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    Knobs do what they say they do? Sounds good in normal positions? Are you sure it's a Mesa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not Mr. Test View Post
    Knobs do what they say they do? Sounds good in normal positions? Are you sure it's a Mesa?

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    This. All of this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Excellent news, mesa amps have wrecked me in terms of setting up other amps, I've gone from owning 2 mesas to 2 diezels and an engl whilst retaining the dual rec. Literally anything you know about amp settings can get thrown in the fucking bin when you are dealing with other amp brands. I think the dual rec is one of the best metal amps that exists but mesas tonestack setup is fucking stupid.
    That's what makes them so versatile, though, which is why you'd see them on stage from the core-iest -core band to the guy playing for Sheryl Crow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Excellent news, mesa amps have wrecked me in terms of setting up other amps, I've gone from owning 2 mesas to 2 diezels and an engl whilst retaining the dual rec. Literally anything you know about amp settings can get thrown in the fucking bin when you are dealing with other amp brands. I think the dual rec is one of the best metal amps that exists but mesas tonestack setup is fucking stupid.
    You don't think that boosting the mids by turning the mids all the way down, standing on one leg and pushing the "Definitely Not The Mid Boost Button" is a sensible way to design an amp?

    I liked the Roadster when I had it but it was the same way. 12 zillion knobs and you may as well put on a blindfold when dialing a tone in because the label for the knobs meant fuck all. Not to mention that the one knob I'd actually want to adjust the most, reverb, was on the goddamn back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not Mr. Test View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Excellent news, mesa amps have wrecked me in terms of setting up other amps, I've gone from owning 2 mesas to 2 diezels and an engl whilst retaining the dual rec. Literally anything you know about amp settings can get thrown in the fucking bin when you are dealing with other amp brands. I think the dual rec is one of the best metal amps that exists but mesas tonestack setup is fucking stupid.
    You don't think that boosting the mids by turning the mids all the way down, standing on one leg and pushing the "Definitely Not The Mid Boost Button" is a sensible way to design an amp? <img src="https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />

    I liked the Roadster when I had it but it was the same way. 12 zillion knobs and you may as well put on a blindfold when dialing a tone in because the label for the knobs meant fuck all. Not to mention that the one knob I'd actually want to adjust the most, reverb, was on the goddamn back. <img src="https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />
    Exactly, my other amps if yiu want more gain interestingly you only have to touch the gain control, not the full eq stack because touching one thing instantly fucks everything else

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    "Badlander: The 5150 of mesa boogies"

    I for one like the knobs where you can see your settings when it leaves your room .
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    Quote Originally Posted by budda View Post
    "Badlander: The 5150 of mesa boogies"
    IMO this is going to be a divisive amp. It carries the Rectifier badge on it, but it sounds very different from any rectifier that came before it. It's much more akin to an EVH or 5150 with added-in Mesa grind / gain. It sits well in a mix, and you can run the bass at 1 o'clock just like a 5150, and it doesn't sound flubby for high gain sounds. I have my EVH EL34 sitting here next to it, and I can tell you it's comparable, however the Mesa just sounds clearer, throatier (I hate that word, but you know what I mean), and has more usable sweep on every knob. It doesn't have the as much gain as an EVH, doesn't have MIDI, and doesn't have that third channel. The onboard cab clone IR is the trade-off.

    It's a very interesting and excellent amplifier, and it's great to see Mesa taking some chances. I think ultimately, this will sell very well and be a popular model for them. It is a very accessible amp, such a novel idea for Mesa.

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