Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier Solo Head 50 Обзор лампового усилителя

Отличный усилитель с "тем самым саундом" выгодно отличающимся в лучшую сторону от Dual Rectifier и Triple Rectifier.

Гитарный усилитель типа "голова"
50Вт секция мощности класса A/B, 2 лампы 6L6,
Переключатель тока смещения 6L6/EL34
5 ламп предусиления 12AX7
2 Канала, 5 режимов (2+3) (Канал 1=Clean или Pushed, Канал 2=Raw, Vintage High Gain или Modern High Gain)
Независимые настройки на каналах: Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence и Master
Регулировка выходного уровня (общая)
Регулировка уровня режима Solo (общая)
Параллельная петля эффектов с регулировкой микса
Выход Slave Out
2-кнопочный ножной переключатель (Channel,Solo)
Накидной чехол

 

Обзор №1

На днях мне довелось послушать этот ламповый гитарный усилитель, пощупать его, поклацать, и оценить свои ощущения от игры. В обзоре я не претендую на мнение большого эксперта, но имея определённый опыт игры на электрогитаре через разное оборудование, вполне могу изложить свои соображения, которые, как я надеюсь, будут понятны гитаристам.

О Mesa Boogie с просторов интернета всегда доносилась инфа, как о флагмане хай-гейнового “мясного” звука, усилители которого используют многие именитые музыканты. Другое дело, что слухи распространяют далеко не всегда сведущие в вопросе люди, а нередко лишь те, кому посчастливилось увидеть его на видео любимой группы. С тем же успехом любимые группы могут играть на усилителях любимой фирмы, выполняя условия своего контракта. Буду рад, если мой обзор для кого-то станет полезен.

Single Rectifier Solo Head, на котором я играл, прошёл моддинг, что существенно преобразило его звучание. Благодаря моддингу поджались и стали хорошо читаться низы, что сделало усилитель более универсальным (теперь на нём можно играть не только Korn :-)), но и запиливать че-нибудь прогрессивное. Так же появился тумблер «Tone Shift», который влияет на средние частоты, за счет чего изменяется даже “зерно” перегруза.

О РУЧКАХ И ТУМБЛЕРАХ
У усилителя 2 мастер-громкости: «OUTPUT» и «SOLO». Последний регулятор позволяет установить 2-й уровень и переключаться на него кнопкой «SOLO» на футсвиче. Кроме этого на каждом из 2-х каналов по регулятору «MASTER», задающему громкость непосредственно каналам по-отдельности. Далее традиционный 3-х полосный эквалайзер и ручка «PRESENCE» – регулировать высокочастотную составляющую в мастер-секции. Правее всего находятся ручки «GAIN», 2 тумблера, переключающие режимы работы каналов, а так же инструментальный вход. Сзади расположена петля эффектов, регулировка степени подмешивания эффекта к основному сигналу (от 10 до 90%) из чего можно заключить, что петля параллельная, переключатель типа используемых ламп.

РЕЖИМЫ РАБОТЫ КАНАЛОВ
1-й канал. 2 положения.
Верхнее, «Clean», даёт довольно резкий, звонкий, тонкий и искрящийся чистый звук.
В нижнем, «Pushed», напротив гитара звучит очень плотно, толсто, думово и драйвово. Было чувство, что я играю на тяжёлом кранче, хотя звук оставался чистым, без хрипа. А вот немоденый амп похрипывал… Возможно свое дело сделали 6П3С заменившие штатные 6L6G в усилителе мощности, или это последствия мода, но данный режим можно смело назвать раритетным – я чего-то не припомню, где мне приходилось слышать такое…
На этот канал «Tone Shift» не влияет.
2-й канал. 3 положения.

«RAW» – слабенький, хрипленький, грязноватый перегруз на любителя. Когда щёлкнул «Tone Shift», звук стал на удивление гораздо более приятным, чистым и читаемым, пропала вата, середина стала более сочная, но он по-прежнему остался на любителя “фуззения”.

«VINTAGE» – понравился, откровенно хорошая штука можно много чего играть и рулится очень недурно в широком диапазоне, прозависал долго.

