There are Tweeds and then there are TWEEDS and the Lazy J lineup without a doubt, represents simply the most incredible take on a vintage tweed ever produced. The tones, from the most pristine cleans through to the most harmonically beautiful and complex overdrive will take your breath away and keep you mesmerized. There is a good reason why Townshend, Beck, Clapton, Gilmour, Bonamassa, Nalle Colt of Vintage Trouble and so many other greats have chosen the Lazy J as their main stage and recording amps. Once you plug in and play you’ll understand. There are very few amps that can provide the responsiveness and touch sensitivity that the Lazy Js produce. Set the amp for the wildest screaming overdrive, dial your guitar’s volume down to 7 and you have a beautiful singing clean tone without even a hint of dirt.
The Lazy J amps possess the very essence of classic blues, and the soul of classic rock n roll. From the most beautiful punchy clean tones to raunchy tweed grit through to singing, soaring notes with infinite bloom and sustain, the Lazy J is the perfect desert island amp.
"I’m hooked, and that is why I had to bring Lazy J here to America for all to enjoy." - Cliff
Destroy All Guitars is the exclusive dealer for Lazy J in North America.
Lazy J J80
Like the J 20, the Lazy J 80 has its roots in the 1950s and like its little brother, this amp is a 2 channel, hand built, point to point wired amp. The Lazy J 80 has 4 inputs, 2 for the normal channel, and 2 for the bright channel, with a volume control for each one. Looking at the 4 inputs from the back of the amp, the 2 on the right are for the normal channel and the 2 on the left are for the bright channel. Both inputs labeled 1 have higher gain than the ones labeled 2. The tone controls (treble, middle, bass and presence) affect both channels equally.
The J 80 is set up with 3 x 12AX7s, 4 x 6L6s and a GZ34 rectifier and delivers 80 watts into its 2x12 cabinet, loaded either with Celestion Alnico Golds or Tayden Alnico Ace 25s. The cabinet is built from finger jointed pine and covered with hand aged, lacquered tweed. It has added dedicated features that give the user various options to tailor its sound to suit specific requirements. A half power switch/sensitivity control will allow the user to match the amp to smaller rooms where 80 watts would just be too much. A push/pull switch can be activated for additional gain. The tone is reminiscent of the Lazy J 20 on steroids. It is clear, warm, and loud and, unlike many other high powered amps, when driven harder, the Lazy J 80 compresses organically and beautifully while remaining warm and transparent and retaining its ability to cut through. The Lazy J 80 is available with the optional Lazy J Reverb and Tremolo modules.
Variable Attenuation Control (VAC)
This circuit allows the user to reduce the output of the amp in an even sweep from full power down to less than 5 watts. However, this is not a master volume. This circuit retains the amp's tone and response while reducing its output volume. In other words, you turn your amp up to get the tone you want… which might make it too loud for certain situations. Now you can turn the amp down with the VAC to exactly the level you need while retaining all the character and response of your sound. This circuit is an optional feature on the Lazy J 20, however, it can be retro-fitted to most amps under 40 Watts.
ARTISTS ACTIVELY USING LAZY J AMPS (THE SHORT LIST):
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Nalle Colt (Vintage Trouble), David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh, Steve Winwood.
ARTISTS ACTIVELY USING LAZY J AMPS (THE LONG LIST):
Richard Ashcroft, Jeff Beck, Sam Beer, Bleech, Joe Bonamassa, Doyle Bramhall 2 (Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Arc Angels, David Gilmour, etc.), Dom Brown (Duran Duran), Dylan Burns (The Bodyrockers), Bernard Butler, Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Eric Clapton, Nalle Colt (Vintage Trouble), Alan Darby (Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Queen, Van Morrison, etc...), Gwyn Garfield Davies, Al Duncan, Lu Edmonds (Billy Bragg and the blokes, P.I.L., etc.), Olivier Elen (Gentlemen of Verona), Audley Freed, Noel Gallagher, David Gilmour, Dennis Greaves (Nine below zero), Mark Griffiths (The Shadows), Gary Hooker (Brad Paisley), Neil Ivison (The Misers), Jonas Jalhay (Rita Ora, Them is me, The Saturdays, I blame Coco, etc.), Simon Johnson, Gary Kemp, Mark Knopfler, The Kooks, Robbie McIntosh, The Magic Numbers, Ray Majors, Scott McKeon, John Parricceli, Adam Phillips, P.I.L., Luke Potashnick, Razorlight, Paul Sayer, Ivor Sims (Saint Jude), Dan Smith (The Noisettes), Whit Smith (The Hotclub of Cowtown), Jeremy Stacey, Paul Stacey, Dan Steinhardt, The Temperance Movement, Pete Townshend, Rafael Villafane (Royer Mics, Baby'O Music), Joe Walsh, Paul Weller, Steve Winwood.
- J80 2x12: $4,975.00
The above price is with the amp fully loaded (Reverb unit, Trem unit, VAC and footpedal to control Reverb and Trem). Other, less fully loaded versions of the amps are available by request.