What Amps could be thought of, as being a Poor Man's Boogie?

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  1. drewl

    drewl Member

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    Design wise, yes very similar to the Dual Rectumfryer.

    B52 also. Probably more that I've worked on over the years but have forgotten, have to check my notes.
     
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    Not an amp, per se, but if you already have a clean amp, I'd look at a Mesa Flux Five. (because I'm a poor man)
     
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    Way back when I was a Boogie guy, I remember a rehearsal space having an 80's-era Dean Markley amp (CD-something) that did a pretty credible Boogie thing. The bad news was that I remembered hearing about reliability issues (which made me feel better about spending $$$ on mine); the good news is that if you can find one that's still running 30+ years later, it's a good bet that those issues have been taken care of.
     
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    there are many ways to skin this cat. Craigslist is your friend.

    I bought my Mesa Mark III blue stripe, that was in need of repair, for $350. I ordered some parts from Mesa, and had a local tech do a cap job. It came as a Rack Mount, I bought a 1x12 cab off the Boogie Board for $50, $25 shipping. With new tubes, cap job, combo cab and footswitches, I have $850 in the amp.

    I bought a Mesa Stiletto Trident Stage II for $600, it had new tubes, but was missing the footswitch. I built a replacement footswitch for $22.

    I bought a V-Twin pedal for $250, and put it in front of a Electro-Harmonix 22 Caliber power amp. This is a GREAT Mesa Mark alternative, btw.

    I bought a Mesa 50/50 power amp for $300.
     
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    Agree. Great options and two fantastic amps. I own a HB head and it's great. I'd also suggest looking at the Fender Rivera series amps such as the Concert II, Deluxe II, etc. The drive channel is kinda Mesa Mk like to my ears.
     
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    Before purchasing an amp, add an MI Audio TubeZone to your existing.
     
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  7. AR-305

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    Back in the mid 80's there came and went the Sundown mark knockoffs. Had 6550 output.
     
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    This.

    Also Fender 75 (Rivera era). Available as head, 1x12 and 1x15 combos. Switchable 75 to 15 watts. Fender's apparent attempt to compete with the Mesa market. Not unusual to find them for around $500.
     
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    This
     
  10. tiktok

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    Which Boogie?
    What's your budget?
    So many used Mesa amps out there now.
     
  11. BadHiwatt

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    I got my mark I reissue last year for under $500. A used boogie is the best boogie
     
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    xjojox Tardis-dwelling wanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Back in the early 80's Mesa put an ad in Guitar Player that said something to the effect of "how many amps have you been through because you wanted the boogie sound but didn't want to spend the money on the real thing?". I did the math and they were right. I had gone through a few "poor man's boogie" amps and they just never sounded the same. I bought my first boogie, a stripped down 60w Mark III with reverb but no EQ. Brand new for $900 at Chuck Levin's in MD (and that was a LOTTA coin in the early 80's). Never looked back. I've been through a boatload of them.

    Having said that, there is a lot more out there nowadays. There are lots more amps out there, and there are some good pedal solutions that will approximate that thick liquid boogie sound, using the amps you already have. Also, a 5150 can do some very interesting things if you back off the gain and kick up the mids.

    But at the end of the day, if boogie is what you crave, suck it up buttercup and find a beat up mark III or 50 caliber. Or even a studio 22 if you play mostly at home.
     
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    Look out for the Rocket 44 1x12 combo.
     
  14. Seth L

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    Poor man's Boogie is an oxymoron.
     
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    The peavey triumph amp was so bad that peavey had to redesign it after 6- months, pure junk.
     
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    Buy a used Mark series amp like a Mark III or Mark IV for a very reasonable price.
     
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    This is the answer. ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTE!!! :beer
     
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    Both of those were once very expensive pro gig worthy flagships. Over time, they became more affordable as newer gear came out (and especially new Mesa gear!), but they will always hold good resale value because they are still pro gig worthy amps! In fact, certain Mesas are prone to major jumps in value during good economic times. The IIC+ is the best example---an investment grade amp.
     
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    Tell that @amptweaker 's face. I dare ya. ;)

    I have one. :dunno
     
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    Blackstar ht. Great cheap alternative.
     
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