Price paid: $ 2098
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
Clean sounds are amazing. Will distort at high volumes, but those volumes are deafening and not usable, so no worries there. Distortion is very versatile, from low-gain Marshall/Vox sounds to the classic Mesa "chug" tones. This amp is very, very versatile. My suggestion to all interested though is to ask for the Mesa manual for this amp. Each individual EQ is very sensitive, so using Mesa's presets will get you to the best sounds this amp can offer, from there you can tweak it to your liking, but it is important to read the manual to understand how each knob affects another. This isn't your grandfather's Marshall! I play out of an American Deluxe Fender Stratocaster HSS, and the tones out of this amp are INCREDIBLE! Even my fiance was impressed, impressed enough to admit that compared to other amps, there is good reason this one is priced where it is! It will make your ears smile!
Overall Impression — 10
What else can I say. Get this amp. It will truly be the last amp you'll ever need as a serious musician. Save the "one-trick pony" amps for the studio pros. This amp is versatile, powerful, and reliable! One amazing amp. Get out there and get a Mesa, and while you're at it, love a PUG!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Mesa's are known for their quality, and I totally agree. Built like a tank! Hand-made, and high craftsmanship. You will not be disappointed! Great amp!
Features — 10
2008 Roadster Head. This amp is incredible. 4 channels, 3 modes per channel, fixed bias, selectable 50/100 watts per channel, tube reverb per channel (footswitchable), fx loop on/off each channel (and footswitchable) fx loop bypass over entire amp, slave out, fx level controls, Bold/Spongy (brown sound) option, and diode/recto rectification options per channel. Whew, that was a mouth-full! This amp is highly versatile for all types of music. From Metal to Blues, it can cover anything except Jazz. It could probably cover Jazz with the aid of an EQ pedal though.