#1
im stuck between 3 amp heads, and they all have minor flaws. first is the mesa dual rectifier and my only problem with it is hard to find a good lead tone. next is the 5150 which doesn't have very good cleans and i use clean a lot. third is the bugera 333xl which is the only one i haven't played and i am unsure about the reliability. so help me pick.
feel free to recommend me other heads between $1500 and below
#2
If you want cleans then most definitely go with the Mesa.. It is hard to find a good lead tone.. Trust me I have one.. But once you do, once you've spent all that time tweaking, you'll appreciate it...

Just remember to write down your settings. Because knobs to get turned.
#3
you can't find good lead tones on a mesa recitifier.....
what are your needs exactly?
bands, influences, sound-a-likes?
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#4
me finding a good lead tone might have been the limited time i had to play on it.
i need a heavy rhythm tone, a classic shredder tone minus all the douceness if possible and good if not great cleans.
#5
the mesa definitely can do that....you just got turn the knobs on the front and turn the knobs on the back.
was it in full power with s/s rectifier mode?
Prs se Holcomb is the answer
#6
Go with a Mesa Dual Rectifier. The company has recently tweaked the amp and all of the professional reviews say it is noticeably better than the previous models - and that is definitely saying something! If you are willing to spend an extra $500.00, take a look at the EVH 5150III. The one I played was spectacular. It really did live up to the hype.
"Maybe this world is another planet's hell?" - Aldous Huxley
#7
it was on full power. I guess im going to have to take another trip up to gc soon.
but it was a used one so it might have just been one of the "ehh" ones.

edit: is the multiwatt version the new and improved one
Last edited by shredzilla720 at Jun 17, 2010,