I've got a burning question here. As a young hard rock/alt rock/metal/wtf?!! guitarist, I've come to love the MESA Dual/Triple Rectifiers as recorded on a sh1tload of albums by my favourite bands (I'm an avid fan of the two different tones used by Dan Donegan of Disturbed on "Stupify" and "Remember" - absolutely f%#*ing huge on Stupify and a lot of midrange aggression on "Remember"), and I've never had the priveledge of standing next to a real tube guitar amp, nevermind heard one live, and forget about me ever having played on one! I go completely insane when I turn up Disturbed's DVD entitled M.O.L. during the band's live show!!! dan's sound is absolutely mind-blowing (I know he used a BBE Sonic Maximiser in his Triple Rectifier's FX loop - might be the reason he had such a spank-ass sound back then!)
I live in South Africa and to get a tube amp is a [email protected]
#$ng mission. Especially MESA/Boogie amps, they're not distributed here. But I've decided that I'm gonna work my arse of to save up and get one - even if it takes me a decade to do it!!!
So lo and behold, I've been enticed by an amp that IS distributed and officially warranteed here : a GENZ BENZ El Diablo 100. I loooooooove 6L6 tone and I cannot stand EL34 tone for some reason (sounds like it doesnt have enough balls and aggression to me, it sounds too bassy and sterile to me [yes I said that - sterile sounds from a tube amp!]. There's just something in a Rectifier's midrange that I've fallen in love with and I can't explain why or how.
Now I have heard an El Diablo (with stock EL34s) kicked down to 50w recorded too, and it sounds a hell of a lot different than in 100w mode, so maybe its an unfair comparison, but have any of you people ever heard an El Diablo played with 6L6s in on 100w mode?
Can anyone be so kind as to try and make audio recordings between the two amps, or is their anyone with personal experience that can give me a comparison?
Some of the reviews I've seen state that the Dual Rec in Modern mode has a lot of low end buzz/fizz (?) and that the El Diablo has a bit more clarity (although if it is like this on stock EL34's or if the reviewer hotrodded his Benz I dunno).
I've tried listening to all my fav bands (btw, most of them play rectifiers, I only recently tried to research their gear and I found out this interesting titbit - maybe I started likeing their music so much because of their MESA amp tones without knowing it, I really am clueless as to why this is so!!!), from Nickelback to Seether to Adema, KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Disturbed circa "The Sickness", Linkin Park, 16Stitch circa "Collapse of Air" etc. and I've been able to identify some of the so-called "buzz/fizz" on some tracks, though on others its completely absent. Is this buzz part-and-parcel of the Rectifier series of amps? Or is it just plain nonsense?
Any help/comments/etc would be greatly appreciated!