The all-tube 2x12 Mesa Boogie Roadster combo amp offers the plug-and-play-minded guitarist a way to enjoy a myriad of footswitchable preamp choices without any power option anxiety. Throughout 2 lower... Read More
The all-tube 2x12 Mesa Boogie Roadster combo amp offers the plug-and-play-minded guitarist a way to enjoy a myriad of footswitchable preamp choices without any power option anxiety. Throughout 2 lower gain channels you'll discover every classic clean sound in the pairs of Clean and Fat modes. Once you've dialed in your ultimate clean sound, you can duplicate it in the other channel and modify it for single-note applications, a more pushed version, or decide to switch to another mode for a radically different sound. Meanwhile dedicated American Blues and English Rock sounds reside in the amplifier's easily clippable mid-gain realms of Tweed and Brit. These dynamic and incredibly expressive modes would make an amazing amplifier all by themselves as they roam the zone between clean and clipped with authentic finesse.
Channels 3 and 4 contain all the mind-altering iconic sounds of the legendary Dual Rectifier Solo Head and hand you the keys to the world of high gain”both retro and future. The Raw, Vintage, and Modern modes cover the entire range of gain from a sweet clip, through liquid voice, and up to a crushing wall of tight grind and are duplicated in both channels. This again enables you to either find a favorite sound and dedicate the channels to slight differences or configure them for wildly different styles.
The channels' duplicated modes are a powerful feature, making the Mesa Boogie Roadster not just an amp for your current style or band but rather a lifelong companion to your music.
The Roadster amp also features the Multi-Watt Channel-Assignable Power feature, allowing you to choose either 50- or 100-watt power for each preamp channel. This easy-to-use feature expands the potential of each channel mode exponentially by enabling you to lower the power-clip threshold or tighten things up as needed. The 2 power choices also offer different personalities; 50 watts with its brighter, elastic bounce or 100 watts of tight-tracking, low-end girth and mid punch authority.
Add to this power shaping magic the patented Tube Rectifier Tracking feature. Each channel features the ability to choose between the saggy bounce of the 5U4 Rectifier Tubes or the tight, bold authority of the Silicon Diodes. Selecting Tube Rectifier Tracking brings online 1 5U4 when in 50 watts and 2 5U4s when 100 watts is selected.
Reverb is paramount in an amplifier this versatile, and the Roadster delivers, featuring the Lone Star's all-tube circuit, and the result is lush, ambient Reverb that blooms with sweetness as it bathes each note in old-school glory. And because the Mesa Boogie Roadster's modes offer such a wide range of gain levels and sound styles, each channel is fitted with a dedicated Reverb mix control located on the rear panel so Reverb can be optimized for each sound.
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The sound is wonderful. Channels 1 and 2 really cool clean and 3 and 4 are really kicker. But the amp has some flaws. All the flaws I have found can be associated with changing channels. First, is the annoying reverb echo one gets when changing channels while playing a song. Say you want remove reverb in the middle of of a song. When you change to a non-reverb set channel and echo occures for about 5 seconds as everything changes. It is so bad that even the manual mentions it, and says you'll learn to work around it. Second, when you change from one channel to another from say soft to loud, the change over is not seamless or smooth. Sometimes it even pops. So in the final analysis, one can't change channels in the middle of a song, without something bad happening. Ok for a studio, but not a good amp for live, unless you change channels only between songs
This amp meets every claim Mesa Boogie makes of it and has exceeded my expectations in every way. I cannot imagine needing anything else ever. Quite possibly the last amplifier I will ever purchase. I have spent the last two weeks with my guitar plugged straight into it alone. I am THRILLED at how it sounds and cannot wait to build upon this tonal foundation with my effects. Think of a song that starts clean but builds gain in stages: Clean to crunch to dirty to ROAR? Done! 4 channels. No OD pedal needed. Want to add a little feedback squeal? Done! Adjust solo level to get a nice howling feedback loop. Need crunch channel to be more crunchy ? Done! Set CH2 to 50 watts and push it to break up sooner. Want some more headroom in the 'roar' channel? Done! Set CH 4 to 100 watts. Need some Marshall like tone for some older metal/classic rock? Done! Diode or tube rectifier selection toggles per channel for additional customization. Creates a dramatic difference in the tone on the gain channels. Built in bold/spongy variac for classic saturation or modern. 3 band EQ and presence controls with each channel building upon a range right where the other left off. Lush glassy reverb adjustment that can be set again per channel. (see a pattern here?) Global solo level for a little somethin somethin when you need to get above the mix or punctuate a song with an exclamation point. I can go on and on. Simply the most versailte amp I have EVER used. Tighter, looser, fizzier, fuzzier, roomier, saggier (are those real words????)more this, less that, country, blues, punk, metal, alternative, grunge, classic, modern. Just dial it in. It is all within your grasp. The Roadster sings with my higher end guitars and breathes new life into some of my older older ones that are not the best in terms of craftsmanship/components but I still keep for sentimental reasons. Areas of improvement: Some click noise switching between channels. Nothing deal breaking but noticeable every once in a while. Solo button is a on/off toggle. Once you switch it on, solo remains on for all channels even when you switch between them. Example: To change from a solo on CH4 to clean on CH1 you have to either double tap quickly on opposite ends of the F/S or step "heel toe like" with both feet. I would prefer solo to shut off when I change channels but I am sure other people prefer it like it is. (only reason I gave the amp a 4 out of 5) A spectacular peice of equipment. Worth every dime.
