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Old 11-18-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Mesa Lonestar

Might be trading my Budda SD18 for a version 1 Mesa Lonestar Classic. It's switchable between 50/100 watts.

I play at home and at small bars, pubs, and clubs. Is the Master Volume on Mesa amps decent? I'd like to play the amp a bit before I trade it, but I'll be driving 100 miles just to meet the guy halfway.

Does the volume pedal effects loop trick for for this guy?
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:27 AM   #2
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I think the Lonestar is a great clean and low/mid gain amp. Deff not for modern metal but I have gotten diecent hardrock out of them with a boost.

You will have a much better clean sound for sure, but the dirty ch is quite diff than the Marshally tone of the SD.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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The Drive Channel on the SD rocks. It really does...but I play in a rock/pop cover band, and the clean channel leaves a lot to be desired.

I figure I can get whatever gain I need (which isn't a ton, really) using the overdrive channel and pedals.

My main question (which reading the OP isn't clear, I know) is whether or not I'll be able to play this thing at my house or small bars without making my wife or bar patrons ears bleed.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:45 AM   #4
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yes it has a master volume, those have done wonders for making a loud amp playable at lower volumes.

Now like most tube amps it won't sound 100% untill you can give it a bit of volume, but you'll be fine for home practice also.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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There is a level knob for the loop so you wouldn't need a volume pedal at all, and yes... It works.

But it doesn't really matter. The amp sounds fantastic at any volume. I've used it at home, I've used it in small clubs with 4 people in the audience who want us even quieter than I'd have it at home, and I've used it at large clubs both mic'd and un-mic'd.

The only thing that doesn't work (IMO) at lower volujmes is the drive channel with the drive switch set to off... I find that one kind of needly until you get it up a little louder.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:54 PM   #6
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andy timmons has used them on stage
I have used them for rehearsals
you can practice on them easily

so yes. it works.
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