreaker series is basically a rewamped Bassman, with hints towards the Blues Jr. It has all the classic elements of a Fender tweed era tube amplifier, with a bit of that creamy mid range and compression and lots of modern features, including more gain, effects loop and three different channels. The Bassbreaker 15 is an excellent bedroom and studio amp and a nice platform for most of your pedals as well.
Output: 7-45w depedning on the model
Tubes: 12AX7 and EL84
Speaker: Celestion V-type (15w model)
Controls: gain, master volume, 3-band EQ and bright, reverb, effect controls
Channels: one (with tone modelling)
FX loop: yes

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

Perhaps the world’s best selling combo, the Hot Rod Deluxe is more or less a bigger version of the Blues Jr with a few more features. Great all-rounder with classic Fender tones – warm, dynamic clean channel and two drive channels for different types of gain. Like the Blues Jr, the Deluxe has a bit more mid range and compression, compared to other Fender amps, which makes it easier to combine with different kinds of gain pedals. With its 40w this is perhaps a bit too big for your bedroom but excellent for studio work and smaller clubs.

Output: 40w

Tubes: 3x 12AX7 pre-amp and 2x 6L6 output
Speaker: single 12” Celestion G12P 80w

Controls: clean, drive, more drive, master, 3-band EQ and presence, reverb, bright switch
Channels: clean, drive, more drive

FX loop: yes

Buyer's Gear Guide - Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 head
The Tubemeister is perhaps not the obvious choice for your Gilmour tones. It’s a modern sounding rock amp, far from the classic tones of a Hiwatt or Fender. Still, this amp is extremely well built, it’s packed with all kinds of features, like power scaling and direct recording and, it can handle pretty much any pedal you throw at it. The clean channel is super pristine, with tons of headroom. The drive channel ranges from clean to near metall. A good tip is to use the drive channel for pedals, as it has more mids and compression. The clean channel with pedals sounds fizzy and thin.
Output: 18w (1w and 5w scaling)
Tubes: 2x 12AX7 pre-amp and 2x EL84 output
Speaker: extension cab sold separately

Controls: clean volume, drive and volume, 3-band EQ, boost

Channels: clean and drive
FX loop: yes

Peavey Classic 30
The Peavey Classic has gained a high reputation and with good reason. This is an incredibly versatile amp, good for almost anything you would want to play. It’s no doubt based on the classic Marshall tone, with a noticeable mids hump and a nice amount of compression, giving the drive channel an almost OCD/Rat quality. The 30 is perhaps a bit too loud for your bedroom, but the amp deliver fat tones even at the lowest volume levels and it can handle any pedal you plug into it. Be sure to check out the full Classic series. The Classic 50 combo offer the same tone and features as the 30 but might be a better choice for larger venues and frequent touring. The new Classic 20 head, is ideal for rehearsal, smaller venues and recording, with the same tone found in its bigger brothers and lots of features for a convenient recording setup.
Output: 30w

Tubes: 3x 12AX7 pre-amp and 4x EL84 output

Speaker: 1x 12” Peavey Blue Marvel

Controls: volume , master, 3-band EQ and presence, reverb, boost

Channels: clean and drive

FX loop: yes

Hiwatt T20

Compared to the MaxWatt and Hi-Gain series, the Tube series produce a much more vintage tone, true to the classic Hiwatt Custom models. The clean channel offer a great basis for your pedals, even the more demanding ones. The drive channel is surprisingly smooth and takes the amp closer to a vintage AC30. The series feature a wide range of models, from the bedroom friendly 10w to the stage ready 40w – all available as both combos and stacks. All models also feature power scaling.
 An excellent, and more affordable, choice if you want the classic Hiwatt tone.
Output: 18W (10w ps)

Tubes: 2x 12AX7 and 1x 12AU7 pre-amp and 2x EL84 output

Speaker: GH112 extension cabinet with a single 100w Fane 12” speaker

Controls: master, reverb, treble, middle (push/pull frequency shifter), bass, overdrive volume, normal volume
Channels: clean and drive

FX loop: yes

Feel free to use the comments form below and share your experience with these amps and recommendations for other models!

2,296 Responsesso far.

  1. Jon Supner says:

    Thanks Bjorn luv your info.
    Just purchased the Marshall sv20h with sv212 cab and a Tele.
    Not gilmour amp but want to use for playing animals tones. Can you recommend a light od pedal that’ll compliment the Marshall amp. Such as for the dogs solo sounds. Was thinking the strymon riverside but don’t want too much dirt.
    Your thoughts please.
    Jon s.

    • Bjorn says:

      I just recently bought the SV20 head myself. Awesome amp! The Riverside is very similar to a Tube Screamer, which is great as a boost but not as a stand alone overdrive on a clean(ish) amp. In my opinion at least. For the SV20 I’d look into a more transparent overdrive, like a Boss BD2 or a Tube Driver. The TDY from Past FX works really well with the SV20. It can also handle Big Muffs very well. The EHX Green Russian, which has a bit less gain, works really well but you need to set the amp as clean as you can get it otherwise it will be all over the place with a Muff.

  2. Patrick Kennedy says:

    Hello Bjorn, have you had any experience with a 5E3 tweed style amp? I just bought one, and while I know it’s likely not the ideal amp for trying to obtain Gilmour tones, I’m wondering about any opinions for pedal recommendations. I’m using it mostly at home, with an Eric Johnson Strat and a Fryette Power Station for attenuation.

    • Bjorn says:

      I think it’s definitely good for Gilmour tones but you have to treat it for what it is. It’s not a Hiwatt. David has been using a wide range of different Fender amps in the studio since the early 70s and mostly different tweeds. These are known for having a slightly darker character, with more mid range and a nice breakup. Depends on what Gilmour tones you want but personally I think that these amps sound best with more vintage pedals, like a great sounding fuzz. It won’t sound as huge and smooth as David’s stadium tones but definitely classic and timeless. For more modern stuff, I’d look into pedals like a Rat, BD2, OCD, Klon, Crayon… pedals with a flat response or a bit of mids.

  3. Brandon says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Thinking about getting a Classic 30, but just one question. How does a Big Muff sound on them? My guess is it would sound burst with the mids inside the amp, but I wanted your opinion. Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve used the Classic 30 with Big Muffs many times and it sounds great. It always depends on the amp settings and what pickups you use but there should be no problem using a Muff with the 30. I would go for a milder sounding Muff though, like the Green Russian.

  4. piazzi says:

    these guys do a lot of Katana sound experiments

  5. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    first of all thank you so much for this amazing website, it truly is a bible for any Gilmour fan and/ or guitar player inspired by the legend that Dave is.
    I own a Boss Katana 100 Mk2 and was wondering if you have any tips for how to set up the clean channel eq (or the channel eq combined with the parametric eq from the software) to get a Gilmour-type clean sound that can be used as a basis for the fuzz tones (either with real pedals or with the built-in simulations).

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for your kind words Ben! Settings depends on your guitar, pickups and what pedals you use but in general, and for a pedal platform, I would probably use the clean channel and go from there. To me that sounds like a Fender type, so it would be closer to how David would approach a studio setup, rather than live with his Hiwatts. Again, it depends on your overall gear but start with the EQ around noon and you probably want to increase the mids a bit and lower the treble. You usually want the gain slightly lower than the master but that depends on the voicing of the amp too. Thsi is a transistor amp, so you won’t get the natural tube saturation, with higher gain settings but the idea is to have a clean amp, but with a tiny amount of gain blended in. You can also experiment with the other channels and see how clean you can get them, with a hair of gain added.

      • Ben says:

        Hi Bjorn,
        thanks very much for your tips!
        I play a Squier Strat with Seymour Duncan pickups in an HSS configuration and normally use the Katana on its own, without any pedals.
        I will try to use your tips to get to a good sound, thank you for the tips and the very useful guides all over this site!

  6. Ian says:

    Hey, Bjorn. I’m probably the millionth person to ask about this, but have you tried the Ceriatone Hey What series? How close do they get to the actual Hiwatt’s tone? “Cause at $1200 US, that’s preeeeeeeetty tempting.

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve never tried the Hey What but several of their Marshall clones and they’re impressive. Well worth checking out.

  7. Marco Saenz says:

    Hi Bjorn. I currnently have a tone king imperial mkii, which has a two channels (lead, with more tweed like tones and a rhythm, based on a blackface tone). So as you said the blackface channel, probably would not take kindly to a fuzz pedals but would you say that if I used an eq pedal to boost the mids that it would help make the fuzz sound better? What about if I used a tubescreamer or another pedal that boosts my mids to get that sound? I dont know too much about how the lead channel is wired and set up so I’m not sure how it would take the fuzz on that one. Thank you.

    • Bjorn says:

      It’s not that these early Fender amps, or amps that model these, don’t go well with fuzz. It just sounds different compared to a Hiwatt or Marshall with fuzz. Tons of players have recorded with Fender and fuzz but it doesn’t really sound like Gilmour’s tones. An EQ or mids boosted overdrive won’t make a Fender sound like a Hiwatt. There’s much more to it than that. Including the tubes and not least speakers. However, you can certainly compensate to some extent by boosting the mids and upper mids. There are also Big Muffs with built in mids boost. Good luck with your tones!

      • Marco Saenz says:

        But what about the tone king imperial specifically. It also has a lead channel that is supposed to be modelled after a tweed circuit but many say it sounds somewhat like a marshall.

        • Bjorn says:

          I don’t have much experience with the TOne Kings but Fender tweed era amps and early Marhsall have a lot in common.

  8. Steve says:

    Thanks Bjorn. Awesome site. Been coming here for years now.
    I’ve got a 73 twin reverb. It’s still new to me and just trying to get used to it. I’ve read on here a few times you recommended
    them for Gilmore type tones. The cleans are of course fantastic and the head room goes on forever, but it seems rather mid scooped to use with a muff or fuzz face. Any advice?
    Ps: I came across a Canadian amp builder that does a hiwatt kit or built amp. It’s based on a the dr103 but redone to be 15 20 or 30 watts (I think the numbers are right). Haven’t tried it, but could be worth a look. Hiwatt tones at bedroom volume.
    Trinity amps.

    • Bjorn says:

      Twin Reverbs are as scooped as amps get. As you point out, the cleans are great and they do work with fuzz and Muffs but it will sound very different to a Hiwatt or Marshall with a Muff. See this feature for tips on choosing the right pedals for different types of amps.

      • Steve says:

        Thanks for the response. Funny you say that. I just re-read that article last night after doing some searching. Read it a while back and forgot about it. Just picked up a used Rat today. No doubt that’ll work better. The muff and fuzz face will stay with my amps that are more mid types.
        Thanks for all the work you do!

  9. beyondfloyd says:

    Thanks Bjorn, your website has benefited me a lot.
    I have a question. The fender 65 deluxe reverb I am using does not work well with Bigmuff. I want to buy a clone of hiwatt. But I hesitated between Hiwatt (new), Hi-tone, and Reeves. Which one do you think is closer to 70’S hiwatt?

    • Bjorn says:

      It’s pretty much those. There are a few more clones out the but I haven’t tried them. The Reeves and Hi-Tone in particular are based on the late 60s and early 70s specs and are considered to be superior to the current Hiwatt line up. If you want something slightly different and perhaps more versatile, then check out the Laney Lionheart. It’s a Vox AC30 meets Marshall JTM but really much more. Lots of headroom and very good with all kinds of pedals. I’ve been using use for years now and do most of the reviews with it.

      • Nick says:

        Hi Bjorn, are you sure about Hiwatts current range? By all accounts I’ve heard that since they were bought out by new owners their quality has been back to gold standard (at least in the custom shop line). I feel like they make terrific amps now but the stigma of the previous owners is hanging around

        • Bjorn says:

          Well, I said supperior to, and that may have been overstating it. Yes, Hiwatt has been through some bad years and but the current Custom range has been improved. I do think though, that some of the clones out there, and the Reeves and Hi-Tone in particular, sound better. It might be just taste but these amps seem to capture something that I don’t think the current Hiwatt do. More dynamic and responsive and the breakup is smoother. I’m not a technical expert so I can’t tell you how these amps are built and what parts are good and band. I just trust my ears and are very well aware of that sound is subjective. But of course, the current Hiwatt DR103 is a good amp that’s worth checking out.

          • Filip says:

            Hi all,

            I’m a bit confused here.
            I’m looking for a good amp myself to get the Gilmour tones as close as possible. I posted previously a question on Hiwatt amps.
            I’ve got the answer that even the T-serie was a good option.
            So I contacted Hiwatt myself and there they gave me the advice to choose for a DR serie instead. If power was not where I was looking for, the Little Rig was the best option. (DR20/0.5) It has the same preamp section als de DR103. Only the power section is much reduced.
            Now we are almost 3 months later and my amp is still in backorder. Should be delivered at the end of the month.
            Nobody told me something about problems with Hiwatt or to choose for a Reeves or Hi-Tone. I hope this information is wrong, because otherwise this will be a expensive mistake for me!
            Once received and tested I will be back with my honest opinion.

            • Bjorn says:

              None of these amps are wrong. It just depends on what you’re looking for. I often recommend the T-sires as a lower price alternative to the Custom range. They have the tone of the Custom but the Custom are better built and are obvisouly closer to the original late 60s and early 70s models. Depends on your budget. The Little Rig was introduced as a David Gilmour signature amp, which it wasn’t. However, it is a smaller sized lower wattage version of the DR103. The Reeves, Hi-Tone and other clones offer their version of the original Hiwatt. So, all of these amps are great. It depends on your budget.

              • Filip says:

                Hi Bjorn,
                After six months of waiting, my DR20/0.5 finally arrived.
                I’m playing now for almost 2 months on this amp, so I think this must be enough to give everyone my honest opinion. So here we go….
                I bought this amp with a Hiwatt cab but swapped the speakers out for Weber FC12. These should be the best clones for Fane Crescendo speakers.
                The sound of this amp is great. It is very close to what I was expecting, it takes pedals very well, but there is also a downside.
                If you buy this amp really for bedroom level, then I think this is your best choice. The 0.5W gives you the possibility of having the true sound of the amp as it was playing at much higher power.
                If you want to use this amp for a gig in a small to medium club, than this amp fails in comparison to other 20W amps. This amp is not giving the loudness of my other 20W amps and the power section is going to quick in breakup, which is a problem for David Gilmour solo’s. If I Put my Gibson with P90’s directly into the amp with full volume on the guitar, you get already breakup with the poweramp setting a 9 ‘o clock. A Hiwatt should have a lot of headroom and this is not the case for this amp.
                This is a expensive amp and is close in price with the DR504. I personally think it’s a better choice to buy a DR504 and use a attenuator.

  10. Thomas says:

    I’m sorry in advance cause I’m gonna ask the same question that a lot of us asked here.
    I’m looking for Comfortably Numb 2nd solo sound.

    I have :

    Amp :
    – VOX Valvetronix AD120VT
    – VOX Little Night Train
    – Marshall DFX30.

    Guitars :
    – FENDER Strat Mexico
    – GIBSON Les Paul Traditional (unchambered)

    Gears :
    – BOSS CS-2 Compressor Sustain
    – BOSS Blues Driver BD-2
    – BOSS DD-3 Japan Delay
    – Mig Muff Ram’s head
    – EHX Neo Mistress flanger
    – EHX Small Clone chorus

    I can’t manage to gt the sound…

    If any of you or Bjorn has an idea for a setting ? I’d be forever thankful.

    Thanks a lot,

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Thomas, as you know, Dvaid used a Hiwatt and a rams’s head Big Muff on that track. There was also a Yamaha RA200 rotating speaker cabinet mixed in with the Hiwatt. For both solos, he used his Black Strat, which at the time featured a DiMarzio FS1 bridge pickup for higher output. David usually plays loud, which adds to the mid ranhe and compression of the tone. The last solo is also mixed, with additional compression and EQ, as well as a wide reverb, creating the impression of two guitars or a big stereo spread. Although not identical, this setup, featuring a Hiwatt, Strat and Muff is the basis for all live versions of the song.

      I’m not that familiar with your amps, but I would imagine that the Blackstar would be the best choice. Set it up for a nice clean tone and I’d use your Strat and the Ram’s Head Big Muff. You might also want to add a bit of delay. The actual settings depends on your amp and how loud you can play. At home I would be careful with the treble and increase the mid range on the amp and maybe the gain on the Big Muff. This should be a start.

      • Thomas says:

        Thanks so much for your answer Björn ! :)
        I’m going to buy a Hiwatt. I read the T20 Head was really better than the combo (effect loop is not available on the combo) and I now have one more question : which cab would suit it ? Is any Celestion good enough ? Would it be a good idea to use my Vox VT as a cab ? Or is there a specific speaker needed to get closer to the specific sound ?
        Is the T10 good too ?
        Thanks for your advice.

        • Bjorn says:

          To get the most out of your Hiwatt you really should consider Fane speakers. Hiwatt are offering different cabs and there are several others that make clones, like Weber, Hi-Tone, Reeves etc. Fanes are fairly dark, with a high end roll off and a slight boost in the upper mids, which compliments the Hiwatt amp very well. I’m using Celestion V30, which are considerably brighter but I’m more into Marshall tones, so my Reeves Hiwatt clone is set up differently as to how you’d set a Hiwatt.

  11. Jim says:

    Hi Bjorn – thoughts on a Vox AC30 or AC30 S1 for David’s tones? With the fixed midrange is it harder to dial these in to get his sound? Thanks!!

    • Bjorn says:

      I’m not a huge AC fan but the amps are definitely capable of producing a good platform for your Gilmour tones. As an alternative, check out the Laney Lionheart. The clean channel is very much a AC, but you got a lot more options tonewise.

  12. Filip says:

    Hi again Bjorn,

    I’m planning to buy a Hiwatt T40/20 head with a HG112 cab to get close to the Gilmour sound.
    The cab has a Fane Octapulse speaker on board, but this speaker is for me unknown.
    I know that David used Crescendo speakers, but these are a long time out of production.
    The only speaker that I can find is a Ascension. They exist in ceramic and alnico version.
    Do you know how these speakers (octapulse and different Ascension) sound in comparison with the Crescendo?
    What would you prefer?

    Thx !

    • Bjorn says:

      I’m not familiar with the Octapulse but there are several good alternatives to the Crescendos out there, like the Reeves Vintage Purple and the Weber Thames. Both very close to the original fanes.

  13. hi you believe that fender hot rod deluxe iv is a good platform for pink floyd tones? with od pedals like boss bd2.boss sd1.ehx rams head big muff reissue.thank you!!

    • Bjorn says:

      Absolutely. It’s a fairly bright sounding amp but it has more mids compared to most Fenders, which goes well with your Gilmour tones. You might find that Big Muffs sound a bot too bright with it though. I’d consider the Green Russian reissue for a warmer tone.

  14. Felix Abrahamsson says:

    Will a Marshall DSL20HR be any good at mimicking David’s guitar tones?

  15. piazzi says:

    would you mind sharing how you typically set a peavey classic 30?

    Many thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      That depends on your pickups and pedals. I’d start with the EQs around noon and make the needed adjustments. Set the pre amp to clean but you want a tiny bit of bite and the master depending on loud you want the amp.

  16. Brandon Hester says:

    Hey, there Bjorn. First I wanted to say how insightful and helpful this site has been! I have a question regarding the Blues Junior as I just bought one. The model I have seems to be an earlier one although I’m not sure how early. Does that change some things? I bought it because I read on here that it has more mid range than most Fender amps, but does it being an older model change that?

    • Bjorn says:

      The Blues Jr is losely based on the old tweed era Fender amps, which has a hint more mids and compression compared to the later Fender models. The Blues Jr has always been available with different types of speakers, which plays a huge role in the tone. Check out a tone diagram for that specific speaker and you can always replace the speaker later on.

  17. Filip says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    When I’m looking at your recommendations on amps, I see that a lot of amps aren’t available anymore.
    For the moment I’m playing on a Vox AC15, but this amp seems not to be happy with some pedals. Even on the normal channel this amp is breaking up to quick.
    I was asking myself if the Hiwatt T40/20 would be a good option? Is there a lot of difference between the Hiwatt Custom amps like the DR103 and the T40/20?
    I hope you can give me some advice. THX

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes, I’m currently updating all of the buyer’s guides. The Hiwatt Tube series are very good. You get the classic Hiwatt tones for a reasonable price. Well worth checking out. If you’re looking for that Vox tone, then I warmly recommend the Laney Lionheart amps. They’re based on the AC amps but IMO are much more versatile and great pedal platforms.

  18. Don says:

    Hi Bjorn. I just purchased the Laney Lion Heart L5-studio. I am blown away with the build and look. Do you have any suggested settings. I play from rock to prof metal (Nightwish, Karnivool, RA) Thx

    • Bjorn says:

      I use the amp for all kinds of tones, with different settings. Extremely versatile. As a pedal platform, I often use the dirt channel, with the bright on, bass and mids around 3:00, treble around 9:00 and the tone around noone. Gain is set at 8 or 9:00 depending on how hot my pickups are. These settings works very well on the clean channel too although the dirt channel has a bit more mids.

  19. Spencer says:

    Hey Bjorn! Do most EL34 and EL84 amps that give a clean tone put you in Gilmour land? Is it the tubes that create the mid-hump or mid-scooped sound? Also, have you tried any Mesa/Boogie clean amps for Gilmourish tones?

    • Bjorn says:

      Tubes are just a small part of the amp’s tone so you can’t look at that alone. You can make any amp fit a Gilmour setup if you know how to set it up and what pedals and pickups that goes with it. Still, a modern Marshall EL34 is very different from a Hiwatt.

  20. Chris says:

    Bjorn, I’d like to thank you for this resource you’ve set up. I started playing guitar at age 11 which was around 2007 (I’m 24 now) and have been lurking around here for reviews and tone guides since 2009. Anyways, I have some advice for anyone using muffs and fuzz with scooped amps or at very low volumes. I’ve been messing around with my amps send/return and found that by putting an ehx soul food in the loop with the volume a hair above unity and the drive about edge of breakup, you can get a nice and fat clean tone that makes a better platform for pedals at late night practice volumes. YMMV, but it’s a neat trick I accidentally stumbled upon.

  21. Werner says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    what do you think about the Fender Hot Rod Deville 212 IV in comparison to the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe?

    Thank you for your answer.

    Best regards

    • Bjorn says:

      They’re actually quite similar sounding but the Deville got more of that tweed flavour, with a more noticeable mid range and perhaps an overall warmer and more vintage sounding character. Great amps but I think you get more value for the buck with the DeVille.

  22. Mick says:

    Hi Bjorn. Great site. I have an odd question. DG has been a huge influence and Pink Floyd my all time fav band. I am looking for an amp that does everything in the the range of blues to modern metal. Maybe asking too much? Not really looking to buy multiple amps and know I will likely sacrifice tone and character for certain genres. I play mostly modern metal and 70s prog rock these days. The one amp that seems to fit the bill in terms of price, wattage, size, options and range/versatility is the Peavey 6505 minihead. I know what type of amp this is and am very aware, this wouldn’t be in any top 10 lists (being generous) for Gilmourish tones. Even mentioning 6505 mh and DG in the same sentence is odd. For me versatility is my # 1 priority to do classic rock to modern metal, but it is still important to be able to achieve a good DG tone. Do you have any experience with trying to dial in a Gilmourish tone with the 6505 mh amp and can it be done? I have a simple pedal board (EHX Green Russian reissue, Boss SD-1, MXR Micro Flanger and Boss DD-3). Many Thanks and keep up the great work.

    • Bjorn says:

      As you point out, the Peavey 6505 is not your typical Gilmour amp and it’s certainly on the heavier side of gain amps, but the clean channel has that Fender chime, which should allow you to dial in a nice platform for pedals. Seems to be more versatile than the many metal videos out there cover.

  23. Kyle Shively says:

    Hey Bjorn! I have been using my Peavey classic 20 head for home use but I’ve been finding it’s leaving me unsatisfied with my Gilmour rig (squier strat with emg dg20, cs-3, russian reissue muff, elec lady, flashback? If I were to increase my amp budget and could consider other amps, what would you suggest? I’m not thinking hiwatt price range but maybe a twin reverb reissue or a 59 bassman reissue? Would love to hear suggestions.

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on what tones you’re looking for. I think the Peavey Classic amps has a lot of potential but they’re not Hiwatts.

      • Kyle Shively says:

        I’m looking for something more versatile. The Peavey classic honestly seems too gainy. Once I turn on a big muff or a blues driver it almost chugs and could be a metal sound. It doesn’t sound bad necessarily but it also isn’t quite Gilmour.

        • Bjorn says:

          That’s not my experience at all. I think the Classic amps handle pedals and Muffs very well but again, there’s lots more to a tone than just the amp. I’m a big fan of the Laney Lionhearts. Great British style amps, with a nice vintage tone and they can handle pedals very well. Great sounding amps and very versatile.

        • piazzi says:


          I have a peavey classic 30. clean channel stays clean-ish up to 5-6 on the dial,

          a drive pedal alone does not make that channel gainy on my amp, only a slight crunch. I use either the Duelist or Spark Booster these days depending on the guitar and what I feel like playing.

          A muff, of course, will add gain,

  24. Jon supner says:

    Hello Bjorn, do you know of David ever used a Marshall plexi head?
    Pretty sure he used a jtm45 but I’m interested in purchasing the Marshall sv20h plexi.

    • Bjorn says:

      There was what appears to be an early 70s Super Lead head in his Animals stage rig. I don’t have any information on how it was used.

  25. seibertdr says:

    I am able to purchase any of these amps. I am really liking the Laney LF-Studio or a VOX AC15. They are both about the same price range. Not necessarily looking for the Gilmour sound. Just want a good all around amp for the house. thx.

    • Bjorn says:

      Both amps will provide great tones. No doubt. Personally I’d go for the Laney. I’ve been using a L20 for years and couldn’t really be happier. The clean channel is based on the Vox AC range, although not quite identical. The dirt channel is close to early Marshall JTMs. The AC15 is classic Vox but my issue with these is that they tend to sound thin and bright on low volume.

  26. Spencer Landreth says:

    Howdy Bjorn!
    My Laney Cub died the final death and I’m wanting to find a HiWatt-ish head for both home and small theater sized gigs. Wanting to step it up a little with something I can count on in and outdoors.

    I’m using both a 69/69/SSL5 strat and a DG20 strat.
    Chain: Guitar>SunFace BC108>Crybaby>Vick 73 Rams Head>Vick Audio Overdriver>MXR Script Phase 90>Mooer ElecLady>Catlinbread Echorec>(amp)>1×12 cab w/Eminence Tonker.

    Any specific recommendations?
    Thank you!

    • Bjorn says:

      There aren’t really that many Hiwatt-ish amps out there. There are lots of clones, like Reeves, Ceriatone and Hi-Tone, but these are quite expensive so it depends on your budget. Personally I can’t really praise the Laney Lionheart enough. Not quite a Hiwatt but a great pedal platform. Clean channel is close to an AC30, while the dirt channel is very much a JTM style Marshall. Very versatile.

  27. Márcio Gasparin says:

    Hello Bjorn, thanks for the valuable information. Which pedals of muffs and overdrives wold you use for Boss katana and fender player guitar, all sounds?

