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Henriksen The Bud?

EmandoDave

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I had a lot of fun in 2016 getting into (and through) effects pedals, primarily for Stealie. I also had a revelation that they are fun tools/toys, but my real tone comes from the instruments and how I play them. I expect I will be a couple pedals lighter soon.

As I am starting to scale back on the pedals, I've also had a couple of realization about my amps. First, is that I have 4 of them; Laney LA65D for gigging acoustic, Laney LX65R for gigging electric, a Laney Cub 10 tube amp, and a Fender Frontman 15R. Of course, the gig-worthy ones are a pain to transport and the practice size amps are only good for that. My thoughts these days go to having a single, small, gig-worthy amp that can handle the different ways my mandos get amped (humbucker, Baggs Radius, and stocl passive piezo) and respect/preserve the great tone each of them offers.

My research is strongly suggesting I want a Henriksen "The Bud." I am wondering who has had what type of experiences with this amp, e.g. acoustic, electric, both, gig amp, practice amp, etc. Thanks in advance for sharing!
 

BlueRiff

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Your Laney LX65R is only 33 lbs - maybe you have back issues? I only mention this because I believe no matter how powerful the Bud is for you, the sonic foot print coming out of a 6.5" Eminence Beta PA speaker + tweeter will not be great for general pop electric guitar with pedals - but instead it will excel with archtops and acoustics, etc. Certainly it will work with pedals - but it won't sound as great as your Laney. The other thing is this really small speaker. There is no way around it - these small speakers don't put out rich bass like a larger cone - even if they can handle huge amounts of power. It will be mostly midrange band from that small speaker. On the other hand, I once owned an Evans AE100 (Emi Beta 8") which had a pretty big sound - but mostly low mid to high - not alot of bass. And I've not heard the Bud so I could be corrected. Just some thoughts on this. Hope it helps.
 

EmandoDave

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Its less the weight and more the bulk of the big Laneys, especially when stairs are involved. Also part of the motivation is downsizing the collection. This is part of a larger downsizing move in my life. "1 amp to rule them all one amp to bind them" meets a few goals. Your point about voicing is well made. The Laney clean really is a perfect pedal platform.
 
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corbetta

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I've heard the Bud a few times at trade/acoustic shows and it sounds a lot (a WHOLE LOT) better than similarly sized amps (ZT Lunchbox, etc). It's a really special little thing. Don't know it would necessarily "replace" a bigger amp, but it's more than serviceable and produces a great sound.
 

THiwaTT

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The Bud puts out a surprising amount of low end for its size, and the gig bag makes it a breeze to back around - it has literally become my only amp
 






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