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Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 Review

May 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

MESA BOOGIE TA30 COMBOHere’s a great review by our friends over at musicradar.com, here’s what they had to say about this rockin’ lil’ amp — It wasn’t long ago when we first tested the Mesa TransAtlantic TA-15, well now bigger brother, the TA30, is here.  It’s called TransAtlantic because it spans classic British and US tones, specifically Vox-inspired when it comes to cleans and crunches in channel one.

Then in channel two it’s a brief sojourn into mid-gained Marshall territory (Hi One) flanked by Mesa Boogie’s more common post-Fender clean (Tweed) and high-gain tones (Hi Two), direct from the US of A: five modes in total.

The main rotary controls are straightforward; the only one requiring further explanation is the cut/master in channel one. When pulled out it’s a master volume for the channel, and when pushed in becomes tone cut (essentially a master presence) control very similar to what you’d find on a Vox AC30. Read more

Mesa Boogie Roadster Guitar Amplifier Review

April 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Mesa Boogie Roadster

The almighty Mesa Boogie Roadster is a great sounding and versatile amp that is designed with the plug-in-and-play guitarist in mind. It is a brother to the Road King amp and is basically the same as the RK minus Mesa’s Progressive Linkage technology and some other back-panel features that some feel a player needs an advanced engineering degree to operate.

The Roadster gives less tech-friendly players a number of foot-switchable options to craft their tones with, without the anxiety of tons of power amp features they don’t understand. The Roadster’s channels one and two give up classic clean tones that can be duplicated across both channels for rhythm and lead applications. They also have TWEED and BRIT modes that work with the mid frequencies to get classic American blues and British rock sounds from clean to clipped. These two channels would make a great sounding and versatile amp all by themselves. Channels three and four offer players all the legendary tones found in Mesa’s Dual Rectifier Solo heads and contain all flavors of gain from mild to wild. Again, the sounds can be cloned across the channels for ultimate tonal control. Read more

Why Does Bugera Amplifiers Copy Other Guitar Amps?

January 6, 2013 by · 7 Comments 

Bugera TRIREC - Boutique Style Amplifier Head
Generally speaking, the guitar market is similar to every other market, in that it functions and relies on the basic principle of “You get what you pay for.”

However, the days of this age old, but sound principle might be numbered.

Specifically, I’m talking about the Bugera TRIREC, their take on the Mesa Triple Recto. At least that’s what many are saying.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; “Oh God, not another mindless article about Tube vs. Solid State.

No, my thoughts on this issue won’t be more drivel on wattage, and valves, but will focus more on tapping in to what’s really important: The Players. What they think of this, their thoughts, their ideas, likes and dislikes, etc.. Read more

Mesa Boogie Tone-Burst, Grid Slammer, Flux-Drive, and Throttle Box Tone Samples

January 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Mesa Boogie Pedals 2013

Mesa Boogie recently announced four new bad ass overdrive pedals – these pedals are: Tone-Burst, Grid Slammer, Flux-Drive, and Throttle Box. Below are the details along with some sweet ass tone samples from Mesa/Boogie:

MESA Pedals are built by the very same artisans that create the Award Winning Mark Five, the legendary Dual Rectifier and the new TransAtlantic TA-30. These pedals feature the same quality components, craftsmanship and inspiring performance as all of our custom amplifiers.

They’re all hand-built in our one and only shop in Petaluma California…. the Home of Tone! And every MESA pedal is backed by our legendary Customer Service and our long-standing commitment to musicians worldwide since 1969!

Tone-Burst

The TONE-BURST Boost/Overdrive offers a virtually transparent gain range usually associated with “clean” boost pedals. However, the TONE-BURST has enough gain to boost your guitar to the threshold of clip and slightly beyond, making it far more useful for a variety of applications. It’s incredibly powerful for adding boost, drive and/or EQ to any guitar and amp combination. Whether using it as a utility to boost the output of single coils to match a humbucker or as a subtle overdrive when a standard overdrive may be too much, the TONE-BURST is an incredibly useful and expressive pedal that makes the best things sound even better!

Mesa Boogie Tone Burst Boost/Overdrive Audio Samples

Features:

  • Designed and Hand-Built in Petaluma, California, USA
  • True Bypass On/Off Switching – Bypasses all circuitry when off to ensure no tonal loss
  • Gain Control allows you to dial in the perfect amount of boost or mild overdrive
  • Master Level Control provides a variable range of signal boost up to +20db
  • Bass & Treble Controls provide +/- 12db of EQ boost or cut for exceptional tone shaping
  • On/Off Status LED
  • 9V Battery Powered or optional AC Powered via External Power Jack Input
  • Input & Output Jacks (Nominal Input -20 db)

Grid Slammer

The GRID SLAMMER Overdrive is an overdrive pedal that produces a variable boost in gain over a wide range with a classic, guitar-centric midrange bump that enhances many different playing styles. It’s a true overdrive “specialist” that covers an amazing array of what many top players consider the most expressive and musical ranges of overdrive. From sweet, subtle breakup to a harmonically smoldering overdrive that can both sting and sing, the GRID SLAMMER sets a new bar in legendary overdrive!

Mesa Boogie Grid Slammer Overdrive Tone Samples

Features:

  • Designed and Hand-Built in Petaluma, California, USA
  • True Bypass On/Off Switching – Bypasses all circuitry when off to ensure no tonal loss
  • Gain Control allows you to dial in the perfect amount of vintage breakup or classic overdrive
  • Master Level Control provides a variable range of signal boost up to +20db
  • Tone Control balances the amount of high frequencies
  • On/Off Status LED
  • 9V Battery Powered or optional AC Powered via External Power Jack Input
  • Input & Output Jacks (Nominal Input -20 db)

Flux-Drive

The FLUX-DRIVE Overdrive+ is an overdrive for those who want more of all the best things from an overdrive! It has more liquid gain and enhanced sustain that easily feeds into rich harmonic overtones making it incredibly addictive and inspiring to play, especially to enhance a crunch or higher gain amp channel! It also offers a more complete tone-shaping network with individual Treble and Bass controls. This architecture makes the FLUX-DRIVE a more complete preamp with added versatility beyond that of most overdrive pedals.

