The 100W Mesa Boogie Lone Star Long Tube Guitar Amp head offers extravagant tone and seductive feel. From its innovative custom circuitry, down to its classic retro/vintage looks, the Mesa Lone Star a... Read More
The 100W Mesa Boogie Lone Star Long Tube Guitar Amp head offers extravagant tone and seductive feel. From its innovative custom circuitry, down to its classic retro/vintage looks, the Mesa Lone Star amplifier is designed to be a defining vintage/boutique amplifier from the original boutique amp builder.
The Mesa Boogie Lone Star amp head's front and rear control panels are extremely player friendlyâin themselves their beauty, logic and simplicity of design make them an expressive art form. Two-channel simplicity delivers the sonic goods with surpassing versatility.
Channel 1 epitomizes the best of Black Face: a punchy, shimmering twang that gives way to furry smoothness. It's based on a traditional vintage/boutique gain structure to produce angelic and warm clean sounds in its low to medium gain ranges. Like most great tube amps, this channel can be driven to clip and produces incredible solo possibilities for blues or roots chording styles.
Channel 2 has a split personality. At the flick of a switch, it can clone the clean magic of Channel 1 (with an added touch of blues-roots gain) or kick in an additonal high-gain amplifier with its own dedicated control. With stunning performance inspired by the pivotal Mark I, the interaction of three cascading gain controls unlocks the historic vault of ground-breaking lead sounds.
Switching in the Drive control adds 2 more triode stages and an additional gain control to meter in the exact blend of smooth singing saturation. The bipolar nature of Channel 2 allows the Lone Star to roam effortlessly through both vintage and modern territory with full channel switching accuracy and an emphasis on soul and simplicity.
This Lone Star features Multi-Watt with Duo-Class Channel Assignable Power that lets you assign 10 watts of pure Class A, Single-Ended clippability or 50 and 100 watt Class AB Push-Pull power sections per channel. Then choose the optimum Rectifier. Tube Rectifier Tracking offers you a choice of the elasticity of vacuum tubes or the tight-tracking authortiy of silicon diodes. These options enable you to footswitch between high-power headroom and small amp expression.
The seductive Reverb includes separate depth controls for each channel plus a unique voicing feature that switches between glowing amber warmth and a brilliant springy halo.
The Master Output Control is joined by a Master Solo Control that provides an additional pre-settable master output that you can trigger remotely for a footswitchable boost whenever you want. These two Front Panel controls are brought on line with the activation of the hard bypassable, Effects Loop. When the Loop is not active, the individual Channel Master Controls serve as final output controls. When the Loop is set to Hard Bypass, all associated circuitry is removed from the signal path.
The Power Switch is fitted with "Tweed" or normal "On" power settings. The Tweed setting provides a built in Variac effect by reducing the incoming AC voltage, which produces a spongier feel and increased clip-ability. This ability to run everything in somewhat of a brown-out state produces amazing possibilities for the clean sounds that are driven to clip.
The Diode/Tube Rectifier Tracking Switch is an amazing new feature that takes our patented Dual Rectifier concept to a new level. When Tube Rectifier Tracking is selected the Lone Star will auto-assign the most stylistic rectifier circuit to track the assignable 10/50/100-watt power settings of both preamp channels. In this mode, when either preamp channel is in the 10 or 50-watt position, the 5U4GB Rectifier Tube is automatically brought online, which produces an authentic vintage feel that is extremely silky and inspiring to play. In the 100-watt position, the Silicon Diode Rectifier is automatically brought online, which provides the Lone Star with "top fuel" performance that produces more punch, a tighter, livelier attack and substantially more headroom.
An all tube series Effects Loop handles outboard processing with transparent finesse. The ability to "Hard Bypass" the loop entirely assures the purist in you will be satisfied in the studio, where every nuance of tone is crucial and you don't need the Solo feature.
The pure, all tube, long tank Reverb is fitted with a Bright/Warm Switch that enables you to tailor the reverb sound to the style you are playing. Bright delivers a vintage-inspired sound complete with the identifiable haze of harmonics associated with older amp circuits, while Warm produces a more pure, studio quality character. Individual blend controls for each channel allow you to get the mix just right for each of the sounds you have designated to the two channels.
External switch ports are provided to assure that you can interface the Lone Star with larger rack or multi amp setups. The Channels and Solo feature will respond to any tip-to-ground latching type logic at their corresponding jacks. You can control these features via external and/or midi commands with any switcher that supports grounding type logic within their programmable menus.
A Switchable Bias Select feature allows you to swap tube types in the power section for different response characteristics. Use the stock 6L6 type tubes for the greatest versatility, or swap them out for a quartet of EL34's for a brighter, more British feel with added harmonic spread.
A Slave Output and Level Control round out the Rear Panel enabling you to use the Lone Star as the "dry" master amp for a stereo setup, drive an external rack of outboard processing or, simply add additional power for larger venues. This output captures the entire sound of the preamp and power section by padding down the signal at the speaker output.
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