Electra Dyne Combo review by Mesa Boogie

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (26 votes)
Mesa Boogie: Electra Dyne Combo
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Price paid: $ 1699

Purchased from: nstuff

Sound — 9
I setup the tone controls as the manual recommended. The book recommends the following settings: volume at 2:00, bass at 12:00, mid at 10:00, treble at 12:00, presence at 12:00, and master at 9:30. This amp delivers that wow factor everyone looks for right from the recommended settings! I bumped the presence down to 10:00, and brought the Mid up to 12:00 and it sounded like a dream. The best way to describe the sound of this amp is Fender Blackface clean channel, and two Marshall gain channels. This amp truly combines the best of both worlds. It also takes pedals like a Champ so you can bring along your Vintage distortion boxes. I really can't pick out bad parts, and I am picky. I bought this to replace my Fender Deluxe Reverb, which is a Legend of an amp. Wow, the Mesa is night and day difference in sound and quality. It truly makes the deluxe reverb look and sound cheap.

Overall Impression — 10
This amp is just amazing; I can't imagine a better amp on the market under $2500. I compared this to the Lonestar, Express, and 2x12 version in the store. I played through them for a while, switching back and forth and this amp sounded much nicer than the other two. The Express sounded as good, but much more boxy and lacked the low end the Electra Dyne had. The Lonestar had the low end, but did not have as good of a gain channel. So I was stuck with the decision between the 1x12 vs the 2x12. This price difference was only $100, but the reason I went with the 1 x 12 is the weight. Both modes are the same physical size, but the 2 x12 model weighs 20lbs more. That might not sound like much, but at 75 lbs the 1 x12 is really heavy to carry, at 95lbs the 2 x 12 is just ridiculous. I picked it up about an inch and said no way. Plus they sounded the same, but the 2 x 12 was just louder. But since they are the same size the bass response is the same. The reason a lot of 2x12 combos sound better is the larger cabinet. After gigging for almost 8 years you realize you just end up micing the amp anyways. So way kill yourself lugging a 95lbs amp around for a little extra volume. Just my opinion.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I own another Mesa Amp that I gigged with for years with no issues. They are handmade in California and use to grade components. That also include a 5 year warranty. Compared to the mass produced amps like Marshall and Fender this amp is on another lever of quality.

Features — 9
This amp for a simple design has a ton of flexibility! You can switch the tubes from 6l6 to EL34, run two tubes for 45 watts or run all four at 90 watts, channel adjustable tube reverb and gain, and three independent channels of gain. It has 6 global tone controls which makes this a simple amp to adjust. This is for the musician that wants perfect tone quick and easy.

12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    sidebuster
    After gigging for almost 8 years you realize you just end up micing the amp anyways. So way kill yourself lugging a 95lbs amp around for a little extra volume. Just my opinion.
    Good tip for general amp buying, thanks.
    Jsteele1408
    Wow man, 75lbs for a 1x12 amp? That's insane. Great sounding amp, though. Mesa Boogie always delivers.
    Chris Schementi
    sidebuster wrote: After gigging for almost 8 years you realize you just end up micing the amp anyways. So way kill yourself lugging a 95lbs amp around for a little extra volume. Just my opinion. Good tip for general amp buying, thanks.
    It's so true.
    FrustratedRocka
    sg4ever wrote: Looks amazing! I totally agree on the 95lb remark, because 75lb is already pretty rough. No need for the weight if the sound doesn't justify the difference.
    Agreed, but I'll stick with my 120 watt 2x12 63 pounder. And yes, it's a combo.
    Sir Beav Dog
    I've owned a Triple Rectumfier, Simul Class 2:90 with a Triaxis, bottom line is less is more, too many cables and knobs on the others, after watching Jeff Beck jam, well just makes a man wanna place his privates up to the grill and kill his grand children by volume 10.
    Dan LaPointe
    Most Artists aren't given the recognition they deserve , until after they pass (i/e Hendrix - Bach - Picasso - etc.) ! I'm afraid this will be the path of the "Electra Dyne". It's "Simplicity" , lack of "Bells & Whistles" , and "Superb Tonal Characteristics" , will only presently be appreciated by a select few trained ears , and (for lack of interest) when Mesa Engineering eventually stops production on this Fine Piece of Art , people will frantically seek "Her" out as a Classic Collectable ! Tommorrows Treasure (TODAY)
    sg4ever
    Looks amazing! I totally agree on the 95lb remark, because 75lb is already pretty rough. No need for the weight if the sound doesn't justify the difference.
    belman III
    shoot, with any more weight in these amps you might think the handles would just fall right off eventually. lol.
    jamesr
    SLonergan wrote: How gainy can it get?
    Close to boss mt2, certainly would replace pedals for any music except korn/slipknot style music.
    solo_freak
    played one of these today at my local music store with a PRS custom 24...TONAL HEAVEN. after about 15 minutes of jamming i realised that all the knobs were set to 12 o'clock, this is really an amp on which you can get incredible tones wherever you set the knobs, truly a plug&play wonder.