Mesa Boogie Flux-Drive Overdrive Tone Samples

Features:

  • Designed and Hand-Built in Petaluma, California, USA
  • True Bypass On/Off Switching – Bypasses all circuitry when off to ensure no tonal loss
  • Gain Control allows you to dial in the perfect amount of vocal-overdrive, dynamic to sustaining
  • Master Level Control provides a variable range of signal boost up to +20db
  • Bass & Treble Controls provide +/- 12db of EQ boost or cut for exceptional tone shaping
  • On/Off Status LED
  • 9V Battery Powered or optional AC Powered via External Power Jack Input
  • Input & Output Jacks (Nominal Input -20 db)

Throttle Box

The THROTTLE BOX Distortion serves up all genres of ROCK with cut and aggression, but retains the signature warmth and organic sonic quality found in all our instruments. While its main strengths lie in higher-gain sounds, it’s also versatile and the lower gain options shouldn’t be overlooked for classic rock or howling blues. It also features a unique Mid Cut that scoops out midrange to produce the signature Boogie “V” EQ-curve that so many artists have employed in our amps to create the world’s heaviest guitar tones!

Mesa Boogie Throttle Box Distortion Tone Samples

Features

  • Designed and Hand-Built in Petaluma, California, USA
  • True Bypass On/Off Switching – Bypasses all circuitry when off to ensure no tonal loss
  • Gain Control allows you to dial in the perfect amount of classic to modern high-gain
  • Lo/High Gain Switch provides classic crunch to modern meltdown
  • Master Level Control provides a variable range of signal boost up to +20db
  • Tone Control balances the amount of high frequencies
  • Mid-Cut Control provides powerful mid-scoop for modern high-gain styles
  • Internal EQ-Boost Switch provides added style/voicing option
  • On/Off Status LED
  • 9V Battery Powered or optional AC Powered via External Power Jack Input
  • Input & Output Jacks (Nominal Input -20 db)

For more information:
Mesa/Boogie

What is it like going to a Guitar Show?

February 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

guitar show
Just over a week ago I had the chance to visit the Orlando International Guitar & Music Expo 2012. That’s fancy-talk for ‘guitar show’.  If you’re not familiar with what a guitar show is then try thinking of it this way – we all get the concept of a convention or conference for business professionals – a big room with various vendor booths showing off the latest products (expo hall) and there are usually some speakers/presenters teaching or otherwise discussing the latest industry news, etc.  Well, other than NAMM, guitar shows are the closest thing to a business convention that we players, collectors and all-around guitar lovers have for our favorite subject!

While some of the largest guitar shows may offer special ‘clinics’ (training sessions are often sponsored by a manufacturer hoping to show you why you need to buy their latest products) not all guitar shows will offer much in the way of training.  However, what they ALL do have in common is their version of the ‘vendor expo hall’ where guitar dealers bring lots of cool (and often vintage) guitars, amps, effects and more hoping to sell/trade them to/with show attendees. In other words, it’s a lot like a big flea market for guitar and music gear!  And for the guitar lover it sure beats just about any other kind of shopping experience since you have so many cool old guitars under one roof.  I’ll take a guitar show over going to the mall with my wife any day! Read more

DIY Homebrew Mesa Boogie Dual Recto

February 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mesa Boogie Dual Recto

This kid built his own DIY homemade – Mesa Boogie Dual rectifier (2 channel). He says it’s created from old Tesla music 70 amplifier parts. You can see more photos here.

Mesa Boogie Dual rectifier Home Brew

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Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 video by Andy Timmons

January 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mesa Boogie made a big splash at this year’s winter NAMM 2011 in Anaheim, CA, introducing the TransAtlantic TA-30 (available in head and combo) and the ever-so-sweet Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100 head. And man, do these amps produce some harmonic rich, sparkling classic American clean tones, and big bold class A pop spank! Take a gander at the Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 being rocked out by Andy Timmons in the video below Read more

NAMM 2011: Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100 Guitar Amp

January 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

mesa-boogie-royal-atlantic-ra-100-guitar-ampNAMM 2011 — The all new Royal Atlantic wears an undeniable crown in the TransAtlantic fleet for delivering all this Tone with a big power gut-punch and three amazing Modes of footswitchable performance. Packing 100 watts of EL34 Brit-voiced attitude, this Atlantic takes everything you love about Fullerton and Liverpool and brings it all together with rich, chest-thumping high gain in a way only a MESA can. Read more

Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 – is it a TA-15 Killer?

December 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mesa Boogie TA-15 was a huge success, so what does Mesa Boogie do? They make a bigger, louder and beefier guitar amplifier. Guitar maniacs, meet the all-new Mesa Boogie TA-30 guitar amplifier (both head and combo). Read more from Mesa Boogie’s official blog Read more

Mesa Boogie Lonestar Guitar Amplifier Review

September 8, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Mesa Boogie Lonestar Guitar Amplifier ReviewThe Mesa Boogie Lonestar amplifier is a diverse piece of equipment that works with a wide range of musical styles, including blues, rock and acoustic types of music. The Mesa Boogie amp comes equipped with solo and reverb settings, as well as clean distortion features. There are several features that make this guitar amp well worth the investment. Read more

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