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  1. #1

    Join Date: Nov 2014
    Location: Norman, OK
    ME: SG / Strat
    Rig: Laney IRT60H, Blues Jr.

    iTrader: 0

    NAD - Traded 6505 MH for Laney Ironheart 60H

    I purchased a 6505 MH a couple months ago - and I liked it. It did what I expected, but the more I played it, the more I felt it was a bit of a one-trick pony.

    During the process of choosing the 6505 MH, I also looked at the Laney Ironheart IRT 15, but passed.

    This Ironheart 60H showed up in a Facebook group I belong to - the owner was looking for a microhead in trade. I added a little cash and we made a deal.

    The IRT 60H is a footswitchable 3-channel amp with a built-in boost and independent EQs. It's actually two channels (rhythm and lead) with a switchable clean channel. Some of the pots are push/pull for additional tone options. I'm going to explore more of that this weekend.

    The built-in attenuator will take the amp from 1< to 60W, so it still works for my office play.

    Cleans are damned decent... much better than the 6505 MH, but that's no surprise. Frankly, I didn't expect really great cleans out of the 6505. There's a lot of room to play with tone once you switch out of clean. Add the Badass Overdrive, and you have pure win.

    So far, I've discovered that this amp is very sensitive to pick attack and even with OD, nothing gets mushy or fizzy. I was pleasantly surprised. Plus, I'm playing it through my Mesa 4x12 and it's loaded with V30's so that doesn't hurt.

    Anyway, I'll play this more over the weekend and let you know what I think.

    Last edited by Assault Bacon; 03-25-2016 at 08:17 PM.
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  2. #2

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Black Swamp, OH
    ME: Rich Mahogany
    MA: Godin A6 Ultra
    MB: SR500
    Rig: Massive/Boobies

    iTrader: 16 (100%)

  3. #3

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: London ONT
    ME: PRS Custom 22
    Rig: JCM800

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    Nice work
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  4. #4

    Join Date: Jan 2013
    Location: Edmonton
    ME: Kramer Proaxe
    MB: Ibanez SR605
    Rig: Mark V/5153

    iTrader: 9 (100%)

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  5. #5

    Join Date: Sep 2013
    Location: Southern California
    ME: Jackson DXMGT
    MA: Mitchell MX400 BUB
    MB: Fender P Bass
    Rig: Laney IRT Randall RA412XL

    iTrader: 0

    Congrats man.

  6. #6

    Join Date: Nov 2014
    Location: Norman, OK
    ME: SG / Strat
    Rig: Laney IRT60H, Blues Jr.

    iTrader: 0

    Thanks guys.

    Yeah, all kinds of versatility here and I still get really decent metal tones, as well. I think I made a good trade.

    Oh, and the red LEDs... there's the added bonus of telling relatives that I purchased the amplifier secondhand from Satan and it steals the soul of anyone within earshot.

  7. #7

    Join Date: Apr 2015
    Location: Lackawanna, NY - USA
    ME: Ibanez JEM Jr. 2015
    Rig: EVH 5150 III 1x12

    iTrader: 0

    Every Laney I have ever heard in person or played through has always sounded spectacular. Every Laney owner I've known (only about 4) was always having some sort of problem, and the amp was occasionally at the shop....they'd eventually move on to a different brand. That said, my whole life I've never viewed Peavey as the best brand either....I never liked anything about them until the 5150 was invented.

    I would totally take the Laney over the little Peavey.

  8. #8

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Daytona, FL
    ME: Charvel Strathead
    Rig: Laney Ironheart

    iTrader: 3 (100%)

    Nice choice.

    Couple tips:
    The dynamics is a resonance knob. Lower is tighter, higher is looser (but bigger bass).
    The tone knob is a presence.
    The EQ is not active, regardless of the +/- graphic on the front panel.
    Real od pedals are better than the onboard boost.

    The pull knobs are interesting. The pull deep is kinda cool, and the mid shift gives some more variations. The pull on the treble I don't really "get" or use.

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