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Rivera Rake Reverb vs. Mesa DC-5

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by nosajwp, May 23, 2011.

  1. nosajwp

    nosajwp Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    Can anyone compare/contrast these two excellent amps?
  2. ungarn

    ungarn Member

    Jul 23, 2005
    Springboro, Ohio USA
    Mesa is about 1/2 the price!
    Rivera clean channel is mucho more fendery clean, if that is what you are after.
    The graphic Eq on the Mesa add a ton of tonality.
    Mesa dirt channel is dirtier/grindier.
    Reverb is a little nicer sounding on the Rivera.
    Both take pedals well.
  3. james...

    james... Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    North Georgia
    The rivera is a really good fender clean with a marshally lead channel.

    I've only briefly played a DC5 so I can't say much about it.

    If you ask me, rivera stuff is a bit overpriced for what it is. But they do have some unique offerings, and if it fits the bill, go for it.
  4. amc

    amc Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    imho, there is no comparison in terms of tone...................

    the rivera rake reverb blows the mesa dc5 out of the water with one of the best clean channels of any amp, boutique or otherwise.

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