Don't have much trouble dialing in great tone on my Maverick. She sounds good with the 335, LP Deluxe, Tele, and especially the Strat. In fact, its a killer amp with the Strat.
I agree. The circuits can be complex, and you can't usually just turn all the knobs to 12:00 and expect it to give you instant gratification. I usually have to drastically reduce bass and or mids when increasing gain.I don't think it's that hard to find the tones you need from Boogies if you throw away any preconceptions of where the dials should be set. The fact that you might end up with something like Treble on 9, Mids on 2 and Bass on 1.5 used to throw me off, and if I dwelled on it, it would still annoy me, so I try not to think about it.
I owned one of the first ones shipped to the midwest- the Recto is my favorite Boogie- they are a lot easier to dial in too.....I always ran the gain WAY back and just cranked it up.....great amp for sure!Are they really looked down upon around here? I personally love the Dual Rectifiers but often associate them with aggressive rock guys who crank the gain. I think they are a fantastic sounding amp and record quite nicely. I also really love and miss the Maverick. Sold it to "move up" to something better and have missed it since.
Good point. Some amps actually need to have the manual read first. Its not a bad thing but something most guys arent used to. I had first hand experience with this with my friends Triple Recto. BobAfter owning my mesa combo for a few months now and absolutely loving every bit of its tone, im pretty sick of reading all the mesa hate. i play my SG through it religiously as well as an american strat from time to time, both sound AMAZING. what is it about learning how to dial in different brands of amps that people refuse to embrace? just because you can turn a deluxe reverbs bass pot up to 7 doesnt mean you do that with a mesa! i bet if people took the time to read literature and the like on dialing in boogies, their reputation would undoubtedly improve. cant wait for the mark v!
I found this out pretty earlier on with my MK IV. I have a friend who has used one for years, in a Pink Floyd Tribute band of all places, and has absolutely amazing tone.I don't think it's that hard to find the tones you need from Boogies if you throw away any preconceptions of where the dials should be set. The fact that you might end up with something like Treble on 9, Mids on 2 and Bass on 1.5 used to throw me off, and if I dwelled on it, it would still annoy me, so I try not to think about it.
If it works for you than that's all that matters. But IMO an amp should be a plug and play item not needing any time spent to figure out how to tweak the knobs to get a decent sound. Tone controls are highly over rated, the simpler the amp, the better the tone. Some of the best sounding amps have only a Volume (or two) and a Tone, and that's it. And in most of those cases you can delete the Tone control.
But there is more than one way to skin a cat, and it's good to have options. But still, when it comes to Messy Boogers I have one thing to say, friends don't let friends buy them. Just say no.