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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is this a trade worthy of attempting do ya think?

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I played a Friedman Runt 50 earlier this summer and it sounded pretty darn good but thought that I needed more options other than one clean channel and one with gain. To be fair I was not really a guitar pot turner. It was either all the way up or all the way down. I ended up buying a Mesa Boogie Mark V 35. While it sounds great it is a bit unwieldy in terms of switching between options in a live setting. As you may know between the clean having 3 different settings and the OD channel having 3 different settings, then add in the graphic equalizer, you have potential 8 options, if you throw in the midrange pot acting as another gain that gives you 10 possibilities. Throw in the fact that you can only really switch between 2 at a time on the footpedal, and if you try and go back and forth between the 3 cleans (Clean, Full, Crunch) you need to change settings for each….Whew! It makes gigging more difficult. The difficulties I face in a show band where there are so many tonal needs between songs makes the MB troubling! I need to go from disco clean, to jazz standards, to country to Kiss (believe it or not!) And of course, after playing with the Boogie I really discovered how important the guitars volume pot is in really controlling the tone of a top notch amp, and maybe all I really did need was something as simple as a 2 channel Freidman.
So I am wondering in your well informed opinions is it worth trying to trade for a Freidman? BTW, I am quitting the show band and hope to end up playing more straight ahead rock where the only clean I really need is I could get from turning the guitar down. All thoughts are as always greatly appreciated.
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Re: Is this a trade worthy of attempting do ya think?

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Happy holidays!

I played a Friedman Runt 50 earlier this summer and it sounded pretty darn good but thought that I needed more options other than one clean channel and one with gain. To be fair I was not really a guitar pot turner. It was either all the way up or all the way down. I ended up buying a Mesa Boogie Mark V 35. While it sounds great it is a bit unwieldy in terms of switching between options in a live setting. As you may know between the clean having 3 different settings and the OD channel having 3 different settings, then add in the graphic equalizer, you have potential 8 options if you throw in the midrange pot acting as another gain that gives you 10 possibilities. Throw in the fact that you can only really switch between 2 at a time on the foot pedal, and if you try and go back and forth between the 3 cleans (Clean, Full, Crunch) you need to change settings for each….Whew! It makes gigging more difficult. The difficulties I face in a show band where there are so many tonal needs between songs makes the MB troubling! I need to go from disco clean, to jazz standards, to country to Kiss (believe it or not!) And of course, after playing with the Boogie I really discovered how important the guitars volume pot is in really controlling the tone of a top notch amp, and maybe all I really did need was something as simple as a 2 channel Freidman.
So I am wondering in your well-informed opinions is it worth trying to trade for a Freidman? BTW, I am quitting the show band and hope to end up playing more straight-ahead rock where the only clean I really need is I could get from turning the guitar down. All thoughts are as always greatly appreciated.
This is a good topic. I am a Mesa fan so hearing how one did not perform well in context is enlightening. I've played musicals which can be stylistically schizophrenic so I understand what you are talking about on the musical side of things. Since you are quitting one band and joining another, perhaps keep the Mesa to find out if it works for what you will be playing. I say that because the shortcomings of an amp in one situation may thrive in another. As for the trade, give it a shot. There are some good deals on the used market right now. It is a little weird.
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