EVEN THOUGH IT’S ONE OF THE MOST AFFORDABLE AMPS IN THIS ROUNDUP, THE B-52 LS-100 HAS THE
power and features to share the stage with any amp here. The solid-state, 100-watt LS-100 has
a Clean channel, two Overdrive channels, an effects loop, and even a line out for recording.
its wide range of tonal options, this amp is simple to use and provides instant gratification in
both clean and distorted modes. The Clean channel is straightforward with a 3-band EQ and a
Mid Cut button. It excels at very clean, pure sounds, and with the Mid Cut engaged it almost
sounds like you’re playing an acoustic guitar. With the Mid Cut out, you get fuller, warmer
This channel is capable of huge headroom, remaining clean even at deafening volumes.
On the dirty side, you get a medium-gain Overdrive channel and a high-gain Overdrive channel,
each with its own Gain and Volume knobs, although they share the 3-band EQ. Both can
dish out an incredible amount of distortion and are perfect for chugging metal tones and
lead sounds. There is a Contour control that can be assigned to either Overdrive channel
or both. This is a super-intuitive control for changing the overall midrange character of the
LS-100, from old-school bark with more mids to a fully scooped death tone. We liked it with Gain
1 about halfway up with the Contour set for a mid scoop and Gain 2 cranked with no Contour.
This made it easy to switch between a tight, chunky rhythm tone and a louder, more mid-heavy
lead tone that could cut through any mix.
The LS-100’s rear panel is fairly simple, but B-52 provides level controls for the effect
and return—a welcome addition. There is also a level control on the speaker-simulated Record
Out. This obviously comes in handy for direct recording, but it can also go to a mixing board,
saving you the hassle of miking your LS-100 on a gig. The LS-100 is full of versatility, with
that range from sparkling clean sounds to killer heavy tones with monstrous gain. This amp is a
must-have for rockers who want a powerful, great-sounding metal amp at an unbelievable price.
(323) 277-4100; b-52guitar.com
PRICE $599 retail/
$299 street (head)
CONTROLS Front panel: Gain 1,
Gain 2, Contour
assign, Bass, Mid,
Treble, Volume 1,
Volume 2 (Overdrive
Bass, Mid, Treble,
Mid cut switch
for Channel, Gain
select, and Contour
assign. Rear panel:
Effects loop with
Send and Return
for 115 volt and
POWER 100 watts
and Gain Select,
Line Out with Level
control for direct
metal grille for
SPEAKER B-52 4x12 w/custom-
MAXIMUM MEASURED VOLUME
WEIGHT 34 lbs (head)
KUDOS Great amp for a
great price. Wide
range of tones.
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