  28. Mark says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Do you have any experience with the Blackstar HT series? (Specifically the HT20 Mkii) Do you have any options?

    It seems like a good competitor for the Laney Cub20. It has power attenuation for bedroom level sound and a range of channel/EQ options for emulating that British sound. It also has a headphone out for when you don’t want to make any noise at all and a USD out for recording to PC.

    It takes effects pedals really well from what I can tell. My signal chain is as follows: American Fender Pro ii Strat -> Cry Baby Wah -> Kealey Comp 4 -> Swollen Pickle -> Vick Overdriver -> Dawner Prince Boonar -> MXR Analog Chorus -> Blackstar HT20mkii. (Can’t wait for my Fuzz Face to arrive in the mail!!!)

    I was trying to find a Laney Cub20 in my area based on your review but when I played the HT-20mkii I was blown away. I’ve only had it for a few days, but I am really happy with it so far and I thought I’d share with everyone here. I haven’t been able to try it out at higher volumes but it is great if you live in a studio apartment like me and don’t want to upset the neighbors.


    • Bjorn says:

      You seem to have answered your own question :) Yes the HT series are great. Especially for a bedroom setup.

      • Mark says:

        Haha, I suppose I did! Im glad to hear that you have a good opinion on the HTs.

        I am mostly a bedroom guitarist and I’ve only owned and played the same two tube amps for 15 years with very few effects pedals until recently. My old amps (Epiphone Valve Jr and Music Man 115 Sixty Five) were both way too loud for my apartment and neither were very good for getting British sounds. I was not sure if the HT20mkII would be a good platform for getting good Gilmourish tones but it is way better than what I was using before.

        This article was perfect for helping me find an amp that works for me, thank you so much!

  29. Will says:

    Greetings, so I have a Princeton Reverb 65 RI w/ a Celestion Greenback 10″ speaker in it and wonder what OD or distortion pedal you think works best at lower amp volumes. I am looking for Jimmy Page, to Jeff Beck like tones. Any suggestions? Cheers.

  30. Chris says:

    Greetings from sunny south Florida, Bjorn! What’s your take on the reeves custom 12 for an at home rig? Looking at the 18 watt hi tone as well as I like supporting our US companies here. Not sure if it’s worth the extra 1k, though. Would be great to hear your thoughts.

    • Bjorn says:

      The Custom 12 is more of a AC30 I think but I might be wrong. I’ve been using a Custom 50 for years now and couldn’t be happier.

      • Chris says:

        Well, I ran into some car troubles so I might try to save myself some cash and get something a bit cheaper. How do you think an older peavey classic 20 combo would take my muffs and sunface?

        • Bjorn says:

          The Peavey Classic range is great. One of my favourite smaller amps. It can handle pretty much any pedal.

          • Chris says:

            I thought I’d follow up on this.. I ended getting a good deal on a Marshall origin 20 combo. It’s definitely loosely based on the 60s early Marshalls, hence the name. Plenty of headroom, nice midrange. Green Russian, rams head and germanium sunface all sound fantastic. Would definitely recommend it. I imagine it stacks up well against the laney cub series.

  31. Spencer Landreth says:

    Hey Bjorn!
    If you had to choose between a Reeves 12 watt ot a HiWatt t20/10, which would you choose.

    • Bjorn says:

      Although fully capable of providing great Gilmour tones, if that’s what you’re looking for, the Custom 12 is closer to a AC30 than a Hiwatt.

  32. piazzi says:

    I don`t have mono price. I have Katana 100 and Laney Lionheart 20 Head

    Katana ia good amp. It is a really good acoustic amp, and good electric amp. you can find videos online people doing Gilmour tones with Katana. They usually involve using the software and changing EQ and online effect settings which I have not done and have no desire to do.

    As good as Katana is out of the box, to me, it is on the bright side of the EQ. I also think that it lacks the touch sensitivity of my Laney Lionheart. It also does not give me the super rich compression that I get when I drive hard the power section of my Lionheart, or even the power section of my Peavey Classic 30 for that matter

    Katana takes pedals reasonably well, especially darker sounding pedals. Its onboard effects are good.

    it is a good amp and I recommend it as second amp, a beginning amp, or even a jamming amp, but, to me, it is not a replacement for either of my tube amps.

    This is just my opinion based on my experience.There are many videos online that may beg to differ.

  33. Jesus Lopez says:

    Hi bjorn, have you heard about the new budget tube amp called Monoprice Stageright 15w tube amp, if so, What do you think? How is it compared with the Boss Katana? How is it compared with the fender Blues Junior? Please answer those 3 questions, thanks.

    • Bjorn says:

      No I haven’t sorry. Both the Katana and Blues Junior are great sounding amps. I also recommend checking out the Laney Cub series.

    • JMurad says:

      I have the Monoprice and use it as a practice amp. It’s decent, particularly for the price considering it’s all tube and has a Celestion speaker. The power scaling feature is also a huge plus I think.

      From what I understand the amp is a clone of the Laney Cub 15. Some have said it’s a Blues Jr clone. Either way it’s a good low-budget choice. I’ve never used a Katana so I can’t compare it, but I also have a Blues Jr and while I like the Blues Jr a little more, it was also more than twice the cost of the Monoprice and for the price difference the Monoprice is a really good value. Best of luck with your choice!

  34. Keith W. Abbott says:


    I know you personally choose a Reeves. Why not a new Hiwatt? It appears that they went back to making them like they used to in the ’70’s. What was the deciding factor for you?

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve had the Reeves for about 10 years now and at the time I bought it, Hiwatt did not make amps like they used to and I think Reeves was the only “clone” out there. It’s just a really well built and great sounding amp. Very happy with it.

      • Keith says:

        Hey Bjorn, a following up on this question from above…..Reeves is making a Custom 50 with PS now. How do you feel about that? If you could buy it again would you get the one with the PS or without? I’m always suspicious of “gimmicky” things and I just wonder if these amp companies with their “power knobs” (I know milkman is doing it now) are just the new “flavor of the month.”


        • Bjorn says:

          Depends on how you’ll be using the amp. PS is great if you rely on the amp for overdrive or distortion. However, if yoy’re like me, using pedals for that, then you should be able to dial in a good platform and clean tone, without a PS. I wouldn’t have changed mine if I had the chance.

  35. Flo Casey says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    I landed on your site by accident, I wanted to know more about the Laney Lionheart L5 studio Head and the Lionheart L20T-212 Combo that I bought in 2019 but never used them.

    I was thinking of selling them but after reading many posts and your comments on this website, I have decided to keep them.

    It seems that Laney is underrated or a niche brand…I don’t know. Nicely built and dead quiet.

    Today I got the chance to try them and I couldn’t believe my ears. I play jazz and fusion stuffs.

    The L5 studio is now in the front room. Any suggestions for a 2×10 cab?

    Thank you.

    Flo Casey

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for visiting my site! I’ve used the L20 head for some years now and it’s definitely one of my favourite amps. Very versatile and great for both pedals and studio use. Laney dates back to the late 60s and although not up there with Marshall and Vox they’re certainly got a lot of heritage. I think the Celestion G12H 75 Anniversary speakers go very well with the amp. They’re bright but compliments the amp very well.

  36. Tine says:

    Hey there, have you tried out a Marshall JCM2000 DSL50/100? Would it work for Gilmour? How would you set it up? Cheers.

    • Bjorn says:

      They’re very versatile amps, with a nice clean channel for your pedals. Hard to suggest any settings – depends on your guitars, pedals and how you’ll be using the amp.

  37. Haakon says:

    Hello Bjørn. Thanks again for all the good reviews, and info You share.
    I’m looking for speaker recommendations for home/ studio use to complete the Gilmour tones.
    – Cheers –

    • Bjorn says:

      Hei Håkon, regner med du er norsk? Tenker du studio monitorer? Hva slags gitar oppsett tenker du å bruke med disse? Lydkort, plugins osv.

      • Haakon says:

        Hei, Bjørn, ja det stemmer bra : ) Oppsettet mitt er tradisjonelt med pedalbrett og rørforsterker, lurer på om der er noen høyttaler elementer som utmerker seg til PF sounden. (Fane Crescendo- frekvensgang men til hjemmebruk) Mvh Haakon.

        • Bjorn says:

          På lavt volum hjemme spiller det nesten liten rolle hva slags elementer du bruker. Jeg har selv brukt Fanes i mange år med ulike rørforsterkere hjemme. De funker greit, men for clean lyder spesielt. Ønsker du mer vreng fra ampen eller bruker attenuators for å få vreng uten volum, bør du velge elementer med mindre watt, f.eks. Celestion 25 eller 30w. Jeg er veldig glad i V30, men disse har en litt speiell nasal overtone som kanskje ikke passer alle. G12H har masse bunn og topp og funker veldig fint på lavt volum. G12M har mye output, men en varm og klassisk tone ikke helt forskjellig fra Fanes. Jeg ville kanskje valgt noe som var litt nøytralt og heller bygget lyden med pedaler. Funker ofte best på lavt volum.

          • Haakon says:

            Takk for tilbakemeldingen. : ) Kanskje jeg tester ut en g12m heritage greenback, den har kanskje ikke så «spiky» øvre mellomtone som g12h 70th anniv. elementet jeg har nå.
            Hvilke fane høyttaler har du brukt?

            • Bjorn says:

              Ja, det kan være et godt valg. Jeg har tidligere hatt et Sound City 4×12″ cabinett med originale 1973 Fane Crescendo metal cap elementer. De ble tørre og slitne, så jeg byttet de ut med Weber Thames, som låt nærmest identisk. Nå bruker jeg for det meste lav watt Celestion… litt ulike.

  38. Jon B says:

    Greetings again Bjorn. I’ve done a bit more research on the Fender Mustang GT amp, and I have to say, I think whoever designed this thing definitely had David Gilmour in mind. There are so many settings and effects that cater to guitarists who are chasing that Gilmour tone. There’s the Hiwatt DR103 amp mod, but that’s just the beginning. There’s also built in clones of the EHX Big Muff, Ram’s Head Big Muff, and Green Russian Big Muff, along with Fuzz Face, Pro Co Rat, Boss DS-1, and Tube Driver. Other effects include flange and chorus, rotary speaker, MXR Phase 90, Uni Vibe, tape delay, digital delay, ping pong delay, multi time delay, MXR Dyna Comp, MXR M-163 Sustain, Cry Baby Wah, and even DigiTech Whammy. That’s whole lot of Gilmour effects, all in one stop. Perfect for people who don’t want to buy a lot of different pedals. The 40 Watt version of the amp is less than $300 ($269 on Amazon) in the US, so I think It’d be perfect for your “Gilmour On A Budget” series, if you ever get a chance to check it out. Anyway, thanks for reading and replying. Have a great day and keep up the amazing work!

  39. piazzi says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    will you share your thoughts about Fender Blues Deluxe vs Fender Hot Rod Deluxe?

    • Bjorn says:

      Both have that classic Fender clean tone and a vintage sounding drive channel. Great pedal platforms too. Not a huge difference between the two. The Blues Deluxe is perhaps a tad darker and fatter sounding.

  40. Wilmer says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I have a question: what would you recommend to get as sort of a “Hiwatt-style” preamp with the same sparkling clean sounds (rack or pedal) to send to the power amp of my Mesa Boogie head? The Boogie cleans are great and serves me fine as a ‘pedal platform’ to run a Big Muff; etc through, but the Boogie clean is more Fender-like and just can’t reproduce the sparkling cleans of a Hiwatt. What would you suggest I get? Preferably a rack preamp or pedal with tubes in which I can stick some pedals in front of and from that “Hiwatt-like” preamp/pedal to my Mesa power amp, bypassing the Mesa preamp?

    Thanks so much for this lovely site and all the effort you put into it.

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t explored preamps and rack units enough to really comment on that but I often use rented Mesa amps while touring. You can easily set them up for a nice clean tone with enough mids and an EQ, set to boost the 400-800 range will add presence. I often use pedals with a bit more mids as well, compared to how I would approach a Hiwatt. Not over the top but switch the Tube Driver for an OCD or BD2 etc.

  41. Matthew says:

    Hey Bjorn, First of all, your a legend for creating this resource, I love it and love your work. I am about to buy a Laney L20 2×12 combo because of the tones you can get with it. I have a question about your pedals and where they go. You mention that you use the amp right on breakup so I am assuming you use delay and such pedals in the effects loop, I have read that this amps has a parallel effects loop so any effects through it have a slight delay when combining back with the dry signal, most have recommended modding the amp to remove this. Is this a problem for you ? do you use the loop anyway ? thanks :)

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words Matthew! I have all my pedals into the front end of the amp. By slight breakup I mean that I use the drive channel, which is set as clean as I can get it but with enough gain to allow for a bit of hair when you dig into the strings. It’s more of a feel and it depends on how hot the pickups are. I haven’t explored the send/return that much as I’ve always used my amps as a platform for pedals.

  42. Alessandro Borges Cordeiro says:

    HI Bjorn, greetings!

    What do you think about the Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 401 Combo? Are you tested it?
    Thank you for your attention!

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried it. Gave it a quick look at it seems to be a versatile amp although I would assume it’s fairly modern sounding. Depends on what you’re looking for I guess :)

  43. Kyle Shively says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    I’ve been constantly researching the Gilmour tones and was recommended this page From Reddit! Love the info here. I’ve been looking into the Marshall SV20H. Do you (or anyone else here) have experience with this amp? From the demos ive heard and research it seems to be a marshall plexi style amp. I’d love to hear anyones thoughts if this would be a good amp for getting gilmour tones with some tweaking? Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Apologies for the late reply. Welcome to the site! The SV20H is indeed a Plexi, which isn’t that far off a Hiwatt. More mids and perhaps a brighter tone but definitely a great pedal platform.

      • Kyle Shively says:

        Thank you much! One more quick question for you, I think I will be buying either the peavey classic 20 head or the Laney L5, but i have also been seeing youtube videos on the SOVTEK/ehx mig-50 and i think they sound killer! Obviously 50 W is a big loud for my flat, so i wanted your take on attenuators and if it would be worth it to get a power soak for those higher wattage amps at home use volume? thanks!

        • Bjorn says:

          An attenuator is usually used when you want to use the amp for gain. Obviously a master control on the amp will do much of the same but not quite so an attenuator will allow you to drive the tubes and get the fat tones you want on lower volume. Attenuators are not that effective for clean tones so perhaps a bit redundant, although you probably want to drive the tubes a bit for cleans as well.

  44. piazzi says:

    I had a chance of getting a used Laney Cub 12r Combo at what I though was steal price and I took it.

    I thought of sharing my few days of experience with it.

    – hands down plug & play Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock.

    – very light compared to other 12″ combo amps I have handled.

    – reminds me somewhat of Blues Junior bur without as much much background hiss and buzz noise as blues junior, and with an effects loop that Blues Junior shamefully lacks.

    – not a lot of headroom on the pre-amp gain, gets seriusly thick ansd saturated after the 3/4 on the dial.

    – less headroom than Blues Junior

    – more head room on the power amp, stays fairly clean to 7/8 on the dial

    – HH speakers sound on the dark side of good to my ears – I like them

    – Could not heavy distortion pedals work with it as the amp’s limited headroom gets eaten up quickly, but low, medium drives and clean boosts work very well

    – I tried my Fender Engager boost pedal in the amp’s loop and it helped increase the volume into power amp without having to saturate the preamp — I like what it did for my cleanish sounds

    – I can’t imagine this amp being used for hard rock or metal, I think it does not have the headroom for that, but I may be wrong

    – I tried my DOD Caracosa fuzz, and had no problem dialing some really nice fuzz sounds. I am still working on how get a muff pedal work on this amp.

    – Bjorn’s settings form the head version of the amp were very useful

    – how does it compare to Laney Lionheart 20? There is no comparison, IMO, Lionheart 20 is beast of sonic versatility. Cub is a cute sweet baby with limited but very sweet sounds. Linonheart has the sounds of the cub, and much more. Yet, for just plug and play, practice, doing some blues or bluesy jazz or bluesy rock, for the price I paid, it’s just unbeatable

  45. Jon B says:

    Thanks for all the info and hard work you put into the site, Bjorn. I have a question regarding the Fender Mustang GT amp, which is a 100w solid state. I have a 40w Fender Mustang II, which is great, but I’ve been looking to upgrade. The whole Mustang series is built on precise sounding amp modeling. The GT is the new and improved version of my Mustang II. It has a lot of the same amp models built in such as a 57 Deluxe, 59 Bassman, 67 Twin Reverb, etc. What caught my eye on the new GT is that it has a new setting called British Watt, which is their clone of a Hiwatt DR103. Obviously, being a solid state amp and not a tube amp, it won’t sound exactly the same. Have you heard of this British Watt by Fender? If you have, how does it measure up to a real Hiwatt? It’s only around 5 or 600 dollars here in the US, so if it’s a pretty decent clone, it is definitely worth the money for those on a budget. Thanks Bjorn!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jon, apologies for my late reply. I haven’t tried that amp but the Mustang amps very really good. As for solid states I also recommend the Boss Katana series. As for any modeling, be it amps, pedals or digital, they will never manage to capture the real sound of a real model obviously but you can get close or at least get some of the flavour of those originals. A Fender Twin and Hiwatt isn’t that far apart really. Both of them has a lot of headroom and a fairly bright character althought the Hiwatt has more mid range.

  46. piazzi says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    does Laney Cub need biasing after tube change?


  47. Hi.I love this website, it has been very helpful to me in creating my tones and sound. I want to thank you. I the person that emailed you that I know the person purchased Davids red strat. I hope all is well. I am presently in a Floyd band and am looking for a good amp. I was thinking about the Hiwatt 50 but I saw an entry on your website saying you would not own a new Hiwatt amp( I would love to know why). Also, I do not want an older period amp, I would like a new one. So I started looking at the Reeves amps. I am really leaning towards the custom 50 as you stated that is very close sounding to Davids Hiwatts. Then I saw the Reeves Space Cowboy. From what I heard, it is pretty close sounding to the custom 50. It has the boost pedal and reverb. I do not know what to do. I am unable to test each out. Can you tell me if you think that the Space Cowboy will be close to the Custom 50 or should I just stick with the custom( I kinda like the reverb option but would give that up for a more authentic sound). I will be, at times, using Davids red strat with the amp. Also, I will be using large pedal board with it. Cornish SS3, Cronish P2, vibe machine, Free the Tone Flight time, Boss CE2(Early One), Origin Effects Cali 76, MXR Phase II(script), Ventilator Two, and E Lady, Also have an Early Civil War Muff, but am currently using the P2 instead. I really appreciate the help. . Thanks again and stay well.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi, thanks for your very kind words! Glad you enjoy the site. Sorry for my late reply.
      I haven’t tried the Space Cowboy so I can’t really tell. It seems to be a somewhat stripped down version of the Custom 50, with only one channel. It might sound darker than the Custom as you don’t have the option of linking and dialing in the bright channel? I don’t know.
      I don’t have any issues with new Hiwatts but I think there are better clones out there, like Reeves and Hi-Tone, that are closer to the original early 70s Hiwatts.

  48. dave bernier says:

    Hi Bjorn

    Thank you for the incredible help with you web site. If you have one ultimate choice.

    Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
    Laney Lion Heart
    Laney Cub 12

    Thank You

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on how you’ll be using the amp but since you ask me… The Hot Rod is probably the easiest to set up and most versatile. The Lionheart is IMO hands down the best sounding.

      • dave bernier says:

        thank you that is exactly the answer I was hoping for. What can you tell me about the special edition of the fender hot rod with a creamback speaker

        • Bjorn says:

          I haven’t tried that so I can’t tell but I would imagine that it’s a bit darker sounding, which I think compliments the amp.

  49. Massimo says:

    Hi Bjorn ! I hope you are fine ! Do you think we can find a little Marshall Amp souding good for gilmour tones ? I want to play in my bedroom at low volume :-)

    • Bjorn says:

      For sure! It’s been a while since I checked out Marshall’s current line but for David’s tones I’d go with something vintage sounding, like a Plexi or the Silver Jubilee combo, which has a power scaling. All of these has a clean tone similar to a Hiwatt and handle pedals very well. The more modern models like the DLS are brighter and perhaps not as fitting for these tones. I also recommend checking out the Laney Lionheart amps. Very versatile AC30 meets Plexi style amps and great pedal platforms.

  50. Paul Barnes says:

    Hi Bjorn, i am looking for some tips on setting up a Laney cub 12r combo. Using your clean amp setting in tone guides my lunar fuzz sounds fantastic but my P19 and muffs and clones seem a little wooley. Would you suggest using transparent boosts like a BD2 or Soul Food rather than Tube Driver types. And should i run amp with a little break up rather than totally clean. This is at bedroom level with JJ tubes. Great site mate and i am sure the answer is here but i think i am confusing myself now. CHEERS

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Paul, the P19 is a bit dark as it’s intended to be the combo of a Muff and boost. You could try to raise the tone on the P19 or add a booster behind it, with unity level, little gain and higher tone pushing the top end a bit. An EQ will also do. I usually prefer a hair of gain from the amp. Not full breakup but that sweetspot between clean and a bit of crunch from the tubes.

  51. Anastasis says:

    Hello Bjorn!
    Love the website it’s been my go to website for anything gear for almost ten years.
    Got question to ask. I am right now in search for an amp and I was wandering if you have any experience or any opinion for the Laney Cub Supertop.
    I see that you recommend the older version but what about the new?
    Obviously I have a huge love for everything Pink Floyd/Gilmour and also play in an Alternative/Indie band
    What I am searching for is an amp both suitable for home recording but also playing live (we usually play at audiences from 150 to 300 people at clubs)
    Also any other recommendation at this price tag will be more than appreciated

    • Bjorn says:

      Apologies for the late reply. Thanks for your kind words! The Supercubs are very similar to the older models. A few enhancements but mainly estethics. It’s a great pedal platform and studio amp and you can gig with it, although bigger venues might require something louder.

      • Anastasis says:

        No problem. I ended up buying the Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 Combo. There was a huge discount here in Greece so I got it. A bit loud for home use but love it so far. Very good with pedals as well!! Thanks!!

  52. Sime says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Would like to say big big thanks to all that you do, you are truly an inspiration to me, and kind of effort you put in is really amazing.

    As i am also big DG fan i need to ask you about big help regarding amp purchase. What would be the right choice do decide between Fender Bassman 59′ reissue with 4×10 Alnico blue (this one is from 1991 ), Hiwatt Custom 50 SA112 with Fane speaker few years old ( and there’s also one SA112 from 1981 with Celestion G12-100 ) or Laney L20T 212. I would really appreciate your help on this subject because i would like to pick best solution of the tree.

    Thanks alot and staj safe,


    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Simone, apologies for the late reply. Thanks for your kind words! As you know, David has used both the Bassman and SA212 extensively throughout his carreer so both will apply. Personally, I prefer the SA212. The Laney is a different type of amp. More like a cross between a AC30 and Plexi but definitely a good Gilmour amp and a favourite of mine.

  53. Robert W Horton says:

    Good day to you bjorn from florida usa anti dictator donald. love your work and your advice very much appreciated.
    My question for you is I currently have a Fender Twin Reverb amp at half power run into a celestion v30 12-speaker I also have a high watt T20 amp head I want to run in Stereo or a wet dry rig with both amps. I’m not sure which cabinet to purchase for the hiwatt T20 amp head either the Hi-Tone Eclipse 112 which is very bright or the Marshall 212 cabinet which is darker, which would match my celestion V 30 speaker on the Twin Reverb amp as well.
    I don’t want the brightness of the hiwatt into the eclipse cabinet overpowering the Twin Reverb celestion V 30 dark speaker but I prefer the eclipse over the Marshall cabinet what’s your thoughts on that please?
    Thank you bjorn.
    Rob h

    • Bjorn says:

      Tough question. The Hiwatt and Fane style speakers is a very good match but it is, as you point out, bright and it can be a challenge on some pedals and even to record. Since you already have a Celestion in your second cab I think I’d go with an equally darker cab for the Hiwatt as well. I’ve been using both V30s and G12Hs with my Reeves/Hiwatt for years and I’m very happy with that. You get the headroom and presence of a Hiwatt and the mid range and tight bottom of a Marshall.

      • Robert W Horton says:

        because the hiwatt T20 impedance is at 8 ohms and the Marshall cabinet also is at eight ohms but the Hi-Tone cabinet is at 16 ohms I was leaning towards the Marshall and also due to the brightness of the Hi-Tone I was also lean towards the Marshall and I’m very glad that you’re in that direction as well and appreciate your advice and input thank you very much

  54. Raj says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    First off, wonderful playing and a great site! Thanks for that!

    I would be super glad if you could please recommend me an amp that would suit my current setup. Some context- I only play in spare time and for myself. Having said that, my setup is-

    Strat (57 pickups) > Boss CS3 > BYOC Large Beaver > Decimator II (noise reduction) > TC Electronic Flashback 2 Delay > Roland Micro Cube.

    I bought the cube first and then the pedals over time. What would you recommend as a good replacement for the cube, with my current setup? I do not like the current sound at all (with the cube). I am looking to buy something that will be apt for my home office room (preferably a low watt amp).

    Thanks in advance.


    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on your budget but among the lower priced amps, I’d check out a Boss Katana or Roland Blues Cube. If you have a bit more to spend, then check out a Laney Cub or Lionheart. Keep in mind that size does matter. Most amps today, at least the smaller and medium sized ones have power scaling, which allow you to use them at home but I wouldn’t go with anything less than at least one 12″ speaker. You’ll get so much more tone with that and a much better platform for your pedals.

  55. Paul says:

    All good choices. Would also mention two non-valve choices: Roland Blues Cube Artist and Fender Tonemaster Deluxe Reverb.

    Basically, all the modelling firepower used to model a single amp. Former is modelled after a Bassman, latter after, well – a Deluxe Reverb…

    Both take pedals convincingly and sound pleasingly authentic. I own the former and gig it with a 13-piece horn band. The latter has only just come about, but has better DI facilities (choice of IR) and can defeat the speaker for a silent stage.

    Because of the convenience, reliability and tone of the BCA, the valve amps stay at home.

    PS props to the Katana100. My co-guitarist uses one and it’s frigging loud. The tone may not be as warm and pleasing in the room, but onstage in a dense mix it cuts through, which is what you want.

    • Andreas says:

      Im interested in buying the Roland blues cube stage. Would you say that’s a good option, with using Keeley dark side. Im also a little interested in the Blackstar HT-20, which one would you prefer?

  56. Thomas Alkhoury says:

    Hey Bjorn, I’m looking to get a good tube amp around 500$ CAD, second hand, and I’m trying to get a versatile amp, while still being able to mimic the gilmour tone with pedals. Will I still be able to mimic the tone with any clean tube amp. I am considering both the blackstar ht05 and the fender blues jr at the moment. Any comments or reccomendations? Thanks

  57. piazzi says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    please forgive my ignorance.

    Is Laney 20H cathode bias? does it need biasing job when power tubes are changed? or is just plug and play without needing to worry about the bias?

    I could not find the info in the user guide

  58. piazzi says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    any thoughts on or experience with Kemper you might share?

