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  1. #1

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: London ONT
    ME: PRS Custom 22
    Rig: JCM800

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    NAD: Mesa Roadster has arrived!

    Fuck yeah guys, my weekend has been amazing! Got my Agile on friday,and my best friend delivered my near-brand-new MINT Roadster head 5 minutes after I got home yesterday!

    First thoughts: my god, this thing is clean!!! Case for the footswitch, mesa slip cover hadn't been unfolded until friday lol, and the stock tubes were swapped out as the owner was experimenting, and now they're back in. Minty 6L6's!
    This amp is incredibly versatile, and within an hour I was getting my 4 much-loved sounds out of it!. I am head over heels - I've wanted a mesa boogie dual rectifier since before I was in highschool (I'm 7 months away from graduating college), and now I own a roadster!

    Specs: 4 channels, effects loop, reverb, 3 modes per channel, FS, tuner mute, other fun stuff - Mesa Boogie Vacuum Tube Guitar and Bass Amplifier for more! I got: head, footswitch, slipcover, manual, mesa boogie sticker, original receipt, and paper signed stating that I bought the amp. 4 years left of warranty!!! And the owner stuck a Tung Sol 12AX7 in V1 because he lost the original mesa tube!

    What can I say? I love this amp! I have barely touched on all it's features, just wanted to get it up and running to my tastes - which really didn't take long.

    Channel 1 is the clean channel, which sounds best with my guitar in Fat mode - I like a nice warm clean, and that's what this delivers. I can see Tweed getting used when I start to learn some country licks haha. I'm running 100W and diode rectified here, IIRC.

    Channel 2 I have set up for my dirty sound that I like to jam on for the medium gain stuff. I actually use clean mode here, with the gain almost dimed, and my tubescreamer for some extra push. Fat mode sounded good, but had too much warmth for what I wanted - so clean mode w/ the gain way up gets a similar sound, but with a bit more clarity and less oomph - perfect! Brit mode here is very bright, very marshall - I almost wanted to bust AC/DC out when my buddy put me on that mode! I'm running 50W and tube rectifier settings for this channel.

    Channel 3: Vintage mode, 50W, diode rectified, lots of mids = biiig smooth leads here! If I take the tubescreamer off, it sounds very low gain. I'm using this as my lead channel, and have it set up a touch louder than the other 3 channels. I'm very impressed here! It's a great lead sound, I really enjoy it. I'm going to try it 100W modern later on hehe.

    Channel 4: 100W, modern mode, diode rectified. I use this for high gain rhythm, which the tele actually does a good job of. I am going to try this channel in 50W vintage mode and Ch3 in modern mode 100W, just to compare the lead tones. I get that recto thump, and it is a thing of beauty!!! And that's with single coils, kids .

    I run it in Bold mode - the standby switch is also the bold/spongy switch, threw me off real well when I went to turn it on .

    Spring reverb is great, I use it most prominently on the first 2 channels. Solo boost is a cool feature, may use it at some point! I haven't touched the effects loop yet - My RV-5 seems kind of useless since I have onboard reverb now. I may keep it, but I will probably try to trade it for a delay pedal. I wish I had an A/B/Y and still had my 2nd speaker cable so I could run a stereo rig until my halfstack is sold .

    There is a lot left of this amp for me to explore, and I am EXCITED! Once my customs get in, there will be even more tweaking to do. I am satisfied . This weekend was one of the best!



    Thanks guys!
    Sparrows (Space Punk, LOUD):

  2. #2

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Grays, England
    ME: LTD SC600 / UV7BK
    Rig: JMP-1>VHT 2/90/2>Zilla's

    iTrader: 7 (100%)

    Nice score
    I'm so metal I shit bats

    My band > WALK IN COMA

  3. #3

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: London ONT
    ME: PRS Custom 22
    Rig: JCM800

    iTrader: 1 (100%)


    Now i gotta play it

  4. #4

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Soviet Canuckistan
    ME: Decibel Javelin
    MA: Ibanez AJ307CE
    MB: Fretless Precision mutt
    Rig: Mesa F-30

    iTrader: 3 (100%)


  5. #5

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: IL
    ME: JS2000/Warmoth
    MA: Seagull S6
    MB: Ibanez SRC6
    Rig: Mesa ROV25+V:25+Mesa Cab

    iTrader: 0

    I'm waiting for the 3rd picture, when the Roadster is sitting by itself after the JSX is sold

  6. #6

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: London ONT
    ME: PRS Custom 22
    Rig: JCM800

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    The JSX may be sitting around "sold" for a while, but the straight cab is probably being picked up tomorrow.

    I may pick up another straight later on if the price is right, the cab is decent, and I have space.

    I gotta go look up some country licks now!

  7. #7

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Montreal / QC. / CAN.
    ME: ESP Maverick
    Rig: 6505~(some pedals)~Orange

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

    Very nice score, sir!
    President - Reverse Headstock Lover's Club

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Black Swamp, OH
    ME: Rich Mahogany
    MA: Godin A6 Ultra
    MB: SR500
    Rig: Massive/Boobies

    iTrader: 16 (100%)


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