Lab Series L9

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by backaxe, Jan 10, 2008.


  1. backaxe

    backaxe Member

    Messages:
    303
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2007
    Location:
    Hope Mills, NC
    Hey everyone....have I lost my mind or found my ears? As my sig notes my gear, I have an L9 Lab that developed a problem, which I have recently fixed. I have always dug the tube amp sound, but I swear(flame suit on), my Lab is now kickin' both my tube amp's butt! I played it for the last several nights in different rooms of varying sizes, and it just sounds GREAT! Breaks up so well one of my buddies was lookin' all through the back of it for the tubes. Picking dynamics are very pronounced, and it takes pedals well. I almost feel like a traitor to my Fenders, but they have been teched, and sound good, but not as good as the Lab. Am I just lucky? Any similar experiences with solid state amps? Thanks, greg
     
  2. Thwap

    Thwap Member

    Messages:
    8,561
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2006
    Location:
    Tacoma, Wa
    I had a Lab L5 back in the late 80's early 90's, and still to this day, it was the best solid state amp I've ever heard.

    I dug the crap outta that amp...wish I still had it.
     
  3. mlongano

    mlongano Member

    Messages:
    1,786
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2006
    Location:
    The Triangle
    +1 on my old L5.
     
  4. smiert spionam

    smiert spionam Member

    Messages:
    8,271
    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2004
    Location:
    North Zeamaysistan
    I've got an L5, and it does sound really good. It hasn't left my closet in five years, though.... I have kept it around mostly because it would be a pain in the ass to ship, it's not worth a lot, and maybe one of these days I'll wake up and find myself transformed into a pedal steel savant.
     
  5. hardys

    hardys Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,741
    Joined:
    May 20, 2004
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    I had an L5 years ago and it was a good sounding, but unreliable amp. My band mate had problems with his too. I saw B.B. King last year and he was using an L5. GREAT tone and pretty overdriven for B.B.!
     
  6. backaxe

    backaxe Member

    Messages:
    303
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2007
    Location:
    Hope Mills, NC
    Thanks guys, glad I wasn't just imagining a ss amp could sound so damned good....
     
  7. mlongano

    mlongano Member

    Messages:
    1,786
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2006
    Location:
    The Triangle
    Weren't the Lab Series amps made by Gibson?
     
  8. John Thigpen

    John Thigpen Member

    Messages:
    3,532
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2002
    Location:
    Asheville, NC
    It was sold as a Gibson product, but I have no idea where it was made. I believe Bob Moog helped with the design.

    John
     
  9. SeeMoore

    SeeMoore Member

    Messages:
    2,096
    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2005
    Location:
    LCofC, Virginia
    Norlan, same thing.

    I had an L5, great amp, I ran an MXR Dyno Comp and Dist+ in the front end and it was a great sound, plenty of feel.

    I think some of it was using the internal comp on the L5, in effect, I was using two comps, one at the front and in the preamp.
     
  10. soulohio

    soulohio Member

    Messages:
    11,046
    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2005
    Location:
    vin drin dop
    strange...i had an L5 and it was a dog for my purposes. i saw jazz guys using these amps to great effect. actually played with a death metal band that was Lab equipped...everyone including the bass player...interesting, Hellhammer sound but really lifeless and anti-tube goodness.
     
  11. NitroLiq

    NitroLiq Member

    Messages:
    1,133
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2006
    Location:
    NYC
    Ty Tabor recorded the first four King's X albums with an L5.
     
  12. GP_Hawk

    GP_Hawk Member

    Messages:
    569
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2007
    Location:
    Ottawa
    Was waiting on some tubes to arrive so I pulled out my L9 to play around with and yeh! This thing sounds great! Mines got an old JBL K130 alnico in it...wish there was an effects loop. Does take pedals well...:BEER
     
  13. yZe

    yZe Senior Member

    Messages:
    3,239
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2006
    Location:
    Tampa, on the Territory of Florida (D.C. Free Zone
    I used to gig w/ a big @$$ L11 200W head through a 200W EVM 12L

    The head had a loop

    I also played distorted bass through that rig with an aggressive power trio called "The Jack Kevorkian Quartet" back in '96

    Pretty tony. The compression and break up was great and pedals sounded pretty good

    ebayed it last year
     

Share This Page