Which Mesa Boogie?

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  1. dongrammar

    dongrammar Member

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    I'm looking to do a lot more live pop work this year so I need a versatile amp.

    My original idea was to use a clean amp with pedals but most of the guitarists playing for urban acts have huge heavy metal stacks. I want something that can do a great clean but also get pretty heavy if needed. Size and weight are a concern also so I'm thinking either 1x12 combos or head cab.

    I've pretty much settled on Mesa Boogie as a brand. Budget wise I can afford:

    Electradyne
    Lonestar
    Mark IV combo or Head+Cab
    Mark III


    Does anyone know much about these amps?
     
  2. Dog Boy

    Dog Boy Member

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    I'd go with the Mark 4
     
  3. joolzriff

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    i'd prolly do a mkV as the panel looks easier to dial in on the fly as ive used a MK4 and its panel wasnt now friendly...
     
  4. wgs1230

    wgs1230 Fully Intonatable Silver Supporting Member

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    The Electra Dyne is essentially Mesa's version of the JCM-800/Jubilee Marshall with reverb and high/low gain voicings on the lead channel. It's great at what it does- I'd take it over any current production Marshall I've heard- but probably isn't the most flexible amp they make.
     
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    BC,eh ?
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    earthlydescent Senior Member

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    The MK4 sounds better though. The Electra Dyne is a stunning amp, but it's not the best metal and hard rock amp. Great for blues and classic rock.
     
  8. Jerry Lundegaard

    Jerry Lundegaard Senior Member

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    I'd go with either the Mark V or the Dual Rectifier. Both have great clean tones and heavy high gain tones as well as alot in between.
     
  9. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for

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    Any vintage Mark-series amp will get you there. But what I'm starting to really long for is a new mini-Rectifier...
     
  10. dughaze

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    Mark IV or V Head+Cab

    You'll never regret it except the weight

    Nah, you'll always have it to hear what you want to sound like with anything else you get.
     
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    You didn't list an Express amp, but for what you're looking for I'd recommend the Express 5:50. It's well within your budget, and it's an extremely versatile amp.
     
  12. guitarrhinoceros

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    I'm on day 7 with my Mini Rectifier and Transatlantic cabinet. I am absolutely floored by this amp. Beautiful punchy cleans, nice almost blackface crunch, and your choice of a fantastic Marshall or full tilt rectifier sound, only with more roundness and touch sensitivity from the EL84s. I have tried a ton of Mesas and have owned at least one continuously since the 80s. This is one of the best amps they have ever released.
     
  15. Nickstrtcstr

    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    I have a Mark III Simul-Class and that thing is a ripping amp. Price-wise they are fairly affordable too. There is a small learning curve with the shared controls but once that is negotiated it is very versatile.
     
  16. Indiana Tones

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    I'd go with a DC-3. You can pick one up fairly cheap and I think is one of the most versatile and underrated amps ever made. If you haven't tried one you owe yourself.
     
  17. AceBSpankin

    AceBSpankin Prince of Ales Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    I play 2-Lonestar Specials in Stereo with my pedalboard. Highly recomend you check this amp out!! I use pedals into the clean channel , not sure about heavy metal?
     
  18. lonetone483

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    I would suggest a Mesa Roadster. Can do the lonestar cleans and rectifier drive tones. Plus comes in a head configuration or combo.
     
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    +1, cleans are superb, super flexible amp if you can stretch your budget
     
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    Mark IV. I played one for 17 years. With different OD pedals I could get any sound I wanted. Extreme versatility. It's really a two channel amp with R2 being a 'boost' for R1. Got gas and traded it for a Mark V. Giant mistake.

    Electrodyne is my favorite of the current models.
     

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