How to tighten up the MESA 5:25 gain channel

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  1. handyman11

    handyman11 Silver Supporting Member

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    Love the amp, and use a series of pedals through the clean channel...gain channel sounds pretty good, and i know it will never sound like a Marshall, but it's a loose distortion , and would love get get more a a marshall flavor to it ..

    Any suggestions ? Thanks
     
  2. yankeebulldog

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    I use the Suhr Koko Boost Reloaded although I actually prefer the Green/Crunch channel with the Koko for dirt. I run the Red channel in blues mode for a gritty clean for pedals.
     
  3. mesa/kramer

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    Drive pedal (not boost)

    Tube screamer/Bad Monkey type will do

    Set Gain on pedal around "2" and level around "5" to start.

    You want the compression the drive pedal has to tighten things up.
     
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    Im using a Timmy with mine. Vol all the way up, gain just cracked open, and the bass cut down almost all the way. Sounds super tight now.
     
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    Lower the channel's bass to around 8:30 - 9:00, then jack it back up with the graphic EQ.

    If you want more of a Marshall flavour run it through G12M-25s.
     
  7. SteveO

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    The midrange in Mark series amps is voiced lower than in Marshalls. The best way to get there is to run an EQ in the loop to boost the upper mids. It still won't be quite as loose as a Marshall (it IS a Mark, after all), but you can get really close.

    The other option is to get a Marshall-in-a-box pedal and run it through the clean channel.
     
  8. mesa/kramer

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    The pre amp design on this amp is a bit looser than some
     

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