  59. Paul Arenas says:

    Hey Bjorn, there’s a Studio 10 series from Blackstar that’s been out for over a year now I guess. They’re 10 watts and they come in either 6L6, EL34 and KT88 tubes. Have you tried plugging into any of these amps?

    I’m on the fence between this or the Lionheart L5 for bedroom use. Saw a couple yt videos recommending sub 15w tube amps with a master volume like the blues jr for this application and the Blackstar Studio 10s do have this feature.

    I’m not sure if the Laney L5 has a master volume though but am I better off with the 10 watt amp with master volume vs a 5 watt amp that has none?

    • Bjorn says:

      The Blackstar amps sound great and they can handle pretty much any pedal. I do recommend the Laney though… since you ask me. A great sounding amp. Very versatile.

      • Paul Arenas says:

        Hey Bjorn! Tried some of the amps mentioned above today. The store didn’t have your beloved Laney L5 on the shelf unfortunately, so was able to compare the hiwatt and the cub12. Liked the cub and tried a couple more low watt blackstar amps in the other store including a 65 princeton ri with a reverb that didn’t work.

        The sales rep took another princeton amp out from the stock room, plugged a USA pro tele in and I was in tonal bliss! Went home with both as they gave me a sweet bargain with a free amp stand. I know it’s not the most Gilmourish amp on the list but today was just a pleasant surprise and I was pretty sure I was gonna get the Laney or a Blackstar amp yesterday after watching yt videos.

        Cheers Bjorn!

        • Bjorn says:

          Congrats! The Princeton is a classic and a great sounding amp! You should be able to set it up for some nice Gilmour clean tones and as a platform for your pedals.

  60. Alfredo Martinez says:

    Hi Bjorn, what about the new Laney Super-Cube Top amp, is there a significant difference from the original version …?
    As always my best wishes to you and thank you for your dedication, knowledge and talent.

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried them but the specs looks very similar to the older models. A few upgrades in design and features but I would imagine that they sound very similar. Great practice and bedroom amps.

  61. Ivan says:

    Thanks again Bjorn for this great article.

    I got the HIWATT T20 /10 HD with the matching HG 112 Speaker Cab last Thursday. This is my first ever tube amp and being a David Gilmour admirer it had to be a Hiwatt.

    My son has the Katana 100 (MK I) 1×12 and its great, but when he played on the Hiwatt he could notice the warmth in the tone.

    We connected a Compressor, Little Big Muff, E-Lady and BOSS ME-80 for the delays in this respective order, and I have to say the Comfortably Numb Solos didn’t sound bad at all.
    I am still getting used to this new addition and enjoying the journey so far.

  62. Phil B says:

    My 2 cents on the Fender Bassbreaker 15 Combo:
    I just got this last Friday because I wanted another amp with a different sound then my Hiwatt T20.
    So far it’s great! I would run it in the Mid Gain Stage slightly breaking up and then you can throw almost any pedal in front of it. It takes an OCD and the Green Russian Muff very well f.e. so it needs a bit of a mids hump to sound good overdriven or distorted IMO.
    It’s own OD is kinda great too taking it somewhere into almost Marshall-esque territory. It does get a little boxy and compressed on certain settings also with pedals, but it does not sound bad or something.

    I also have tested it together with my Hiwatt in Dual and Wet-Dry. Now that sounds cool! They complement each other quite nicely. Comparing the Bassbreaker to the Hiwatt the Hiwatt is still better sounding IMO, more open with more Headroom, but that is a matter of taste I suppose.

    Anyway if you’re looking to get the Bassbreaker for Gilmourish tones I would definitely recommend it!

  63. jesuscoll says:

    I play my strat through a moded tweed BluesJr (Fromel). Had to change Power Transformer (as I broke it for my fault) I think is a Hammond from TAD. Stock Jensen speaker. VERY, VERY Happy with the clean sound of the amp !!!

    On some occasion I tasted playing in stereo along another crap amp I have and it is an other dimension, specially with the stereo output from TC Flashback.

    I’m considering building myself another amp and for crazy it may seem, I’m thinking on a 5E3 Tweed Deluxe. I know it is not a clean amp, I already have an EL84 clean amp (BJr) but I think they both could complement each other and give a fuller, richer sound.

    Am I crazy ? Which amp could you recomend for playing in stereo along BLues Jr. ?

  64. Bjorn,
    I just bought a Laney L5T-112 based on your recommendation (FANTASTIC so far!).

    Looking through your answers to other readers asking about what settings you use you’ve been very consistent with one significant change: prior to 2019 you said your preferred settings used the Drive channel but in 2019 you left a comment saying your current settings used the clean channel.

    Why did you change? All of the other settings are pretty consistent – what do you like now about the Clean channel?

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve had the amp for some years now and I constantly swap pedals and guitars so I guess I change the amp settings to match that. My current pedal platform is the clean channel, bright mode, bass and mids at 3:00, treble 8:30 and the tone around 11:00. I like a hint of break up, so the bass and mids that high will drive the amp together with a fairly high volume.

      • Thanks for the clarification Bjorn! I also just got on the TD-X bandwagon as of yesterday… HOLY MOLY that pedal sounds great through the Laney! I think it has replaced my Barber Direct Drive on my board as the TD-X covers much of the same ground for me, but with more presence and guts. I do find that the dirty channel on the Laney covers much of that ground as well.

        Do you ever use the drive channel on your Lionheart as full-up drive, or just as edge of breakup / pedal platform?

        In general the addition of the drive channel on the Laney and the TD-X seem to have left me with many pedals that all cover similar but slightly different ground. The TD-X, the Direct Drive, the Tree of Life and the Gain Changer SR each differ to some degree but do cover much of the same ground. I even find that I like elements of the TD-X, GC and ToL for bluesy edge of breakup tones as well!

        Hard decisions ahead I guess!

        One final observation: the ToL seems to stack VERY nicely into the TD-X to add just a bit more edge to it while maintaining most of the roundness of the TD-X’s base tone. It comes out as a very nice and very quiet happy medium between the two pedals!

        Thanks for all your help!

        • Bjorn says:

          On stage I always use the amp clean with pedals but I often record using the gain channel for dirt. Just plugging the guitar straight into it. It can do a pretty convicing JTM style distortion, that I use a lot.
          I think the TDX and Tree of Life compliments each other perfectly. I mainly use the TDX for overdrive and the ToL for distortion.

          • I noticed in many of your videos that you have the Level control on the TD-X MUCH higher than I set mine. Mine is at unity around 10 o’clock or so.

            At first I assumed that you had it so high so that you can push your amp (overdrove after all, right?) but I kind of don’t understand that when you’re using the clean channel on the Laney…

            Any chance you could clarify for me?

            If I turn my Level knob up that high into the clean channel on my L5T it is MUCH louder than I want to comfortably play at in my house. Are you just playing loud when you record those videos or am I missing / misunderstanding something?

            Still adjusting to the whole “tube amp” thing and not having a master volume like my old solid state amp did, so any wisdom you can pass along is appreciated very much! Thanks!

            • Bjorn says:

              It’s a matter of taste. Overdrive, distortions, booster, fuzz… all gain pedals respond to how you set them up and the tone, both in the pedal and your amp, change accordingly. When I record, I usually have the pedals set to about unity. To me that makes it easier to record and the pedals often sound more natural, with all the little nuances and harmonics shining through. Live I like a more compressed and boosted tone. I run all my amps at the very edge of breakup, which means that they’re clean but when you dig in really hard on the strings, you get a slight compression coming from the tubes. By having the volume set high on the pedals, I’m boosting the amp further, which makes the tone smoother, with more tube and speaker compression and mid range. Again, it’s just a matter of taste.

          • Walter H. says:

            Bjorn, great to see your doing the best helping us build The Tone!
            To go along with the previous posts. With your help I’ve built a Fun board. My Laney Cub with JJ tubes is run Clean+.After my Compressor I have a Svisound Overzoid+, Buffalo FX PowerBooster, Vick Audio TOL..I use the Overzoid as my Fuzz & the TOL for distortion with the PowerBooster as my OD or additional clean Boost.
            Then several ambient FX to follow with a Svsound Echozoid & MXR Phase 95 in the effects loop!
            I just added two Source Audio pedals and now have Stereo capabilities.
            I can’t thank you enough every time I light everything up and begin to play my set up. I use a program called RiffstationPlus and I can play along with any of my Pink Floyd Albums…
            Thanks again.
            Stay Safe, Stay Well. ?
            Walter H.

    • Although I’m one-tenth the player Bjorn is, with one-one-hundreth the knowledge, I can say that my Laney Lionheart (20w combo) sounds great on either channel at lower volumes. But the drive channel — if you’re trying to keep it clean — doesn’t retain its quality as the amp gets louder. The clean channel, however, does, at least for me. So playing at home in my bedroom it doesn’t really matter which channel I use. But for gigs, it’s always the clean channel. And I use basically the same settings as Bjorn! (Bjorn, by the way, I LOVE my Laney so much… best amp I’ve ever owned. I have you to thank for it.)

  65. ratanfreebird says:

    Hi Bjorn, heard lots of good review for Boss Katana amp. Can you suggest (or some reference) some settings to get some Gilmour sound to get? amy recommendation/chanel to use/guideline will really help.

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t have any presents to share. The Katana is a great sounding amp, with lots of built in Boss effects so you can’t really go wrong. Great platform for your pedals too.

    • piazzi says:


      I know you asked Bjorn, and I assure you that I am a much inferior player than him

      but I have had a Katana 100 MKII for quite sometime and I also have a Laney 20 MH

      my experience with Katana is that it is a really good amp, especially if I use the on board effects. Using external drives with it has been a hit and miss for me, some of my drives jive with it very well, and some don’t

      two drive I have that work well with it are MI Audio Cross Over drive and Wampler Tumnus Deluxe

      I have not been able to get a decent fuzz sound out of it with any of my fuzz or muff pedals.

      as a second amp, practice amp, or something to take to jam session for anything from country to blues and Jazz and Rock it’s very adequate. There is software that can give you control over frequencies, or you can find patches done by others and load them into the amp. I have not played with any of those. What the amp does if good enough for a variety of genre

      The amp has a very acoustic setting which I have been using with my acoustic a lot.

      the amp’s power amp can be used on its own, and it’s been fun running pre amp or amp in a box pedals in it for fun

      compared to my Laney 20H? it loses hands down. Not responsive, not as versatile, and not as good with pedals.

      It was good enough for me to sell my Bugera V22, but not good enough to replace my Laney

      there are tons of people playing it over you tube with their suggested settings
      Checkout Dave Simpson

      and and Justinguitar

      there are a lot more

      It’s a good amp. but, for, it;s in the same class as Laney.

      Hope this was useful

  66. Nikolaj Mathiesen says:

    Hi Bjorn. Have you tried pedals through a Brunetti Singleman? im on the fence between the Brunetti or a Lionheart. Thank you for all your hard work!

    • Bjorn says:

      Two very different sounding amps I think. The Singleman is a take on the classic Fender, with a bright and fairly scooped tone. Not a lot of compression and mid range going on. Great for those pristine clean tones. The Lionheart is unmistakably British. Kind of a mix between an AC30 and JTM/Plexi Marshall. Personally I prefer the Lionheart but again, two very different amps serving different purposes.

  67. Robert W Horton says:

    Hello bjorn,
    I currently own a 65 fender twin bf run with half power into a cellestion v30 12 speaker. Is there a difference between the twin head and the Bassman head? I heard theyre the same. Only difference is the Jensen speakers and tubes. I want to make my twin sound like Davids bassmen. Is that possible? Thanks. Rob h.

    • Bjorn says:

      To be honest, I have no idea if the same amp. I haven’t studied the specs. Perhaps they are and the difference is, as you say, the speakers and tubes. My experience though is that a Twin has a very bright and open tone. Tons of headroom and very little compression and mid range. The Bassman head is considerably darker, with more compression and it seems to be better with fuzz and vintage style pedals. I used both for years and definitely liked the Bassman head better. Great amp! As you know, the Bassman combo is a very different amp.

      • Robert W Horton says:

        Exactly what you’ve explained I’ve read before as well so I as confused. Now makes more sense. Thank you. I purchased my twin on an impulse buy instead of researching first. Now trying to make my twin sound like what is not. The v-30 helped a lot. Thanks bjorn. love your help.

  68. BryanG says:

    Hi Bjorn! Your site has been a huge help in my Gilmour chase and also my guitar journey in general. Was hoping you could help me out with choosing an amp to purchase.

    As of right now I have a Fender Strat with SSL-5 at the bridge and CS69 middle and neck.

    Pedals are Keeley Super Phat Mod BD2 and JHS Muffuletta.

    I’ll mostly be playing at home volumes but would love something I could also gig with.

    My budget is around $1K.

    I have my eye on a 68 Custom Vibrolux but I’m not sure that would be best for Gilmour tones, after re-reading this article, perhaps something like a Peavy would be best as it has a more Hiwatt quality? Would appreciate your guidance here. Im sure you’ve answered this question a million times but with over 2k comments here, it seems a bit daunting…

    Thank you so much for your time!

    • Bjorn says:

      The Vibrolux is a great amp for sure but perhaps not typical for David’s tones. Your pedals will definitely work with the amp but it won’t sound like a Hiwatt or classic Marshall, with that smooth mid range. The Peavey Classic is one of my favourite amps. Great classic tone, very versatile and it can handle just about any pedal you place in front of it.

  69. JMurad says:

    Hi Bjorn – have you heard of or do you have any experience with the new Hylight brand amps? Looks like they are a reboot of the original Hiwatt line offering some reissues of the Classic Hiwatt models. I’m curious if you know anything about them and what you think about their line up. Thx!

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve only played Reeves and Hi-Tone so I can’t tell about these.

      • JMurad says:

        They look like a new, smaller outfit but they were at Winter NAMM and they were featured in Premier Guitar in February so I’m sure they start to make waves at some point. I have been considering one of their 50w models, and they look great, but they’re a little pricey, especially with shipping to the US, so I think I am leaning toward a Hi-Tone now.

        I suggested to Hylight that they send you one to test so with any luck you’ll have a chance to try one out ?.

      • Kim Foster says:

        Hi Bjorn, What do you think of the Hi-Tone’s?
        I’m looking at the “Custom Lowatt”, the Reeves 12 and the Hiwatt “Little Rig”. I’m close to pulling the trigger on the Hi-Tone, as the Hiwatt is a lot more expensive, like $500US more!!!
        The Reeves seems to be a more gain oriented unit. I was just interested in your thoughts.
        This website is fantastic and a constant point of reference whenever I need some information, so thank you Bjorn.

        • Bjorn says:

          Thanks for you kind words Kim! I have commented on the HiTone amps several times. In short – they’re probably as close as you’ll get to the original early 70s Hiwatts. I’m playing a Reeves Custom 50 myself and couldn’t be happier with it. It’s a true replicate of the original as well. Reeves also has some models that are more in line with early Marshall but the Custom amps are, as the name implies, Hiwatts.

  70. Colton says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’ve been looking at the Peavey Classic 20 mini head, mainly because it has the convenient recording outputs and will be more flexible than the Classic 30. However, that’s leaving me stumped in terms of a cab. The cab options that Peavey have for it are a 1×12 (Celestion Vintage 30) and a 2×12 (Vintage 30 & G12T-75). While my preference is generally for a 2×12, I’m a bit unsure of the G12T-75… while I imagine that they’re trying to create a more balanced sound in combination with the Vintage 30, I just don’t know how that would translate in terms of some of the Gilmour tone ideals, especially as it relates to muff/overdrive. Any thoughts on cab/speaker recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks again for this wonderful website and all you do… as a drummer who picked up guitar as a second instrument, I learned a ton from you through this site, as well as That Pedal Show and JHS’s content. Thanks again,

    Colton :)

    • Bjorn says:

      I think the speakers will compliment each other perfectly and although the V30 can sound a bit dark and narrow on its own, the G12T has a bit more open character, with more sparkle in the upper mid range, which will suit your Gilmour tones nicely too.

      • Chad from Dallas says:

        I have a Hi-Tone DG 50 and a Peavey Classic 20 with the 112 v30 cab. I can come very close with my Gilmour tones on the Classic 20, to my Hi-tone. Not to mention the 20 is fantastic for practice with my band. I have had a peavey classic 50 410 combo and Head with 212 combo. I like the 20 with vintage 30 much better. I am not sure if it is the v30, but regardless, you will be able to get great Gilmour tones with the 20 at bedroom or much louder volumes. It is a great all around amp. One of my favorite I have ever owned.

  71. Kaloyan Tonchev says:

    Hi Bjorn, great site and great work. What’s your opinion about Egnater Tweaker 15 Head? Is it good for Gilmourish kind of sounding? Thanks in advance. Regards

  72. Francisco Villalobos says:

    Hi there Bjorn, congratulations, great website, I check it very often. I was wondering if you can give me a clue for beginning setting my amp for Gilmour tones, I have a Peavy Classic 50, I do not know if it is better to use the normal channel or the bright channel. I use a black strat replica. Can you recommend a basic setting for this amp to start with? Greetings from Costa Rica.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words! Best way to start is by plugging the guitar straight into the amp and get a sense of how the guitar and amp interact. If you intend to use pedals, then set the amp up for a good powerful clean tone and then add the pedals and match these to the amp. See this (old) feature for some setup tips. You’ll also find some pictures of my old Classic 30 that should give you a start. You might want to tweak these to your taste.

  73. Michael Nagher says:

    Hello Bjorn, any experience with the Reeves CUSTOM 30 1X12 Combo ? There are a few for sale and wanted to know how they are in regard to Gilmore tones.

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried it myself but based on the reviews I’ve seen and heard, it’s more of a mix between a classic Hiwatt and the early Marshall JTM/Plexi amps. It’s got the Hiwatt headroom and presence, but a bit of that mid range and grit from the early Marhsalls. In that sense it’s probably a more versatile amp too than the typical Howatt Custom.

  74. Walter H. says:

    Hello Bjorn, here’s hoping you and yours are all safe and well…I for one have spent some More time then usual Playing and learning more during the recent stay at home orders. I and I’m sure Many Thank You for all your knowledge and the time you spend answering our questions and your honest opinions and help.
    Based n your recommendations I bought and love my Laney Cub12R combo. It delivers quite the tone and it seems to love my pedals too. In your tone guide you show a picture of the Cub controls for a clean and dirty settings that work very nicely as a staring point. On Your pictures Of the Cub: Are those @ 15 watt or .75 watt input or does it matter? Also did you replace the tubes in your Cub? I replaced the three 12AX7 Pre-Amp tubes with JJ Tubes and have a 5751 gold tip in the V-1. I alternate the V-1 between a 12AX7 JJ and the 5751 JJ depends on my mood for more or less gain or earlier break up. As far as The EL84 power tubes Did you replace them and if so, did you Re-Bias the amp?
    I bought two JJ Power tubes but Eurotubes (where I bought the tubes) says I have to Re-Bias the amp and Laney says it’s not really necessary. What did or would you do with the power tubes? Would you replace them with or without biasing the amp?
    I don’t have any equipment to Bias any amp…
    Please let me know your opinion I value it…
    Thanks for all You Do for All of Us…
    Walter H.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words Walter!
      It’s some years since I had my Cub. I traded it for some pedals. I did replace all the stock tubes with same value JJ goldpins. The settings are based on the un-tapped setting but they will apply to the tapped setting as well. You might want to increase the bass and mids a tad on the tapped/scaled down mode but that also depends on your pickups and pedals. I did not rebias the amp. I don’t think you’re meant to but be sure to have match pairs of tubes.

      • Walter H. says:

        Bjorn, thanks for the reply and information. ?
        I hope you got some good pedals for the Cub. I did buy a Matched set of JJ EL84 power tubes to use like you recommended. Do you also recommend using Gold Tip tubes over the standard tip tubes? What do you think the Gold Tips do over the standard for tone or break up?
        Stay Safe Stay Well…
        Walter H.

        • Bjorn says:

          I used goldtips beacuse that’s what I’ve always been using and on my bigger amps, I do think it matters. Not so much on a smaller amp at bedroom levels.

  75. Earl says:


    Really enjoy your videos and website. I’m guessing you have no experience with the REVV D20. It seems like a very versatile amp (like the Laney Lionheart L-5). If you have any thoughts on whether it would be good for Gilmour tones, please let me know. Thanks!

  76. Juergen says:

    Hi Bjoern,
    I recently came across the Hiwatt HLR20/0.5 which seems to be build by the Custom Shop in the UK. However, I cannot find any review or info on it apart from the Hiwatt web page which says it is based on the DR103. The possibility to switch between 20 and 0.5 Watt would suit me perfectly but would it bring any signifacant advantage compared to the T20/40 with regards to tone and quality?
    Thanks in advance, Juergen

    • Bjorn says:

      I think this is the rebranded Little D they released a couple of years ago, claiming to be a copy of David Gilmour’s old Hiwatts. I might be mistaken. In any case, I’m sure this is a great alternative to the bigger DR103.

  77. piazzi says:

    Hi Bjorn

    do you have any experience with Laney Ironheart?

  78. Tim says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I recently acquired a Yamaha RA-100 (around christmas last year) and a Alembic F-2B (just bought, can’t wait to try it out!!!) and was wondering how David might have had these setup. Do think he had the Alembic running straight into the Yamaha with no modifications to it or bypassing the Yamaha pre-amp? Or do you think he had the Yamaha pre-amp modified/bypassed somehow so the Alembic ran straight into the power amp of the Yamaha (not sure how he could do that but Pete Cornish was a lot smarter than me so who knows)? I know he bypassed the pre-amps on the HiWatts and used the F-2B occasionally into the HiWatts but am not sure about how he might have run the Alembic with the Yamahas. Any other tips and tricks I should know to get these two setup right?

    Thanks, Love your website and I watch all your YouTube videos (long time subscriber) hope you are well during the coronavirus nightmare

    • Bjorn says:

      I’m not an expert on either of these as I’ve never owned them. David used the Alembic in different ways over the years and it’s modified. Read more about the Yamaha here and the Alembic here. I’m sure other Gilmourish readers can provide more information.

  79. Sam Nobbs says:

    Hi I was Wondering if the no uk made hiwatts are any good for the gilmour tone. i really want a hiwatt but cant afford the uk made stuff

    Cheers Sam

  80. Michael Nagher says:

    Bjorn, thanks for all of your work in keeping us Gilmour fans up to date. If you could only have one amp, preferably a home amp, what would it be ?

    • Bjorn says:

      My Laney Lionheart. It’s an incredibly versatile amp, with lovely cleans, a really vintage sounding gain channel and it can take pretty much any pedal you place in front of it.

  81. Nick says:

    Just wanted to drop a line recommending you check out the Mesa Fillmore series, based on tweed architecture so it’s got a very pedal friendly clean reminiscent of a 50’s fender amp or Marshall JTM, the gain channel is also a great mix of Mesa Mark 1 and 2 with a little JCM800 spiced into the mix.

  82. Paul says:

    Thinking of choosing one among Hiwatt T5 mkiii (or T20/10), Reeves custom 12PS or Laney Cub12 for bedroom practice … looking for best Hiwatt tone at low volumes. Any suggestions?

    • Bjorn says:

      Both the Reeves and Hiwatt T5 are overall better amps, both tonewise and build, compared to the Laney. Especially the Reeves. The Reeves is perhaps a bit closer to an early Marshall though but it can definitely deliver some nice clean tones for your pedals. You might also wanto check out the Laney Lionheart amps.

      • Jim M says:

        Hi again Bjorn!

        I was considering a Laney Cub 12 but might be shifting gears based on your comments above, and looking instead at a Hiwatt T40/20 MkIII. You mentioned that the Tube Series is better than the Hi-Gain and MaxWatt series; looking at the Hiwatt website has me a little confused because it does say that the T40/20 is part of the Tube Series, but on the back of the amp it says MaxWatt. Would you prefer the T40/20 over the Cub 12 for more authentic DG tones?

        Would there be much difference between the Hiwatt Hi-Gain 212 cab with Fane FHG12-150 speakers (this appears to be all I can get in the States) compared to a 212 with V30s?

        Thanks for all the awesome info on this site and YouTube!!

        • Bjorn says:

          I think Hiwatt T amps are great for David’s tones. I don’t know how they market them these days but they are not the same amps as the MaxWatt or Hi-Gains.

  83. Rodrigo Godoy says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I would like to thank you for this website, I always come back here to learn about the gilmour tone.

    I just sold my Blues Jr. and will order a Lionheart L20 head. Have a speaker most recomended for this head aiming Gilmour tones?

    Thank you!

    • Bjorn says:

      I think they offer the matching cab with a V30 and a G12H. It’s a nice setup for the amp and it sounds great for most of David’s tones. You could replace these with something bigger and brighter, but the amp is more a mix between an AC30 and Marshall JTm than a Hiwatt, so I definitely recommend the Celestions.

  84. Matt says:

    Hi Bjorn! Such a great site you have here, thank you for all the work you’ve put into it.

    Another amp your readers may want to consider: the Trinity Triwatt. It’s essentially a replica of the classic Hiwatt preamp, but with a more modest output stage (user choice of 6V6, KT66, or EL34 tubes, for approximately 22, 33 , or 50 watts of output power). You can buy the amps in head or combo format, as either complete amps or as a DIY kit. I built my own from the kit (as I enjoy that kind of thing), into a 1×12 combo cab Trinity built for me.

    I can’t speak to how authentic the tones are, as I don’t have anything to compare to. But my experience is consistent with a lot of the general comments I’ve read about Hiwatt amps: very “punchy”/immediate tone, super sensitive to pick dynamics, very usable tone controls, massive clean headroom, great pedal platform. I run mine with 6V6 tubes for the lower power setting. Still very loud for bedroom levels, but easy to get a edge-of-breakup tone in band practice.

    No affiliation, other than satisfied customer!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words and recommendation!

    • Kevin says:

      Hey Bjorn
      Thanks a lot for your help, please, i need your advice,
      What would be your best choice to gent a gilmour pulse sound between :( only head)
      – laney l5 studio
      – hugue and k… tubemaster Deluxe 20
      – Fender super champ x2

      With boss cs2 / dynacomp / russian muff / buffalo tdx / strymon reverb / proco rat

      Was looking for shine on / confortably Numb / sorrow tones

      Thanks a lot

      • Bjorn says:

        Since you ask me, I’d go for the Laney.

        • Kévin says:

          I saw your video and you used the tubemeister right ?
          If you have the time, why would you choose the laney please ?
          (I’ve tried to find some video with gilmour tone, but havnt found so much)

          That’s not easy to find a good one without trying it… also, if we had the Bassbreaker 15 head in the choice?

          I didnt mentionned, but i have EMG DG20 pickup

          Thanks you a lot

          • Bjorn says:

            I have several different amps but I mainly use a Reeves Custom 50, which is a clone of the early 70s Hiwatt and a Laney Lionheart L20 with cab. The Tubemeister is a great amp but the Lionheart is one of the most versatile amps I’ve played. It’s definitely classic British but if you like that you have a versatile amp and a great pedal platform. Check out my YouTube channel and you’ll see me using the amp on several vids.

