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Offline Andi

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« on: August 11, 2007, 08:15:04 AM »
A chap on one of the UK guitar forums was offering this for about a third of the new price, so I popped over and had a little play, and the end result was that he gained a wodge of cash and I gained an amp I can barely carry. Result all round.



I knew (from trying an F-30 some years ago) that the cleans were good, but I'm most impressed with the range of dirt sounds too - from really mild overdrive through crunches and into, of course, full on BREWTAL PURE METAL FILTH. As I believe the kids call it.
 

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2007, 09:25:18 AM »
That looks like a sweet amp. Does that have full EQ section for both channels? That's something rare only my Glaswerks has it and the EQ controls for the overdrive channel are adjusted internally. Mesa has too many models for me to stay up with them all, mine are all really old.

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2007, 09:29:20 AM »
Interesting pups in your fly.  What are they and who did it?  Got any more pics of them?  Thanks


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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2007, 09:42:51 AM »
Nice amp, is that a Mark III?

Pickups look like those neodymium Q-tuners.  How do these sound?

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2007, 09:44:11 AM »
quote:
Originally posted by 908ssp

That looks like a sweet amp. Does that have full EQ section for both channels?


It does. There's also a "contour" switch which is a sort of "MORE ROCK NOW" button that works on the dirty channel.

Caddman - they're Q-Tuners - www.q-tuner.com and I fitted them myself. Just had to grind the mounting ears down a little with a Dremel and they then popped straight in. They're very hi-fi sounding; clear and punchy. Plus you can adjust the polepieces (33 of them!) with an allen key to adjust their sound.

Detonator - it's an F-50.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2007, 10:29:25 AM »
Congratulations, Andi! [:)]

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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2007, 10:39:24 AM »
I've never seen those Q-Tuner pickups before, they're cool! It looks like they took the Carvin multi-pole concept a step further. How do they sound compared to gool old Alnico type pickups?

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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2007, 10:42:57 AM »
They're the clearest and punchiest pickups I've yet tried. Lots of top end available but in a "hi-fi" and detailed sort of way rather than being piercing or sharp. But they do still sound like guitar pickups - it's a step rather than a leap in difference. I've always liked fairly toppy guitar sounds though so they suit me well, and they do work well in mahogany it seems.
 

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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2007, 11:03:11 AM »
Huh, sounds cool. They probably wouldn't work for me as I like a mid-rangey Allan Holdsworth tone, but you never know. There's always the tone control to tweak... [:0]

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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2007, 12:34:59 PM »
There's a bit on the website about adjusting the pole pieces; you can apparently radically change the sound by changing them. At some point I will set the bridge for a middier sound, I think; the neck one is ideal but the bridge could do with some more "rort".
 

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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2007, 02:19:05 PM »
Looks great, and sounds great too I bet! [;)]

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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2007, 02:48:20 PM »
The only real downsides I've discovered so far are:

1) It's almost unbelievably heavy - I thought it was bolted to the floor in an elaborate practical joke when I tried to pick it up.
2) It's brutally loud - I might make a little passive volume control to stick in the loop to tame that a bit - it sounds great at neighbour-friendly levels, it's just hard to get to them!
3) It's enormously trebbly at low volumes (though that could be to do with the pickups and such) but with the treble down close to 0 it's well balanced.

Overall I am very pleased with it. The cleans are just lovely. Chimey and punchy and just generally glorious. The dirt actually works best at moderate levels - at full-on GRAWR sounds it gets a little fizzy, but again I think that's a volume thing. I can't wait to really give it a good go at full volume, though I might need earplugs.
 

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Offline Binner

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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2007, 06:13:33 PM »
Nice score! I have an F-30, among others. Mesa makes some great amps....
'97 Fly Classic with Steve's Special/Air Norton
'05 Mojo Flame (Green) with SD Distortion/Jazz
'03 Parker 5-String (Natural) Duncan AJB-5s
'89 Hamer with Sustainiac
'95 Ovation Standard Elite (Green Burst)
'98 Ovation Balladeer (Red burst)
PRS Custom 24
Fender American Deluxe Strat
a bunch of Jacksons
a bunch of Charvels
a bunch of Peaveys (Vandenbergs)
Mesa RoadKing II
Mesa Mark IV Long Head
Mesa Stiletto Deuce II
Mesa F-30
Mesa 4x12
Peavey Triple X 2x12
Peavey 4x12 with two V30s and 2 G12T 75s
SWR Bass 750 with Mesa 4x10 and 1x15
Mesa Bass 400+
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2007, 11:26:31 PM »
I'm a Mesa fan. My MK IV seriously rocks out. Just put the Gen 1's in my new '98 classic through it for the first time (I had some switch issues which are now resolved, wired in a mag switch). Man, I love the sounds I'm hearing. Clean is great, Rhythm channel has good crunchy sounds with a nice twang in the highs, and the Lead channel screams and howls, also getting the metal sounds nicely, from chunk to shred to shrill harmonic/feedback control. My 2001 classic, naturally, has Gen 2, and I'm glad I've got them both. And very glad to have my Boogie.

I hope you enjoy yours as much...

About the weight, just get an equally heavy acoustic amp and you'll be all set. Or at least balanced. [;)]

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