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Mesa Boogie 1RS2BBF Roadster 100W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

j.d.hall
By j.d.hall, on Mar 10 2011 at 6:14pm

Type: Amps & Preamps

Manufacturer: Mesa/Boogie

Model: Dual Rectifier Roadster 2 x 12" Combo

Date Purchased:

Purchased At: Long & McQuade

List Price:

Street Price:

Price Paid: $3400.00

-100 watts, all tube.

-Power amplifier:  4 x 6L6GC power tubes & 2 x 5U4GB rectifier tubes.

-Preamplifier:  6 x 12AX7 tubes.

-4 seperate channels, each with a three position voicing switch, diode/tube rectifier select switch, 50/100 watt power switch, three band EQ, Gain, Presence, Master and Reverb potentiometers.

-2 x 12" Celestian Vintage 30 8 ohm 60 watt speakers.

-Ordered through Mesa's Custom Shop with a flamed Maple cabinet and translucent black stain finish.

What I Liked:

-Channel 1 & 2:

Unbelieveably clean and spanky tones available in both channels' "Clean" modes, excellent for funky, percussive rhythms and Tele Twang!

Great, fat, heavenly tones available in both channels' "Fat" modes, excellent for arpeggiated chords and jazzy rhythms and leads.

-Channel 3:

Wonderful, lusciously smooth, creamy lead tones available in this mode's "Vintage" mode, especially when set to 100 watts and used with the tube rectifier mode.

Channel 4:

This channel's "Modern" mode is incredibly aggressive.  Great for the Dimebag-type tones from classic Pantera.

-Mesa's Custom Shop finishes are fantastic!  This amp resembled a piece of fine furniture!

What I Disliked:

-Very expensive!

-Very heavy!

-Channel 1's "Tweed" mode and Channel 2's "Brit" mode were both very ugly tones, regardless of EQ and Gain settings.

What I Would Change:

-Nothing.

Recommendation:

When I initially received this amplifier, one of the speakers was just simply dead, however, a technician at Long & McQuade installed a new replacement on the spot, and there weren't any other problems at all in the entire time I owned it.  This amplifier is definately a tonal champion, in that it retains the famed Rectifier line's aggressive high gain capabilities, however, it offers much better clean tones than a standard Dual/Triple Rectifier Solo Head would ever be able to conjure up.  The reverb that this amp features is absolutely stunning, and the fact that every single adjustable parameter is channel-specific really adds to the versatility when playing live.  Unfortuneately, I only had the pleasure of owning this fine piece of gear from February of 2007 until August of 2008, as I had to sell it for financial reasons.  In the time I had it though, (following the immediate speaker change) I used it a lot, both gigging and practicing, and it never let me down.

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