Price paid: $ 2000
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 2
I knew this amp was dark and flabby so I busted out the old Ibanez v blade for this amp but is was to no avail. This is quite possibly the worst sounding amp I have ever played on. Their was no cut or bite to the sound and the eq is way to sensitive to changes in it. You barley turn the mid nob and the sound radicaly changes and none of them are good. The distortion is very buzzy and muffeld almost like their was no treble on but the highest band. The mid nob didn't add mids it just moved the bass up or down more. People said that this amp was a tweeker amp but god damn that you have to fight the amp to get a good sound is f--king retarded. My Peavey jsx sound miles better and the eq is so much easier to use and the mid nob adds mids. Played side by side with my friends Engl Savage this amp is buried in the mix. Bad. I couldnt hear myself at full volume with the savage at about noon.
Overall Impression — 1
Don't fall for the hype behind this amp. Its not as great at the mesa fans want you to belive. If you want the nu metal scooped sound go for it. If you want to play real metal their are better amps out their for the same price or cheaper. I've been playing for 9 years and I have been using Peavey for 7. My trusty XXX and Jsx were starting to get boring so I went for somthing diffrent and I found it after selling this mistake. If your thinking about buying this look on ebay for a used Engl savage. You can get one for about 1700 and its twice the amp this hunk of junk is. If it were lost or stolen I would decapatate the person who stole it because of the resale value but I wouldn't buy another one.
Reliability & Durability — 5
Well I can't say much about the reliability of it because I didn't own it for that long. I sold it to a buddy of mine and it broke on him 6 months after. He sent it back to mesa and they fixed it. Then the shady asshats sent him a 1000$ bill for repairs. When I owend the amp it look sturdy to me so I don't know why it broke.
Features — 6
2000 model triple rec. Three channel tube amp with an active eq. All channels have a low mid and hi pots and a gain pot. With a voiceing swich fore each channel. Mine dose not have any reverb with I find dissapointing for what I paid for this amp. The one good thing is the bias swich. Like my Jsx this is great.