            • KÉVIN YIGITOGLU says:

              Thanks a lot for both comment, I’ve found a dealer here to buy HIWATT T20/10, I really hesitate between l5 studio and this one, but i think i prefer the HIWATT

        • Kévin yigitoglu says:

          Thanks a lot bjorn, also, what do you think if y a the bass breaker (only the head) I have the DG20 EMG
          Thanks a lot

    • Gertjan Vosters says:

      Nice one Matt! I second this. Another happy scustomer here.

  85. Todd R says:

    Hey Bjorn, thanks for all the knowledge, it helps us all. So I am thinking of getting a Marshall dsl5 amp. I play Hendrix, Zeppelin, etc….as well as Gilmour. Do you think I can get a good Gilmour tone with this amp? I run all the pedals as well.

    Thanks much Sir,

    • Bjorn says:

      You can get some decent clean tones with it and use it as a platform for pedals but to be honest its much more fitting for Hendrix and Zeppelin than Gilmour. Keep the mids high and the treble low should be a good start.

  86. Patrick says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    do you know the difference between the old Hiwatt T20 HD and the new T20/10 MK III Models? Why are these Tube Series Amps hardly anywhere available? Is the OD channel usable as a standalone drive without pedals?

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the new range so I can’t really tell but based on the specs they seem pretty similar to the old ones.

    • Phil B says:

      I have an old T20 HD (about two years old) which I got from Hiwatt in the UK directly shipped to me and yeah as Bjorn said the specs are the same essentially so I assume they sound very similar.
      The OD channel is not great in my opinion … maybe I have to fiddle with the controls again to make it sound better but it’s very muddy and dark IMO.

  87. Doug says:


    I have enjoyed this page for many years now, so firstly allow me to say thank you for creating this wealth of a resource. My question is, after having looked through the majority of this thread, do you have any experience or any opinion on the Mesa Boogie Express 5:50? It’s between that or a Lionheart and was just curious as to your thoughts?

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words! I don’t have much experience with Mesa other than the Rectifiers but while the Lionheart is typically British, like a mix between an AC30 and Plexi, the 5:00, like many Mesa models, is more American and closer to a Fender. More pristine cleans and more headroom I guess but it can handle most pedals too.

  88. Soma Pigniczki says:

    Hi! What do you think
    getting a Hiwatt HiGain 50 head with cabinet
    getting a Fender Bassbreaker head and cab

    Wich would work better with big muff? and what do you think about these amps? (about versatility and clean channel) wich one is closer to recreate Gilmour(ish) sounds?

    • Bjorn says:

      Personally I don’t like the HiGain amps. They doesn’t sound like the old Hiwatts to me so if that’s what you’re looking for then check out the T series instead. Between the two you’re mentioning I’d go for the Bassbreaker but do also check out the Laney Lionheart. Amazingly versatile.

  89. Alberto says:

    which speakers do you recommend for gilmour tones? I have a Laney Cub 12 combo

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on the amp but the Cub sounds really nice with Celestions. Try V30s or G12Ms.

      • Jim M says:

        Hi Bjorn – this may be a bit of a redundant question then, but it sounds like my Mesa 212 cab loaded with V30s would pair pretty well with the Cub 15w head? Or do you think it would go better with the Laney 212 Cub cab? As always, thanks for your input and everything you do for this site!

  90. Kim Foster says:

    Hi Bjorn, any chance you can review the new Fender Tone Master amps, I realise they are not great Gilmour amps but I’m intrigued to hear your view on them. A lot of people on here may like to have a Fender style amp as well as their Gilmour style amp. I’ve always wanted a Twin but they are just too powerful, one that you can switch to 1 watt sounds pretty cool.
    Thanks, Kim.

  91. Christopher Reeves says:

    Great stuff! I was wondering your thoughts on the Laney LA 3BL. And more specifically can it get me to gilmour tones? You have been so helpful!!

    • Bjorn says:

      It has a really nice clean tone and it can handle pretty much any pedal. Perhaps not as much headroom as a Hiwatt but still. Tonewise it’s definitely vintage 70s. Something between a Hiwatt and Plexi I guess.

  92. Josh says:

    Hi Bjorn, I found this site years ago. I find this site to be very informative. It truly is amazing. I just wanted to let you and the gilmourish community know that I recently went on and found what seems to be another brand of amps reproducing the old Dave Reeves era Hiwatt amps. They call themselves Hylight. Check them out.

  93. Jim M says:

    Hi Bjorn – learning so much from this site, thanks!!

    Do you have any experience with Hi-Tone amps? I’m considering a Hi-Tone 50, DG model, but also looking at a Hiwatt SA212 or possibly a Hiwatt T20/40. Just wondering if you’ve had a chance to play through a Hi-Tone and what your preference would be among those three amps I mentioned. Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Very briefly but enough to tell that they’re great amps and probably as close as you can get to the classic Hiwatts.

      • Jim M says:

        Thanks for the quick response Bjorn! Do you feel then that a Hi-Tone would be a better overall option than the Hiwatt T20/40?

        • Lee Hurst says:

          Hi Björn. Appreciation for your time and knowledge helping us Floydophiles!
          2 questions. I’m looking at buying the Hiwatt 20w/.05w Little D amp head. It doesn’t come with the matching WEM Starfinder cabinet? I am looking at the Hi-Tone Eclipse cabinets to mate to it. Would the 1×12 or the 2×12 fit the bill? I have a music studio so I don’t have to worry about volume levels but play over backing tracks through monitors that only go so loud.
          I also have a Yamaha RA 200 : ) Could I not just run the Hiwatt Little D into the Yamaha utilizing the bottom 4×12’s? Thanks in advance. Outstanding site!

          • Bjorn says:

            Thanks for your kind words! I don’t have any experince with the RA200 so I can’t really tell but it depends on how those speakers go with the amp I guess. Personally I prefer at least 2×12″ for the headroom but in a studio setup you really don’t need more than a 1×12″.

  94. Frank says:

    Hi Björn, have my hands on a hiwatt cab loaded with hiwatt fanes 122242 speakers. I have no experience. Are they very different to the crescendos?
    Useful for Davids Tone?

  95. Frank says:

    Hi Bjorn, David is well known for his wem cabs. But he also uses a jcm 800 cab. Is it fitted with G12T or G12M Celestions?
    Thanks for all the informations.

    • Bjorn says:

      The Marshall cabs had G12Ms but he also used G12Ts in his WEMs at one point so the Marshalls could have been modified with the G12Ts. I’m not sure.

  96. Massimo Di Lorenzo says:

    Hi Bjorn and everyone! I’ve tryed different amps in the nearest shop and found that I prefer HiWatt T40’s sound. I’ve tryed T10 but beside its big brother it sounded like a toy. There where no T20 to try; I need just one amp for my home and for live concerts (little clubs) but I fear to find a too big difference in sound deep between T20 and T40 having tried T10. What do you think about? Any suggestion?

    • Bjorn says:

      The T40 will sure sound bigger and perhaps fit gigging better but there isn’t much difference between the T20 and T40. The T10 has a 10″ speaker, which makes all the difference. It’s more of a practice amp.

      • Massimo Di Lorenzo says:

        thank you! I’m wondering another thing: I use just the clean channel and send the signal from the guitar, through the pedalboard to the line in of the amp. I have two old fuzz, an NKT275 and a BC109 so I need a very clean sound from the amp, as the Hiwatt has, but turning up the volume, which is the difference in mainteining a clean sound between a T20 and a T40?

        • Massimo Di Lorenzo says:

          More: I’m speaking about the combo version, hope it’s the same level as the head

        • Bjorn says:

          Both have lots of headroom. It depends on how you’ll be using the amp. A 20w will be more than enough for home, studio and smaller venues but you might want the 40w if you entend to play loud and bigger venues. I think they all have power scaling though (need to check that) so you can just scale them down at home or in a studio.

  97. FABRIZIO says:

    Good day Bjorn,
    2 questions:
    what do you think about the new sound city master lead 50 for a Gilmour sound?
    Also what do you think about the kemper?
    Thank you in advance

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the new Sound City amps so I can’t tell. If they’re like the old ones, then they should do the job nicely but again, I have no idea. Kemper is fascinating but not for me.

  98. Ifzal Mahmood says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Laney l5t-112 (combo) vs bassbreaker 15 (combo or stack) ?

    Which should I get for Gary Moore /Gilmour tones? Both examples are £300 used.

    Which one would future proof me as far as pedals/resale etc. I’m not even sure what questions I should ask myself to decide. They’re both great, please help?

  99. Ram says:

    Hey Bjorn! Thanks for sharing such great deal of knowledge.
    So you’re mentioned the Marshall amps couple of times without ever giving example to one certain type. So i was wondering is the new DSL40 any good for that matter. Can it compete for the Gilmourish tone?

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on what pedals you use with it. I have a JCM800 Silver Jubilee at home and the clean channel works great for Gilmour stuff and pedals. The DSL is slightly more modern sounding and perhaps a bit brighter but with the right settings it should do the job.

  100. Rodrigo Cavallari says:

    Hello, Bjorn!

    Such a great site. Congrats and thank you for all information round here.

    My question is about the Hiwatt SA50 212 Combo. Is this amp a good option for Gilmour tones?

    Best regards!

  101. Nick L says:

    Hey Bjorn, just wanted to say I’m glad to see you playing V30 speakers in so many of your videos. If you read the forums you’d think they were the most hated speakers with people ranting about how they sound harsh and spiky, but to me they sound dark, thick, chewy smooth and sit perfectly in the live mix. You are well respected for having a great ear for tone so it’s nice to see you using such a popular but much maligned speaker.

  102. Marek BILEK says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I have a question about the amps I am looking for a good pedal platform I already own the katana 50 it’s not bad but it really missing the quality of sound.i am thinking now about the hiwatt t20 head what do you think about that or what amp you will recommend for bedroom playing. pedal effects I am using are buffalo tdx, buffalo Rams Head and then the modulation effects.thanks a lot for the answer and general for all the work you do for us.

    • Bjorn says:

      I’m really impressed by the Katana but it’s not a tube amp and it wont’ react to pedals like a tube amp. The t20 is a great alternative to a bigger Hiwatt so you can’t really go wrong there. I also strongly recommend the Laney Lionheart series and especially the Studio L5 for bedrooms. A slightly different amp than a Hiwatt but very versatile and a great pedal platform.

  103. Michael Nagher says:

    Just got a Laney L5 Studio. I am struggling with getting it to sound as good as my Blues Jr for Gilmour tones. I know they two different amps. Any suggestions on settings. My Blues Jr seems to take the pedals better also. I was really excited to get the Laney but not so excited at the moment.

    • Bjorn says:

      What sort of guitar and pickups do you have? Pedals?

      • Michael Nagher says:

        Fender Strat. Custom Shop Fat 50, 69 and SSL 5 pickups. Boss Tuner, Crybaby Wah, Iron Fist comp, Bonsai Tube Screamer, Wampler Plexi Drive, Muffuletta, Phase 90, Boss EQ, Retro Sonic Flanger, Boss Waza Chorus and TC Nova Delay. Amps I have a Blues Jr IV and Lionheart L5 Studio both with JJ Tubes

        • Bjorn says:

          Sorry for the late reply Michael. The Lionheart is a very different sounding amp than the Blues Jr so you need to set it up differently and tweak your pedals to match. I’d start with just plugging the guitar straight into the amp and create some good platform tones from there. The clean channel is close to a Vox AC30 but the EQ stack allows you to tweak it much more. Try setting the input volume/gain as loud as possible before the amp breaks up, bass 3:00, mids 3:00, treble 9:00, tone 11:00. Hear how that sounds and add your pedals on top of that. Hope that helps.

          • Michael Nagher says:

            Thanks for the reply. I will try your suggested settings. I’m using both the Lionheart and blues jr in stereo and live most of the tones I get from the setup. Seems that once in a while with I add the Muffuletta to the tone is gets a little out of phase sounding for some reason. Working on getting that sorted. Thanks again I appreciate you time and expertise

  104. Dakota Barker says:

    Hello Bjorn! I have a Box AC15C1 and I was wondering if you had any tips on getting anywhere near David Gilmour’s tone with this style of amp, even though it is quite different than the Hiwatt amps that he uses. The guitar I’m using is a MIM Stratocaster and the pedals I have are Boss BD-2, EHX Nano Big Muff Pi, Vox V845 Wah Wah and a Donner Yellow Fall delay. Thank you!

  105. marcelo says:

    Hi Bjorn, your site is amazing !! Thanks for the help.. For bedroom, which amplifier do you recommend? Hiwatt T10 5W or VOX Custom Series AC10C1 10W valvular ?
    I have a Strat with Cs69 (Neck & Middle) SSL5 (Bridge)
    Thank you

  106. Michael Nagher says:

    Bought a used, mint, Laney LT5 Studio. Previous owner changed the tubes to Tung-Sol tubes but sent the original, unused, tubes with the amp. Should I keep what is in the amp, put the originals back in the amp or buy other tubes ? What tubes do you use in your Laney’s ?

  107. RyanBo says:

    Hi Bjorn! I’m about to pull the trigger on the laney L20T-112, have you had any experience with this model?
    Thank you.

  108. Jacob Reza says:

    Hey Björn I love the site so much! I just picked up a Vox AC30 and was wondering if you have any tips to get anywhere close to Gilmour? Thank you for all the great information .

  109. Michael Nagher says:

    Bought a Bassbreaker 15, hum is terrible, especially at the Medium and High Gain structure settings and it just doesn’t seem to take pedals as well as my Blues Jr does. Thinking about getting the Lionheart L5 Studio instead. Is the Lionheart a fairly low noise noise amp and will it take pedals as well as the Blues Jr. does.
    Thanks, MGN

  110. Ryan says:

    I’m thinking about gettin either a Laney L20t combo or a Peavey classic 30.
    Which would you suggest?

    Thank you for everything you do!

    • Bjorn says:

      They’re somewhat similar sounding and both amps can handle pedals very well so it’s hard to pick one. I’ve been using both for years but I guess I prefer the Lionheart.

  111. Marco says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I would be almost convinced to buy a hiwatt t20. The problem is that in Italy they are not available and the stores I contacted don’t even know who the Italian distributor is. I wrote to Hiwatt to find out who their Italian distributor was, they replied after a month and they didn’t give me the information. They just told me they have a shop on, but on they only have expensive amps. So, in order not to think too much about the Hiwatt, I ask you: which amplifier still on the market that looks as similar as possible to the Hiwatt t20? (always in a scalable 20w / 10w perspective or similar).
    Cheers from Italy, Marco.

    • Bjorn says:

      There aren’t really any good amps that replicates the Hiwatt tone. Most makers seem to focus on Vox, Marshall and Fender. The T20 is a very safe amp to buy and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. That being said, I also recommend Laney amps. I’ve had great experience with these myself. The Lionheart amps are exceptional and although they sound closer to a Vox and early Marshall than a Hiwatt, they’re much more versatile than that and very good with most pedals.

  112. Sean Wilson says:

    Hi there Bjorn, I’ve just come across your site and love it thank you, so much great amp info, just what I needed right now. I would like some advice please, I’m looking to buy a tube amp (my first) and have been offered an older Peavy Classic 20 combo (for about the new price of a Laney Cub 12). I’m learning to play blues so want akind of creamy electric blues sound (I think). I also play at home mainly. I realise I can get a good low vol sound with the 1w part of the Laney, but can I get good low vol sounds from the Peavy. Is the Peavy a sought after gem? I loved the sound and feel of it…. I haven’t played a Laney only heard on youtube. Is one better than the other?
    Kind regards Sean.(I’m an older player btw)

    • Bjorn says:

      I can’t really praise the Laney amps enough. The Cubs are great practice/bedroom amps and the Lionhearts are in my very humble opinion one of the more versatile recording/stage amps out there. The Peavey Classic amps are great and very easy on pedals. I think you’ll be very pleased with that one.

  113. Clint Cooper says:

    Hi mate!
    How do amps such as a Marshall DSL 20c or a Marshall Origin 20c go regarding Gimlour tones? Would you recomend them at all? And what pedals would you pair Marshalls with to get close to David Gimour’s ‘Pulse’ tone? Cheers

    • Bjorn says:

      I think there are better Gilmourish amps out there, like the Laney Lionhearts or Cubs. These Marshalls doesn’t have all that headroom and the clean tone is a bit too compressed but I’m sure with the right settings and some lower gain overdrives and distortions, you should be able to get some nice tones.

  114. Matt says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Massive fan.

    A friend just gave me their 1975 silverface 100W Bassman Head, however I’m having trouble locating a matching bassman speaker cabinet. Could you recommend any other cabinets that would pair well? Or what sort of speakers would you think would suit best for tones especially reminiscent of his 1972-1975 pre animals tones? Preferably a silver tolex-y amp to help my ocd… but meh/

    Thanks in advance, love your work.

    • Bjorn says:

      I used the same head years ago with a Sound City 4×12″ cab loaded with Fane Crescendos. Sounded great. Lots of headroom. A tad dark perhaps but that can easily be solved with an EQ or a booster. Other than that, I’m not really sure. I think the head would benefit from some tight sounding speakers with a bit of high mids sparkle.

  115. Michael Nagher says:

    Bjorn, I have a decision to make. Keep the Laney L5 Studio or get something else to replace my Fender Blues Jr IV. If you were to buy a small wattage amp for home use what would it be? Seems that Laney, Reeves, Hiwatt and a few others make scalable power low wattage tube amps. Any advise would be most appreciated.

  116. Michael Nagher says:

    Just bought a Laney L5 Studio, after watching some of your videos and reading your site, to replace my Fender Blues Jr. Hopefully I made the right decision for better Gilmour like tones.

  117. francois schmitt says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I own an Alembic and not sure the AX7 tube is the good one.
    Do you know what’s the good reference?

    Thank you for all your (huge) work,

    François – France

    • Bjorn says:

      An Au7 would probably provide more headroom but I’m not sure what you’re looking for. I don’t own one so maybe others here can help you out…

  118. Arnau says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m looking for a new amp for bedroom practice and I’ve been looking at the Laney L5 combo and Hiwatt T20/10. The main concern I have is how well they take pedals, specially if they sound good with my fuzz (Keeley Dark Side V2). I’d love to try them, but I don’t have any stores nearby that own one. Which one do you think sounds better for Gilmour tones at bedroom levels and takes pedals better?

    Thanks and, as always, appreciate your work on this site!

    Kind regards,

    • Bjorn says:

      I think both amps will do the job nicely and both will handle fuzz/Muff pedals. Between the two though I think the Laney is much more versatile.

  119. Aleksandar says:

    Hi Bjorn,love your site,your youtube …everything.Realy great.A question… can you sugest me how to arange equalzer pots on my GALLIEN KRUEGER ML 250 amp.
    regards from Croatia,Aleksandar

  120. KEITH says:

    Hey Bjorn, I know it’s been around awhile, and that you have the Tubemeister 18, but I subscribe to a YouTube channel by a guy named Darrell Braun, and today he showcased the amp he claims to be almost perfect. The Hugh’s and Kettner Deluxe Tubemeister 40. I have to admit that the cleans are incredible, and does everything from mild crunch to ultra metal, has 128 footswitchable presets for the built in effects, or your tones, which when you find a setting you love, you press one button, and all the settings are memorized. Have you had any experience with this amp? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, does anyone in the Gilmourish community have one, and what are your opinions on it as a do everything amp. It has power scaling down to 1 watt, an xlr out for recording, and at least on the cleans, and crunch, there was no noticeable difference between a real cabinet, and the XLR going straight into the recording console. Too many things to go further, some I’ve not seen before. I’d really love some opinions on it if anyone has played through one. Sorry so long, but if he didn’t do any trickery, it sounds incredible, and looks beautiful!!!
    Peace, KEITH

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Keith, sorry for the late reply… I did have the Tubemeister 18 but I ended up trading it. Anyway, I used it a lot in my home recording studio. Didn’t really explore the DI that much but the power scaling worked really good. Easy to record and it worked really well with pedals. I did use the drive channel for pedals though. The clean channel sounded amazing on its own but way too much headroom and very little mids for pedals. At least my pedals.

  121. Dimitris Kovaios says:

    Maybe a bit off topic…
    But does anyone use a cranked Hiwatt style amplifier?
    My Hi-Tone 50 watt head, seems to work totally different than any other amp.
    The master volume on any other amp I know of, feels like an attenuation thing, that drops volume, without really affecting the drive… Other than draining the life out of the amp!
    On my Hi-Tone, the master volume knob is the only way to achieve overdriven tones. Seems more like an active part of the amp, rather something that just subtracts power.
    With channel volume knobs serving more like mixers to get a darker or brighter base tone, not creating overdrive.
    Especially with low output 69 style single coil pickups, the channel volumes seem a bit unresponsive to breaking up.
    I have also noticed pictures of David Gilmour’s amps, with cranked master volumes, on live occasions during a period when he didn’t use dedicated overdrive pedals and his clean tone without fuzz added sounds a bit crunchy.
    Any experience with Hiwatts anyone?
    And what pedals you pair them with, if any?

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t know the technical terms or details for it but the master control is certainly a big part of the Hiwatt’s tone and character. It depends on the model, speakers and your pickups but my experience is that although. you casn get a bit of fizz from the pre-amp stage, with the master low, the amp really comes alive when you dial the master past 8-9 o’clock. This will drive the output tubes and speakers, adding to the gain but you will also get much more compression, mids and not least low end as well.

      • Dimitris Kovaios says:

        I just realized there’s an answer to my comment..!
        Fizz is the right way to describe it.
        The preamp controls feel like sort of a (clean PA-ish) mixer for two different instruments, like most systems back in those days. Unique amps with the addition of the master volume.
        What guitarists utilised them for, is a different story!
        Thank you for your input, Bjorn, much appreciated!

  122. Darren says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    I’m stuck! What would you choose and why?

    2010 Laney L5 combo (made in UK) or

    2019 Fender Blues Junior IV Tweed special (with Eminence RWB)?

    I’m in Australia so everything’s so expensive, especially new.

    Many thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      These are two very different sounding amps. The BJ is a modern Fender, with a bit more mids and compression than the classic Fenders but still in that same tone family. The Lionheart is sort of a mix between a Vox and an early Marshall. I’ve been using the Lionheart for years and can’t really praise it enough. It’s always a matter of taste but I think these amps are very versatile and great pedal platforms.

  123. Michael Arrasmith says:

    Anyone have experience with the t5 max iii hiwatt? Motor city guitar just started carrying them, at a very reasonable price.

  124. Sergei says:

    Hello Bjorn, greetings from Russia for everyone’s here reading.
    I’m going to buy the Ampeg Reverbrocket R12R (usa ’96) or Laney VC15 -110 (China 2010′(?) for playing blues/classic rock at home. In the second case I hope to find more classic clean and overdrive tone according to YT vids. The first one looks better cause of USA made and its year +12″ speaker. Meanwhile the Ampeg’s overdrive this poorer than VC15.
    I’ll try both this week and make my choise but your opinion is very important for me.

    What do you think about?

    Best rgrds,

  125. Robert W Horton says:

    Hello bjorn,
    I’ve decided to change out my stock Jenson speakers out of my fender 65 Twin reverb reissue but not sure with what speakers.
    I hate the mid scoop and nasally choked sound.
    Im looking for a tight bottom end punchy mid and crisp biting high end. Maybe a celestion speaker just not sure which one model brand Etc.
    Any ideas?

  126. piazzi says:

    My Laney Lionheart 20 MH started making a continuous cracking noise which I soon found out was from the digital reverb

    Luckily the amp was still under warranty. Unfortunately, I had bought it from a retailer 200 km away from where I live.

    I was told that I had to take or send the amp to the retailer I bought from, they would take care of warranty repair, and amp would then be shipped back to me

    Other than the 400 km round trip, the rest of the process was straight forward and hassle free, and after 4 weeks the amp was waiting for me at our local post office.

    in the box I found a new footswitch, a new cover, and a new set of pamphlets and stickers

    A few days later, I realized the amp had a different serial number than the one I had on my original purchase receipt and the warranty repair request form

    seems like instead of making repairs they sent me another amp. Either that I they mistakenly placed some other amps back grill on my amp

    It is sounding as good as ever again, and I am looking to buy a reverb pedal and stop using the amps reverb that is not really that good anyway

    For whatever it’s worth, the retailer told me that it was the first Laney Lionheart out of many hundreds they had sold that they had to send for a warranty repair.

  127. Robert W Horton says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    I just purchased the hiwatt t20 head and am tossed between the hiwatt 212 cab or hit-one eclipse 212 cab, which is designed to replicate the wem gilmour cabs. Im chasing the gilmour sound but unsure about the quality and sound of which of the two brand cabs is best.
    Please give me any input and opinions you have on which way to go with the best cab for my hiwatt t-20 for the gilmour tone and sound?
    Rob h
    Ps. Love your input and grateful.
    ty Bjorn.

    • Robert W Horton says:

      Hi-tone eclipse 212 (looks like a wem cab and suppose to replicate the wem gilmour cabs)
      Hiwatt 212 cabs. (Which fits my new hiwatt t-20h.
      I’m leaning towards the hi-tone but not sure about the quality and sound of hi-tone compared to hiwatt. The hi-tone is double the price so that tells me good quality.
      Your thoughts please?

      • Phil B says:

        The Hi-Tone and Hiwatt will probably get you closer to the original Gilmour sound, but a Celestion V30 2×12 will also do the trick :P it’s probably cheaper too.

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t think you can go wrong with the Hi-Tone.

    • Narco says:

      Hi Robert, did you buy it used? In Italy it is practically impossible to find a new one.

  128. ToddR says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    Great site my friend, a blessing to us all. So my question is I have a Bugera G5 head and cab. Would this be considered a mid scooped (Fender type) or a mid humped (Marshall, Hiwatt type) amp?
    Thanks my Bru,

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the G5 but from what I understand it does a bit of both with a “blend” control for Fender and/or Marshall.

  129. Frank says:

    Hey Björn, isn‘t easy to get a Reeves. Maybe a can get a Custom 50 Jimmy PS. Is it possible to adjust it to get Davids too? Or better hands off?
    What do you think? Any Experience?

    On the other side I get a Hiwatt Custom 50 from the early 70s. The Partrige Travos have been changed by well known shop in Germany. This is about 1.200,— Euro. The Reeves Jimmy is about 1.600.

    Both should be working well. What is your opinion. Wich one would you prefer.

    Greetings and it‘s every time a pleasure.

    • Bjorn says:

      The Jimmy should do nicely for David’s tones. It has a tad more gain than the stock Custom 50 but certainly enough headroom for your pedals. Personally I would make sure to properly test an amp from the 70s. Also considering that the original transformers is replaced.

  130. Joshua Jacob says:

    Hi Bjorn. A guy up the road from me is selling a Laney VC15 and since you seem to be a fan of the Laney’s I was wondering if you had heard of or had any experience with this model for Gilmour tones. Would the amp be a step up timewise to my Laney LC15R?.


    • Bjorn says:

      The Laney is close to a Vox AC15 although it’s got a lot of character of its own. Personally I prefer the Lionhearts for David’s tones but the VC15 is worth checking out.

