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This all-tube, 150-watt firebreather one-ups its predecessors, adding a third channel to an already legendary amp.
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In response to the previous review, all 100% tube amps need some tweaking in certain situations. You have to understand how the amp works properly in order to get the best tone out of it. If you read the owner's manual the gain, and EQ knobs do not work in the same way as traditional amps. Example: Turning the bass knob doesn't just affect the volume of the bass frequencies, but also the shape or spectrum of the bass frequency. Also, as common with many amps, the more gain you use the less affects the EQ knobs will have. Its smart on high gain tube amps to keep the gain at around 7 or 8 (on a 1-10 scale) if you are looking for a heavy metal sound, because the eq becomes less effect at anything higher and the difference in the amount of gain is negligible.
However! I have had this amp for about 6 months and it is great. It has more tone options than modeling amps I've used. You just have to learn how the amp works. In order to get the most out of the high gain modes the amp should be used in loud for the best tube saturation.
This amp was tested on a 4x12 cab with Vintage Clestion 30's (Handmade copy of a Mesa/Boogie cab)
CHANNEL 1 CLEAN/PUSHED MODES When in the clean mode of Channel 1 you can get some perfectly clean, almost piano like tones that are eargasmic. The channel is FLAWLESS! From smooth mellow (Jazz) to chimey and bright (Ambient or pop).When in Pushed mode you can get great Blues tones, because it adds just the right amount of tube breakup. Pushed is a great mode for Creedence Clear Water Revival style tones.
CHANNEL 2 VINTANGE/RAW/MODERN MODES This is the Channel I use the least but there are some great tones here. Channel 2 is a higher gain channel than Channel 1 with vintage/raw/modern modes that increases in gain respectively.Read more ›
I think what gets people about this head is the Mesa Boogie name. Also, I know there are a lot of artists that use the Recs. I also know there are a lot of artists who have transitioned over from the Recs. While I have never owned one of these heads, I have had experience with them and let me tell you, none of it was really good.
When I talk down about this head a lot of people disagree with me saying things like "Oh you need this kind of guitar, use this kind of pick up, you need a Mesa cab, you need to do A, B, and C." To me that does not define a good amp. A good amp is going to sound good all the time! Yes, all those things affect the tone, but for the most part you can tell when you have a clearly solid head no matter what.
My first experience with the Rectifier came a few years back when I went to a studio to record a demo. The guy laughed at my gear and pretty much insisted that I use his Single Rec. I had heard a lot about this amp so I agreed. It was one of the worst guitar tones I've ever recorded with. No matter what I could never dail in decent tone. After working with it constantly, I just gave up.
A while back ago I played for a metal band. The other guitarist used the triple rec. Not only did it too sound like garbage, but it was extremely loud garbage! Playing on it for myself, I could only achieve 2 dirty tones. 1 was a static distortion that sounded like an old AM radio. It made all my chords blend together. The other was a floppy, mid drenched, overdrive tone. While it was a neat tone that I did like messing with (you can hear it on a lot of Pillar's recordings) its not a distortion that is versatile and useful. More like an effect.Read more ›