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« Thread started on: Jan 4th, 2010, 08:25am »

Hi, anyone ever try this amp? A guy wants to trade me his Roadking 2 for my SLO, which I'd never consider but this amp does look kinda sweet for tweakers....
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xx Re: Mesa Boogie Road King
« Reply #1 on: Jan 4th, 2010, 5:04pm »

That amp's kick ass....my favorite Mesa by far although the Express 50 watt is nice too. However, I would never trade a SLO for it, as the SLO wipes the floor with most any other amp IMO. The RoadKing has a boatload more features, obviously, but the most important thing, the sound, is nowhere as good as what even a single channel Avenger will put out, let alone a SLO.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 5th, 2010, 07:47am »

He's coming by my studio tomorrow to play my Hot Rod (and SLO) and I'm going to play his Road King. I'm not sure what to expect but I may do a trade for the Hot Rod (with some $$) although I LOVE my HOt ROd... i'm confused. undecided
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 5th, 2010, 6:01pm »

For the HR50....I think I'd do it, as long as you have the SLO....with those two amps you could run them live with an A/B switcher and man you'd have a crazy arsenal! Not to mention some kick ass recording options. The Road King 2 has an amazing, and I mean amazing, clean channel.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 5th, 2010, 6:36pm »


I'd like to hear what you think after A/Bing the RoadKing to your Soldanos.

Regarding Mesa, many years ago I borrowed a Trem-O-Verb for a good while. Later I owned a Triaxis+50/50, I owned a Roadster for a short while, then a Lone Star. So far I've preferred most Soldanos I've owned over all of those.
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xx Re: Mesa Boogie Road King
« Reply #5 on: Jan 5th, 2010, 6:37pm »

I hate feature ladened or burdened amps. I don't know but it reallllllllllly turns me off.

Full power or half power
triode orpentode
tube or solid state rectifier
spondy or modern
brown or normal
anal or vaginal

Give me a break. tongue
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xx Re: Mesa Boogie Road King
« Reply #6 on: Jan 6th, 2010, 07:21am »

LOL true Jim....but for some reason the Road King (2, mind you) I really like. Good for an amp arsenal so long as there's a Soldano or two to take up the majority of playing time. I could never bring myself to like the Dual Rectumfriers, and they have lots less features. The reason I came to check out Road King's, I saw Foo Fighters front row a while back and was awed by Dave and Chris's amps. It rocked, but however I think they'd be better served with a couple of Soldano's up there, obviously.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 6th, 2010, 10:21am »

Played the Road King and was very impressed with the clean channel and the reverb..having not used reverb in a while it was a pleasant reminder of what I was missing. Sadly though, ALL the gain channels, even with plenty of sustain on tap, did not compare favorably to my SLO. I got bored quickly with the rectified sound; found it nasaly but it was fun for a little while. Lot's of tweaking available, didn't find much use for the el34/6l6 option though. It's definitely a cool looking amp and has two fx loops (are you listening Soldano?) and to metal heads it's got pretty good tone. But I think I'd get bored pretty quickly whereas I NEVER get bored plugging into the SLO. I guess if I had amp(le) time to tweak I could get a much better sound, or so they say, but I didn't have 3 months available. I'm not knocking Mesa at all!!! Just compared to the SLO (and my HR+) I found it thin.....
Glad I didn't consider the trade.
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xx Re: Mesa Boogie Road King
« Reply #8 on: Jan 8th, 2010, 9:56pm »

The one player I know that had a Road King traded it for a Stilletto Duece/Stage II,which is Mesa's "Marshall" EL34 style amp. He was much happier...his live tone is killer. The Stilletto is a really good sounding amp. The only stuff I've liked from Mesa are the Mark IV,the Triaxis preamp and the Stilletto Duece Stage II...and their 4x12 cabs with C90s in them.
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