Lane UK Classic Blues 15 review

Full-fat blues power from a compact and portable head made in the UK

Lane Classic Blues 15
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Compact but powerful enough to light up most gigs – and definitely a great studio amplifier – the Classic Blues 15 is a meticulously constructed all-valve head.


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    Built to last a lifetime.

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    Great reproduction of a legendary design.


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    At this price, there’s nothing to criticise!

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Based in Essex, amp guru David Lane is well known for his amp repair and customising work, and for some time now he’s also been building his own range of all-valve amplification

Last year, we looked at David’s Classic Blues 30, which is a close reproduction of the legendary Marshall JTM45, complete with a pair of KT66 output valves. As anyone who’s plugged into one will know, the JTM45 is big and loud – so this month we’ve picked out David’s latest addition, a compact lower-output alternative called the Classic Blues 15. 

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy was Guitarist magazine's amp guru for over 20 years. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. He passed away suddenly in April 2024, leaving a legacy of amplifier wisdom behind him.