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Old 12-20-2017, 06:05 PM   #1
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New KILLER rig day!!

I finally broke down and put together what is likely one of THE most powerful rigs I've ever owned (sort of a belated birthday gift to myself).

Its a Mesa Roadster head, on a modified 2x12 TC Electronic bass cab. The Roadster is 4 channel, with what is basically 2 "clean(er)" channels and 2 high gain channels. All the channels have separate Master, Presence, Bass, Mid, Treble and Gain controls. Each channel has 3 modes:
Channel 1: Clean, Fat & Tweed.
Channel 2: Clean, Fat & Brit.
Channel 3 & 4's modes are the same in both channels, though those channels are voiced differently: Raw, Vintage & Modern.

The front power switch has 2 settings, bold & spongy. It also has an 'overall' master volume that governs all 4 channels, and that CAN be switched out to basically make the Roadster 4 separate amps in one head box. Its got a nice adjustable "Solo boost" as well.

On the rear panel, all 4 channels have the following, and all are independent of the other 3 channels:
Reverb level, FX on/off, 50 or 100 watt output, and SS rectifier or tube rectifier.
It has other global stuff, like slave output, a toggle to adjust the bias voltage to switch between 6L6 or EL34 power tubes, separate FX loops for each channel, and an FX loop level.

The speaker bottom is something I decided to buy and convert to a 2x12 guitar cab, and it worked out fantastically, with some well received advice from our own PKVeazey (again, thanks, PK).

The cab originally had (2) 12" bass speakers, which got scrapped right away. It was also completely lined with "batting" (a dense insulation) on all interior surfaces. Initially, I had Atlas Modified hemp cone G12-80's in there and really didnt like what I was hearing.
It just didnt have the response I was looking for, kind of "woofy" and had a less than solid bass response.

Long story short (sorta) after PM'ing with PK, I removed the insulation, and it definitely changed the response for the better. I also sealed the front port (which used to house a tweeter) and found those red pipe plugs that allow me to use the rear ports, or run the cab completely sealed. It definitely changed the tone and response for the better. (There is a marked difference, depending on whether those plugs are in or out).
I found a seller on Ebay with a pair of Mesa EVM12L's (my favorite speaker on Earth) so I put them in the cab. Perfection!!
It was the removal of the batting, the cabs dimensions (27" wide x 18" deep x 16" tall) and those Mesa EVM12L's that made all the difference.
(Oh, yeah... I peeled off the TC Electronic logo off the bottom, and put a Mesa logo on it to make it look official. The head and cab tolex are the same, so they go together perfectly. I like it!!)

I started with EL34's, and the amp sounded solid and VERY ballsy, and had a kind of "super Marshall-y" flavor, which sounded great, but didnt really have the "right" tone in channels 1 & 2.
I swapped the EL34's for a quad of 6L6's, and now its perfect. All the channels sound absolutely killer. Channels 1 & 2 sound exactly as they should, with a nice fat tone, a shimmering top end, and can range from beautiful cleans to a nice fat crunch.

Channels 3 & 4 are unreal. I thought my Soldano SLO had punch and balls, but this amp is on another level. Punch, thump, volume and killer tone that exceeds most "great' amps on a good 4x12 cab, and MUCH more bottom end than anyone could possibly use.

Having all those options on the back and front panel seems like overkill, but it definitely all works as advertised, and its very easy to find a shit-ton of amazing tones.

(The last step?? Find a good blues/rock band near St. Augustine... not as easy as it sounds. Lots of hillbilly's wanna play Country music. I aint no hillbilly, and Fill dont do Country )







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Old 12-20-2017, 06:12 PM   #2
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Wow, that make my ears ring just looking at the pix Congratulations!
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:15 PM   #3
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Congrats, that is a beautiful outfit
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:16 PM   #4
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Damn that looks impressive. Nice!!
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:21 PM   #5
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ohhhh nice!!! Man bet that sounds GOOD!!!
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:32 PM   #6
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Wow nice amp. I kinda wish I had one of those. Is it heavy?
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:56 PM   #7
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Beastly yet sooo much toneage and coolness
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:33 PM   #8
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I don't see any pictures. What am I doing wrong. BTW, I'm sure it's a great rig, but I'd really like to see pictures.
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:34 PM   #9
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Looks delicious!
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:49 PM   #10
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Nice! I've always some kind of Mesa.
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