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  1. #1


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Somerville, Ma
    ME: Suhr Modern 7
    MA: Martin MC16-GTE
    MB: Dingwall Afterburner 5
    Rig: Mesa Roadster, Recto 4x12

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    Mesa has evidently discontinued the Roadster

    Saw this shared on Facebook earlier today:

    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/in...dster.1825465/

    ...and sure enough, if you look at the Rectifier line-up, it's mentioned in the text but no longer listed below:

    The Rectifier Series | MESA/Boogie®

    ...though not yet under discontinued models.

    Not sure what I think about this - on one hand, the Multi-Watt Dual and Triple give you the Roadster's switchable poweramp wattage, and I never knew what to do with Ch 2. On the other, the Roadster (and from my limited playtime Road King II) was always a little darker and smoother than most of the Recto lineup, and while it wasn't as straight up brutal as a Triple, I thought it was the more well-rounded amp and offered a lot more range and versatility than people generally associated with the Recto line.

    I love mine, either way. Every once in a while I'm a little tempted to grab a Mark V, but at the end of the day there aren't too many playing situations I've been in where there was a tone I wanted that the Roadster didn't deliver.
    "They can kill you, but the legalities of eating you are a bit dicier." - David Foster Wallace

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    Join Date: Nov 2014
    Location: Norman, OK
    ME: Gibson Les Paul Trad
    Rig: Mesa Lone Star Spl

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    Do you think some of the thought is correct - that the market is going to smaller head/cab or mini-head configurations because playing situations have changed?

    Seemed like a plausible theory to me...
    All I can ask is that I suck a little less each time I pick up my guitar...

  3. #3


    Join Date: Sep 2011
    Location: Madison, Wisconsin
    ME: C-8 Special
    Rig: Jet City

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    Huh. I honestly thought they discontinued it years ago

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Somerville, Ma
    ME: Suhr Modern 7
    MA: Martin MC16-GTE
    MB: Dingwall Afterburner 5
    Rig: Mesa Roadster, Recto 4x12

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    It's possible, and I certainly welcome the fact we're going in that direction. I think The Mark-V has the right idea of it, allowing you to cut a 90 watt head all the way down to 10 watts, but I don't think it's JUST that simple. People still play arena tours, you know? And the Dual and Triple (and Road King) haven't gone anywhere, and people still rave about the added headroom of the Triple for metal, even at lower volumes.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Southeast Michigan
    ME: RG1527, RG8527Z
    MB: SR706
    Rig: Mesa Boogie Roadster

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    Channel 2's my favorite channel.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: IL
    ME: JS2000/Warmoth
    MA: Seagull S6
    MB: Ibanez SRC6
    Rig: ROV25+V:35->Mesa Cabs

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    Yeah, just confirmed; Roadster is gone, as is M6 and M9 bass amps. Also, Randall Smith won't hear my constant nagging for a 3 channel tube preamp pedal with effects loop, (improved) CabClone, and 5-band GEQ.
    Disclaimer: I work ultra part-time for a local music gear dealer. And as a male plus-sized model for mankinis.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Arizona
    ME: Ibanez
    Rig: Mesa Triple Rectifier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naren View Post
    Channel 2's my favorite channel.
    Not sure what Channel 2 is on the Roadster, but the Orange channel on rectifiers is a simply incredible lead guitar sound.

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    Join Date: Nov 2008
    Location: St.Louis USA
    ME: Parker MaxxFly DF824
    Rig: Dual Recto

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    I think the mini heads are probably a big part of this.
    Confront and Cry

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