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Old 09-21-2008, 11:19 PM   #1
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Smile Mesa Boogie Mark IV for me or not?

is it more for classic rock or what?? I play mostly Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix and stuff like that and then sometimes some Parkway Drive, Green Day, Van Halen, Slash but more classic stuff.
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:23 PM   #2
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To the best of my knowledge that amp is geared toward heavier styles. I could be wrong..im not a mesa guy
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:27 PM   #3
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Well, it does a decent Van Halen tone, very middy grind.

Everyone else, not so much. Mesa usually doesn't do the classic rock tone very well. You're best off looking at a nice marshall Plexi or plexi clone. All of those guys used plexis or very plexi based amps, such as soldano.

A splawn quickrod sounds like a great choice for you as well.
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:27 PM   #4
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sounds like you need a JCM 800

EDIT: Listen to MESAexplorer. He knows what's up.
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:31 PM   #5
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alright cool I wasn't sure I just saw this on ebay and someone recommended mesa's for me and on the link the guy said it suits almost all genres so yeah thanks guys I'll check out those Marshall amps then =) http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Mesa-Boogie-...1QQcmdZViewItem
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does the marshall plexi have a clean channel?
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:35 PM   #7
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alright cool I wasn't sure I just saw this on ebay and someone recommended mesa's for me and on the link the guy said it suits almost all genres so yeah thanks guys I'll check out those Marshall amps then =) http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Mesa-Boogie-...1QQcmdZViewItem


Yeah, i've said it tons of times. Mesa's are great amps for versatility, although if you're lookign for something specific I highly recommend looking elsewhere... unless of course you want a tone thats similar to petrucci, or hetfield, or other definate mesa user.
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does the marshall plexi have a clean channel?


Depends, some have a low input and high input, where you can run an AB footswitch and basically change channels that way, roll back on the volume knob, buy a new modded one, or AB amps.
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Not really. And the Marshall plexi is ONLY a clean channel. there are plenty of great marshall clones. At 1500 you can do better than the mediocre stuff marshall comes out with today. Look at Ceriatone and a Splwan Competition. You can also look at Vox Ac's, and Orange
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what about an epiphone so cal? just for the mean time until I save up some more money?
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Not really. And the Marshall plexi is ONLY a clean channel. there are plenty of great marshall clones. At 1500 you can do better than the mediocre stuff marshall comes out with today. Look at Ceriatone and a Splwan Competition. You can also look at Vox Ac's, and Orange


It's not only a clean channel. It just takes a good bit of volume to get it driving hard. It has a decent amount of gain on the tap, probably enough for some blues, but guys like Hendrix and Halen pushed em up to about 150+watts some of them jumped the lead channel back through the amp... lots of techniques to make it a mean amp.

The Krank Chadwick is a GREAT plexi clone. Probably 10x easier to use than the Marshall version.
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:48 PM   #13
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^ it's better to wait rather than set yourself back $500. unless you definitely need it now, and a new amp can wait for later in the future.

and the mark IV is great on versatility, but as mesaexplorer said, if you're looking for an amp that only does specific genre or two, you can find a better amp geared towards that tone.

personally i like the mark IV for classic rock tones in a band setting. recording-wise, eh, it's a little strange.
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and what orange would be best suited to me? the orange rockerverb?
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rocker 30, rockerverb 50, ad30, tiny terror (if you don't need high volume cleans).
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rocker 30, rockerverb 50, ad30, tiny terror (if you don't need high volume cleans).

k thanks man I'll check 'em out
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