Mesa Mini Rectoverb 25 vs. Grandmeister 36 shootout

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  1. mikeymoves

    mikeymoves Member

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    Tone: Mesa by a landslide over all but one sound. The crunch channel on the GM36 is pretty bad ass.
    Versatility: No contest here. GM36 with it's on board effects, 3 channels with a boost, Redbox...
    Price: Got them both for $900, so a draw

    Both stock. Keeping both until the desire to get something else overwhelms me.

    Carry on!
     
  2. BathTimeStrummer

    BathTimeStrummer Supporting Member

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    Oooo, I'd like to hear clips of this! I'd be really interested in how the GM36 stacks up to the Mark V:25. Those were my final two and I went for the mini-Mark, but those presets on the GM were tempting! Too much invested in pedals already!!!
     
  3. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Silver Supporting Member

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    Didnt know the GM was in the same balll park sound tonbe compared to the MiniRecto or vise versa.
     
  4. gdomeier

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    Finally someone here *not* living in denial! :)

     
  5. mikeymoves

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    It's really not. The clean channel on the 10w setting on the Mesa is beautiful compared to the GM36. The only section that shines is the Crunch setting on the GM36. Solid AC/DC grit! Definitely serviceable, but has a "hifi" sheer to it would be the best way to describe it. Not bad per se, but the Mesa stands above it.
     
  6. mikeymoves

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    I don't play well enough to do sample vids LOL
     
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    BathTimeStrummer Supporting Member

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    I should make that my signature! :facepalm
     
  8. ToneCaptain

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    I've done the exact same comparison over the last few weeks. Tone wise, the GM36 is not comparable to any full tube amp, it sounds and is more like a modeling amp. The gm36 crunch is nice indeed as well as all the switching options and functions, but for me "tone" wins - I went with the rectoverb (50 watt series 1)
     
  9. Cgkindler

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    I had a GM36 head for a little while, along with the foot controller....

    VERY COOL HEAD - and I LOVED the bluelight (who doesn't! lol)

    I ended up returning it because of the pedal board I had - the GM's stuff just couldn't hang with the Timeline or BigSky combo....I remember the drive channels (especially the last one) was CRAZY AWESOME
     
  10. mikeymoves

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    Well, I think I might move them BOTH and get a Mini Mark!
     
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    Brought them both to a rehearsal studio last night and shared with my other guitarist. He has the Vintage channel on 25w through a Marshall 1960A and had the 36w mode on Crunch and Lead on the GM36 through a 1960A. Gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised with the GM. The best way I can describe it is this: The Mesa sounds organically thick. The GM36 sounded very "hot" and thick. Almost like it was being overdriven. A pretty cool sounding amp. I think I am going to keep both!
     
  13. mesa/kramer

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    Niether of you have a cell phone to record and post the experience? :dunno

    I forget, this is TGP,
    No one here knows how to post pictures let alone record and upload videos
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