  131. Frank says:

    Hi Björn, recently i got a nice working Yamaha RA 100 from the bay. Do you have any thoughts about that David used his RA 200 with pedals?

    • Bjorn says:

      Congrats! He would split the mono signal from his pedal board into line for the Hiwatts and one for the Yamaha, wich was mixed slightly lower than the Hiwatts on stage and the albums. So, he fed all of his pedals and tones straight into the Yamaha.

  132. Daniel Mathieu says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    I recently purchased the Laney Cub stack, and although it does some things particularly well, it sounds super vintage. I realized that this amp was vintage voiced but it still surprised me. I come from a background of modelling amps, mainly because I don’t have much money. My last amp was a line 6 spider V 120, I always stayed on the Hiwatt setting, and it took a long time, but I got quite an accurate tone from it. I’m completely new to tube amps, so I don’t know if it’s the tubes I’m not liking, the speakers, the amp, or if I’m simply not a tube amp guy. I like the ability to have a very clean base tone, one where strumming a chord up high won’t really give any distortion. I was wondering if the Laney Lionheart might be better suited, there’s a listing of a Laney L5 combo that I would be able to afford. I like a slightly more modern sounding clean tone. If it means anything to you, I like the clean tone of the Mesa Boogie express series.

    • Daniel Mathieu says:

      Just wanted to add a little something to my comment here. The Laney Cub 12 has an awesome distorted tone, running really any pedals through it I absolutely love. But whenever I’m not running pedals, which I do frequently, it doesn’t have the best clean tone. This might be my inexperience with tube amps, but I get quite a bit of him when using my Viks Audio Rams Head through the amp, I usually have to dial the volume knob lower on the pedal to have it settle down. I was wondering if it’s possible to reduce hum from that pedal or if it’s just going to be there. I was thinking about investing in a sunface bc109, and knowing that it can be aggresive, I didn’t want to get it if I know it’ll cause a lot of hum.

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes the Cub definitely has a vintage flavour. So does the Lionheart but it’s a much more versatile amp, which you can tweak for lots of different tones but I don’t think you should compare these with a modern modelling amp.

  133. Darren says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Im looking for a small bedroom amp, l probably have it clean and run my pedals in front.

    What are your thoughts on the Blackstar HT5R amp?

    Im currently looking at the Lionheart LT5, Bassbreaker 007, Blues junior, Blackstar HT5R.

    Thank you for share your knowledge.

  134. Jose Antonio Cisotto Weihermann says:

    Hi Bjorn! First of all, i need to thank you for the great content you bring to us! So, the question. Have you had contact with Bugera amps? I’m starting to purchase some gear for Gilmour tones, and i’m thinking about starting from the amp. What do you think? Cheers from Brazil!

  135. Adrien says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    i plan to buy a fender stratocaster david gilmour nos.
    I m now looking for the amp and i have a deal.
    Hiwatt T20 head (no cab for the moment) or Hiwatt Custom Little D + Wem cab 1×12 fane speaker g12 ?
    I have for the moment a TC Electronics Hall of Fame, that i could use if the T20 reverb is bad.
    What is the best deal for me ?

  136. Robert W Horton says:

    Hello bjorn,
    Just received my new hiwatt t20h and the power cord is a European plug. I need US plug.
    Came with a15 amp 250v cord but when looking for a US cord they only come in 150v. Will that work and if not what will. Also not sure what the awg (gauge) is. The euro cord doesn’t say but it’s thicker then 18v volts. Not sure to try 16 or 14 volts. Sorry that it’s not much of a Gilmore equipment question but I’m not sure who else to ask Do you have any ideas.
    Thank you so much for your time and sharing of knowledge with the world I greatly appreciate it

  137. Daniel Mathieu says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    My modelling amp recently went, and I’ve been in in the market for a new amp. I also loved this article, the amp selections really make sense and the amount of valuable information here is unending, every time I read through it I find another interesting thing to consider. Which is also why I’m writing this. I’m really stuck between the two Laney suggestions you made, the Laney Cub and the Laney Lionheart. I play with a Fender Player Strat with SSL-5 bridge pickups, I use the Vik Audio 73′ Ram’s Head for my fuzz tones, EHX Canyon Delay, and MXR UniVibe for some of my phaser tones. I was in the middle of recording a cover of Echoes when my amp went, so I was wondering if, considering my setup, the Laney Cub or Laney Lionheart might get me closer to David’s lead tones in Meddle, Dark Side, and maybe Animals. I also love playing other classic prog rock stuff, like Yes and King Crimson.

    • Bjorn says:

      Both amps are great but the Lionheart is definitely worth the little extra. Great tones of its own and a great pedal platform as well.

  138. Keanu says:

    Wattup bjorn! Im struggling to pick between Fender Champion 40 and the Boss Katana 50. Which one do you think is best for THE GILMOUR TONES.I have a OD 3 and DD3 so i dont care about those built in effects.

    PS: I play a variety of bands like Pink floyd, GnRs, Zeppelin, hendrix, Nitvana,ect.

  139. Way says:

    Have you had a chance to check out the new Marshall Studio vintage plexi? I’m really leaning towards this as it does clean up really nicely. It also takes pedals exceptionally well. What are your thoughts? Hope all is well

  140. Fabrizio Di Cicco says:


    Good day to you, and as always thank you for your priceless knowledge, and help.
    I just bought the Boss Waza Tube Amp Expander, I will list below my pedals and pick up, I want to buy a 50 watt amp, I’m thinking about 50W because I really want lots and lots headroom, to get as close to an hiwatt as possible, my question for you is; what is the absolute best amp I could get based on this brands: Fender, Bugera, Laney, Fuchs, vox?.
    gear I use are the following main guitar Fender american Clapton stratocaster with, EMG DG20 pups, second guitar Fender telecaster american 50’s reissue Gibson les paul traditional.

    pedals in this exact order:

    tc electronic polytune, Dunlop wah, Whirlwind red box compressor, tc electronic univibe, Electro harmonix Russian big muff, Boss blues driver, Hughes and Kettner tube factor overdrive, Vick audio tree of life, overdrive, Keeley dark side, pro co rat distortion, MXR phase 90, tc electronic flashback delay..

    Your help on this will be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      You list very different types of amps so it depends on how you’ll be using the amp. None of them are particularly close to a Hiwatt but you can get lots of headroom with all of them.

      • Fabrizio says:

        Thanks Bjorn, I ended up to buy a Kemper, this way I have all the amps i need ((:

        I got to tell you I love it!! probably one of the best music purchase I ever made.

  141. Nick L says:

    Hi Bjorn! Quick question for you – I’m looking to scale down to lower wattage heads and I’ve owned a Lionheart 50 in the past, but that was one of the loudest amps I’ve ever played through. I want something that’s easier to achieve some power amp break up since I will be using it for gain with a boost or overdrive out front, but with enough power to keep up with some decent size gigs. I know it’s only 20 watts but I’m assuming with that quartet of EL84’s it’s got pretty decent output? I know you’ve used it as a stage amp so I figured I would check. Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve no problems using the L20 on stage. I always use front stage monitoring but mainly just to get a nicely balanced hearing. I mainly use the clean channel these days. It’s got a lot of headroom and a very nice breakup if you push it. The dirt channel can be set clean too, with a bit more mids and compression. One of the best amps I’ve played.

  142. _A_Momentary_Lapse_ says:

    Hi Bjorn, I was looking to change my amp with something bigger and with more headroom, so i was oriented on an Hiwatt head, on the used market there are a lot of occasions and i wanted a tip on some heads.
    I saw the Hiwatt T40, and The Hiwatt HI-Gain 50 (The Made in china one) What would you recomend?
    I read a lot of contrasting opninions on the Hi-Gain series especially the made in china version, some people say that is really good and other people say that it is really really bad, and on youtube there aren’t a lot of good demo of this head.
    I will use mainly the clean channel with some pedals like compression,muff, BD-2, Modulations and delay, so i don’t really care about the drive channel on both of the models, pairing the head with a celestion G30 speaker.
    So my main concern was wich of these amps could get closer to Gilmour’s tone, and give the opportunity to have a clean platform to experiment with pedals?

    Thank you.

    • Bjorn says:

      Both of them will do the job for your Gilmour tones but personally I think the T40 is much better than the Hi-Gain. The T40 has much more character and dynamics and I think you’ll find it to be a better responding platform for your pedals.

  143. Robert W Horton says:

    Hello Bjorn, Awsome work you do here.
    I just purchased the hiwatt t20 head,
    Tossed between getting the hiwatt 212 cab or the Marshall sv212 cab which looks beautiful. Unsure if the marshall cab will sound good with the hiwatt head, especially for sounding like gilmour. If I’m not mistaken I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Gilmour on stage using Marshall cabs I’m not sure with what amp head running into it whether a marshall hiwatt or fender head or both.
    Your thoughts please?

    • Bjorn says:

      David used a combination of Marhsall and WEM cabs during the 1994 Division Bell tour. Not sure what speakers are in the SV212 but I would imagine something vintage sounding, which is a cool match for a Hiwatt but you will get a tone that much tighter and slightly darker than the typical Hiwatt and Fane combination.

  144. Jim M says:

    Hi Bjorn – I’m loving this site! So much great information. Have you had a chance to try a Blues Junior IV yet? If so, would you rate that over a BJ III in terms of achieving the Gilmour sound? Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thank you!
      No, I haven’t tried the IV so I can’t really comment on the differences. As for the BJ in general, it’s a great amp and pedal platform that suits David’s 90s and present tones in particular.

      • Jim M says:

        Thanks for the reply! Which of the amps listed above would best suit his DSOTM through Wall tones? I’m playing a Strat with CS69/SSL configuration. Would like to stay 20w or less.

  145. Kaan says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    first of all thank you for all the good information about david world …
    I just bought hiwatt little D custom. Can you advise me any suitable cabinet or speaker to couple? It is for home so it must be 1×12
    Am I between celestion G12M or V30 I don’t know Celestion G12H-75 Creamback?
    Thanks in advance.

  146. KEYUR VORA says:

    How about Fender Pro Junior IV?

  147. Hi Bjorn
    I’m considering buying a new amp, I’ve always loved Pink Floyd and David, but I’d also like to reserve the opportunity to explore new territories.
    Could the new Marshall Studio Classic be a good basis for pedals ?
    Thank you for your valuable opinion.

    • Bjorn says:

      That’s a big question. What sort of amp you want depends on what tones you want, the guitar and pedals you use, how you’ll be using the amp etc. >I don’t have that much experience with the Classic but I think they’re more of a plug n play kind of amp. It will take pedals but you’re probably better off with using the amp for gain. I’d go for a cleaner amp if you intend to use a lot of pedals. I guess my best tip is to visit your local guitar store and just try a bunch of different amps to get an idea of what’s out there.

  148. Greg says:

    Why do you mic your amp? Is it for recording or do you get better sound?

    • Bjorn says:

      I’m not sure I understand the question. You need to mic the cab to be able to record and you need to mic to be able to tap the can in a PA system. Micing in it self doesn’t make you sound any different.

  149. Ata says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I will buy a Laney L5 studio head…Cant decide between harley benton g112 celestion v30(you know it is 60w) or another 30w speaker for the cab…some people says L5 and hb v30 make a good pair, some people says 5w of the amp is not enough to vibrate 60w speaker cones , coils and not enough for breaking in…I will use the amp at home (so I may run the amp on 0.5w) or in small venues on 5w…So if I go with 60w v30 , what s about speaker efficiency, or any lack of tone ?…You may suggest me another speaker which is working well with L5…thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      It’s a matter of taste. I think the 2×12″ Lionheart cabs come with a G12H and V30 now. They compliment each other very well. The G12H has a bit more high mids sparkle, while the V30 is tight and slightly darker.

  150. Robert Horton says:

    I’m tossed between this hiwatt T20 and the laney lionheart l20h for that Gilmour tone. Keep in mind I’m more of a marshall sound and less of a fender sound fan and love lots of pedals in my rig. Which would you recommend, money is not an issue?

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry for the late reply.
      Both amps are somewhat in that Marshall terrotory. Or at least British :) The Hiwatt has a lot of headroom, whereas the Lionheart has a clean channel very similar to a AC30 and a drive channel, which can be set clean, very similar to a Plexi. I love them both and obviously, a Hiwatt is very Gilmour but IMO the Lionheart has more character and a wider range of tones.

  151. Daniel says:

    Have you ever tried the Laney GH series 50w heads (GH50R/ GH50L)? The cleans sound pretty good on those. I’m thinking of getting one as an alternative to a Fender clean tone.

  152. Viacheslav says:

    Hi, Bjorn! Need help ))
    I have bought my first combo – Boss Katana 50 and have one question.
    What can i do with EQ settings on the combo if i use it always clean? I already had Boss GE7 – EQ pedal, Boss Blues Driver etc. Should i stay Katana EQ settings on 12 o’clock and use only Boss GE7, ?r exists more preferred settings in this case?
    Thank you.

    • Bjorn says:

      I’d start with just the clean amp and your guitar. Set the EQ controls at 12/noon and find the right balance between the gain (input) and volume (output). You probably want the gain slightly higher than the volume. Tweak the EQ controls to enhance the tone. Subtle changes often goes a long way. I usually increase the mids and bass a tad and roll back the treble slightly. An EQ pedal should be used with care and to compensate for anything lacking in your amp or a pedal. More on how to set up EQ pedals here.

  153. Walter H says:

    Bjorn, This is another amazing article, still going after Four years. A testament to you and your site sir!
    I am enjoying my Laney Cub 12R. A great recommendation, thank you ?
    I do wish I had gone with the stack as you recommended less vibration.
    As it is a 15 / .75 watt amp. What wattage rating should I be looking at for a replacement speaker?What 12” would be a better speaker company and model for this amp for David’s tones.
    I’m going to exchange all the tubes first. It seems you like the JJ line up for warmth and balance. I already replaced the V1 with a 5751 JJ Gold Pin. On the JJ lineup. Do you think the Gold Tip option and cost difference is a good value. I know it’s subjective but I would like your opinion.
    Thanks again for all You Do for All of Us!
    Walter H.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words Walter! I’d start with the tubes and then consider replacing the speaker for maybe a Celestion G12H or V30 although you might the latter a bit dark. I think the gold pins are worth it but mind that the difference is minimal.

      • Walter H. says:

        I’m installing the JJ Preamp tubes Today! I also have the Power Tubes but need to find someone to Bias the Cub when I change the Power tubes but thankfully not when you change the Preamp ones.
        On the speakers, thanks for the recommendations.?
        I know I need a 12” and 8 ohms but How do I select the proper Wattage RMS for the replacement speaker? Do I get a 15-20 watt or would a 50-75 watt change the tones and sounds? Haven’t done a change before so I need your advise again please…
        Thanks for All You Do for All of Us!
        Walter H.

        • Bjorn says:

          I would stick to a wattage that’s close to the stock speakers as the amp is set up for this. However, wattage doesn’t really say much about output or tone.

  154. Gustavo says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    What did you mean:
    “The edge of breakup”

    • Bjorn says:

      Rolling the volume or gain up until you hear a bit of compression or even overdrive happening. You want a bit of bite but not full blown overdrive.

  155. Branko says:

    Hi Bjorn. How good are solid state amps at getting the right tone? Im interested in Fender Champion 100.

  156. Branko says:

    Hey Bjorn. What do you think of Fender Super Champ X2. I know David told that he used the Fender Super Champ XD, which is almost the same.

  157. piazzi says:


    How would you compare celestian V30 with Bugera Turbosound speakers (if you have had experience with them)

    I have never had Celestian V30 and I know you are a fan of them. I aopreciate your opinion on the versus Bugera if you have tried Bugera speakers. They come separately in cans as well as with Bugera V22 and V55 combos

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the Bugera sound I can’t compare the two. The V30s have a fairly warm low end and mids, with a bit of high end sparkle. They can sound a bit too dark on some amps but they work nicely with typical British amps… IMO.

  158. piazzi says:

    I love almost everything about my Laney Lionheart 20H – almost

    The parallel effects leaves much to be desired

    better designed parallel loops give the option of defining the wet/dry ratio from 100% wet (which is like series loop) to 0% wet (which is like a loop bypass)

    I only use a delay (analog carbon copy) in the loop and it sounds fine. I also have a moderate setting on the amps reverb and it does not do anything strange after the delay.

    But anyone wishing to use multiple effects, especially phaser or flanger, or choruses in the loop is bound to encounter some strange sounds — or cool sounds depending on the type of sounds one like

    just try a digital processor or something like Line6 M13 (with effects that sound fantastic in a series loop) and you’ll hear all sorts of bizarre sounds. That is what parallel loops do, but better designed loops give options and controls over the loop. Laney Lionheart does not

    Laney Lionheart has a fixed ratio parallel loop with no control given to the amp owner other than a bypass — that is, in my not very humble opinion, garbage.

    As I was dropping my Bugera V22 (which has a proper series loop) at a tech’s for a retube and overall checkup, I told him about the Lionheart loop. He said that it was a known source of complaint. he also said that there were two mods

    – an inexpensive one that removes something from the circuit and turn it into a series loop
    – a more time-consuming one to add something to the circuit and a knob to the panel to give full control over the parallel loop

    I think mods of that nature will very likely invalidate the manufacturer’s warrantee

    I only use an analog delay in the loop and have no issue with the sound, but the mods are there if I suddenly realize that my life is incomplete without a flanger running into a phase in the loop.

  159. David says:

    Hey Bjorn, so for about a year I’ve been using the Laney Cub 12r after following this guide. I play mostly at home and with friends but do gig in bars/clubs sometimes. Do you recommend that I use the effects loop on the amp? I’ve been using it but I’d like to improve my tone.

    My setup is a cry baby > tuner > keely compressor+ > hot wax > Russian big muff. On the loop it goes mxr chorus > phase 95 > mxr carbon copy deluxe

    • Bjorn says:

      Do you run the amp clean or cranked for overdrive? If clean I’d just plug all the pedals into the front. It will sound better I think. The loop on these cheaper amps aren’t that good.

  160. Nick L says:

    Hello Bjorn – I’ve gotten more into the Les Paul into Plexi tones lately, but I would love to be able to have a real clean channel on stage instead of just rolling back the volume on the guitar. I know you’ve used the Lionheart extensively, and I know it’s got a beautiful Vox derived clean channel, but have you been able to get convincing Plexi type tones from the gain channel without pedals other than maybe something to boost the front end? Thanks for all your help.

    • Bjorn says:

      The gain channel is based on the JTM/Plexi style amps. It’s not dead on but with a bit of tweaking it’s definitely in that ballpark. To get even closer I often use PAF humbuckers and boost the amp with a hint of a EP booster or the JHS Charlie Brown. Adds a bit more of that marshall mid range and compression.

  161. Alan Gallo says:

    Hi Bjorn! I have a Marshall Origin 20 tube amp. Is it good? :)

    • Bjorn says:

      Ha ha, you tell me :) What is a good amp in your opinion?

      • Alan Gallo says:

        Yeah, you´re right! :) i just have problem with my clean sound, that is sound i dont know, maybe to flat? I dont know if its because i have a telecaster and you have an strat for example. :) Or if there is a problem with settings on an amp..

        • Bjorn says:

          Marshall’s clean tones has often been debated because many find it to sound flat or dull. I think part of the problem is that one often use the same EQ settings for bothe clean and dirt channel and just switch between the two. People often have a pristine Fender clean tone in their head but that’s as far off from the Marshall character as you can get.

          Personally I like the Marshall clean. Especially on the JTM and JCM amps. I usually boost the bass and roll back the mids a tad to eliminate some of that boxy presence, which is great with distortion but with cleans. I usually keep the treble pretty low and the presence around noon.

  162. Josh says:

    Hi Bjorn.
    I just dug up my old mans old Fender Bassman head and cab. What are your thoughts on using this as a amp for guitar? I have a strat (3s) and drive through a blues driver. Would this get in the ballpark of a gilmour tone? Or perhaps just as importantly…. sound good? Thanks in advance, love this page to pieces.

  163. Fausto Amado Cattaneo says:

    Hello Bjorn, I’m Fausto from Argentina, this is a wonderful site! Great job; Can I ask you a question? I have a Laney Lionheart L5 combo with a Celestion G12H, and a Fender Strat American Std.. Could you tell me how do you set your Lionheart? Thanks! Among other pedals I have TS9, Wampler Tunmus, Flashback and nano Big Muff.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words! Right now my favourite setting is this
      clean channel, bright on, bass and mids 3:00, treble 9:00, reverb off, tone 11:00. You might want to adjust that to match the volume and your pickups. If this is very different from what you’re used to, I’d set the amp first and then start with the pedals. They probably need some adjustments.

  164. Mariano says:

    Hi Bjorn, i am mariano from Argentina. I want to buy a new valve amp to use it as a pedal platform. Maybe peavy classic 30, laney Lionheart 20 112, or cub212, and what do you know about blackstar Artist 15? Witch one do you prefer better? Thank you

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the Blackstar model but most of their stuff seems to be voiced in Marshall territory. The Peavey and Laneys are listed and talked about in the above feature :)

  165. Gurtej Dogra says:

    Really love David’s tone! If you guys are interested and have an Axe FX, I tried my hand at his legendary tone from a few songs, and would love to hear your comments on it. Check out the videos here:


  166. Alex says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    I’m pulling the trigger on a v40 soon, but I want a pedal to give me that plexi twang as a second option. I’ve settled on the plexitone. I adore all the demoes I’ve seen from the logain so far, but I’m stuck… I’d love the ability for the pedal to also go into high gain territory when necessary, but I’m just a bit puzzled about the redundancy of the logain vs regular plexitone. If the logain is just a lower gain version of the regular plexitone, shouldn’t I be able to recreate all the lower gain sounds with a regular single channel plexitone (granted, I’ll have to fine tune it more carefully in the lower drive range, but I’ll have the option to go higher when I want to as compared to the plexitone logain)? Do you have experience with both?
    Thanks so much for the insights, the reactivity, and the obvious passion you inject in this site!

    • Bjorn says:

      How much gain a pedal will produce depends on how hot your pickups are and how much headroom your amp has. A distortion pedal will sound very different on a Twin compared to a modern Marshall. One approach for versatile sounds is to use a low or moderate gain pedal and a booster placed in front for boosting the gain for certain parts. You can also place a booster after, but that will provide more volume and tone rather than gain.

      • alex says:

        Thanks, Bjorn. My point exactly. I was wondering whether or not you had experience with both pedals, and whether or not a plexitone can in fact replicate all the sounds of a lo gain version, just with different controls. But thanks a lot for your comments on order, because that’s something I’ll be digging in as well. Much appreciated!

      • Rados?aw Rzepka says:

        Hi Bjorn. I am using the ZoomGx3 processor. I am thinking about choosing an amplifier: tubemeister 18 or peavey classic 20 MH. . Which one will be better? Thank you in advance for your answer.

  167. Jack says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    What to you think about the peavey delta blues 210 MADE IN USA?

    • Bjorn says:

      Similar to the Fender Blues Jr. Not an ideal pedal platform but it can certainly handle some pedals and especially models with a bit more kids and compression.

    • Spencer says:

      I’ve never played the 2×10, but the 1×15 Delta Blues has been my main amp for 7 years. Mine is a mid-2000s USA-made amp with the stock Blue Marvel 15” speaker (though I just custom ordered a Weber Ceramic Thames 15” with the vented aluminum dustcap from the FC12). As I understand, the Delta Blues is identical to the Classic 30, with the addition of a built-in tremolo circuit and the different speaker configurations. I’ve never had the pleasure of playing with a Hiwatt-style amp, but to me they sound like they’ve got a big and tight bottom end, slightly scooped lower-mids, strong upper-mids with lots of punch and chime, and a very articulate top end. The Delta Blues is similar, but with less scooped lower-mids, so it’s a little fatter. If the Hiwatt DR103 sounds like a high-headroom Fender Blackface Bassman had a baby with a Marshall JTM45, then the Delta Blues sounds more like a Brownface Fender Deluxe had a baby with a Marshall 1959 Super Lead. The Delta Blues takes pedals extremely well, and it might have a bit more headroom than the Classic 30, due to the big 15” or 2×10” speakers. It is a loud amp for a bedroom, though. I play mine through a Weber 100W MASS attenuator, which is necessary if you want to set it to the edge of breakup (around setting 6–7 on the clean channel) and use boosts, ODs, and/or big muffs without being uncomfortable. For some pretty convincing Gilmour-inspired lead tones, I use my hardtail Robert Cray signature Strat with a SSL-5 bridge pup into a MXR Dyna Comp>MXR 10-band EQ set to cut lows and boost mids>EHX Big Muff (Green Russian for 80s/90s or the Triangle for late-70s stuff and a half-assed imitation of silicon fuzz face)>EHX Hot Wax (Hot Tubes side set up as a clean boost, EQ’d to taste)>EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress XO Reissue (I love this pedal, but do I wish it could be slightly more transparent with distortion) >Ibanez Mini Chorus (either placed on the dry output of the Electric Mistress into my Vox AC15 for stereo, or placed into the Delta Blues FX loop to emulate the Leslie rotary cab in mono)>Boss DD-3 Digital Delay, typically set to a subtle level, somewhere around 300ms. I would certainly trust Bjorn’s advice over anything I say regarding Gilmour tones. The Laney Lionheart is probably a better amp in every way than the Delta Blues, and I hear the Hiwatt tube series is great, especially if you want to get as close to Gilmour’s tones as possible without dropping a ton of money.

  168. Alessandro Borges Cordeiro says:

    Hi Bjorn! What do you Think about the Fender Blues Deluxe for Gilmour tones?

  169. David Smith says:

    A few years ago, David recommended a Bugera V22 Infinium as a small amp/cabinet combo. I ended up buying one about two years ago. I liked it, but wanted to do a few upgrades. I ended up replacing the tubes with a matched set of JJ tubes and a Celestion Cream speaker. What a difference! Real warmth and clarity even with overdrive.

  170. Ofek Ben Abu says:

    What about the peavey delta blues 210 MADE IN USA?
    I think I got one from 2005/2015

  171. Giulio says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I recently purchased a used Hiwatt T20 HD but I’m not 100% satisfied with the tone.
    It sounds a little bit harsh to me on the high frequences and midrange is not so sweet. I swapped the Ruby tubes I found on it with Tung Sol tubes and tone improved, but I’m not convinced yet.
    I play at home only and I use the amp mainly for recording, so power is not a priority.
    Do you think it is worth to change it with a Laney L5 Sudio? Watching youtube videos It seems to me more versatile and tone sounds smoother and more bluesy.
    Thank you for your advice and for your beautiful website.


    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Giulio. Had some issues with the spam filter. Very sorry for the late reply.
      What sort of speakers do you have? Keep in mind that a Hiwatt has tons of headroom and a clean amp can often sound a bit bright and harsh. Depending on your pickups and speakers, you should really try to experiment with the pre-volume and master on your Hiwatts. Make it push the tubes a little to get that compression, lower the master and be careful with the treble.

