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post #1 of 134 (permalink) Old 06-22-2007, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Marshall or Mesa?

Hey, whats up?
Here is the deal, i have the chance to take a single rectifier head for 1000E(about 1200$),or a tsl 100 half stack (1960 lead cabin 4x12 included) for 1500E(1750-1800$),all used, i wanna shred sound, what is the best for me? HELP me plz... The rectifier is too cheap and in very good cont, here in Greece single rec costs about 2200E (2600+$)...
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post #2 of 134 (permalink) Old 06-22-2007, 03:56 AM
 
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Re: Marshall or Mesa?

Buy the Single Rectifier. You'll never regret not going the Marshall route...

..... and you'll sound better too .......
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Rectifier, for sure. That Marshall is an absolute rip off.
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Go the MESA way

I bought a DC5 about 7 years ago and won't sell it......

Quality costs cash...... Those who slag Mesa...... can't afford them!

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Rectifier for sure - that's a great price for Europe, and the TSL is way overpriced, you could buy a new TSL head and 4x12 for cheaper.

BUT... the two don't sound ANYTHING alike, so the honest answer is to buy whichever you prefer the sound of.
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I much prefer Marshalls over Mesa products. Marshalls don't sound like a beehive.
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post #7 of 134 (permalink) Old 06-22-2007, 08:36 AM
 
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BUY THE MESA, it's a no-brainer. I played my triple rectifier beside a guy that had a TSL and the whole time he was wondering why my guitar sounded so good compared to his.
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Im with Jemaholic on this one.
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I can't comment on the pricing in Greece, but I would have the Marshall over the Mesa hands down.
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I second that Cid. I would never knock anything anybody likes because we are all different but I I love to hear Marshalls when they are showing their fangs.
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Mesa, Marshall's simply riding off of it's name right now. The Mesa will give you louder, clearer tones distorted, while the Marshall will give you that '60's vintage British vibe.
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Rectifier, for sure. That Marshall is an absolute rip off.
Well said, I couldn't agree more.
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The Mesa is a better amp than the not so reliable TSL

and the price for the TSL is crazy!

I've done a gig thro the new Marsh JVm - which was pretty cool
but i still prefer to BOOGIE!!
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Mesa, hands down. You can go from an insane, grinding, screaming sound, to a buttery smooth overdrive with almost no effort.

And they sound great at low volumes too!
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It's mostly what sound you're after. A Rectifier won't sound like a Marshall no matter what you do to it. Just like the Marshall won't sound like a Mesa. If you like the Marshall sound I'd go for a Marshall. If you dig the whole contemporary metal sound as in a PRS plugged into a Dual or Triple rec then get the Mesa.

The Mesa's are much better built amps, but the 2 channel Dual Rec I had was ridiculously loud before I got to the point that I was getting a nice smooth crunch sound. I guess that it comes down to what you want to do. If you want something that will dominate the mix in a loud band then it's tough to go wrong with any Mesa. If you want something for ****ing in your apartment neither amp is ideal, and if you need a variety of sounds at your disposal a Single rec isn't ideal.

I've owned a couple of Marshall's, a Mesa Dual Rec, various rack stuff, and I now play a Peavey JSX pretty much exclusively. It just sounds great in a band mix. It's reliable, and cost less new than most Mesa's do used.
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