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Which Mesa Boogie?

dongrammar

Member
Messages
211
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?
 

joolzriff

Member
Messages
2,171
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...
 

wgs1230

Fully Intonatable
Silver Supporting Member
Messages
3,148
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.
 

earthlydescent

Senior Member
Messages
980
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...
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.
 

Jerry Lundegaard

Senior Member
Messages
1,010
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.
 

kludge

The droid you're looking for
Messages
7,106
Any vintage Mark-series amp will get you there. But what I'm starting to really long for is a new mini-Rectifier...
 

dughaze

Member
Messages
992
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?
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.
 

jfwund

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
627
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.
 

waygorked

Member
Messages
603
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.
 

Nickstrtcstr

Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger
Messages
4,401
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.
 

Indiana Tones

Member
Messages
33
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.
 

AceBSpankin

Prince of Ales
Silver Supporting Member
Messages
4,633
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?
 

lonetone483

Member
Messages
867
I would suggest a Mesa Roadster. Can do the lonestar cleans and rectifier drive tones. Plus comes in a head configuration or combo.
 

scorched

Member
Messages
275
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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