      • Giulio Petito says:

        Thank you Bjorn for your reply.
        I use the Hiwatt for recording, directly connected to my soundcard through a Torpedo Captor loadbox. I use Fane Redwirez IR in Cubase.
        I mainly use a stratocaster with pickups Fender CS Fat’50, Custom’69, SD SSL-5 and a Telecaster Plus with Lace Sensor pickups. This second guitar has a hotter tone and sound is better to me with the Hiwatt. The stratocaster is a little too bright/weak.
        So in your opinion should I stay with the Hiwatt? It is not the case to replace the amp with a Laney L5 Studio?
        Thank you

        • Bjorn says:

          I’m sure you can get the tones you need with a bit of tweaking. Whether or not you should buy a new amp is not for me to say. Both amps are great.

    • Phil B says:

      Hey Giulio,

      I have a T20 HD as well and I am very satisfied with the tone.
      Swapped a couple of preamp Ruby tubes for JJ Electronic tubes so far, because they blew up. Not sure that made a big difference in sound, if any…

      I am using it with a 1×12 Celestion V30 speaker though and that is fairly dark sounding with lots of low end, so I roll of the bass to like 10 o’clock and have the treble at noon. Master Vol. from like 7:30 to 9 o’clock, depending on playing at home or with the band, Mids at 1, Normal Gain at 3 (I think you can actually turn this up to max and the amp won’t break up). This way you should get the compression Bjorn was writing about ;)

      Only really harsh sound I’ve got so far was the Muff + Elec-Lady combo on high notes ocasionally. Rest is super smooth :)

      Maybe that will help you!


    • Jim says:

      Hi Giulio,
      maybe you should also experiment with the volume of your guitar. With volume at 10, some guitars give harsh trebles. Try to roll it down at 9, maybe you’ll find that your tone is more balanced.

  172. Andy Green says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Apologies for what might be a dumb question. I have several tube amps that I swap around on a regular basis when the mood takes me. Are any able to be used as a good starting point for a Gilmour tone platform?

    Orange Rockerverb mk1
    Vox AC30 top boost
    Fender tweed deluxe

    These amps are used in a band setting but I’d be chasing the DG tones at home so the laney lionheart does look appealing if a new amp is on the cards.

    • Bjorn says:

      The Fender Tweed Deluxe should be a nice Gilmour type amp. David’s been using similar amps since the 90s in the studio and on several guest appearances and smaller gigs. The Lionheart is somewhat similar, with a clean channel that’s based on a AC30 but not identical and the gain channel is very similar to those early Marhsall/Fender Bassman/Deluxe type of tones.

  173. piazzi says:


    you don’t use the effects’s loop?

    do you out your effects like chorus and delay in front of the laney?

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes. The loop is meant to be used if you’re using the amp for overdrive and distortion. In that case you want to have the modulations and delays in the loop for a clean signal. I run my amps clean or semi-clean so I have all of my pedals into the front end.

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes. The loop is meant to be used if you’re using the amp for overdrive and distortion. In that case you want to have the modulations and delays in the loop for a clean signal. I run my amps clean or semi-clean so I have all of my pedals into the front end.

  174. Walter H. says:

    Hello Bjorn,hope this note find you doing well and your new solo release is a Big Winner for you!
    I am finally ready to leave the Solid State World of Amps with my 2003 Fender Cyber Deluxe and move forward into a Tube based combo amp for my Music Room. It is just a bedroom but music room does sounds much better, LOL.
    There are so many amps but I am focused on two at the moment. What is your experience or opinion with the Orange Rocker 15 or the Fender Bassbreaker 7?
    I’m leaning toward the Orange Rocker 15 buy Have you tried either or what is your opinion of either and there use with Pedals? I don’t use an effects loop in fact I would prefer just going into the front end of any amp.
    Thanks to you I have a built a very good pedal board. You have helped me and given me very good advise, now on to amps.
    I would be going from 65 watts, Solid State and a 12″ speaker to a variable 15 watts , all tube and a 10″ speaker.
    Let me know….

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Walter. Had some issues with the spam filter. Very sorry for the late reply.
      Any of the amps listed here should do for David’s tones, bedroom setups and smaller clubs. Depends on what tones you need although most of them offer somewhat a similar platform for your pedals. Between the two you mention, I’d go for the Bassbreaker as it has more headroom for pedals. The Orange is more of a plug n play rock amp.

      • Walter H. says:

        Thanks for the reply, Spam Filters can be a Challage at times for sure. When you said that the Orange Rocker 15 is a “Plug and Play Rock Amp” I am sorry to bother you but I don’t understand what that means? Are they not a good pedal platform? I like the ability to have 4 different Wattages from 15-7 & from 1-.5 watts using the Half Power and the Bedroom-Headroom switch especially since I’m playing in the bedroom setting only and I can’t get a natural Break Up from my Solid State Fender when pushed it creates a static or crackle sound I’m trying to eliminate by going with a tube amp. I also had asked about the Laney Cub series as I see you highlighted in this very good article too. Would the Cub series be a good pedal platform and the power scaling help in the bedroom?
        Let me know when you can please and thank you.
        Walter H.

        • Bjorn says:

          The Cub is a great pedal platform and the power scaling is very efficient.
          What I meant by plug-n-play is that it’s designed more as a plug your guitar straight into it and rock, rather than it being a typical pedal platform amp. Sure, you can use pedals with it and set the amp clean but I wouldn’t recommend it as a typically clean Fender/Hiwatt/Vox type of amp. I think Orange, Marshall etc often sound much better if you just use them as they meant to be used.

          • Walter H. says:

            Hello again Bjorn hope you are well.
            I wanted to thank you for your help and input along with the folks @ Laney. I pulled the trigger and purchased a Laney Cub 12 R combo amp to replace my Solid State Fender and I am loving it! My rig now sounds incredible and my pedal board now seems and feels brand new also. I understand there is a break in period for the speaker so it should only sound better in time. Anything special to help that process?
            How would you best describe the sound make up of Cub range of amps? Also it seems like I don’t need as much compression as the Fender did does that sound right? In your opinion, what type pedals would you recommend using for the Cub?
            My electric guitars are all humbucker equipped and two of them have coil split capabilities.
            Any input, as always, would be appreciated. You have helped me so very much create some rich and warm tones with all your advise, Thank You…
            Walter H.

            • Bjorn says:

              Hi Walter! Breaking in the speakers takes a bit of time. As do tubes. Just need to play :) My only concern with the stock speakers are that they sound a bit flat so down the road you might want to replace them with something better, like Celestion G12H or V30s. Sonically I’d say that the Cub sounds similar to an early JMT or Plexi Marshall but not quite. See this feature for some tips on choosing the right pedals for different types of amps.

              • Walter H says:

                Bjorn, thanks again for the reply. My main question regarding pedals for the Laney Cub 12R is in the Overdrive/Boost style. I, like you, run my amp clean and use the pedals so I can use my Looper and capture all the tones coming through. With that being said which Overdrive style do you think will give me the best results. Do I want a Tube Screamer, a Klon a Blues breaker? These are just examples of tone types I’m using I think you will understand. You had said the Cub was a Plexi or JMT but not quite. Would a Plexi style of pedal be right?
                Any input will be appreciated. All my modulation pedals are fine but I don’t have a Muff style pedal either as it wasn’t recommended with my previous Fender amp.
                Thank you for your help…
                Walter H…

                • Bjorn says:

                  The Cub can handle pretty much anything so it’s more a matter of what sort of tones you want. The Tube Screamer was designed to be used with a slightly to fully cranked amp. Using it alone can sound pretty thin and nasal. Personally I prefer something a bit more full range, like a BD2 or similar. The Wampler Plexi Drive is also very nice with the Cub.

  175. piazzi says:

    I have an opportunity to buy a used Traynor closed back cab with a 12″ 60w Celestian Vintage 30 inside

    will this be a good fit for the 20W Lionheart Head

    I have been playing it through a Fender Hot Rod 12″ closed back and wanted to know if you thought the V30 would make a more positive impact on the sound

    • Bjorn says:

      A matter of taste as always. I think you will find them quite different to what you’re used to though. I’m really liking them with my Lionheart but I also prefer the slightly darker Marshall kind of tones.

  176. piazzi says:

    [Bjorn: …. as much of the compression and mid range lies in the cranked tubes and speakers. You don’t get that on low volume. ]

    Hi Bjorn,

    any way to get the speakers into compression without taking the volume to insane levels. Would 10″ code get into compression sooner that a 12″, for example? or would a preamp boost help?

    would something like JHS’s little black amp box for series effects loops help?

    On the topic of effects loops, doers your Lionheart come with series or parallel loop. Mine is parallel and I can’t figure out how to bypass the parallel without a mod and voiding my warranty, I am missing the series, but may be it’s just a curse of habit from my using other amps and I have to get used to the parallel? If you have a parallel on your Lionheart, any tip on what you set at back of the amp to use it with delay and modulation?

    best regards as always

  177. JTMurad says:

    Hi Bjorn! Any preference between the Fender Bassbreaker series or the Hot Rod series? I’m considering a Bassbreaker 45 (with variable wattage and I can bridge the normal and bright inputs) or a Hot Rod Deluxe III.

    Also – are you familiar with Hi-Tone amps? Looks like they’re based on Hi-Watts and are endorsed by the Reeves family (according to their website). I’m also considering their HT50 DG combo, but it’s considerably more expensive than the others. Thanks for your time and all of the hard work you put into this awesome site!

    • Bjorn says:

      The Bassbreaker is sort of a modern take on the Bassman. Much similar to the Blues Jr. Hard to tell which to choose really as they’re somewhat similar. I’d try them both and decide.
      The Hi-Tone is probably as close as you’ll get to the original early 70s Hiwatts together with the Reeves Custom amps. Highly recommended. Expensive but hand made and with superior part.

      • JTMurad says:

        Thanks for your reply Bjorn. Based on your recommendations above I think I’m going to give the Laney Cub 15 a shot. Looks like I can get a head for a pretty good deal and run it through a Mesa 2×12 cab with V30s (should sound ok, right?). Looks like this is a good option for both bedroom and small clubs while I’m saving up for a Hi-Tone HT50. Cheers Bjorn!

        • Bjorn says:

          Great! The V30s are slightly darker than the stock speakers so you might need to tweak your setting a bit to compensate.

  178. Andrew says:

    Hey, Bjorn
    You said once you’re not fond of Vox amps in gilmour context. Along with that you highly recommend and use Lionheart series, which has that Vox flavour as you said. Can you comment on that?)

    • Bjorn says:

      The Lionheart and especially the clean channel, is very similar to a AC30. But, unlike the AC30, the Lionheart has a 3 band EQ allowing for much more low end and not least mid range, which makes all the difference. I’m not saying you can’t use a Vox for David’s tones, but you need to drive them hard to get the smooth and fat tone. On lower bedroom volume they sound too thin and scooped as much of the compression and mid range lies in the cranked tubes and speakers. You don’t get that on low volume. The Lionheart can be driven pretty hard even on low volume. The dirt channel is much more of a JTM/Bassman, which is very different.

  179. Jim says:

    Hi Bjorn – what a great resource! Wish I had found this years ago. I know there are a lot of variables, but in general, would you expect a Mesa TC-50 to take a Big Muff well? I love the versatility of the amp, but I’ve tried several fuzzes through the clean channel and just can’t seem to get a good sound from them. Any thoughts/suggestions? Cheers!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words! Mesa tend to be more on the Fender side, meaning that they have less mid range and compression compared to a Marshall or Hiwatt. The amp should be able to handle fuzz and Muffs though but you need to be careful with the treble and do also boost the mids a bit on the amp. Most fuzz and Muffs pedals also like a bit of bite from the amp, so find the right balance between clean and some tube grit without actually distorting. As I’m sure you are aware, all vintage style pedals prefer a true bypass chain. Buffers can make these sound thin and harsh.

  180. Brunno F. Tinôco says:

    Hello, Bjorn! Thanks for all the great work and knowledge! I´ve been following your website for as long as I can remember, and I love your music too!

    I´d like to suggest a toppic. What are the best speakers to get the DG sound? I ask that because where I live there´s no way to try WEMs, and it´d be cool to know what gets the job done, regarding more conventional speakers.

    Sorry if you have emerged this topic before, but I think i´ve read everything here, and never found anything on speakers!

    Thanks a lot!
    Take care!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words!
      Speakers are tricky because it obviously depends on the amp. I can recommend a distortion pedal that pretty much fits any amp and guitar but placing the wrong speakers in the wrong amp can cause some seriously horrible tones. Although David usually use a Hiwatt with Fane speakers there’s no reason why you can use a Hiwatt with say V30s which are very different. It will sound right with the right guitar, pickups and pedals. But thanks for the tip! I’ll certainly consider it for a topic!

  181. Eduardo parker says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    I’m trying to get either a fender blues deluxe reissue or a Hiwatt hi gain 50. Any input to put me in right direction will be appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    • Bjorn says:

      Very different sounding amps. What sort of tones are you looking for? What kind of guitar and pickups do you have?

  182. Ben says:

    Hello Bjorn!

    On your advice, I have purchased the Laney Cub 12 head and matching cab and I am absolutely amazed by how good it sounds. On that note however, I was just curious about whether or not switching the speakers out for a closer Gilmour sound was necessary. From what I have gathered, David was using Fane Crescendo speakers for most of the 70’s. So, in your infinite wisdom, what speakers should I choose to get closest to his sounds or will the stock speakers in the cab do a close enough job? Thank for the fountain of information and the time put into the site!


    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words Ben! Yes he did use Fanes but those are very bright and they have a hige headroom. It’s a nice upgrade but it will change the character of the amp completely. It might be better and a more safe choice to upgraxde for something similar as to the stock speakers, like V30s or G12H. They will sound considerably better than the stock speakers, without strying too far from the original character. As for Gilmour’s tones, a lot can be done with the right pickups and pedals.

  183. Cole says:

    Would a 5 watt Fender ’57 Custom Champ make a good pedal platform for home and studio settings?

  184. Richard Foster says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Firstly thank you for all your work in creating such as wonderful resource here. I only recently found the site and am staggered at the amount of information.

    I have a question which I would be grateful if you could give me your opinion on…

    I need to get a new amp for home use, what you could call a ‘bedroom setup’. It would make my life much easier if I could use headphones when I need to be wife and family friendly. I am looking for some nice Gilmour tones and will use a few pedals. I am drawn to the idea of a nice tube amp but I have no chance to try anything out living a long way from guitar civilisation so my preconceived ideas may not reflect current amp technology.

    Having had a Fender Twin some years ago which I believe may have caused structural damage to my house! and I am now wary of anything too loud. I was looking at a Laney but see they don’t have a headphones socket. From what I can tell it seems the Boss Katana or a perhaps a Bugera V5 would work. Can you tell me your view or suggest any other ideas?

    Many thanks in advance,


    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Richard! The Boss Katana is really impressive and it’s got all kinds of features and tones and it can take pretty much any pedal. I don’t have that much experience with Bugera but it’s a nice amp for bedrooms with a nice vintage tone. I also want to recommend the Laney Lionheart Studio 5. A bit more pricy perhaps but a very fine amp and ideal for bedroom and home recording.

  185. Hi Bjorn, and thanks – again! – for all of your hard work and great insight. While my Strat is – finally! – in the workshop for a much-needed overhaul, I’ve started saving up for an amp to go with it. Previously (i.e. 1994-2010), I made do with a Marshall Valvestate 8040V combo, which wasn’t bad, but this time I’ve decided I need something that will be a good and versatile amp; my tastes lean towards British-style tonal qualities, and I need an amp that will satisfy the following criteria:

    1. It’ll have to sound great on its own, even without pedals.
    2. It’ll have to provide adequately low-power settings (0.5W~2W lowest setting, while the other settings will have to include 5W) for “bedroom” and small studio use.
    3. It’ll need to have a British-style voicing (something in the Hiwatt-Marshall-Orange tradition).
    4. It’ll need to have an FX loop.
    5. It’ll need to have separate pre-amp gain and master volume controls.
    7. It’ll need to have a full array of tone controls (bass, middle & treble).
    8. It’ll have to be readily available in my country.
    9. If it’s a combo, its retail price shouldn’t exceed 1100 euros; if it’s a head-cabinet combination, the price should be no more than 1500 euros.

    A decent emulated speaker DI output will be greatly appreciated, but I can live without it.

    This means I have to practically rule out Fender’s offerings. Sadly, although I absolutely love the specification of Hughes & Kettner’s Tubemeisters (both the 18W and the 20W Deluxe heads), there’s no dealership for them in Greece, so I’m afraid I have to rule them out as well. The same goes for Reeves and Hiwatt. Furthermore, for entirely practical reasons, I prefer combos.

    So, I’m left with the following options (in alphabetical order):

    1. Blackstar HT-20R MkII (combo)
    2. Laney Cub12R (combo)
    3. Laney L5-Studio head with Laney LT112 cabinet
    4. Marshall Origin 20C (combo)
    5. Marshall DSL5C (combo)
    6. Victory V40 The Duchess head with Victory V112-CC cabinet

    If you had these six amps to choose from, how would you order them from best to worst? Thank you in advance, and I apologize for bombarding you with so many questions.

    • Bjorn says:

      I’m sorry but I don’t have the capacity or time to answer this in such detail. Try to narrow it down a bit and I’ll try to help.

      • Yes, I guess I should shorten the question a fair bit. Here goes:

        1. Blackstar HT-20R MkII (combo)
        2. Laney Cub12R (combo)
        3. Marshall Origin 20C (combo)
        4. Marshall DSL5C (combo)
        5. Victory V40 The Duchess head with Victory V112-CC cabinet

        If you had to choose one of these amps (always with a Gilmour-style sound in mind), which one would it be?

        • Bjorn says:

          I don’t have that much experience with the Victory, so I can’t really comment on that one. The DSL5C is a really good amp that can do both vintage and more mondern Marshall tones. A bit bright but it can handle pedals pretty well. The Cub is perhaps closest to those early JTM Marshalls and Fender Bassmans. Very dynamic and great sounding. I also want to recommend the Laney Lionheart L5T combo. A step up from the Cub, extremely versatile and great with pedals.

          • Thank you, I’ll keep these ones in mind!

            • Ap says:

              As others said there is already a comprehensive list just above and your question is very long and specific. But I have read it and will try to chip in too.

              I wouldn’t recommend your option 1 since blackstar has some strange things going on with their circuit. At least the mk1, which I had previously and really did not like.

              2-4-5 I can’t say anything about.

              option 6 victory 40 I wouldn’t recommend since your are looking for a small amp. 40 watts is overkill, unless you really like the sound and want to buy an attenuator. Again, extra cost..

              Go for the Laney L5. The combo has no power attenuation , but the L5 studio head has. It fits your budget. It fits your power requirements and all of your other requirements (DI, fx loop etc). And, most importantly, it sounds really good.

              I have the L5 studio and matching cab, bought it on Bjorns recommendation and I am absolutely happy with it.

    • Nick L says:

      Holy smokes I’ve been reading this site for years and that has to be the most complicated request I’ve ever seen. The great news is that Bjorn has carefully curated a list of his recommendations on this very page, all you got to do is scroll up a bit.

  186. Keith Bragg says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Which distortions/muffs would you feel would work best with Boss Katana amps?

  187. erwann says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Thank you for all the great articles, your site is a real goldmine! Wich one would you choose between Reeves Custom 50 and new Hiwatt Custom 50? I play at home but I have a Torpedo attenuator to spare my ears & neighbours.
    Did you try the latest Reeves Vintage Purple Fane clone speakers?


    • Bjorn says:

      At bedroom levels I don’t think it matters as you wouldn’t be able to drive the amp hard enough, which would put the amp on a test but all I can say is that I’m very happy with the Reeves. I haven’t done an A/B with the new Hiwatts but I feel my Reeves is as close as I can get to the old 70s models. Do check out Hi-Tone as well.

  188. Michael says:

    Hey I got a question.
    What amp would you recommend for the wall
    Both album and live?
    Between $400 to $1000

    • Bjorn says:

      Any of the ones I’ve listed will do. How it eventually ends up sounding depends on how you set it up, what guitar, pickups and pedals you use. My best tips though are the Laney Cub and Lionheart amps. Great value and tone.

  189. Greg says:

    I just purchased a Laney L5 Studio. What changes would you recommend for the best Gilmour sound? Swapping tubes?

    • Bjorn says:

      Are there anything you feel is missing? Swapping tubes is a minor change and you might not even notice it. I like to have JJ Electronic tubes in all of my amps but that’s a matter of taste. Not sure what Laney are using these days. You could do a speaker swap but again, it depends on what you feel is missing. The amp should be a versatile platform with the right settings so I’d much rather look at pickups and pedals if you need to change something that will make a bigger change.

  190. GarpaMike says:

    Does anyone on here know if there is a difference in the Laney Lionheart L5 Studio Amp Heads? I ordered one and it arrived today with a black handle. Every one of them I’ve seen, including the photos on the sellers website as well as the Laney website show a beige handle. I’m just wondering if this is merely cosmetic or, is there other differences. I contacted Laney but haven’t heard back yet.


    • Bjorn says:

      Hmmm…. haven’t seen that before.

      • GarpaMike says:

        Received a response from Laney:

        Thanks for the enquiry

        Some of them have black handles as the cream handle became obsolete. Latest versions have been re-designed with a blue handle. The handle is the only difference, the amp is completely the same.

        • piazzi says:

          I bought a 20H here in Canada a few months ago — On Bjion’s many mentions of the amp — Thank you Bjorn — the amp does not have a bad sound and is so quiet

          It came with a cream handle. I had heard and read about the handles disintegrating into bits and pieces

          I looked for replacement to keep as spare and could not find one.

          Opened the screws, took the handle out to a local shop dealing with leathers and stuff

          They made one beautiful handle for me with genuine cream-beige-coloured leather :-)

    • Bjørnar says:

      The beige handles are poor quality, and it’s been a problem that they kind of dissolves into something like bread crumbs… Spreading all over the amp head.
      I’ve seen several or many of the used ones have that issue, and some handles even broken of. This due to the heat produced from the head, wearing down the handle.

      I bought a used L20H a couple of years ago with the same problem. I managed to get hold of a original spare handle! The only place I could find it was from Andertons in the UK. And it was even at a reasonable price!
      But I was interested in buying another head, that had a broken handle, only a month ago. So I looked to Andertons again, but they were out of stock. So I contacted them to see if they would be able to get more of the handles.
      But no… They even checked for me at their supplier, but they had stopped producing it!
      I checked all over the internet (pretty big undertaking:-D) too, if I could find a original spare. But nothing!

      So my guess, since you got a black handle is that Laney maybe finally have changed the type of handle to a more standard, maybe durable type on their Lionheart series.
      Even though the beige is a pretty detail, it’s been a weak spot on this Amps.

      Just a guessing on my part, since you’re not able to get a hold on a beige handle anywhere:-)
      But I guess the sound of the amp is still the same! ?

    • Al W. says:

      Mine is black too, I just got the amp. Perhaps this is just how they are making them now. I didn’t even notice until your said something but it is beige in the pics where in ordered from. No big deal the amp is amazing.

    • Filip S?uka says:

      this is only upgrade of handle… but early handles was poor quality

  191. Al W. says:

    Hey Bjorn, thanks so much for the advice on amp selection. Your have helped me so much with my tone and playing but I have a question. I’m upgrading to a laney l5 head from a hughes and kettner tubemeister 5. Do you have any advice in regards to the laney as to which input is best and some basic starting points for eq and tone settings? I’m playing on a suhr strat with single coils mainly using an iron bell right now for division bell and dark side tones. Thank you!

    • Bjorn says:

      Glad to help, Al! I usually use the gain channel on the Lionheart. It has enough headroom, a bit more mids and compression. Try this for a start:
      hi input, gain channel, bright on, gain 8:00, volume as desired, bass and mids 3:00, treble 9:00, tone 10:00.

      • Al W. says:

        Thanks so much! The laney l5 studio just showed up yesterday and you were right on in your description of its tone. I will experiment and try your tips, thank you as always for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us! I love your site and youtube!

  192. Jim says:

    Hi Bjorn, thank you so much for sharing your knowledges with all of us.

    I have a Laney L5 Studio for a few months, and use it with my Strat Plus (Lace Sensor Gold pick-ups), into the “Hi” in.
    Most of the time i use the drive channel, with drive set just below 3, so I keep a clean tone and have a little bit more mid-range than the clean channel.

    At home it’s great. Most of the time, i set a volume lower than 5 on the amp, and between 7 and 10 on the strat. I notice that, with the Strat volume at 10, the valves start to distort with the amp volume at 6 (so the maximum loud clean tone I can get is with drive just below 3 and drive volume just below 6).

    The only complaints I have is that :
    – the lows are really flabby,
    – the tonal balance dramatically changes when the volume is pushed beyond 6. In this case there is far too much lows (especially with the neck pick-up). I can turn the lows all the way down but they are still flabby, giving some muddy tone.

    Did someone noticed it ?
    Is there a way to enhance how I use it ?

    Thanks a lot Bjorn


    • Bjorn says:

      Teh Lionheart has a lot of lows but not overly so compared to other amps in the same tone range. It depends on how you set the EQ and the balance between the pre and master volume/gain and, what speakers and pickups you use. This is a Class-A, which can be a bit overwhelming if you’re not used to it. A lot of tone and punch but great dynamics and a very open tone.
      Your pickups have a medium output so a bit more than typical vintage ones.
      What’s your amp settings? All of the controls?
      What speakers do you have?
      Where have you positioned the amp? Keep in mind that corners and floor resonate low end.

      • Jim says:

        Hi Bjorn and thank you for your answer,

        Actually I noticed those big flabby lows a few weeks ago when I did my first gig. It was in a big barn on a stage (without PA), and the cab was not in a corner. It was the first time I really pushed the amp beyond 6, and I was confused by the tone that was so different from the rehearsals (below 5). I had to push the “Tone” control at the max to compensate.
        The setting was something like this : drive channel, gain 3, bass 6, mids 7, treble 5, volume 8, the tone control was at noon at the beginning and I pushed it during the gig. I don’t remember if the Bright was engaged.
        The cab is a Hiwatt LR112 equipped with a 150W chinese Fane “FHG-12-150” (it will be soon changed for a 75W Fane made in UK). After the gig, I had to make tests at home to know if the room of the gig was the origin, or maybe the cab, or maybe the 5W output that I was using for the first time…

        5W AND 0,5W OUTPUT : I did some tests and I can’t really hear any difference in the tone of those two outputs (sound pressure difference is approx. 10 db(Z)@ 1m).

        ROOM : At home I have the same feeling when I push it beyond 6, the tonal balance drastically changes, and I have to set the bass Eq on 2 and push the Tone control (the cab is on the floor, in a middle of a wall and at approx 80cm from this wall). Since then, I changed a little bit my pick-ups’ height to better suit the amp.

        CABINET : I did A/B tests with the L5 and a Hiwatt T20/10 Mk III (same guitare, same cab, same location) : for the same sound pressure, the Hiwatt gives far better tight lows with this cab. It’s probably because of a stronger power unit…
        I’ll see what will happen when I’ll have the UK Fane, maybe it will be advantageous.