«MODERN» – вот здесь я бы попросил принести банку, если бы знал, как начнут течь мои слюни. Особенно с «Tone Shift». Очень плотный, ревущий как дикий зверь, с приятным зерном гейна, словом, офигенный хай-гейн. «Tone Shift» делает более плотными и качёвыми низы, крепчает середина, а в целом звук получается очень приятным, читаемым и агрессивным.
На футсвиче кроме «SOLO», как и полагается, расположена кнопка «CHANEL», переключающая 1-й и 2-й каналы.

ВЫВОД
Достойный аппарат, но без моддинга, очевидно, Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier Solo Head так меня бы не впечатлил. То что надо для современного металла, хотя с тем же успехом можно переигрывать и Death – всё зависит от вашей техники, а усилителю разборчивости и злобы не занимать. Достаточно режимов как на перегрузе, так и на чистом канале.

ДРУГИЕ ТЕХНИЧЕСКИЕ ДАННЫЕ
Мощность 50 Вт, 2 лампы 6П3С (6L6) – усилитель, 5 ламп 12AX7 – предусилитель. Визитная карточка серии Rectifier – ламповый выпрямитель в single-версии ректы не предусмотрен!!! Слушал через кабинет Laney TT.

Обзор №2

Features: This all tube amp has 2 Channels, dubbed channel 1 (clean) and channel 2 (distortion), and has a total of 5 different modes. It has a power output of 50 watts coming from 2 6L6s (or EL34s if you prefer) in the power amp section and 5 12AX7 tubes on the pre-amp section. There is a Solo feature which allows you to have a preset volume for when you enter in a solo so everyone can hear. The channels and the solo feature can be switched through the included footswitch or through the channel switching features (which I won't comment on since I have not yet used it). It also has a parallel effects loop (which preserves the tube tone when you use effects) and has 3 cabinet outputs (1 8ohm output and 2 4ohm outputs).

To complement the head it has a Slave out feature which allows it to be hooked up to other power amps for more power if needed. A third channel with the same characteristics as channel 2 would be welcome but that can easily be solved by using a pedal as a booster, to increase the gain a little on leads. Other than that though, there isn't really any other features I would need. // 8

Sound: There is pretty much 5 different "sound types" you can get from this amp: Clean, Pushed, Raw, Vintage and Modern which are the 5 modes you can set this amp to. I use a 7-string BC Rich Warlock guitar with Bareknuckle Warpig pickups (they have an astonishing 26k output) and a 6-string Ibanez RG with stock pickups and in both guitars I can get any sound I want and the sound of the guitar comes through. Don't get fooled by it's 50W, they are real loud, it seemed to me they were even louder than my 120W Crate GT1200H. Despite this, the amp is real quiet, there is minimal hum, if any. Clean is pretty much that, clean.

You can however crank up the gain and you'll get an amazing bluesy overdrive with the neck pickup. Pushed is similar to the sound you get when you crank up the Clean mode, but you can get much more Drive this way. In fact, you can get a full on distortion from this mode, all you have to do is crank up the gain and treble. The cool thing on the distortion here though is the sound of your guitar really shines here, making solos sound much more dynamic, making this mode versatille and suitable for almost any kind of music. Raw mode is a mild gain channel which can function as an alternate clean channel when the gain is set low (1-3). As you increase the gain however you start to hear a a really crunchy, chuggy kind of tone which unlike the two higher gain modes, retains the guitars personality almost in it's entirety.

It is very good to play rock and for lower gain leads, but don't use this for metal or anything which needs higher gain. Vintage mode is where the Rectifier's Fame of having the killer distortion really starts showing. It has nearly endless gain and the notes jump out of the fretboard with ease. On the lower gain range it sounds really similar to the "Raw" mode, but it is a little warmer. As you crank the gain the voicing changes dramatically, it becomes suitable for metal and meatier riffing. Still, if you are going for metal you don't want to use this mode for it because it does not have a tight bass response. In fact, the bass is pretty flubby here, so you would need to set it around 4-5. Modern is not only my favorite mode, it's also the most brutal mode of all.

