Buying Christmas presents can be daunting, particularly if the person you’re shopping for is a guitarist or bass player. With the masses of gear available on the market, frankly, it can be stressful to even know where to start.
Luckily, British amplification giant Laney has taken the stress out of the equation, as it’s just released its digital 2021 holiday gift guide, and it’s jam-packed with tons of gift ideas so you can hone in on the ideal present for your musical loved one.
Whether you’re looking to pair a seasoned guitarist with the perfect amp, or searching for the ideal musical stocking filler, this guide covers all price-points, so whatever your budget, you can be confident you’re making the perfect purchase. And as Laney is one of the most revered brands in guitar/bass amplification, quality is assured regardless of product.
This handy gift guide spans 64 pages and is totally interactive; simply click a URL when you see a product of interest and you’ll be taken straight to Laney’s website for more information and/or to make your purchase. You can have a browse yourself, but we’ve also highlighted what we think are some of the best products below, in case you are lost on where to begin.
We’ll start with the F67 Portable Bluetooth Speakers on page seven. Bluetooth speakers are a safe bet for any music lover, even if they’re not a musician themselves. Their associated portability means you take them anywhere – be it to a party or the beach – and set your own mini music festival wherever you like.
The F67 Portable Bluetooth Speaker comes in two sleek colorways – the navy-tinged Lionheart or the black Supergroup – and features a fast-charging lithium-ion battery that boasts 20-plus hours of battery life when fully charged, and is loaded with a 4” driver and a pair of high-quality 0.8” dome tweeters for pristine wide-stereo audio. It’s ultra-compact, too, measuring 160mm x 265mm x 155mm and weighing in at only 3.1kg. For $319, you can get the F67, one of the best Bluetooth speakers available on the market today.
And if the person you’re buying for is a beginner guitarist and is looking to build themselves a guitar rig that’ll last them years to come, you won’t go far wrong with the LX range of guitar amps.
Boasting solid-state technology, these amps offer the same legendary Laney tone as their tube-driven counterparts, but at a much cheaper price point. Starting at just $109.99 for the 10-watt LX10, and with the most spec’d-out model in the range, the 120-watt LX120RT, retailing at $689.99, the line comprises six models, each available in black or red. See pages 44 and 45 for more info.
Or if the person you’re buying for is a seasoned guitarist, and you’ve got a little extra budget to spend, an amp from Laney’s tube-driven Lionheart and Ironheart ranges is guaranteed to be the best gift they receive this year. These amps occupy a slightly higher price bracket, but what you get for the money is astounding.
Both the Lionheart and Ironheart ranges comprise combos and amp heads with matching cabs, but are loaded with different tubes depending on the player’s tone preference. Lionheart amps are loaded with 12AX7 and EL84 tubes for a quintessential British rock sound, while Ironheart amps are equipped with ECC83 and 6L6 tubes for a more modern, midrange-present tone. These amps are also loaded with handy features, including multi-band EQs, FX loops, comprehensive I/O configurations and more. Check out pages 10 through 13 to learn more.
The gift guide is also loaded with guitar pedal inspiration – check out the Black Country Customs stompboxes on pages 22 and 23, for example – as well as acoustic guitar amps, gift ideas for bass guitarists including amps, pedals and more, and PA and speaker systems for all the parties and festivities coming up in the next few weeks!