My Mark IIB weighs in at about 95 lbs, so I can relate. I have a light duty Gator road case the I reinforced with plywood, and it makes hauling it around a lot easier. Still kicks butt!Any Mesa Boogie fans here?
I have a Mesa Boogie Road King combo (weighing in at 125 pounds!!). I know this is a Telecaster forum and it has more country pickers than the other forums I'm on (which is GREAT) and I'm just curious as to if Boogie is as popular with the “twang” crowd as with the rockers.
I use my Road King in my 80s, 90s and modern rock cover band and also in my side project band with the singer from my other band and it's a 50% country (originals and covers) band. So I play everything from Metallica, Creed, Puddle of Mudd, Bush, to Bon Jovi, Poison, Guns n Roses all the way to Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dwight Yokum, Keith Whitley, ect.... And my Boogie covers all of those, sometimes with a little help from a Tubescreamer .
Like I said, I'm just curious to see if there is any love for Boogies here?
PS.... If you're curious to hear a Road King, you can hear it at my little guitar site at www.guitartest.moonfruit.com and go to the page that says "Road King clips" and there they are. I don't have any of my country clips up yet, but I do have a few. The songs on the front page were recorded using a G&L ASAT (FYI). The songs on the first page are also the songs from my side project.
You said it, Big John. Mine is a cream Mark IIB, also with an EV in it. When I bought mine, Randall's wife was taking the orders. I used to get Christmas cards from Mesa. Heavy? Yup. It get really heavy when it's cranking on stage!Count me in !
I have a 1983 hardwood MK IIB hun-re that i bought from new and i still love it !
I play 90% country and it has all the twang a man could want !, i chose the EV speaker option and maybe thats the difference, others i have tried with Celestions have a kind of "British" sound that (to me) doesn't quite do it.
I had it cased from new and it has travelled almost everywhere with me, i lived in Norway for much of the 80's so it has gotten VERY cold and taken a real pounding on those bumpy roads but apart from the usual tube replacements the only problem i have had was when a fan died on me but Boogie replaced it straight away with no quibbles.
Boogies do seem to take a bit of a hammering on this site from the 'Boutique' set which i never really understand, Randall Smith kind of invented (or at least popularised) that whole "HotRod Fender" thing but "hey", if it works for you thats really all that counts.
My only complaint is the one you mentioned - "Weight", there are times when a lighter amp would be nice but would i want to give up that sound ?, nah !!, i don't think so !!
I use the clean channel most of the time, just to where it starts getting "clippy" and can control that from a Tele and then the solo channel for more 'extreme' sounds, it never fails to impress.
The only other amp i have is a HotRod Deluxe and i must admit for a "throw in the car" jamming type amp i rather like that too but don't ever say it on this site
Though I have a MK IIB, I could really dig a Subway Rocket, too.I'm a MESA BOOGIE SUBWAY ROCKET owners
and have owned others over the years as well.
Built like tanks, more flexible than you think,
great cleans, great crunch, way louder than rated,
and great customer service - BOOGIES are GREAT!
When I bought my from ALPHA MUSIC (VA BEACH, VA),
one of their salesmen was driving near my home
(2 hours away) and delivered it to me - That was cool.
BUT, not knowing about BOOGIE shipping the amp with
a plastic net around the tubes, I unpacked it and plugged
it in right away. Moments later, I smelled trouble.
I scraped off the goo from the tubes and all was well
but when MESA BOOGIE heard about it, they shipped
me an entire set of new tubes free... That was really cool!
My NASHVILLE TELE thru the SUB ROCK is sweet.
I know at least another Tele forum member with
a BOOGIE....right CORE?
Hey, what kind of settings are you using for a great country twang? I'll grab my Tele in the meantime.You said it, Big John. Mine is a cream Mark IIB, also with an EV in it. When I bought mine, Randall's wife was taking the orders. I used to get Christmas cards from Mesa. Heavy? Yup. It get really heavy when it's cranking on stage!