It has more gain than the "Vintage" mode, yet it retains a real percussive sound and has a real tight bass response which makes it great for metal. It is a little harsh on the high end if you don't know how to control it but once you figure it out it will really show the meaning of brutal distorsion. Overall, this amp sounds simply amazing, there really isn't much to complain about, other than if you don't know how to set the EQ right it will sound like crap! // 10

Reliability & Durability: Built like a tank, I have used it on a gig without a backup, but I recomend having spare tubes since you never know. When I bought this thing I had it shipped all the way to Brazil and it got here without a scratch, except for the footswitch which the idiots at customs managed to place right under the amp which got the jack for the footswitch cable offset a little. But the footswitch itself still works, even though plugging in the cable sucks a little. // 9

Overall Impression: This amp can do anything I throw at it, I am really satisfied with it. I play mostly metal and the Modern mode really nails the sound I was looking for. The only thing I don't like about it is that it lacks a third channel like it's bigger brothers (Dual and Triple Rectos). Still, I don't really need it since I only use one channel and control the amount of Drive with the volume knob. I have to be thankful to the people at the Mesa/Boogie outlet in Holywood, they let me crank this beast a bit, which comparing to the Peavey JSX I was going for originally (good amp BTW), it blows it out of the water. The Drive on the Mesa is simply unique, and to the morrons that say it is just like every distortion pedal, go buy a distortion pedal and try getting the same sound. If my amp were to get stolen I would go after the guy Who did it and shove something big up his, you know. // 10

Обзор №3

Features: It's a 50 watt tube amplifier made in 2007 (don't remember). Two channels with seperate EQs, parallel fx-loop, solo boost. Ch1 has two modes (clean and pushed), while ch2 has three (raw, Vintage and modern). These modes are not "footswitchable" while the two different channels and volume (solo boost) are. The only thing some players might be missing is reverb but if you are desperate for it, buy a pedal! It also has a great "stand by" Switch. // 9

Sound: I use a Gibson Les Paul with burstbucker pickups and play at the moment different types of modern metal. The amp works really well and I have by far the heaviest and cleanest guitar sound compared to all other local players. It really gives me the sound I want. I understand why many claim that Mesa isnt the brand for people playing metal since the low bass-sound is not quit as tight as you might want it. My solution to that problem is to play through a Ibanez tubescreamer which helps! Other reasons why many might not find Mesa as a metal amp is because they go to their music store and try it on a low volume which does not show its capability, Its made to be played at high volumes so to get that brain-destroying sound one needs to turn it up. As many claim, they also need a lot of tweeking before you're happy since the EQs are very sensitive. I don't find it noisy at all. The clean channel does get a little bit distorted at higher volumes (like rehearsing with the band). If you turn down the volume on the guitar that wont be a problem at all. I find this amp so versatile that playing other kinds of music like rock, pop, blues works really well. I can plug in my Clapton stratocaster and get a really smooth and bluesy sound. I mainly use "clean" on the first channel and find "pushed" unnecessary. On channel 2 i use "modern" and "Vintage" which really covers all the sounds one might want for different kinds of rock to metal. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Has never failed me. Since I bought it second hand I made sure to change the tubes just to be sure to get the best sound. Did not make much of a difference which means that the tubes hold up pretty well since the guy had used the amp a lot under the 2 years he owned it. I use a cover for the head to avoid bumps and scratches when I take it for gigs and band rehearsal so it still looks and sounds like new. When you see this amp you will know that it is built to last and in very high quality. // 10

Overall Impression: This amp works great for all kinds of music such as rock, pop, blues and metal. I have been playing for about 8 years and this is my first "stack"-amp. Before I bought it I went to stores and tried tons of different amps mainly marshalls in the same price range and I found that this one killed them all when it came to sound and quality. If it was lost or stolen I would cry and probably get a new one or save up enough money to get the Mark IV or something like that. Its perfect for anybody Who plays some sort of rock in a band in the rehearsal room or on small to medium stages. The only bad thing I can find with it is that is is not a "practice in the room" amp mainly because of the fact that the volumes one would be playing at to get the best sound will make you unpopular with your parents or neighbors. // 9