I love the size of the amp and how much they have packed into it. Really nice! Many congrats! I tried one back in the summer and liked it a lot!
I gave low gain tones a go after I read your comment. How shall I put this... hmm. This is a hi-gain amp and should be treated as such. The hi gain tones, with guitar volume rolled right down sound good, but if I wanted low gain tones through the JP-2C I'd use the clean channel with my King of Tone.Interesting mix of amps you have
I was all things Mesa until a few years ago, and sold my MKV a year ago, which I kept for 5 years. The JP2C has my Mesa GAS fired up again though
How good / responsive / open sounding are the low gain tones in the JP? I share a Two Rock clean to edge of break-up interest, and not looking for the DT style, compressed high gain tones most guys seem to love through a JP
how are the cleans?Very nice! I got a JP2C in trade a while back, not hugely keen on Dream Theater but I thought I'd give it a try. Absolutely love it, such a beautiful liquid gain, very flexible, and I love the CabClone for silent practice.
The Mesa Boogie Lonestar Classic is really capable of nailing Mayer's tone (which is basically Dumble + Two Rock).It's a good clean, I dig it. Compared to the Two-Rocks? Silly comparison really, the Two-Rocks have immense cleans, but the JP-2C has what I would call "extremely useable cleans," I wouldn't hesitate to use them at any time, it takes pedals well etc.
I've owned a Lonestar and it really doesn't come anywhere close to nailing Mayers tone, sorry. Compare it next to the Mayer Sig, you'd be surprised the difference.The Mesa Boogie Lonestar Classic is really capable of nailing Mayer's tone (which is basically Dumble + Two Rock).
The JP2C cleans are in the same ballpark tonally, or are they different sounding?
I mean in the room it might be better but that's really muffled and hazy sounding. I'd guess its part recording, part reverb, and part the bass being up too high in the mesa EQ. Do I think a Lonestar could do a passable Mayer? Yeah. Is that an example of one doing that? No.Sounds super close to me here:
I looked at one when I bought my MkV:25 and it was way more amp than I needed both power and budget wise but I was amazed at how close it was in size to the 25.I love the size of the amp and how much they have packed into it. Really nice! Many congrats! I tried one back in the summer and liked it a lot!