Mesa F-50 Users?

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  1. theroan

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    Any tips or tricks for getting the most out of the Mesa F-50?
     
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    I've got an F-30 combo and I've noticed the EQ's are very interactive and these are some seriously high gain amps. IMO, less is more with these amps. Scoop the mids a bit, turn the treble just past 12:00, back the bass to just under 12:00 and don't overdue the gain.

    These amps do cleans very well and will get into recto territory for distortion. Keep the gain under control and you can go from sparkle clean to filthy dirty using the volume control of your guitar.

    Loud little buggers too, aren't they?
     
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    On my f50 i used to set it completely different than any other amp i've had..on my gain channel w/contour, i would crank the mids and treble full up, bass a bit under halfway up..I have owned lots of mesas and the f50 was my favorite.
     
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    my suggestions are;

    1. put Ruby 6L6GCMSTR and JJ12AX7's in for tubes

    2. put an EQ in the loop to dial in your mids (scooped or boosted) this really is a great addition.

    3. the Xotic AC Booster sounds GREAT in front of this amp

    the F-50 is a super amp
     
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    an excellent amp - I use a DOD 7 band eq for a little extra scoop but thats it. The amp sound great by itself
     
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    bump, is the eq pedal just left on?
     
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    How would you guys describe the cleans on these amps..?
    Are they in line with a Lonestar classic (which are some of the best cleans ever)
    Or different?
     
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    I haven't tried the Lonestar Classic, but, I bought my F50 for the clean
    channel. Excellent IMO.
     
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    i love the cleans. it is the reason i bought the amp. i leave the EQ in the loop and on all the time. it is post preamp, and really helps the F-series only weakness, no post preamp eq.

    just putting the eq in the loop makes these amps absolutely a sleeper. the amp sounds great without the EQ, but with it, the amp comes alive.

    it reminds me of the Graphic EQ on the DC series or the Mark series. a must to make the amp stellar
     
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    Any Eq recommendations? It seems like the MXR 10 band can't be beat
     
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    i have a friend that mods and builds pedals. he does a mod to the Boss GE-7 that makes it hard to beat and dead quiet.

    believe it or not, i have had great success with the Behringer EQ700. it is a quiet pedal that is based on the GE-7. not my first choice, but it is better than anyone would expect.

    the MXR is good, but that is alot of sliders to deal with. you can get lost tweaking too many knobs and sliders.....my opinion, like simple.

    i just get my general setting and make slight changes according to the room we are playing. i have velcro inside my amp i put the pedal on and it is out of the road and unseen. i find i only use the 400,800, and 1.6k sliders up or down to taste. anything more than that and i start to look at the amp more closely.
     
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    I've heard good things about modded GE-7
     
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    It seems like an EQ is must, does it have to be in the loop or can it be in the pedal line.
     
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    So I bought a Micro Amp which sounds incredible at the front and a MXR M-108 (not arrived yet) put in the loop. What settings should I use for the EQ?
     

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