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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2003, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Mesa Dual Rec Question

Hey guys. I have a 3 channel Dual Rec, and I love it to death, but I've noticed that it seems to be losing gain. I've been using it with a Boss Metal Zone pedal as an EQ and boost. When I turn the pedal off, it seems like it doesn't have as much distortion as it used to (before I started using the pedal). I changed preamp tubes, and it made a small tonal difference, but the gain stayed about the same. Does it sound like there's something wrong with it, or am I just so used to the higher gain sounds of the amp in conjunction with the pedal that just the amp sound anemic?
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If channel 3 of a dual rectifer isn't giving you enough gain to the extent that you feel the need to overdrive it with a Boss Metal Zone, then there's something SERIOUSLY wrong with you.

Give it a week or two without the pedal, and see what you think then. you're probabjy just used to it.

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You're probably just used to the saturation of the gain that the pedal provides. Try A/B-ing it with another amp just to be sure.
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did you change the power tubes?
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Negative on the power tube change. Now that I think about, it doesn't really seem to have less gain than my friends' amps. I'm probably just imagining it. To Drew, I'm used to playing extreme grind/metalcore, and as you might imagine, it is typical for the guitars to be slightly more saturated than in normal rock. By the way, if any of you guys are into more technical metal, you might want to give The Dillinger Escape Plan a listen. Maybe you've already heard them, but if you haven't, I'd reccommend giving them a shot. But be warned, they are very chaotic, and aren't for everyone. Be prepared to hate them at first listen. Anyway, thanks for the help.
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I've heard some of their stuff... not bad. didn't hook me on first listen, but it didn't scare me off, either.

And Grind, a Recto IS more saturated than your average "rock" amp...

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