Mesa/Boogie lone star special

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ok this is a stupid question but would a 1x12 LSS be loud enough in a band situation? i figure if i get something to elevate it a little it should be fine right.
 

Dr. Tweedbucket

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Easily loud enough! You can run the 30 or 35 watt mode and never get it even half way up. You can elevate or tilt it back, but I don't think you even need to do that .... the open back is good about dispersing the sound around.
 

ReddRanger

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I've seen a few people play out with them in my area. Plenty loud enough indeed.

IMO, it seems like one of Mesa's best amps and I've been really tempted to get one lately.
 

musical123

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I would think so.

If in doubt pick-up a Lone Star Classic. I just bought a used one last week and they are incredible amps.
 

picnic

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Both are great amps, different flavors and the Special is not as powerful as the Classic. I put a Wizard in my Special and got some more headroom out of it. Definitely loud enough to play with a band.
 

Steve73

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I have an LSS and it will hang in all but the loudest band situations. I've used it unmiked in a funk band with a five piece horn section and it was fine. The clean will get a bit of hair on it if you are pushing it hard though. An efficient speaker will also add volume if you need it. I am using Blues with mine and it has plenty of jam.
 

samjbrowne

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Yes it will. I use mine on its own for covers gigs (with a 57 in front running it through the PA it's fine for 500 people, or 5000 for that matter) and connect a 1x12 recto cab with V30 for big rock gigs. Killer amp.
 

Tag Intel

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I have an LSS and it will hang in all but the loudest band situations. I've used it unmiked in a funk band with a five piece horn section and it was fine. The clean will get a bit of hair on it if you are pushing it hard though. An efficient speaker will also add volume if you need it. I am using Blues with mine and it has plenty of jam.
+1

The logical assumption would be that it will get loud enough to fill a small size venue and most small clubs. The clean channel, when maxed out, will not be as super clean, punchy and uncompressed as a higher wattage amp, but simply gets to a nice softly clipped OD range with no real distortion. The dirt channel is a revelationb when really pushed. And yes, you can run either channel in 35W with the correct plug and speaker.

I want to move to a stereo recording setup soon and really, really want to get a second LSS for that. Then I will have 60W (or 70W) if I go on the road, or will have a perfectly matching backup if one fails. After rockin the box, I have fallen for it's tone, versatility, and that truly amazing tube spring reverb (OMG! more than I could even have hoped for).

Don't forget that mid size venues will always be able to mike and boost your sound through the PA. IMO, 100W tube amps are best suited for large venues, large egos, or deaf ears. "I KEED! I KEED!" That's just sour grapes. I wish I was in a band that a 100W head was mandatory.

But you can take my Lonestar special when you pry it from my cold, dead, calloused fingers.

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it should be. what's the venue size you play in :munch
mid sized kind of places, mostly bars, coffee houses, small clubs.

so by the consensus it seems that it'll work for me. a little bit more clean headroom would be nice but as long as it doesn't go really dirty when pushed i should be just fine. thanks for the input guys.
 






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