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Mesa Boogie Roadster

Mesa Boogie Roadster

4.5 4.5 out of 5, based on 1 Review

4 Channels, 12 voicings, 50/100 watts, individual reverb levels, spongy or bold power amp voicing, effects loop with a hard bypass option, and choice of tube or silicon diode rectification... This amp is fantastic!

29th January 2016

Mesa Boogie Roadster by D_T_Music

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 3 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5

Whether you're looking to play clean smooth jazz, bright country, tweedy blues, classic British rock or balls to the wall metal this amp will have you covered.

I have had mine for two years and have played a bunch of shows in a variety of bands and venue types it's always had me covered.

Ch1 has 3 modes Clean, Fat and Tweed. I generally run it on tweed and use it for my light crunch setting. It really does a great job getting me the Stevie Ray Vaughan sound if I want it but it's a great all around crunch too.

Ch2 duplicates the Clean and Fat modes but instead of Tweed, has a Brit mode. This tone falls somewhere between the Vox and Marshall voice but with the right EQ you can cop either fairly well. Great for AC/DC type tones. I usually use this channel for my cleans.

Ch3 has Raw, Vintage and Modern modes (the standard modes for Rectifier channels 2 and 3). I use it on Vintage for my solo tone.

Ch4 provides the same voicing options but is voiced slightly differently to favor the Modern mode. Ch4 has more presence than 3 to give the modern voice a lot more bite. I use this for my heavy rhythms.

Each channel can be independently set at 50 or 100 watts. I have always left everything at 50 except for my clean channel which I set at 100w for the extra head room. Playing outside through a 2x12 cab with a full band and no mics my guitar could be heard clearly 2 blocks away so volume should be NO issue.

I also love that I can set my reverb level independently for each channel, this means that I can have a nice lush reverb on my clean channel and when I switch to my heavy channel even if I don't have time to turn the reverb off, it won't muddy up my distorted guitar tone.

I love the power amp in spongy mode, I feel like it gets me a little more saturation.

The only feature I haven't experimented with much is the recto tracking. I bought mine used and don't trust the rectifier tubes that came with it and I've liked the tone enough with diode rectification that I haven't bothered switching them out.

This amp is about as versatile as it is possible to make with an all tube architecture. There are a lot of knobs and switches though and the tone stack has it's own thing going on, so it's not the most intuitive amp. I highly recommend reading the manual before messing with it too much.

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