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Alright, right now I have a Mesa rectoverb and a Marshall JMP-1 preamp. I can't really get a non-fizzy sound out of the rectoverb and switching to the JMP-1 is a real hassle. I want an amp that is more versatile and tighter sounding.

Budget: $1300 but I guess I could go up to $1500 if I had to.
Genres: I play a lot thrash and progressive metal like Metallica and Dream Theater. I also play some classic rock and clean stuff too.
I would definitely go used.

I'm kinda torn between the Roadster and Mark IV. They both have their pros and cons. Would the Roadster be any tighter than the rectoverb? Which of those two amps would be a better choice? I am also open to other suggestions too.

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It depends on if you want better leads or rhythms.

Any diehard boogie fan will say the IV is much tighter, smoother and liquidy for leads, but it does everything pretty well, same with the roadster. The roadster has more features though per channel.

Try both out thoroughly.
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It depends on if you want better leads or rhythms.

Any diehard boogie fan will say the IV is much tighter, smoother and liquidy for leads, but it does everything pretty well, same with the roadster. The roadster has more features though per channel.

Try both out thoroughly.


I've always thought it was the opposite. The Roadster/Road King is supposed to be Mesa's "best and brightest" amp.
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Bump.

I don't really know if I'm going to have a chance to compare the two amps because there aren't any local Mesa Boogie dealers near me.
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The only thing usable for me on the Mark IV is the distortion channel. R2 is just plain useless unless you put tons of effects on it, and the clean channel just isn't to my liking.

The Roadster/Road King are the best amps made by Mesa IMO.
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The only thing usable for me on the Mark IV is the distortion channel. R2 is just plain useless unless you put tons of effects on it, and the clean channel just isn't to my liking.

The Roadster/Road King are the best amps made by Mesa IMO.


Thank you, that is exactly what I needed to know. Good clean and rhythm channels are very important to me.
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i liked the roadster i played. it was VERY versatile
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i own a mesa dual rectifier solo very similar to the roadster in tone. main difference roadster has tube reverb and dual clean channels the high gain channels have the same features as a dual rec. as for a roadster vs a mark iv get the mark iv better amp.
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you should try them both out. because like me, you might disagree with matrixclaw.
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you should try them both out. because like me, you might disagree with matrixclaw.



Agreed.
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Mark IV bores the crap out of me, id take the Roadster any day, however if you're going used, get the RoadKing II


Almost impossible to find a used Road king, anywhere ever.
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Impossible to find a used Road king, anywhere ever.

I see them all the time on Harmony-Central...
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I see them all the time on Harmony-Central...


Really? I looked for months on craiglist and ebay.
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Really? I looked for months on craiglist and ebay.


Harmony-Central and The Gear Page typically have lots of awesome stuff you won't really find anywhere else. And I've seen several Road Kings on eBay in the last few months.
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