I went looking for a new amp for my 40th birthday to commemorate a 1/4 century of playing guitar. I wanted something that I could call my last and final combo amp to use 'til I die. I wanted something flexible that could accommodate a wide variety of playing styles from soft Jazz and Texas Blues to 70's rock and 90's Grunge. ...a tall order, no doubt. I've had this amp now for about 6 months and am thrilled with it. My main guitars are a '80 Les Paul Standard, a newer Fender Strat w/ Tx Special PUs and a custom built mahogany Telecaster. I run nothing but analog, stompbox effects (very few, very carefully chosen) and have never had such tone in my life. I've found the effects loop is the best way to run most effects. I run my wah, a compressor and a overdrive (in that order) straight through. Everything else (univibe, flanger, delay) I run in the effects loop and it sounds awesome! This amp has a lot of knobs and switches that translate into a lot of possibilities. Very minor adjustments result in dramatic differences and response. I really love channel one on the tweed setting and channel three on vintage. The other channels/settings are excellent as well. Sometimes I really love to let loose on channel four on modern. It's a lot of fun! By the way, this amp is very, very, very loud! And the sound is even more amazing when it's really, really, really loud! :-) The owner's manual is very well written and is worth reading and re-reading every last word. Now that I've had some time to work on some settings and get comfortable with the controls, I am so happy that I bought this amp. Mesas are made by humans in the USA. I feel especially good about that given the current state of the economy and the fact that almost nothing is made in the USA anymore! If you are serious about tone, and willing to spend lots of cash to get it, I think this amp is the answer. The nice folks at my local GC let me take home the floor model while my new one was ordered! Thank you, GC!
This is the best 2X12 4 channel amp out there PERIOD. I sanmple similiar amps from Marshall to Soldano to Egnater to Vox and nothing has the breadth and tonal diversity of this 4 channel amp. I especially love the clean and modern channels and this amp is loud! It is pricey, but worth every dollar.
The Mesa Boogie Roadster is the best amp guitar center has to offer. This amp blows everything out of the water that i've played. I have extensively played the Marshall JVM 410, Peavey JSX, EVH 5150, and various other boutique combos. All of the amps listed above sound decent, i wont deny them that, they are solid amps, but if you are going to shell out this kind of money, then you should get something thats awesome. When i first heard of mesa, i thought that they were just a shredder brand that could do nothing but blast over - distorted power chords. I had tried everything else on the market, and figured i would give the mesa a shot. I went straight for the gold and plugged into a roadster. To my surprise, this amp had one of the most buttery and crystal clear clean channels i've ever played. It was amazing. The channel has plenty of gain before breakup, and stays crystal clear at high volumes. the combo doesn't muddy up at all. although the clean channel is what i was most impressed with, the distortion also caught me by surprise as well. The lead channel was extremely thick and warm, but has plenty of cut and tone. It is very punchy, and sounds awesome miked up. There is a perfect balance of bass and presence. It is the perfect lead channel. The FX loop is also awesome. I have a vox tonelab le which i use for strictly effects, and the tone quality doesn't diminish at all, even with the most saturated reverbs and delays. However, the amp is extremely heavy. It weighs a whopping 100 lbs ! but i think that the weight is easily made up for by saving trunk space. The amp has better tone than everything !!!!!! buy it right away. It is the best, and if you don't take my word for it, plug into one yourself !!!!!!
Worth every single penny. Tone is amazing. My main axe is a Fender Strat Deluxe and I was ashamed that I played my guitar on many other unworthy amps. Once I plugged in, my axe took a new different voice. Sweet tones and extreme clarity. This amp has unlimited configurations and I guarantee you will find your tone! The output switch comes very handy. I leave mine on 50W and let it roar with the volume cranked up under a vintage mode. I do not like the slave jack when playing live, maybe I need to play with it a little more but I cannot get it to sound as good as using a mic. If you are a serious guitarist, you must get this amp.
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