Laney Lionheart LT20-112 review

Laney’s unique Class A tribute to vintage British tone blends classic styling with a wide range of tones. You need to hear this…

Laney Lionheart LT20-112
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Aimed at pro players and serious amateurs, the Lionheart will satisfy any vintage British tone cravings, and the build quality is first rate. It’s genuinely excellent value for money, too. If you want to experience proper Class A tone, this is definitely worth a try.


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    Footswitchable drive and digital reverb expand this combo’s versatility.

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    Series effects loop has a useful bypass.

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    Vintage styling.

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    Kick‑back stand.


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    A heavy lump to carry on just one handle.

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    Currently no alternative to blue finish.

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One of the UK’s longest-established amp builders, Laney has a history that goes all the way back to 1967, when founder Lyndon Laney needed an amp and decided to try his hand at building one. 

Lyndon played bass in a West Midlands group called Band Of Joy, which briefly included Robert Plant and John Bonham. Plant and Bonham went on to greater things, while Laney’s amplification designs were winning fans of their own. Faced with a choice of going to university or carrying on with electronics, Laney decided to give amps a try for a few years – and over four decades later, he’s still there.

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy has been a regular contributor to Guitarist magazine for over 20 years, mostly writing reviews on guitar amps and related products. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and has since 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’s 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. His favourite musical genres are ‘anything that’s good’.