#1
I'm looking at buying an amp sometime real soon, within the next week or so. I have been looking at a Jet City JCA50H for awhile and that's what I'll probably end up getting. Well, eBay browsing made me realize I could afford a Mesa!

I'm looking for a 2+ channel tube amp that has good cleans at stage volume and still has some balls in the distortion. I know the JCA50H can cover that ground well, but what about the Mesa Studio 22+, 50cal, DC-3/5, or the F-50? Obviously buying used isn't an issue


Budget: $500 or so
Genre: Bit of everything, mostly heavy styles and classic rock. Still need to have a good clean channel
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#2
The DC-5 and F-50 would do what you want but the Jet City can keep up with them just as well.
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#3
In my opinion, the Mesa Studio .22+ is a heavy rock amp, the JCA50H is a hard rock amp. The Jet City is a harder, tighter, crunchier sound, the Mesa is thicker and fuller, but kind of soft.
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#4
I love my F-50. I keep the Contour boost on all the time on the OD channel though. Makes for some heavy drive.
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#5
What's the DC-5 all about? It and the .50 cal are the ones I'm not too familiar with..

I know the 22+ has the clean channel from the MkIIC (which is pretty awesome) but I can't find any good clips of the crunch channel. Thoughts on it?
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#6
a tremoverb is the cheapest used mesa I would even consider.

maybe an older mark.
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#7
Tremoverb kind of has nothing to do with Mesa. You can't really associate the Rectos with normal Mesa amps. The design is totally different, and unsurprisingly, so's the tone.
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Tremoverb kind of has nothing to do with Mesa. You can't really associate the Rectos with normal Mesa amps. The design is totally different, and unsurprisingly, so's the tone.


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#10
I seriously laughed out loud at AeolianSevenths comment and Acousticmirror's response.

Anyway....

I think all those amps would do what you want gainwise, you just need to decide if you actually like the tone. Try and play some of them or listen to clips or whatever. Also check out the mesa mark III. i had one a while back and it was great for clean stuff, classic rock, and some heavier rock stuff. I'm sure with a boost it could do more modern types of metal, but I didn't have a tubescreamer back then.
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#11
I actually was totally serious. Play any Rectifier, then play a Mark III, or a .22+, or a DC5, or a Lone Star. It sticks out like Stephen Colbert at a senate hearing.
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I actually was totally serious. Play any Rectifier, then play a Mark III, or a .22+, or a DC5, or a Lone Star. It sticks out like Stephen Colbert at a senate hearing.


So what are you saying? The flagship Mark amps are not Mesa enough? Or that Mesa is not responsible for some of the signature heavy rock and metal tones?

Dude, what have you been smoking?
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So what are you saying? The flagship Mark amps are not Mesa enough? Or that Mesa is not responsible for some of the signature heavy rock and metal tones?

Dude, what have you been smoking?

Um...the first part of that is the opposite of what I was saying. I'm saying that if somebody says "Mesa," you think "Mark." You think smooth, thick, mid-heavy overdrive. You don't think chugging scooped bass roar.

Let's see if I can say this more clearly. If you talk about Mesa tone, or Marshall tone, or Vox tone, you're talking about a specific sound. But if "Mesa tone" includes both the smooth, warm overdriven sound of Mark amps and the scooped, thumping Rectifier sound, then you're no longer talking about any one tone. If somebody likes Rectifiers, that doesn't mean they'll like Marks, and vice versa, so why group them together?
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#14
Uh... I think Rectifier tone is way more common/recognizable/popular than Mark tone. Not that there even is a "Mark tone" since all of the Marks are different.
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Uh... I think Rectifier tone is way more common/recognizable/popular than Mark tone. Not that there even is a "Mark tone" since all of the Marks are different.

Eh. Could be. When a company's made thirty amps with one tone and ten with another, I find myself associating the company with the thirty.

And true, all the Mark amps are different, but they're close enough that they still sound like Marks. The JTM45, 1987, 1959 and JCM800 all sound very different, but they're all still Marshalls. Same with Fenders or Voxes.
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Eh. Could be. When a company's made thirty amps with one tone and ten with another, I find myself associating the company with the thirty.

And true, all the Mark amps are different, but they're close enough that they still sound like Marks. The JTM45, 1987, 1959 and JCM800 all sound very different, but they're all still Marshalls. Same with Fenders or Voxes.

So?? that's why they're called Mark right?
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In my opinion, the Mesa Studio .22+ is a heavy rock amp, the JCA50H is a hard rock amp. The Jet City is a harder, tighter, crunchier sound, the Mesa is thicker and fuller, but kind of soft.

Good thinking..
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So?? that's why they're called Mark right?

Yes, exactly.
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Marks are pretty good but you should save up and get a Rectifier. I love mine \m/

The one that doesn't work because you're running it cab-less?
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