        I made some other tests with the Laney, in particular by by-passing the preamp thanks to the “FX-loop return”. I’m now sure that those big flabby lows come from the last power stage (V3 + V4 and power unit). That’s why the “Tone” control helps, because it sits between V3 and V4…
        Maybe I’ll change V3 and V4, i don’t know, because this character may come from the power unit (a small power unit can’t handle low frequencies like a big one).

        With your Lionheart, do you also feel that the tonal balance drastically changes when volume goes from 5 to 8 ?


  193. Guilherme says:

    Hey Bjorn!

    I’m thinking about a small tube amp for gilmourish sound. I’m between a Fender Bassbreaker 15, Peavey Classic 20 Minihead and a Laney L5 Studio. I’m tending to get the Laney for its quality and features, but price and 5W are not that attractive. What do you think?? And how do you think a Laney Cub would compare to all these others, since has no recording features but is close to the L5? Thank you!

    • Bjorn says:

      How and where will you be using the amp?

      • Guilherme says:

        Mostly home, recording and small jams… I already have a katana 100 but I’m not entirely happy. The bassbreaker have cool features, but I’m afraid I’ll be stuck to a katana-like tone, since the crunch Chanel of the katana is based on the bassman. I’m thinking in getting a laney cub 212, record on 1w for some lunch and just mic if I need to on larger gigs. What do you think?

        • Bjorn says:

          I really can’t praise the Lionheart amps enough and I think you’ll be very happy with that one. That being said, the Cub is a great British voiced amp, with a nice vintage touch. Kind of a JTM/AC30/Hiwatt type of amp.

    • Chad from Dallas says:

      I just wanted to chime in and let you know that I think the Peavey classic 20 does an excellent job for Gilmourish tones at the bedroom level. 1w is plenty low, but eve at 5w, it is still low enough at my house to not bother the wife and kids. At 5w, I can dial in some fantastic Gilmour tones. I have a Hi-Tone 50w for my band setting and the Peavey compares very nicely for home use. I would highly recommend it.

  194. Sam says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    2 questions: first, have you ever played the Hiwatt Little Rig/Little D? If so, thoughts?

    Second, how does the Cub go with the Keeley Darkside?

    Thanks again, as always


  195. Hi, Thanks for information.

  196. chad chacchia says:


    I apologize in advance if this has already been covered. I didn’t see it in the posts though. I just wanted to share info with the community. I own a HiTone HT50 and love it, but is is obviously way to much for the bedroom. I have been on a quest for a while now for a bedroom amp that won’t break the bank. I have tried several, including an H&K 18w, Superchamp XD to name a few. I was about to try out the cub, but gave the Peavey Mini 20 a roll first. I have a classic 50 and it does great Floyd tones, but again very loud. I wanted a good all around amp for band practice as well as good Floyd tones for practice. I have to say the Mini 20 is great. Paired with the 112 cab with V30, it covers all above. It is a great classic rock amp, but I have been able to dial in some great Floyd tones at bedroom levels. The 1 watt is really solid. It is a bit compressed for me, but its 1 watt and does more than the job on most any Floyd tones I throw at it. For Wall tones, I throw an Iron fist, M1, Elec Lady, and flashback and it sounds great. I throw my Tube Driver in front of it and crank the gain on the pedal and it does Castellorizon perfectly. I will say 5w is where it really shines for bedroom sounds. It might be a little loud for some, but I find it fine in my house and it opens up quite a bit from 1w. At 20watts it kept up fine in the mix for our band practice. We do classic rock and have a loud drummer. The cleans on 20w are nice and lush. I am not sure if it is the v30 instead of the blue marvels or the amp itself, but the sound is quite a bit better than my classic 50. At least to my ears. I wouldn’t call it a budget rig, but it won’t break the bank either. I got the head and cab in like new condition for 600 US. For anyone looking for a versatile amp, that covers classic rock and blues well, sounds great for Floyd and can be played at home as well, I think it is a hard amp to beat. Lastly, it can be plugged strait into the PA or your recording pre amps as well. No speaker needed. If you ever get a chance to play one, I would really love to hear your opinion of the Peavey Classic 20.

  197. Hi Bjorn. Can you give me some tips on Fender bassbreker to play Pink Floyd sounds? How much gain in the clean channel and eq? Thank you!

    • Bjorn says:

      That depends on what pickups and pedals you use and in what sort of environment you’re using the amp… bedroom, recording, band, stage?

      • I use a Fender MIM Standart Strato with original pickups, Ehx Crayon, Mooer Black Secret, Ehx Green Russian Big Muff and I play in my bedroom.

        • Bjorn says:

          OK, hard to suggest accurate settings obviously but set it up for a clean tone, with the mids and bass fairly high. Probably around 2-3 o’clock and maybe higher on the mids. Keep the treble low, start around 9:00. Not quite sure how the gain and master interact with the 3 different tone mods but try to raise the gain as high as you can without getting overdrive and then add master.

  198. Keith says:

    Hi Bjorn.
    I have a Boss Katana 50 and MIM Standard Strat. Which do you feel would be better for my amp and pickups; a Big Muff or a ProCo Rat?

    • Bjorn says:

      Rat would be easier to set up but it depends on what tones you want and need. See this feature for some tips on choosing the right pedals for different amps.

      • Keith Bragg says:

        Thank you for the reply. I wasn’t sure where that amp would classify in the MIDS scheme of things, so I purchased a few variations of OD and distortion to experiment. I am currently favoring a EHX Big Muff Green Russian with Soul Food combo. I tried a BD-2 with the BMGR, but I couldn’t get the sustain without a huge volume variation between clean and engaged. The Soul Food can push it a bit so the unity can be dropped a bit more, for me at least.I can get close enough to an Animals/Wall tone and still get great early Sabbath! I still need something a little more fuzzy though for older tones. The Big Muff nano (NYC) had the “break up” but without focus or definition that I wanted with my setup.

    • Hi Keith. I recommend both, but if you have to choose, ProCo Rat is more versatile. Test the Mooer Black Secret, a cheaper version with excellent quality.

      • Keith Bragg says:

        Thanks Bruno. I haven’t tried a Rat yet, I ended up pretty happy with a Big Muff Green Russian and a Soul Food, but do need something for the fuzzier pre Animals tones. Thanks for the suggestion on the Black Secret. As far as Rats go, is the new ProCo Rat 2 a different animal all together than the one listed here on Gilmourish?

  199. David says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I really like the Comfortably Numb Pompei 2016 tone.

    Which amp would you most reccomend for playing at home?

    Based on your previous feedback I’m currently looking at the Laney L5 Studio or L5T-112.


  200. Stephen Whiting says:

    Hi Bjorn, you have probably been asked this before but how would you set up a blues jr? I have a tweed jr 3. thanks, stephen

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends entirely on your pikcups, pedals and how and where you’ll be using the amp. In general I would be careful with the treble. Keep it low, with the bass and mids raised a bit over flat. I’d also try to set it up for a hint of pre gain bite but still clean. The Jr, and especially the Tweed, can be a bit bright and flabby in the lower end, so again, it depends on the factors described above.

  201. Nuno says:

    Hello Bjorn! Which amp do you think it’s better to play floyd, ac30 c2x or hiwatt hi-gain 100? Thanks for help

    • Bjorn says:

      I would say the Hiwatt but it depends on how you’ll be using the amp. An AC30 can be more than enough but not ideal for a typical bedroom setup as it would need some volume to compress and get that mid range.

  202. Brad says:

    Have you tried any Dr. Z amps?

    • Bjorn says:

      Very briefly.

    • Nick L says:

      Lots of great Dr Z amps. No clones all original designs based on classics, kind of the same mentality that Buffalo FX takes on effects. The discontinued KT-45 is a great platform for effects, with a very clean EF-86 front end based on the Vox AC50 and a power section based on Hiwatts. I play the Therapy – it’s a fresh take on the low powered tweed twin type sound, but with cleaner cleans and a more flexible E.Q. section. Great platform for effects and a great master volume if you want some tweed flavored overdrive from your amp.
      They also make a lot of amps that are fresh takes on the classic Vox sound, but I haven’t tried a lot of those as I haven’t ever figured out how to make the Vox sound work for me.

      • Brad says:

        Thanks. Any recommendations for a good Gilmour Dr. Z? Was looking at Maz, Plus, Lux, etc.

        • Nick says:

          I know this is old, so no idea if you’ll see this or even care at this point, but in case you (or anyone else) does: I personally have a Dr Z. Maz 18 jr 2×12 (it’s technically a combo, but the head was removed and placed into its own cab, so it’s a stack now I suppose). Celestion speakers, forget which, and has the dr z attenuator built in (an absolute *must* – this thing screaaammmms, even at 18w it honestly competes w/ my old 50w marshall jcm). Anyway, I don’t know exactly what I’d compare it do, but the thing manages to be capable of soooo many tones. Direct-in is just beautiful for cleans and classic blues tones, but it takes pedals like a champ, and with the help of this site in determining pedals (along w/ having a gilmour black strat I customized to be about as exact as possible), it does more justice than just about anything else for the gilmour/floyd sound.

          The amp itself is also just very…. responsive. Elastic (?), or buoyant (?) almost (if that makes sense – I can’t really think of how best to explain it. But it’s like… it feeds off you and your guitar, and you feed off it, and it all combines to affect not just your tone but even your playing. It just has some “it” factor that my JCM 800, 2000, AC15, and Orange tiny terror never had (it almost made them feel sterile in the same way most tube amps make most solid states feel)

  203. Tirol says:

    tks for this site :)
    did you tried Supro amps ? i’ve made a clone of vibroverb SE amp with 6v6 power stage.
    wonderful clean and warm crank

  204. Ap says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I have the laney L5 studio head. Do you have any recommondations for a 10″ speaker that would suit it well and gilmour tones in mind?

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t used 10″ speakers that much so I can’t really tell. What about a single 12″ cab? I think you get much more headroom that way. The Lionhearts go very well with V30s and G12H Celestions.

      • Ap says:

        I have had a 1×12 with g12m greenback. Was quite loud tbh for home use. SO now I purchased a 10″ cab with a celestion ten 30. Volume wise I am a happy person since I can crank it up more before my desk starts to shake. However the speaker leaves a bit to be desired. It gets a bit fizzy on distortions.

        So I thought maybe something that would resemble g12h, or v30 in a 10″ speaker could help.

        • Bjorn says:

          Are you using pedals or the amp for gain?

          • Ap says:

            Hey Bjorn, thank so much for responding by the way, it amazes me how you are able to give tips personally still with so much people on your site!

            Regarding the 10″ cabinet. I have decided to return the 10″ one and just went ahead with the matching lionheart 1×12 combo with G12h – 30 speaker in it. Sounds so much better, albeit a bit louder when I try to cook the tubes. Volume 4 or something is the max or my closets starts shaking. The 0.5w input is ok to open it up more to get power tube saturation, but it seems to me the 5w input is so much better and livelier than the 0.5w.

            So now my full setup is as follows:
            – Mexican classic player 50’s strat with tex mex pickups
            – mexican classic player 60’s strat with grey bottom custom ‘inspired’ 69 pickups. (not a fan of these by the way).
            – Mooer elec lady pedal (love it)
            – Mooer blues mood (love it)

            And of course the lionheart l5 studio + the lt112 matching cab

            But seriously, how do you play the 2×12 at home? When I go past 4-5 on the 1×12 my desk and drawers start shaking :).

            Now I think I just need pedals to add to the collection. I’ve tried the green russian ehx, really (REALLY) nice sound, but a bit challenging to tame.

            I’m definitely going to pick up the tc flashback delay. And maybe try to find an alternative to the green russian for heavier tones. Any recommendations on that one?

            • Bjorn says:

              Yes, the 5w allow more of the output stage of the amp, so that will probably sound better.
              I use my bigger amps in our studio so I can pretty much crank them without being concerned with neighbours. At home I use smaller amps and plugins for demo stuff.
              Big Muffs are aggressive by nature although the Green Russian is one of the less aggressive ones. You might want to check out a more mellow sounding overdrive like a Boss BD2, Fulltone OCD or, a favourite of mine, the Vick Audio Tree of Life. All of these can pretty much do anything from clean boost to overdrive and distortion.

              • Ap says:

                Yeah, the green russian certainly was a beast, but smooth at the same time. I will try your recommendations, and regarding the green russian… it may come back in the collection in the future, since i’m missing that huge and smooth sound.

                Thanks so much again!

  205. Gilles says:

    Hi Bjorn
    What do you think of the Orange Dark Terror or Micro terror ?
    Are they suitable for good clean tones?

    • Bjorn says:

      You can get some clean tones with them but they’re really designed for tube gain and rock tones. I wouldn’t recommend them for Gilmour tones.

    • Kareem says:

      Hi Gilles,

      I have the Dark Terror and I have to say that it’s extremely flexible. I play loads of clean tones through it (including Pink Floyd). People have the tendancy to write off Orange amps as unrelaiable in the clean tone department. Try one out yourself and trust me youll be surprised!

  206. Frollo says:

    Hello Bjorn! Any thoughts about the new Laney LA100SM which is apparently a reproduction of the SUPERGROUP from the late 60’s? Do you think it can be close to a Hiwatt DR 103? Thanks for all that you do!

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve never played a Super Group so I can’t really tell. Based on the reviews I’ve seen it seems to have a bit more breakup and perhaps less mids than a Hiwatt but I might be mistaken.

      • Frollo says:

        Thanks Bjorn! I’m looking for a second amp preferably a combo. I have a Laney L5 studio directly connected to the sonorisation system. But for some venues, this configuration won’t suit. So I need a small combo that will be mic. I don’t want to invest too much money in this second amp. Do you think that a Cub 12R with V30 and JJ Tubes can be close to my L5 sound ? Is it better to go with a Blues Junior or something close? Thank you in advance! Max

        • Bjorn says:

          I guess the Cub would be closer but I’m not sure if I’d trust it on a gig or at least travelling. It’s more of a practise amp at home. Not familiar with the V30.

          • Frollo says:

            Thanks for the reply! A friend of mine sells a 1994 Peavey Classic 30 (2( years and still alive!). Do you think it’s a better choice for the same price than the Cub 12r?

            • Bjorn says:

              The Peavey is certainly better for live gigs and touring but soundwise they’re two different amps. I really love the Classic 30. It’s very easy to set up and it takes all kinds of pedals. The Cub has a distinct vintage character. Great amp but I wouldn’t trust it for gigging.

  207. Gertjan Vosters says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I own a Laney Lionheart L5 top with a 1×12 cabinet which has a Celestion Blue speaker installed. Do you findr this speakerto be matching well with the cab. Or would you rather swap it for an othert Celestion speaker? Say for example a G12 greenback or V30?

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the Blue so I can’t really tell. I swap between G12H and V30 and both, although different sounding, fist the amp very well.

    • Ap says:

      I have the same L5 with a greenback g12m-25 watt. I think volume wise its good for home, but soundwise, it is a bit lacking it seems. It feels a bit dark even with telecasters.

      I’ll try and get the g12h, since that one seems brighter on reviews and used in the official laney cabs. the v30 is excellent for higher gain, but is 70 watt or something which gets a lot louder and not usable for my personal home setup.

      • Bjorn says:

        The G12H has a bit more sparkle in the higher mids so that might be a better option for playing at home, yes. Still, I don’t find the Lionheart dark at all. Here’s my main settings: hi input, gain channel, bright on, gain 2, volume as desired, bass and middle 8, treble 2, tone 4. This is a great platform for most of my pedals. Obviously it depends on what pedals and pickups you use and, the louder you play, the more the amp will open up.

  208. TJ says:


    Just Curious, i am looking at a Orange rocker 32 combo as i am trying to kill two birds with one stone and get a nice clean sound that i can use for gilmour style things (with my pedal rig to get into the fuzz stuff) and something that is a hi gain, do you think that the clean channel on the orange would be able to get me into the gilmour range?

    Thanks Bjorn

  209. Joe says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Any plans to review the Blackstar Studio 10 EL34/6L6/KT88? Love the site, it’s provided me with hours of enjoyment.

  210. Ben says:

    Hey Bjorn! I was just wondering what your opinion is on using a Marshall DSL40 to get Gilmour’s 70’s era (Meddle to The Wall) HIWATT tones?

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on your guitar/pickups and pedals. Obviously a modern Marshall is a very different amp than a vintage Hiwatt. The DSL can certainly be tweaked to something similar but to my ears it’s a bit too compressed and bright sounding. Again, it all depends on your pickups and pedals. Try setting the amp as clean as pissoble, with a bit of mids and bass boost and the treble rolled considerably back.

  211. Sam says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    I’m considering a Hiwatt T40. Problem is, they aren’t available here in Australia so I can’t try one out. I trust your reviews, so I’m not worried about it with regards to my pedals, my main concern is hum. I’ve got one of their Maxwatt G100R amps and it is absolutely atrocious for hum. Really bad. How’s the hum on Tube series? Is there less chance of hum with a head/cab vs a combo?

    Also, have you ever tried Badcat Amps and if so, thoughts?



    PS. Drop this new album already!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Sam!
      I haven’t spent all that much time with the T40 so I can’t really tell whether it’s got hum or not. Obviously noise comes in many forms and it doesn’t have to be the amp. See the tone features for some tips on how to tackle noise. I didn’t notice any more hum that what I expected but don’t hold that against me. My experience with the T series is that they’re very good sounding farily cheap alternatives to the bigger Hiwatts. The Maxwatt amps are awful.


    Do you have any experience with amplitube? Can we take good Gilmour’s tone with it?

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve used it briefly. I did upload some presets at one point. Maybe they’re still there. Search for Bjorn Riis or David Gilmour.

  213. dylanbrizzy says:

    Hey Bjorn, love the site! I was thinking of getting a Laney 2×12 combo. Is the Laney head you have one of the older made in the UK ones or is it made in China? Sorry if you have answered this before!

    • Bjorn says:

      Mine is UK. I haven’t tried the China ones so I can’t really tell. My experience with Laney is that always hold a high standard and, China is producing way better stuff than a few decades ago so I wouldn’t worry.

      • DaveR's Guitars says:

        I have a Laney Lionheart L5T-112 5w Combo (Made in China) It sounds AMAZING and plenty loud for a 5W combo. It does the Gilmour stuff quite well IMO.

      • David says:

        Bjorn, hi. Thanks as always for all the work you do here. I’m resurrecting this thread to report on my experience with the UK vs. Chinese Laney Lionheart L20t 112. I bought my Laney about a year and a half ago and didn’t realize it was made in China. (Laney is sneaky… the back panel reads “Designed and Engineered in the UK”.) Anyway, I liked the amp, but something about it always felt a little abrasive, especially in the highs. A few days ago I noticed that my local guitar dealer had the same amp, but a made in the UK version. He took my Liohneart and 200 bucks and I walked home with the amp I’d meant to buy 18 months ago.

        There is a HUGE difference in the sound, in my humble opinion. The UK Laney is warmer. It’s easier to dial in a Fender-ish clean “sparkle,” especially at lower volumes (where it also compresses better). It also has a spring reverb, as opposed to the digital reverb in the Chinese version (which I found basically unusable). The only other real difference is the speaker. The Chinese Laney has a made-in-China Celestion 75th anniversary speaker; the UK version has a Celestion Greenback G12H. The Greenback just seems to be a better fit. The amp has that “it” factor… I can’t stop playing it (to my wife’s chagrin!).

        I’m sorry for this long post. I know what a fan you are of the Lionheart and I thought you might like to know my experience. I played the two amps side by side at the guitar store; several roaming musicians agreed that the UK amp had a better, warmer sound. I’d been on the fence with my China-made Laney; but now I could not be happier. Gigging with my UK Laney tomorrow afternoon!

        • Bjorn says:

          Thanks for sharing David!
          I have only brief experience with the China version but I would assume that the speakers make the whole difference. As far as I know, the amp it self should be identical but yes, speakers makes a huge difference. I’ve also replaced the stock tubes in mine with JJs which I find much more fitting. I love this amp!

  214. Joe R says:

    Hi Bjorn, Just want to thank you for the great information on your site. I just got a Lionheart L5 studio based largely on your recommendation and must say I couldn’t be happier so far. This site also led me to Airbag and your solo work which are fantastic. Thanks again!

  215. Walt T. says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Thanks so much for all the great information!
    I just bought a used black mexican strat and am having fender custom 69 pickups installed in the middle and neck position and an SSL-5 in the bridge position.
    I have a few amps that I can choose from for trying to get the Gilmour tones you so describe here:

    I have the following amps to choose from:
    1) Peavey Classic 30 combo (mentioned above)
    2) Crate Palomino V32 Class A 30W combo (US made)
    3) Peavey Triumph 60 combo

    I know you’ve already recommended the Peavey Classic 30, but wonder if you ever tried the others. The Palomino V32 has a Marshall-like tone, but a little darker.

    I’d also like to know which Big muff you think would sound better – the electro-harmonix Green Russian or the new electro-harmonix triangle Big Muff pi?

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve only tried the Classic 30. It’s a great sounding amp and pedal platform. You can easily set it up for some nice Gilmour tones. I would go for the Green Russian. The Triangle will proably sound too aggressive for the amp.

  216. Hi bjorn. I have a Laney TI15. I just love it, is a good pedals platform to, but his clean sound is not so good. With David Gilmour’s tones in mind, I want an amp that had a clean channel with a good clean sound, a good pedal platform and a drive channel with other possibilities of tones. I’m interested in Lionheart and Bassbreaker. Which one do you think will meet my needs? I play in my bedroom only.

  217. Joshua Jacob says:

    Hi, been following this website for ages and I think it just might be the best website on the the entire internet.

    Wondering what your opinions where on the Roland Blues Cube and how you would go about getting a Gilmour tone out of one.


  218. William says:

    Awesome resource you have here. I am getting a Lionheart L5 studio soon because it looks perfect for my needs. The matching cab that Laney makes is hard to get in the states, so are there any other cabs that would match well with the L5? Maybe a Fender Bassbreaker cab? Thanks

  219. Cyrus says:

    Any suggestions on what speakers should be put into my Hiwatt T20 combo to get a closer gilmour sound? More specifically his tones from the 70’s.

    • Bjorn says:

      He used Fane Crescendo speakers so if you really want THAT tone, then search for similar models or clones. You want high wattage and lots of headroom. Keep in mind though that they are designed ror large cabinets and venues so you really need to drive them quite a bit to get them to open up. Otherwise they can sound fairly bright and flat.

      • Cyrus says:

        Thanks for your response.

        What are your thoughts on the Weber Thames or FC12? Are they somewhat a reasonable option as “Crescendo like” speakers?

  220. Lrnz says:

    Hi Bjorn! ive been using your site for the past 4 years atleast but its the first time writing to you, and its, ofc, to ask for help :).

    Im currently using this setup : Mex Strat Deluxe with an SSL-5, my pedals are, the TopTone DG2 (buyed thanks to you) TC elettronics Flashback (same as the DG2) a Trex comp-nova, Movall overdrive Minotaur (recommended by the store where ive buyed the strat, years ago, he plays Gilmour too) and the mini mooers, both ensemble king and the ninety orange.

    the problem is, im using a VOX Valvetronix +20 and i just cant make it sound decent, i cant deal with the volume, the gain, the master and the power knob aswell, idk if im doing something wrong or it just the amp that cant keep up with the pedals.

    The amp its 10 years old already,
    bought it when i was just a teen and pedal-less :D
    i really want to buy that Laney 12 cub stack, but im stil in doubt.

    Any advice?

    • Bjorn says:

      What’s the issue with the amp. What do you feel is lacking in the tone? My experience with smaller Vox amps is that they often sound thin, bright and lack that mid range you need for a lot of the typical Gilmour pedals and tones. You really need to drive Vox amps hard to make them sound big and fat. I can’t really praise the Lionheart amps enough. Awesome sounding amps and pedal platforms.

  221. Ratan says:

    Hi Bjron, Hope you are doing good. I had a question about two amps: 1. Boss Katana 50 watts and 2. Laney Cube 12R. I understand both are different amps (transistor vs tube) and need, but how do you compare to each other, considering tight budget, do you recommend Boss Katana? It for bedroom hobby playing and considering Gilmou’s tone in general and looking for more versatile solution.

    • Bjorn says:

      The Katana has effects built into it so in that sense, it’s more versatile I guess. Nice pedal platform too. The Cub is a more vintage sounding amp with a distinct tube flavour. I like both. Depends on what sort of tone and features you need.

  222. John Hargnett says:

    What did you think of it?

  223. Cyril says:

    Hi Bjorn, first a real big thank you for your amazing work on this website. I’m also a huge fan of your solo albums, can’t wait for the next one. Hope to see you in concert someday in France.
    My question is: I hesitate between 2 heads to buy. Laney Lionheart L20 head and Hiwatt T40 head, both with their assorted 2×12 cabs. I plan in a Pink Floyd tribute Band, in venues from 500 to 2000 people. My amp is always « sounded » with a microphone to the sound system.
    Witch one would you go for ?
    Thanks for your reply.
    Regards from France.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Cyril! Obviously, for both amps you’d have to mic the cabs and use fron monitoring. I swap between my Lionheart and Reeves/Hiwatt and both deliver on similar types of venues. Personally I think the Lionheart has more character, while the Hiwatt is no doubt a more Gilmour type of amp.

  224. John Hargnett says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    Great stufff as usual. Have tried a Marshall Origin 50?

  225. Greg Kala says:

    Hi, Bjorn! I already own an Orange Rocker 15. I just got a Red Pig Hoof, and I’m thinking about getting an additional amp for bedroom playing that might be better for the Gilmore tone. Do you think a Laney Cub stack would be very similar to the Orange, so why bother? Thoughts for an amp to combine with the Pig Hoof? Thanks so much!!

    • Bjorn says:

      They’re somewhat similar, both being British with that mid range and compression. I do think the Cub is much more vintage sounding though, with more headroom. Great pedal platform.

  226. Seth says:

    Hi Bjorn:

    First, thank you for this amazing site and trove of great information! Love it.

    I’m picking up a HK 18 and I’m curious as to which specific JJ tubes you would recommend for it. Can you provide some guidance here?

    My apologies if it was discussed elsewhere on this thread. I read through the comments, but didn’t seem to come across it. I’m not particularly knowledgeable about tubes in general, so your help would be greatly appreciated.


    • Bjorn says:

      I had a H&K 18 for some time and I think I had JJ goldtips same value as the stock tubes in it. Made a huge difference. Be sure to use the gain channel for your pedals though. The clean channel is way too open for pedals.

  227. Sound Chaser says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    I’m in the market for a new “pedal plateform amp”, using a good clean sound as a basis and my pedalboard (overdrive, fuzz, modulation). It’s only for home recording and practizing, no gig. Quite interested in a solid state amp like the Boss Katana, what do you think? Did you try your pedalboard with the Katana? Many thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      The Katana is a great pedal platform. I haven’t spent too much time with but I definitely got some great tones with lots of different pedals including Muffs. It is a solid state so you won’t get that tube compression and dynamics, which will have an impact on your pedals but that’s probably not an issue in e bedroom/small studio setup anyway. Check out the Roland Blues Cube as well.

