anyway now on to the gear review...since i havent got a mic i cant post soundclips but i can definitely give a nice literary description of what this baby can do:
First of all let me start with the knob controls
Gain: This controls the preamp overdrive and as u increase it...from 6 and above it enters into the next gain stage and the sound becomes thicker and thicker entering pure and beautiful tube distortion area(EL84 power tubes)...amazing! this and the volume knob has to be played with to get the kind of sound you want ranging from clean to crunch to thick heavy(but not metal heavy) distortion.
Bright switch: this is mainly to sparkle up your high end in clean tones...with high gain it just sounds Bad...but then again only an idiot would use a bright switch for distortion.
Bass/Middle/Treble: Passive EQ which doesnt really change the sound that much but hey! thats where my GE-7 comes into play.
Volume: Now this is the beauty....keep it low for clean(with gain around 1) and then crank it up for mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm tube breakup! sound that you can really jack off to! just beautiful. around 6-7 with low gain, the tubes start to break up.
Reverb: now do i really need to explain that?
This is as all-tube as it gets, just let it warm up for 5 mins and then after u play for 20-25 mins more it gets nice and warm and the tone is to die for!
it hasnt got much clean headroom but the breakup sound is too good to be true.
This amp is NOT meant for metal. you CANNOT get that heavy scooped up(read horrible...personal taste ofcourse ) sound from this amp. it was meant for blues-rock, rock n roll, slightly heavier crunchy stuff like ACDC etc.
Its also got an effects loop but the only problem is that its a parallel one so you cant get COMPLETELY wet sounds(from the DE-7) but with level of delay around 3-4th i get the same level of delay that i generally use...so its perfect.
havent tried phasers or other modulation based effects so cant comment on those.
oh btw this amp can REALLY replicate Dave Gilmour's tone. i mean REALLY..that typical british high mid/treble tone!
now with the BD-2, its a different monster all together...i keep the level on the BD-2 high as it can beautifully push the amp into higher gain territory.
it doesnt sound that good with the gain(on the BD-2) above 75% because the BD-2 enters fuzz territory after that which inclines me to believe that this amp probably wont take a fuzz pedal that well. i guess that can also be explained by the lack of a lot of clean headroom.
But hendrix lovers(including me) dont be disappointed because the gain on this(slightly pushed by the BD-2) is good enough for hendrix et al.
the reverb is pretty decent, before 8 that it gives the right amount of wetness and beyond that is a little too shimmery for my taste.
Whatever i play, this baby can do. I played it through a 4*12 cab the other day and HOLY$#^*((*#& !!! this baby can blow anything awaay!! very marshall-like tone.
right now im saving up for a 2 * 12 cab which should do the honours pretty well.
For the price, i doubt if you can get an amp this good(in india)...ofcourse there's the fender blues junior(unavailable in india though) but that amp is more for just pure blues aka buddy guy, bb king etc. fender amps are known for their clean and crunchy sounds and have known to have the most unusable overdrive channels(as compared to others ofcourse).
i would've loved to have gotten hold of that one but i doubt if it would do justice to the slightly heavier stuff(which i play with my band) which the LC15R can easily perform.
my only gripe is the 10 inch speaker. if only it was a 12 inch one then there would be a lot of options to get way better ones like the vintage 30s or something. but thats why im saving up for the 2 * 12. guess what 12 inch speakers theyre going to have
The best part about tube amps is the way they accentuate every single note you play! every frigging mistake will loom up large to slap you in the face and every lovely lick will sound like the best thing on earth!
jugadu players who love keeping the gain high to cover up mistakes BEWARE! muahaha! oh wait! that includes me also(to an extent)
but id say save up for a tube amp, there's nothing like it. really! all your emulators/simulators(i did test out the sansamp tri ac..its pretty decent but sounds kinda small) just CANNOT compare to the real thing. its worth every single penny! go for it!