Sound — 10
Having owned many amplifiers since I started playing the guitar in 1964 and a Mesa/Boogie owner for well over twenty years, I felt confident to order this amplifier before it was released. I have one of the first 100 made. I play high end guitars with Humbucking, single coils and p-90 pick ups. Some active, some passive. Although, it looks a bit overwhelming, and it's loaded with options, knobs, switches, bells and whistles. If you take some time to understand how this thing works, I feel that it's really quite simple. Just take one channel at a time! It is not a plug and play. So, if you're used to that type of thing, you may need a bit more time getting used to this amp. I have found that this amplifier sounds amazing! I have the 1x12 combo along with a closed back, ported front 1x12 extension cabinet. Having both, the open backed speaker in the combo and the closed back speaker in the ex-cabinet is an excellent matching. Each setting of this amp has it's own voice and is very usable. I have set this up with a T.C. Electronic G - System with a RJM Mini Amp Gizmo switching unit and two Mission expression pedals. I am very satisfied with it's performance! There are many good amplifiers on the market and everyone has their favorates. This amp is one of the best made (and sounding) that you will find.
Overall Impression — 10
This is simply a great amplifier! I play very soft "clean tones" to "extremely heavy", high gained material. This amplifier does it all! With a bit of effort on your part to learn the ins and outs of this amp (really, with all equipment!) you will be satisfied. Please, good tune is subjective! Do your homework!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I received shipment of this amplifier on May 8, 2009. I took it out of the shipping box myself. It has never been displayed at a store. I have never had an issue with my Mesa amps, except once. The covering of the handle of an amp that I had for several years came apart. I called Mesa to order a new one, expecting to pay for it, but didn't know the part number. The Mesa Representative replaced the handle FREE and had it in the mail that day! Never a problem! Great products!
Features — 10
Please refer to the Mesa web site. There is a lot to say here. However, here is a quick run down: 1x12 combo amplifier. 90/45/10 watt tube amp with 7 preamp and 4 power amp tubes - 6L6's or (EL-34)with 1 recifying tube. Class A/AB, AB, A circuitry (depending on the setting). Tube, diode, triode, pentode rectifying (depending on setting). Three independent channels with three preamp settings per channel. Eq, reverb, and eight button foot Switch controller. I, also matched this to a 1x12 closed back extension cabinet (great match).