Re: Mesa F-50 combo vs. Marshall MF-350 Mode 4 head
so, your opinion of a dc-5 is based on a video of someone playing a guitar nothing like yours recorded on extremely lo-fi equipment uploaded to a site to stream(sucking more tone out of said example). Plus, who knows how he/she set up the tone controls? You already admitted your basis on tube amps were based on the opinion of a 'dumb****' friend who has obviously never owned a tube amp. That's like asking someone who watches those surgery shows on cable to perform a triple bypass on your mother... Anyway, just pick up a used 5150 combo so you'll have enough money left over to get other stuff.(ie, new pickups for your guitar/pedals/sonic maximizer/etc etc.), but when you finally realize that someday you do need a good clean tone, don't say you weren't warned. It just seems like so much of your opinion is based on amount of gain, instead of quality/usability of gain, as well as preconceived notions. I really have nothing left to add to any of these lines of questioning...I'm trying to be helpful since you're so new(to guitar as well as jemsite) but I dont think I can really help much more.
btw...check out www.forum.grailtone.com-it's a mesa forum where you can find much higher quality tone samples than youtube of several mesas...dual recs, marks, nomads, quads(probably my next purchase),triaxis',dc's, etc.