I dont really see a studio or formula pre from mesa really nailing any 'vai' or 'satch' tones. Maybe I'm wrong, as I haven't tried them. Now for metal tones, remember they're based off of the preamps of the mark III and heartbreaker, not exactly amps that come to mind for metal.( in my opinion)
Hmm, not what i wanted to hear lol
Some people hd said the Studio could handle metal pretty well, but like you say, the Mk III's wernt the most 'metal' amp mesa ever made.
If you don't have much money and are not married to this "rack" idea, buy a good combo
Thats what i planned on doing, although here in the UK even second hand MKIV's go for £800+
buy a good combo with a spring reverb (Mark IV or Egnater TOL50 / TOL100) and enjoy life
I just checked on ebay on in the UK theres a TOL50 for £450 ($650?) Buy it now. I checked some reviews and people rave about the clean channel but say its not amazing for metal and you cant really get a high gain sound out of it, which kind of puts that out for a lot of my style.
Im not in a rush to get anything atm so its nice looking around. Does anyone recomend any other possible gear that would satisfy me, by all means if a nice combo pops up on ebay then ill grab it , but racks seem not only more flexible but cheaper when starting out...i may be wrong though lol.
Btw Jammy, where did you get you MP2 from?