  228. Jerry says:

    Hi Bjorn, I really appreciate the site, and have learned so much from your videos. I have a question about your amp and pedal chain you used to record the song, Out of Reach. Your solo in that song has to be one of the most beautifully phrased solos I’ve heard. Can you let me know what amp (Reeves 50? Lionheart?) and pedals you used for the solo? I think I’m hearing your Dunlap Crybaby as you progress up on some of the notes and possibly a phaser. That solo nails the sound I’d like to achieve if possible. Thank you so much for your time – Jerry

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jerry! Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s years since I recorded that solo so I don’t really remember for sure. I think I used my Reeves and a Les Payl with PAF humbuckers. Effectswise I think I used a cray baby > AnalogMan Boss DS-1 and all of the delays were added in the mix using stock plugins in Logic I think… Listening to the solo I was probably playing very loud to get the sustain and feedback :)

  229. Hi Bjorn. Fender Bassbreaker is a good plataform to EHX Russian Big Muff and Crayon?

  230. Edmund Taylor says:

    Hi Bjorn. You’re playing is incredible and sharing your knowledge is really helpful. I have a Peavey Classic 30, but am thinking of switching to the Hiwatt Tube Series 40w.
    My chain is a Fender MIM Strat with Custom 69 pickups> Electronic Orange Pig Hoof>Vick Audio Overdriver>Electronic Orange Moon Vibe>Mooer ElecLady>MXR Carbon Copy>Ditto Looper>Peavey Classic 30.
    I’m chasing a Gilmour tone, and have a few questions.
    1. Is swapping the Peavey for a Hiwatt worth the investment to get a more gilmourish tone?
    2. Is the Hiwatt versatile? I have no stores near me that carry Hiwatts to try one for myself before buying.
    3. Is my signal chain Ok?

    Thank you for taking the time to read and respond.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hard one to answer. I guess it’s worth it if you got money burning in your pocket but I think the Classic 30 is great and you can definitely get some really nice Gilmour tones with it. Your chain looks great! What do you think? Is there something missing in your tone? Do you feel the need to buy a new amp or should you experiment more with the amp settings and pedals?

      • Edmund Taylor says:

        Something seems missing from my tone. I ordered an iron fist compressor. Maybe that will solve the problem. I also plan on buying in the future evidence audio cables, a pedalboard with isolated power, and maybe an analogman 109 SunFace. I plan to add these things slowly over time when my budget allows. Thank you for your input! I’m also using the Peavey Classic 30 at low volume level for playing at home. Will that effect the EQ? I’m using the settings you recommended for the Peavey Classic 30. Thanks

        • Edmund Taylor says:

          UPDATE: I tried the iron fist compressor and it is what was missing from my tone. My tone now sounds very Gilmourish. Thanks again for all the great advice and info on this site.

  231. Geir says:

    Hi Bjørn. I keep coming back to your site, thanks for the excellent (and no doubt time consuming) work for everyone interested in guitars. I hope people hit the Donate button now and then, I do. (If not and you are reading this, it’s on the About page!)

    Now having bought and concentrated on keyboards and mixer/recording for a while, I want to pick up my guitars again. They are Fender as well as custom Strats (one with original Fender and one with EMG pickups) and Teles. (I have had Gibson, Gretch, Guild and more over the decades, but it seems I am a Fender guy.) I am strictly a basement home studio guy nowadays, no band or gig playing.

    I have a Soundcraft Signature hooked up to a Mac running Logic X. The Soundcraft has all my keys connected, and with the 3 “big” Strymons chained into stereo AUX. I also have a few standard and boutique pedals, Tube Screamer, OD1, Blues Driver and DD7 delay.

    After playing a Mesa combo for many years I finally realised it was never going to leave the house again, and overkill for my basement, and replaced with a Princeton Reverb. Perfect for most of my playing.

    Then visiting this site again wondering if I should shell out for a custom muff, I realised that EH had released the Green Russian, which I can get from my local gear shop at a price which won’t ruin me. And the Triangle, which I guess is more of an untamed beast. So of course I thought I would try one.

    But reading your comments made me wary if the Princeton is the right amp for a muff. So I started looking at the amps section, especially what caught my eye was the Lionheart L5 Studio. I understand this can in fact be connected to my Mac directly through USB for recording. And can be used without a speaker cabinet for this and though headphones. So that sounded intriguing.

    Now after a long winded intro, I hope I can ask the following. Please note that I am not aiming to do perfect sounding Pink Floyd covers, although the right equipment might change that, this is mostly to apply those wonderful sounds to my own songs.
    1. Assuming I want Gilmour type muff sounds, do I want another amp than the Princeton? (Assume for arguments sake that money is not an issue. It is, but let us pretend it’s not. :) )
    2. Assuming I want another amp, is the Lionheart that much better than say a Cub that it makes sense?
    3. Have you tried running the L5 directly though USB? Does it work well enough that I can skip a speaker and mike?
    4. Am I right in assuming that the Green Russian would be a “nicer” alternative for me than the Triangle?
    Then between them, my Strymons, Boss DD etc I am sure would cope with the rotary sounds and delays etc.

    TIA, Geir :)

    • Bjorn says:

      Hei Geir! Takk for hyggelig post! Regner med du er norsk, men la oss ta det på Engelsk :)
      I don’t think you can find a better sounding and better suited home practice/studio amp than the Princeton. You can’t really compare it with anything else. I’m using a Lionheart L20 for a lot of stuff and it’s really one of the most versatile amps that I’ve played. The clean channel is kind of a Vox AC but not really :) The dirt channel is kind of a JTM 45 but so much more :) The Studio 5 is the same amp only smaller. I wouldn’t swap the Princeton for it unless you’re not happy with it. That being said, the Lionheart is definitely worth checking out. Not least for its studio features.
      The Cubs are great but I’d rather keep the Fender.
      I’ve only tried the Studio running it as a regular amp. Haven’t tried the studio features. The clips I’ve heard sounds OK but I think it really shines if you use it as a pre-amp and re-amp your signal using plug-ins.
      The Green Russian is a more mellow sounding Muff, with more mids and compression. Two different pedals really. Depends on what you need :)

      • Geir says:

        Norsk ja. :)
        Thanks for the reply!

        I am not suggesting I swap the Princeton, that is a keeper. Rather to buy an amp like the Lionheart to complement it, for where I want those «British» sounds. I am not big on using plugins, although Logic has some nice amp sims. I could buy the Studio head and a speaker cab, but If I am not gong to use the built in interface anyway it would be cheaper to buy the 5W combo and mike it the old fashion way.

        If course, If I can get those «Gilmourish» sounds from the Princeton somehow, I’d rather save the money.

  232. Francesco Cagnacci says:

    hey bjorn, have you tried the new hot rod deluxe? i was considering buying it

  233. fabrizio goria says:

    hey Bjorn how are you ? legend site that keeps getting better congrats !!!!
    some help please……I own a DR 103 1972, last service the technician said that is nearly time to change the transformers , where can I get those partridge transformers ? and if they are not available what should I Buy ?

    thanks for your help


    • Bjorn says:

      Thank you! I really don’t have any experience with that. I’d do a search and maybe post a Q on a vintage amp forum. Sorry…

    • Rocco Bambieze says:

      I just noticed this and I believe Mercury Magnetic’s in the US has those Partridge specs and can make you a set.

  234. Dorian says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    I have a question, I notice a more loud or sharp sound when I play a bend on the ground string, I can take the example of Shine on you crazy diamond second solo, when I play the first note on G string, I feel that it is more acute than I want. can I improve this with my amp (fender bassbreaker midnight oil) or with a pedal? You have an idea ? Thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      Hard to tell when I haven’t heard your tone and this also sound more of a matter of taste than something being wrong. David’s Hiwatts has a lot of mid range and he’s using a tad overdrive and a bit of compression. That produce a warm punchy tone, with a bit of bite and high end roll off. Your Fender amp is very different sounding but I’d probably start by setting it up clean, rolling back the treble considerably and roll back the guitar volume control to about 8. Maybe a hair higher or lower. You can also consider a compressor but a cleaner overdrive, like a BD2, would do the job.

      • Dorian says:

        Hello I use bk Butler tube driver and the blue comp, based on the cs2, by alh effects.
        It is difficult to me to explain the sound but i notice a difference beetween position.
        Equalisation is difficult To understand for me, I also notice I have a buzz like a sound saturée in the base.
        Difficult :-(

        • Bjorn says:

          Well, I have no idea. When you say buzz it could be a frequency in the amp that you can try to tame with the EQ controls. Could be a string that’s either causing fret buzz or that’s too close to the pickups.

  235. Chris chaney says:

    Thank you for your answers. I have been wondering about that for a while i doesn’t change amp but it scoops out some of the mids and that helps the amp sound less aggressive on clean channel.

  236. Chris chaney says:

    Big question bjorn. I have a button on my Marshall dsl that when i punch it the mids are scooped and it sounds less aggressive will that help with pedals like tube screamer and others that dont like mid heavy amps its a fairly new feature on amps that allow players to get that scooped metal sound but, maybe i am just dumb but, seems to me that would bring the amp closer to a fender or allow you to use different pedals.

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t think it turns your amp into a Fender but perhaps a more modern sounding distortion. I guess that makes it easier to use mids boosted pedals. I haven’t tried the feature on that amp so I can’t really comment on how it sounds.

  237. Rodrigo says:

    Hello, Bjorn

    Thank you very much for all information in your website. Really impressive work. I have to tell you that i was
    using Line 6 digital pedal boards and never get any closer to Gilmour sound.

    Following your sugestion, i changed my gear to a BOSS KATANA 100, and achieved excelents results on Gilmour sounds and other tones for my Classic Rock band. Very happy with the amp! Thank you so much!!

  238. Bryn says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Can you give an idea of how loud/quiet the Laney Cub 12 is in <1W mode? For example, could it go louder than a dreadnought acoustic played hard? If using it as a clean platform for pedals, does it make any difference to the sound quality to use the 15W channel with volume turned down? Thanks.

    • Bjorn says:

      It’s definitely louder than an acoustic but it obviously depends on the volume and gain settings combined. 15w will sound fuller and more balanced but the 1w does the job.

  239. Arthur says:

    Hi Bjorn
    what do you think about the last Fender Hot rod deluxe IV? It seems to be a little different from the III, do you think it works good with pedals?

    • Bjorn says:

      Haven’t tried it but the Hot Rods do have a bit more mids than your typical Twins etc. Nice pedal platforms although I’d go for the more mid rangy pedals.

  240. Chad from Dallas says:


    As always, thank you so much for your info. I am playing through a Hi-Tone HT50 right now and love it, but have come across a Cieratone Hey What in my area that is at a killer price. I plan on picking it up. I have a 2×12 cab, that has a Marshall vintage g12 on one side and nothing on the other. I need to buy a speaker for that side. I really no nothing about speakers. My first question is if that g12 is any good. If so, could I pair it with something that would sound complimentary. If so, what would you recommend. If not, what would you recommend I buy as a pair. If i need 2 new speakers I can go that route. I’d like this rig to maybe be a bit different, but still cover the Gilmour tones. Tahks for the help!


    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve been using different speakers with my Reeves Custom 50 but settled with G12H and V30s. They sound great in pairs and mixed.

  241. Chris chaney says:

    My next pedal will be a bd2. I wondered for years when watching pulse how he went from clean to just above clean for the two solo sections in coming back to life now i know it was a tube driver type pedal.

  242. Chris chaney says:

    I spoke to you recently about my marshall dsl 40cr new 2018 model revamped and not so bright anymore with new celestion speaker it is a g12. My question is what are the best overdrive to use with this amp my green russian works because it has a classic clean channel like the old jtm 45s seems to have a lot of headroom it will get loudnon that channel before i can here breakup. Just give me some suggestions with modern Marshall tones in mind.

    • Bjorn says:

      It still has that mid range so I would probably stay away from the more mids oriented pedals. How about a BD2 or something similar?

  243. Fabrizio says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m a bedroom player and I’m thinking to buy a Kemper Profiler Amplifier Guitar Amp Modeling Processor, I know for these I need to get a full range guitar cabinet speaker, can you please give a suggestion for that?
    Many thanks.

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t really have that much experience with different types of speakers. Personally I mainly use Celestions. The G12H has a nicely balanced tone but enough character. I currently use V30s but they are pershaps a bit too colourful for what you’re looking for.

    • Fabrizio says:

      As always thanks very much Bjorn, I appreciated everything you do, and all your precious help

    • Ap says:

      Hey, if you’re a bedroom player you could try studio monitors with your kemper. Since emulations usually benefit the most from very linear frequency response speakers in order to dial in specific sounds, which studio monitors are designed to do.

    • Rocco Bambieze says:

      If you haven’t found what you’re looking for yet, speak to the folks at Eminence Audio, they make a whole range of guitar speakers and they know what to pair up with different amps. Ask about their Swamp Thang, as far as full-range speakers go it’s hard to beat. ;-)

  244. Greg Kala says:

    Hi, Bjorn,

    I’ve been looking at the Hiwatt Custom Shop Little D Rig with the WEM cabinet, but I’m also reading a fair amount of negative statements from players saying stay away due to cheap build quality and because of the tubes, the head will always sound like a Marshall. They steer towards a Hi-Tone for better quality and more true Hiwatt sound. Any thoughts on the subject? Thanks so much.

    • Bjorn says:

      The amp is very much a Hiwatt and although the tube configuration is similar to Marhsall, the amp is certainly not a Marshall. People tend to have a lot of opinions about Hiwatt but my best tip is to always trust your ears. Doesn’t really matter what anyone thinks or say if you like it. I haven’t tried the amp my self but the reviews sound nice. I have spoken out about how the amp is marketed and how they claim it to be a David Gilmour signature amp. It’s not. As for the tones… I’m sure it’s a great amp. That being said. A Reeves or HiTone is probably a better built amp.

  245. Bryan says:

    Hi Bjron, the amp I am currently using a Behringer VTX50. The amp does get quite distorted at high volumes or usually sounds flat and muddy.

    My pedals are in this chain
    Boss CS2
    B.K Butler Tube Driver 911 and sometimes a BD2
    Big Muff (Green Russian) the resissue
    Boss GE7
    ND1 Nova Delay
    Boss RT20
    Boss CE2

    I’m trying to get the tone of sorrow, the pulse version. It sounds a bit too flat. Is it anything to do with my equipment or should I look at specific amp settings

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried your amp so I can’t really comment much. It seems that it has a low headroom, meaning that it distorts easily but you should be able to set up a clean tone, with the pre gain low and the master high. Maybe there is a channel selector. I’m not really sure about the specs. I think I would try to stick to the BD2 and maybe the TD and set them up for fairly mild overdrive tones. Your amp is not a Hiwatt so don’t pay too much attention to how David sets his pedals. You might also want to look into pedals like a Rat, OCD or similar that will privide more mid range and compression. This will probably suit your amp better.

  246. Space says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I use Google traduction.
    I’m looking for a small head and light enough. Thank you to also tell me if these amps are usable With a band.
    I do not know if you had the opportunity to try the victory amp? or to consult some videos of these amps … among these 3 models of this brand which one would you advise me?
    Victory V40,
    Victory Sheriff 22,
    Victory RK 50?

    And Also :
    VOX – Night Train G2 NT15H
    EGNATER rebel 20
    EGNATER tweaker 15
    Marshall 2525H Mini Silver Jubilee
    gurus 5015

    thank you very much !

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the Victory amps so I can’t really tell. There are lots of reviews out there on all of these amps so do check them out. The ones I’ve listed here are amps that I’ve played and that I recommend for Gilmour tones.

  247. Greg Kala says:


    Thanks so much for everything you do, including your playing! Amazing! I’m a “bedroom” player looking for an amp to chase down David’s various tones. I know you use a Reeves Custom 50, but do you think the Reeves Custom 12 PS with the power scaling is going to help me get close? I also like the Blues Junior IV, but I’d need to hook up an attenuator, which isn’t quiet the same as power scaling. Preference? Thanks so much!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words and support Greg! Glad you enjoy the site! The Custom 12 is perhaps closer to a Marshall than a Hiwatt… or something inbetween. It has a nice headroom for pedals but expect it to be more aggressive compared to a Hiwatt. Unless you plan on using the amp’s gain to produce distiortion and overdrive the PS is pretty redundant. The amp is capable of delivering nice clean tones on low volume as well. Depends on what you need. Cheers!

      • Greg Kala says:

        I already have an Orange Rocker 15, so it sounds like the Reeves would be pretty similar. I’ll check them out, but it looks like the Blues Junior IV and maybe the Hiwatt T20 may be my best bets. Thanks, Bjorn. Input from any other readers is also welcome!! Thanks.

  248. Frankp says:

    Hi Bjørn, i really like the blues junior III, but what about the limited edition lacquared tweed with Jensen speaker, it’s a good option too?


    Bjorn, have you ever tried de Vox MV50 amps?

  250. Matthew Brookfield says:

    Hi Bjorn. I have the B.K butler tuber driver with bias control but it doesn’t sound good at all with my fender 65 deluxe reverb. Is this amp not fit for this pedal ? Thanks bud

  251. Chad from Dallas says:

    Bjorn and Readers,

    I just wanted to put out some information as I am always get so much from this site. Like many of you that frequent this site, I have been n a long journey with guitar in general and more specifically that Gilmour tone. Bjorn your site has really enabled me to dial in my sound using a variety of amps and pedals. Regardless of the set up, I can find a Gilmour tone close to what I am looking for. I thank you for all your articles and tutorials. They real do make a huge difference.
    This all came into fruition the most with my recent purchase of a High-Tone HT50. I have gone through many amps on this journey including a Laney Lionheart, Mesa Lone Star, DV Mark 40, Reaves Custom 50 1×12 and now this Hi-Tone. For the money, I think the DV Mark is incredible. It dials in great tone and only weighs 47 lbs, in a 2×12 all tube combo. I must say though that the Hi-Tone delivers BIG. It sounds incredible and for those chasing the Gilmour sound, it is there for sure. It also sounds fantastic for rock and blues tones. I have to say I couldn’ be any more pleased with my tone. I also want to give Bjorn credit for his dialing in tone article. The sound I orginally dialed in wasn’t even close to what I got after I read the article on dialing in your amp. I set my Hi-Tone up almost exactly like your Reeves Custom 50. The M1and Tube driver sounds are exactly what I had been working for for years. The Boss OD-3 and DS-1 mod also sound killer. As far as the clean shine on sound goes, I have a Buffalo FX power booster and it sounds spot on for that first intro.
    To be fair to the Reeves I purchased, it was a 1×12 and I was using a G-system for my effects, so I do not think it was a fair comparison. Since I stopped using the G System and going through the loop, my overall tone has really opened up. I also had not read the Article you put out about dialing in the amp. I am sure it rocks equally as well, had I dialed it in the same way.
    Overall though I just wanted to share with the readers that the Hi-Tone amps are the real deal. If you are reading this wondering about them, don’t!


  252. Cyril Jablonka says:

    Hi Bjorn. Thank you so much for the huge and terrific work you’re doing on this website. A real Bible to me.
    Would you please tell me if you ever tried the Laney 212r cab? I have a Fender Hot Rod 2, but I would rather change for something more “British”. The use I’d make of it: venues from 100 to 1000 people.
    Best regard.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanksfor the kind words! The Laney Cubs are really great. Hard to describe the tone but somewhere between an early Marshall and Hiwatt. Certainly capable of producing great tones and it’s nice pedal platform. Personally I consider it more of a bedroom or practice amp. A bit too small for gigs but then again you can always mic it and have a front monitor.

  253. Rotem says:

    Hi bjorn!
    I got a really good deal on a jet city(basically cheaper soldanos – in quality and price) amp. I quite like it for my bluesy kind of sounds, but i was wandering if it would be able to cover gilmour tones. Specifically lead tones.
    I would love to hear your opinion .
    Thank you very much, rotem

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t really have any experience with the Jet City amps. I know a Soldano, although fairly hot and aggressive, can easlity be set up for some really nice and warm bluesy tones and it has quite a lot of headroom too so based on that I would say yes in regards to David’s tones.

  254. Felipe Mac-Auliffe says:

    Hey Bjorn! I ended getting a Cub Head and a Lionheart LT212 cabinet (G12H speakers) as a present, I still can’t believe it haha. Thank you as always for all your help and this incredible site, greetings from Chile.
    -Felipe Mac-Auliffe-

  255. Simon says:

    Do you have any experience with solid state modelling amps? I own the Yamaha THR10 and I sometimes download presets from other users online and load into the amp when its connected to my computer. That way I have gotten some nice Pink Floyd sounds and I also bought a Maxon OD808 to drive it further (tubescreamer copy).

    However it would be nice to know if there were any other pedals that could get me closer to the gilmour sounds that some people, like yourself, can dial in on their more expensive tube amps..

    It does handle pedals well so maybe I should buy myself a Big muff or something.. If you haven’t got any suggestions?

    I was almost keen to buy a Laney Lionheart L5T 112 or Cub 12r but then I noticed they don’t have any headphone jack so I can’t really play it most of the time at my apartment.. So I might stick with this Yamaha and get me some pedals and hope for the best. Hope you can help me! Cheers

    • Bjorn says:

      I have very little experience with the THR, only played it without pedals, so I cqn’t really comment on how well it goes with pedals. A Muff might wrk but I think I’d go for something versatile that might suit the amp better, like a RAT type of pedal, or OCD something similar, with a bit of compression and mid range. These types of pedals seems to work better with smaller amps. The Lionheart L5 Studio has USB and headphones outs.

  256. Charles says:

    Greetings Bjorn. Looking for some amp advice. Currently, I’m playing a borrowed Blackstar HT-1. I’m on an extremely limited budget. Looking at the little $100 Hotone Legacy amps. It would surprise me if you’ve played them, but maybe you know enough about them to suggest one? There’s a few flavors, which one would be closest to the Hiwatt/Gilmour ballpark?

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Charles! I haven’t tried the Hotones so I can’t really tell. I’ve seen some good review but I really don’t have a clue. Don’t have much experience with micro amps but I must say that both the Boss Katana line and the new mini amps from Laney are very impressive. Obviously, an alternatve would also be to go all digital with a software of some sorts, like Amplitube or similar.

    • Frank Bizzoco says:

      Charles; I can vouch for the Boss Katana mini 5w amp. It is 100 USD, and sounds pretty killer with clean/crunch/dirty channels. It will actually take my big muff, compressor, and mistress very well if you want to get more authentic. It has a phones/cab sim out, and aux in for mp3 on the back. Batteries actually last a good while (6 AA), or it will take a Boss power supply. Also has on board digital delay, and the harmonics are great. Headroom isn’t the best because well, it’s a 5 watt. But if you are looking for a little amp that you can mess around with, jam on, sounds great, and is cheap, katana series is the way to go. That’s my “real world” experience with it. There are also quite a few reviews of it on the Tube. Hope this helps you in your quest.

      • Charles says:

        I have one actually. I’m looking to pair something with a cabinet with some more oomph though. The Kat mini comes out when I’m wanting to play at 3 or 4 in the morning. It certainly sounds awesome for what it is, but it’s not gonna give you what a proper cabinet will.

  257. Daniel says:

    Is there a major difference in tone between a Hi-Tone DR 50 and a Reeves Custom 50? It appears that Hi-Tone is basically Hiwatt carried on and Reeves just used the name. I’m just trying to make a decision on which to grab. Is either more of a true replica of vintage Hiwatts than the other? I see that Hi-Tone offers NOS mustard caps. I just don’t want to regret any decision I make.

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t done an A/B test so I can’t really tell. I’m sure there are lots of opinions out there… All I can say, based on my experience, is that both amps sound amazing and probably as close as you can get to those old early 70s Hiwatts. I’ve been using a Reeves Custom 50 for years and I really couldn’t be happier. Awesome pedal platform and very easy to record.

  258. Zach says:

    Hey Bjorn, any thoughts to the mesa lonestar special in handling the more demanding pedals such as fuzz/big muff? I know mesa’s are more fender based but some have more Britishy tones in the channel switching stuff. In reading through the comments I see you’ve used a mesa rectifiers in the past.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Zach! The clean channel is very based on classic Fender, with a nice chime to it, while the crunch channel is more a Plexi style Marshall with more compression and mids.

  259. John Nebus says:

    Hey. Bjorn !!!
    I understand that you play through a Reaves custom 50… Have you had the opportunity to test it side by side to a Hiwatt custom 50 or a D series signature 50 ??? It’s next to impossible to get a Hiwatt shipped here to the U.S. but if the Hiwatt is the way to go… I will find a way 🎸😎🎸

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve tested it with a new Hiwatt Custom 50, with the same speaker cabinet. Sounds very similar. If anything, I think the Reeves had a slightly smoother breakup and to my ears the EQs responded better.

  260. Cyrus says:

    Hello Bjorn. My new Hiwatt T20 just arrived here in the US. However, the power cable that came with it is a European style “schuko” plug. Because the US only has type A and B outlets, I have no where to plug my amp in. Wondering if you know any safe and compatible alternatives to powering up my new T20. I really look forward to powering it up. Thanks.

    • Bjorn says:

      Oh… I’m really no expert on the technical stuff and I certainly wouldn’t try to give you any advice that could damage your amp or give you a electric shock. I’d send Hiwatt an email or contact a local tech who knows tube amps. Don’t mess with electronics unless you know what to do and don’t listen to online experts. That’s my best advice.

  261. Frank says:

    Hey Björn, do you have any experience with Laboga amps? I‘ve got the Alligator in mind. Great Site!

  262. David says:

    Hello Bjorn, I am thinking of purchasing my first tube amp. At this point my pedal collection is growing and they don’t work well with a modulation amp. I am thinking of Laney Cub10 or the Cub12R. They have different power tubes, 6v6’s for the 10 and EL84’s for the 12. Can you explain the difference between these 2 sound wise? Does one of the 2 work better with a big muff and/or tube screamer (clone)? I like the fact that the 12R has <1 watt input for bedroom levels but do you know if the 10 is too loud for bedroom purposes? Are they both loud enough for band practice in a small room if connected to an external 2×12 cab? Do you suggest saving some more money and go for the head and a cab or perhaps a Lionheart?

    p.s. love your site and your work. Keep up the good work.

    • Bjorn says:

      6v6 are slightly darker and smoother, while EL84 are brighter and punchier. Keep in mind though that the difference is subtle and, you are comparing two different amps here, even though it’s the same model. The fact that one has 10″ and the other 12″ plays a big role in the tone. I would go for the 12″ since you use pedals. You’d need that headroom. The scaling is useful in a bedroom situation but I’m not sure if the amp holds up in a band setup. Maybe on a stage where you’d mic it but probably not in a rehearsal room. If you have the oportunity I’d strongly consider he Lionhearts.

  263. F Javi says:

    Hi Bjorn. About two amps, also for people who have tried them.
    DV Mark Little Jazz and ZT Lunchbox.
    With the right pedals like compressor, Big Muff, OD, Delay, etc., which of the two amps would be better to get Gilmour tones, mainly from Pulse to the present?
    I read well from both amps, about DV Mark very good clean very warm perhaps more jazz oriented, and ZT Lunchbox maybe better for rock, but maybe too loud …
    Thank you !

    • Bjorn says: