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Old July 21st, 2013, 04:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mesa Lonestar - Opinions? Options?

Really like the way these sound, but they weigh a ton, and they're fairly pricey too. Recently had several of them pass across my radar screen, and I'm wondering if there is an underlying reason so many people seem to be selling them?

Are there drawbacks or possible design flaws that only become obvious after you've owned one for a while? Or maybe people just need money for summer vacation?

Apparently these come in several different power options... It's hard to tell from Mesa's website:

http://www.mesaboogie.com/Product_In...r/Lonestar.htm

Also, those little mini-toggle switches don't inspire confidence... I've seen too many guitars with mini-toggles from the 80's that did not pass the test of time. Anyone willing and able to put those fears to rest?

Thanks in advance!

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Old July 21st, 2013, 06:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I played a full gig some months ago on a lonestar classic 112 combo clean channel. Totally amazing & really great sounding. I was without words - total fender clean, & then some happening. spongy, round, nice.

My singer guitarist in the band brough a lonestar special 112 to the gig (tha6t's the EL84 "vox" version) - sounded contrived in all the mesa bad ways.

this is what I experienced 1st hand
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Old July 21st, 2013, 06:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I like em'.
I sold them when they were a new model, and
they consistently sound great.
They were moderately expensive, but they sold well, in all their
incarnations.
Like most MB products, you are given a lot of tone shaping options.
Personally, I like simpler control layouts, but I could dial in any sound
I wanted on them pretty easily.
I also worked at a busy service oriented music store, and I never saw
one come in for repair.
They are heavy, nice looking, versatile, well made amps.
Good luck!

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Good information, that's what I was afraid of!
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Old July 21st, 2013, 07:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Good information, that's what I was afraid of!
I have nothing against Boogies in general, but I did own a Mark I, & played a lot on a Mrk IIb, etc..

THey do have good tones in them, but the window of nice sounds is SO narrow. And you are always scratching your head...I know what you mean. To each good sound, there are 10 horrible ones.

Not with the lonestar classic. I did not even want to switch channels - so I have no idea how that one sounds. But the clean channel with reverb is one of the best tones out there. Plug & play
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One of the best amps out there.
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