Frankfurt Musikmesse 2012: Towering over the show floor like the riff lord himself, the Laney TI100 Tony Iommi signature amp is big news for metal and heavy rock guitarists.
Here's the official word from Laney:
"It's been four decades since Black Sabbath unleashed heavy metal onto an unsuspecting world and became a truly global musical phenomenon. We at Laney are extremely proud to have played a part in this sonic revolution – back in the day Tony Iommi's amp of choice was a Laney L100BL.
"Since this auspicious day Laney's association with Tony Iommi has gone from strength to strength resulting in the launch of his first signature model, the GH100TI, originally called the GH100S, almost 20 years ago.
"We are extremely proud of our association with Tony Iommi and very happy to be able to announce the launch of a new Tony Iommi signature amp – the amazing TI100.The new Tony Iommi TI100 signature amp represents a dramatic leap forward in guitar tone.
"Born out of an exhaustive period of product development, carried out hand in hand with Tony, with Tony bringing unique insight, suggestions and innovations at every stage of the process, whilst continually assessing and refining the sonic character of guitar tone.The result – what we think will be the most significant amp launch of 2012.
"The TI100 features: 100 Watts RMS, 4 x 6L6 output section, twin channels, footswitchable variable pre boost on each channel, three-band EQ, volume, enhance, and presence. The amplifier is finished off with Tony's trademark livery and to top it all it even glows an ominous red.
"There are very few chances in life to claim a first. Many people can claim to be the biggest or the fastest but only one person can claim to be the first. In the case of heavy metal: The first heavy metal guitar tone was crafted by Tony Iommi and powered by Laney.
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