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Mesa Boogie Road King Amp

Let’s cut straight to the chase: Mesa Engineering’s new Road King is Randall Smith’s greatest sonic creation, an instant classic, one that musicians will be referring to for years to come. Like some vacuum-tube Santa, Smith has left the Unabridged Textbook of True Tube Tonalities under our tree, with all the ghosts of electric guitar tone-past, present and future-embodied in one fully programmable amplifier that eats so called modeling amps for lunch.

The Road King, using Mesa’s proprietary Dual Rectifier technology, possesses a surfeit of sophisticated features you can investigate at mesaboogie.com. Playing through the amp is like mixing and matching a set of aural Colorforms, and after a bit of practice, it is a remarkably simple, intuitive process to dial up an infinitely variable array of warm, sweet, bell-like jazz and blues sounds in the tradition of the Fender Bassman and Twin Reverb, the 50-watt Plexi Marshall combo, the Mesa Boogies as they progressed through the Mark I, II, III and IV incarnations or an armada of readily identifiable Mesa Dual Rectifier jazz-fusion/nu-metal sounds-which constitute an innovative vision of the high gain/liquid sustain genre separate and distinct even from the trend-setting concept of a cascading gain stage (which Mesa first introduced with the original Boogie).

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