The Mesa Boogie Appreciation Thread!

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Post your favorite Boogie amps HERE .... and with pics if you have them.


I had no idea these Trans Atlantic amps were so old school sounding! They really nailed both the Vox vibe and the Fender Tweed thing with this one amp!!!

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Other favorites are:

Lone star Special 1x12
Heartbreaker head
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Subway Rocket
Blue Angel
Original Dual Rectifier
Mini Rectifier
Mark III green stripe
80s Steel grill 4x12 half back cab
80s Steel grill 2x12 half back cab .... huge tone for a 2x12!!


.... those are the ones I've owned in the past and they've all been built like a tank!



List your favorite Mesa amps!!! :)
 

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I used to own a Dual RectumFryer, but I found it too "fizzy" and it had too many controls. The lack of reverb didn't help either. I tried out an Express 5:25, and really liked it. However, I found a used LSS in mint condition for a good price at my local GC.

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I picked up a barely used TA-15 2 weeks ago at a remarkable $$ and I'm pretty damned impressed with it!
For it's size it has big tone and is very versatile. I hear a lot of bad comments about this little amp, but I haven't found any faults with it yet.
I owned a 5:25 Express for a few years and I wish I never sold it, but I did.
 

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I love my Roadster. It's a good stage amp and kicks ass in the studio. I don't need any overdrive pedals since it has 4 channels. It can kick down to 50w and I can dial in pretty much any tone I am looking for. It's very flexible and well built. I bought the 2x12 combo and the matching 2x12 extention cab. The extra paper opens the whole thing up nicely.

The RoadKing is Mesa's flagship and the Roadster is the RoadKing without the EL's and cab options. No big deal. I can still swap out the 6L6's for EL's anytime. IMO, I have the only Mesa I'll ever need :)





 

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I have used a Dual Rectifier for years.
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Here's an old clip of it in action

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I also have an F-30, my first Boogie.

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Tremoverb
I run it through an old 4x12 Marshall w/ 2x Celestion G12-65 and 2x EVM12L

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Studio 22 w/ Vintage 30

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My Practice amp
Zbest Cab with V30 and G12H30 :dude:
 

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I've had several - 1st was a .50 cal + 6L6s. for a single channel amp IMO it was a great amp. I then had a green stripe Mark III that I got for a song and flipped it. About a week after I sold it I figured out I had done wrong. Then bought a Lone Star Classic v1 and a Mark III purple stripe.

Sold the LSC about 2 months ago when I decided that 'if it ain't played it gets out of here'. will never dump the Mark III I currently have - it has the MS-12 speaker which is perfect for it.
 

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My TA-15 head, Recto 2 X 12 cab, and a Transatlantic 1 x 12 Cab..

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I've owned two Mesa Boogies, both now gone. Both amps were combo's. I had a old and beat Studio 22+ that I loved but traded from a Marshall JCM900 combo (that amp since gone) and I also owned a DC-3. Both were great amps, but I think that I liked the Studio 22+ a little better than the DC-3 (wasn't a fan of the Vintage 30 in it). Both amps were built like tanks. No pictures of the 22+ to be found, but I do have some pictures of the DC-3. I do want another Boogie, and my next one may be a Subway version. Surely a another combo.
 

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Best cheap, broken gear find I've ever come across. Had a cooked PT, had it replaced and re-tubed it with Tung Sols and this thing just purrs!

Great (!!) control with three volumes (preamp gain, channel master, amp master). EQ is still a bit of a mystery to me but just setting them at noon and playing with the volumes gives you a ton of options.

I'm not a fan of channel switching and will usually just use it as two separate amps for when I'm feeling like some hard rocking crunch. This thing gets raunchy, it's not a high-gain amp, but if I roll back the tone on my neck P90 and turn up channel two's pre-amp gain, by noon it's gone past what I think of as hard rock and into more distorted territory. It made me play some Tool riffs that I forgot I knew hahaha.

Dual Rec Maverick Long head. (Not mine, just snagged a pic from mesa.)

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I have a DC-5 with a Scumback in it. Best amp I've ever owned. My favorite of the 5 amps I own.

I sometimes use a Triple Rec at church. It's fun. I'd like to own one. Love the Mesa stuff though. I find their amps darker and warmer than others. In a good way.
 

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Today i got second part of the new rig, a Mesa wide body matching CAB!!! Love it!

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That's one beautiful rig. When I ordered my Roadster, I had to wait another month or something for the matching extension cab...it was torture!!! but it was worth the wait. The V30's are great speakers and they suit the Mesa sound perfectly.
 

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My observations of Mesa Boogie is that, at times, they sound too good... I know, I know...

I'm not talking about the Dual Rec tone, which is a love it or leave it Hard Rock tone in general. But the Classic Rock overdrive is often really, really nice - So nice that it often doesn't sound edgy enough. Sounds like an upper middle class, suburban version of a Rock tone.

I say that as I seriously consider getting an Express 5:25 Plus. But this "perfect" tone is a concern for me. I may be a suburbanite but I don't want to sound like it ;)
 

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So far in my short stint at guitar I have been through the Mini Rectifier, Lonestar Special, Express 5:25 Plus and a Studio Caliber DC-2. Sold the DC-2 and Mini Rec. The LSS is the best sounding amp, to my ear, I have ever played and it is my number 1 for sure. The Express I just got and really like it as well. Still prefer the LSS but the Express is great for jam sessions and rehearsals due to it's versatility and size.

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What experience have you guys had with the Mini Recs? What did you like and didn't?
 

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There is a substantial difference between EL84 and 6L6 tubes. For me the LSS works amazingly with single coil guitars but i did struggle a lot to achieve tones i had in my head with my Les Paul's so i sold it. BOught the Mini Recto and it is an amazing amp, great for recording, but i did feel the choice of EL84's didn't help that recto sound a lot, sold it. Now with the 5:50+ that is 6L6 based the tone i wanted is there, could not be happier at the moment with a Mesa product.
 

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