What is the best Mesa Boogie amp, and why?

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  1. wolfpack

    wolfpack Supporting Member

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    I've played several Mesa models, and the best to my ears are my Tremoverb & MKIII Coliseum
     
  2. haslar

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    Of all Mesas I’ve played, my fave is the stiletto ace.
     
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  3. JB Eckl

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    If you like the original Santana sound, I would say either an old Mark or Mark reissue (especially the King Snake, Carlos’ signature amp). But there is a real case to be made for the Lonestar. The overdrive channel has a ‘Thick’ and ‘Thicker’ switch that lowers the treble control frequency and loads the preamp gain in that area. Very very convincing Santana type overdrive tones there too.
     
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    I'll say the Roadster! Lonestar cleans and Recto crunch!
     
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    For newer stuff.. the multi-watt Recto is excellent and the Mark V and JP-2C are both very solid. The Fillmore is also really great for more vintage sounds, I would say its on par with the Lonestar in a lot of ways. For older stuff, the Mark IIC+ is really good of course as is the Mark 1. I'd say my favourite is the multi-watt Rectifier since they really cleaned up the bottom end and made it sit in a mix better than ever.

    I would say its hard to go wrong with almost any Mark or Recto amp for the most part.. just depends on your tastes.
     
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  6. GenoVox

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    There are so many good ones... hard to pick a favorite (there is no “best”... it’s all personal preference, after all)

    Of the ones I’ve owned:
    TA15 and 30 (best “Vox” tones I’ve ever gotten... plus nearly everything else)
    Mini Recto (it’s NOT just for Metal... not by a long shot)
    Subway Blues
    Express series

    That I’ve played:
    F-series
    Maverick
    Fillmore
    Triple-Crown
     
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    Single/dual Recto, modern mode. Angriest sounding high gain sounds I’ve ever heard.
     
  8. ToneDeVille

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    My Lonestar is now 15 years old and has been a fantastic amp. Fender like clean on ch1 and Mesa like drive on ch2. Plus it's built to withstand a nuclear blast.
    Consequently it's heavy. But so is a Fender Twin. And the Lonestar is like having a Twin with a Mesa drive channel.
     
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    MkIIC+ Silver Supporting Member

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    Electra Dyne. Sounds are monstrous or pretty. Easy to adjust the tones. Switch in/out el34's. Hit/kiss the A chord...and go.
     
  11. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a Mark V 25 combo and a California Tweed combo, both amps are great and I would have a difficult time choosing one over the other. The Mark V 25 I would say is more versatile with the multiple channels and the post preamp slider equalizer, however, it is very "tone control" sensitive, although reading through the manual will get you where you need to be. The California Tweed sounds great no matter where the tone controls are set.
     
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  12. big mike

    big mike Gold Supporting Member

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    Mark 1 running sylvania tubes.
    Carlos
     
  13. doc

    doc Supporting Member

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    Hmmm...
    Pretty good reason.
     
  14. big mike

    big mike Gold Supporting Member

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    Works for keef and Ronnie tones, early Carlton as well.
     
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    Benny Gold Supporting Member

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    I’ve really enjoyed the Mark I’s I’ve played/borrowed/owned for that signature Santana sound (and more). It can be a really fun amp for slide tones, too. A Lonestar would probably the best Mesa product for me for what I do (R&B, soul jazz, neo soul) though I haven’t spent much time with a Fillmore.
     
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    I vote Rectifier. IMO it greatly helped create a new "class" of amp, to go with

    Fender
    Marshall
    Vox
     
  17. Crypto9889

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    For me, the best Mesa - no contest - was the Stiletto 50 head. Incredible sounding amp, however it really needs a 4x12 cab to sound right.

    Funny thing is - it sounds absolutely nothing like a Mesa amp.
    It sounds like a vastly improved Marshall JCM.

    Andy Timmons made a comment somewhere that the amp was based on an older Marshall JMP head of his...
     
  18. vds5000

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    No such thing as 'best'. Some models are better than others at doing certain things. I have owned several and not disappointed with any.

    I currently have a Mark IIC+ and F30. Both are great at what they do.
     
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    Best for me is the Triple Crown.

    Over the years I’ve bounced between Marks and Rectos a few times. The TC has things I like about both in one package.

    Runner up is the Electra Dyne. It’s an absolute monster. Only reason it’s not #1 is that it’s an absolute monster and can be difficult to manage when volume is a consideration.
     
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