So I'm back playing in a band again and I've been comparing my amp with my other guitarist's amp as we play the same model, and I noticed something interesting about the effects loop in relation to volume. Mesa effects loops can vary by the year, so here's the one I have:
The amp is a 3 channel triple, not sure what year but I'm assuming 2005-2010 or so. I have the loop at 100% mix, so everything is funneling through the loop.
Anyway onto my point, I am hearing some dramatic differences in volume with the loop engaged. With the loop send volume set to "normal", I'm losing about 50% of my volume. However if I roll this dial all the way up, I get some pretty serious clipping and it's not in a good way. I'm assuming it's the Mesa preamp overdriving my HD500, but I'm not certain. I generally have to turn my amp's output up a bit higher than my other guitarist has to (he doesn't run anything in his amp's loop right now), and not that it matters really with a 150 watt amp as I still have a ton of headroom to play with, but I'd like to not have to do that if I didn't have to.
Have any of you experienced this as well?
You need make-up gain from your HD500. I had the same issue with my G-Major until I figured out the output level was set low by the factory.