The Lazy J 80

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.

This amp 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.

The J 80 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...

Lazy J amp


Lick Library iGuitar digital mag - September 2011

"This amp is a good as it gets..."

Guitar & Bass - March 2011

"Sound is the noise your amp makes; feel is the way it responds to your playing; and tone is the confluence of these elements that puts a smile on your face and facilitates everything you try to do as a player. It seems that the best amp builders understand this, and Jesse Hoff is a case in point. To us, the J 80 seems to combine the huge physical presence and wide frequency range of a high-power ’60s-era Fender with the dynamic feel and overdrive characteristics of a low-power ’50s-era tweed. Believe us, that’s a special combination."

Guitarist magazine - June 2010

"The Model 80 delivers the full gamut of Tweed tone – clean and overdriven – but clarity is where this amp really excels. especially well suited for country pickers and pedal or lap steel users, it’s a big stage amp for professional players."

Joe Bonamassa - comments on his forum
"I actually tried both models at John Henry's in London.  John said they were great. I went up to his pro-shop and had bash at it. I really liked them. The 20 was warm and had a refined Neil Young type of vibe and the 80 was like you would want a good tweed twin to sound like. What impressed me more than anything was the fact the amps were not too bright.  Most of the time all I do is dump treble on those type of things. The amps will go plenty bright but not overly and remain solid when turned up to 11.  I really liked them honestly."

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