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  1. les_paul

    Will I get the "tweed" sound with a fender bassman '59 ltd?

    It's a great pedal platform for sure. Great sound if you can crank it up too. Not attenuator friendly though without some extra wiring. The newer Deluxe tweed is a solid amp too...also does well with pedals but a lower wattage. For tweed tones I currently use a Tone King Gremlin. I have...
  2. les_paul

    An unlikely rig

    As many of us have I have spent a lot of time, money, and effort to build many rigs. I may have finally struck gold with a lot of unlikely pieces for anything from rock to metal. At the core is a JTM45 clone built by me from a BYOC kit. I only use the dark channel. I bought an Avatar cab...
  3. les_paul

    Why can't Mesa build an amp with Mark V clean and crunch mode ONLY channels?

    The limited feature set usually has a short shelf life. They've proven that over the decades with the DC series, Maverick, F series, Express, Stiletto, Heart Breaker, Subway, and Nomad among others. These are their introduction level amps to get people to buy higher end models eventually.
  4. les_paul

    Why can't Mesa build an amp with Mark V clean and crunch mode ONLY channels?

    Short answer? Very few people want LESS features. Their Filmore series and maybe the California Tweed already have the stripped down feature set. Long answer? Both will dwindle out in a few years and maybe their next budget line of amps will have the feature set you're after. The Express...
  5. les_paul

    Talk me out of the Fender Tone Master

    Don't do it.
  6. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    What about the poorly designed DSLs and TSLs where the boards became conductive when they got hot? I'd hardly say an amp that can't make it through a gig without dropping in volume is user error when it was clearly poorly designed.
  7. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    True, maybe some of the engineers could easily go but the assembly workers are probably pretty rooted where they are. The bay isn't exactly swimming in amp companies after all.
  8. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    This is encouraging for several reasons. A) It confirms Randy is semi retired. B) It shows there is a new pool of engineering talent. C) It displays an optimistic view from the employees. D) It addresses overseas distribution which is great news for our European and Asian friends. We have...
  9. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    ...both?
  10. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    Solid cabs indeed.
  11. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    Fair enough. At this point for tube amps it's probably getting the right combination of feature sets more than anything. Since there has been such little true innovation the competition has been much stiffer, especially in the past 5-10 years.
  12. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    Fluff made an interesting point in his live stream: what has Mesa truly innovated in the past 20 years? Don't get me wrong, I love my Mesas. They've added features to amps but haven't created anything on the level of simul-class in some time.
  13. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    My bad; a few years ago they rebooted their hybrid amps. Must not have been a success.
  14. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    When I was in the game there were certain requirements. You had to always have in stock (again in my day; things have changed) a Dual Rec and 4x12, a Lone Star, a Mark IV, a bass rig, and then x number of dollars of inventory on hand.
  15. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    Margins on Mesa are ungodly slim too. It's tough to make even 30% after freight.
  16. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    MAP is just minimum advertised price. They can sell it below if they want, they just can't advertise it. Mesa has yanked dealerships for selling below their pro net pricing and for shipping outside of a territory prior to allowing Sweetwater to do so. Their business practices have largely...
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    Gibson buying Mesa

    Having worked for a Mesa dealer they definitely want dealers to be able to carve out a territory. I believe that there couldn't be two dealers within 100 miles. I'll be interested to see if that changes. There are two Gibson dealers in a nearby town within a half mile and at one point there...
  18. les_paul

    Orange Amplification Owners Thread

    I picked up a Dark Terror for the hell of it. I thought it was a bit fizzy and harsh so I put an EQ in the loop first. It got me mostly what I wanted. To get the rest of the way there I put 12AU7 in V1. It takes a lot of gain out of it and gives a classic type feel to it with plenty of gain...
  19. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    Primarily that Gibson won't let them operate as they do today. I hope they don't start any "budget lines" of amps beyond their current lunch box offerings. Also, we probably won't know ANYTHING until Randy fully exits so it could be years before we know if this is good or bad. A lot of people...
  20. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    Interesting; I am a Gibson guy but I'm not a fan of this deal.
  21. les_paul

    Very loud hum from Tone King Gremlin?

    No gut shots? Also, I get a similar effect on mine if I run it into an AB switch and run to another amp. Could it be one of the input jacks?
  22. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    Pretty laughable.
  23. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    Not really. Both already make their own amps. Sounds more and more like Randers is cashing out while making an attempt to look out for his employees. I still don't like it but I can appreciate his sentiment.
  24. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    I bought a Mark I reissue in hardwood yesterday morning before I heard about this. Saw it was official on both sites today. I've put up a few semi jokey posts in this thread but in all honesty I can't see this as a good thing. I hope more details of the buyout emerge soon.
  25. les_paul

    Gibson buying Mesa

    Laugh, but it happened to me on an old F-100 2x12 combo and a Lone Star 2x12 combo
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