MI Tube Zone best high gain

Matybigfro

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Just got through my TUBE ZONE Ver3 throught post
it's tottally everything i'd hoped
i'm gonna be rocking for a while
 

Ben C.

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isn't it supposed to be Mesa Boogie sounding?
It does have Mesa-ish qualities that are always present independent of the settings of the knobs. Smooth, saturated tones abound, with a somewhat squishy attack on the low strings. Cleans up nicely too for a high gain box!
 

Lucidology

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isn't it supposed to be Mesa Boogie sounding?
I would say it truly sounds like a good Boogie Amps OD channel ....
When played up agaisnt my White Eternity & GSR..
It truly has more of a Mesa Vibe then the others do ..
A huge amount of Bass on tap ...
 

Matybigfro

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to my ears it can get both more marshally and mesaey sounds to it when up in the high gain register
but also gets some very nice low gain tones too
 

Ben C.

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to my ears it can get both more marshally and mesaey sounds to it when up in the high gain register
but also gets some very nice low gain tones too
Just IMO - I found it just couldn't get enough attack or 'growl' to be Marshally. Always too smooth, soft and saturated. Not saying these are cons, just saying. I rocked a v3 TZ for over a year and loved it!
 

Sikor

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It does have Mesa-ish qualities that are always present independent of the settings of the knobs.
I do not agree with that statement.
TZ can be set quite similar to Crunch Box (= high gain Marshall) :JAM


Cleans up nicely too for a high gain box!
True, true :)
But TZ is also great at lower gain.
Find the thread about comparison of TZ and Landgraff MOD. TZ stand up very good :)
 

Ben C.

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How does it compare to the Emma Reeza?
A Reeza sounds modern Marshally, and the Tube Zone does not. You cannot get the ragged Marshall crunch from a TZ, nor the attack. You can make the TZ lean more toward the Marshall camp by bumping the mids and lowering the Character, but you still have that smooth, Mesa-ish style gain and not as biting attack.

The Reeza has more of a ragged growl to the gain, the TZ is more of that smooth saturation thing.

The Tube Zone has a squishy / almost sagging tube-like attack on the low strings, the Reeza always has bite on the low strings that can almost be somewhat metallic.

The Reeza has a permanent and subtle mid scoop (the Bias cranked mitigates this by opening up the sound) and prominent bass, the TZ's mids and bass can be dialed around dramatically - it has a much more versatile EQ that can bring it from blues to Death Metal.

The Tube Zone can get a bit bright when trying to dial in more articulation for the low strings, the Reeza does not because the low strings maintain attack definition throughout the tone knob range.

They both appear quite compressed, even at low gain settings.

Those are a few differences off the top of my head.

I rocked a TZ for over a year, and a Reeza for two years, and A/B'd them side by side. So those are my thoughts based on that experience with a variety of guitars and amps.

-Ben
 

SunnyRollins

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A Reeza sounds modern Marshally, and the Tube Zone does not. You cannot get the ragged Marshall crunch from a TZ, nor the attack. You can make the TZ lean more toward the Marshall camp by bumping the mids and lowering the Character, but you still have that smooth, Mesa-ish style gain and not as biting attack.

The Reeza has more of a ragged growl to the gain, the TZ is more of that smooth saturation thing.

The Tube Zone has a squishy / almost sagging tube-like attack on the low strings, the Reeza always has bite on the low strings that can almost be somewhat metallic.

The Reeza has a permanent and subtle mid scoop (the Bias cranked mitigates this by opening up the sound) and prominent bass, the TZ's mids and bass can be dialed around dramatically - it has a much more versatile EQ that can bring it from blues to Death Metal.

The Tube Zone can get a bit bright when trying to dial in more articulation for the low strings, the Reeza does not because the low strings maintain attack definition throughout the tone knob range.

They both appear quite compressed, even at low gain settings.

Those are a few differences off the top of my head.

I rocked a TZ for over a year, and a Reeza for two years, and A/B'd them side by side. So those are my thoughts based on that experience with a variety of guitars and amps.

-Ben
great review! very illustrative.
I've read that the TZ is good for that Holdsworth tone (your review confirms that)
i have a Blues pro, does it have something in common with the TZ?
 

Ben C.

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great review! very illustrative.
I've read that the TZ is good for that Holdsworth tone (your review confirms that)
i have a Blues pro, does it have something in common with the TZ?
Thanks! Yea- getting the Holdsworth tone would be definitely acheivable with the TZ; it's certainly in that vein. I've never owned a Blues Pro though...

How can you tell if it's a Ver3 and what are the differences with the previous versions?
V3 has 6 knobs on top.
And my memory is shady about this but I think V2 had three knobs and a mid toggle, and V1 just had the three knobs and no mid toggle. V2 and V1 were also in larger enclosures (mostly in height).

-Ben
 


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