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Hayden Amplifiers Classic Lead 80 Amplifier Head

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The Classic Lead is Hayden's hard rock amp. Free of superfluous gimmicks, it gets you straight to the sound with a performance reminiscent of '70s British rock moving on to more aggressive, modern tones. The Classic Lead is Hayden's hard rock amp. Free of superfluous gimmicks, it gets you straight to the sound with a performance reminiscent of '70s British rock moving on to more aggressive, modern tones.

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Rated at 80-Watts, the Classic Lead strikes the perfect balance between the characteristics of a 100-Watt design - particularly the low frequency response - and the advantages of a 50-Watt amp, most notably the ability to drive it harder at gigging volume levels.

Channels 1 and 2 vary only in their gain structures, 1 being medium to high gain covering subtle warmth to a huger, 3D crunch, and 2 taking things further into full, saturated, sustain without a hint of fizz. Presence, bass, middle and treble controls are provided for tone shaping but the Classic Lead won't make you work hard to get a great sound. It's all there, straight out the box. Presence isn't something you need to dial in on the the Classic lead - it's already going to be right up there in your face.

Dual master volume controls keep the levels matched when switching between channels and the Classic Lead also includes a true bypass post EQ effects loop.

The Classic Lead isn't just about tone. It's also about response. Unlike other valve amp designs, the Classic Lead doesn't rely on negative feedback in the circuit design to deliver a 'pleasing' sound at the expense of dynamic response. Using custom-wound output transformers, the Classic Lead plays with you rather than against you, tracking your playing extremely quickly and making you feel connected to the sound.

The Speakeasy delivers its power via a pair of 12" Eminence Governor Red Coat speakers. 

Hayden Classic Lead 80 Head Key Features:

  • Power: 80 Watts
  • Channels: 2
  • Dimensions (HxWxD mm): 227 x 650 x 292
  • Dimensions (HxWxD inches): 8.9 x 25.6 x 11.5
  • Mains Voltage: 120V/240V
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Hayden Classic Lead 80

I got one of these yesterday after reading the review in Guitarist and thought would give my first impression quickly. First thing is it is absolutely beautifully made and looks very cool when turned on as the inside lights up(simple things - simple minds eh) and you can see all the valvey goodness inside which is just lovely. The cabinet is also very neat and the pots all feel firm and move smoothly. Anyways soundwise its awesome! Channel one crunchs up like an old plexi with the gain set about halfway and up to a more hot rodded marshallesque sound with the gain up three quaters or so, its a stunning classic rock rhythm tone. Channel 2 has an extra gain stage so breaks up more easily and goes up yo a full on roar easily enough for some detuned riffage and solos just seem to sustain forever. The other cool feature which I havent had on any amp before is the shade control of which there is one on each channel, this seems to work as an eq filter and as you click around from left to right the tone thickens up and set to optimal thick shade the sound is massive and its cool you can click around and find the sound in your head depending on what guitar you are using. The eq is simple treble, middle and bass and works really well and makes dialing in different sounds really easy.

All in all I have never been happier with an amp and all my distotian pedals are now redundant as the amp just sounds great, I play a les paul and mainly classic to heavy rock and this is just perfect for this amp.

Anyway I am looking forward to getting to know this amp properly and gigging but right now I cant see me changing amps for a very long time.

Here is the Guitarist Magazine review also;


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