Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 Combo user reviews
- This was an excellent amp from Mesa Boogie while it lasted. It was a 55 watt three channels with six different modes. Each channel had two separate modes for each giving it the six modes. You have a clean channel, a crunch channel, and an overdrive channel. Each channel was extremely usable and convenient. To top it all off you got a spring reverb and solo boost for soloing.
This amp has some crunch to it with its typical Mesa Boogie style mega gain. This amp could crunch just as good as any other Mesa Boogie amp in their product line. Mesa Boogie is also known for their great clean tones. So the first channel isn't lacking in any way either.
Handbuilt in the USA
55 Watts, Class A/B Power / 2x6L6, 5x12AX7
Bias Select Switch (6L6/EL34)
3 Fully Independent Channels w/6 Modes (Channel 1=Clean or Pushed, Channel 2=Vintage or Modern Gain and Channel 3=Modern or Vintage Gain)
Independent Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Reverb and Master Controls per Channel
Output Level Control (over all channels)
Solo Level Control
Parallel FX Loop w/Mix Control
Recording / Headphone Out
Silent Record Mute Switch
5 Button Footswitch (Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3, Reverb & Solo)
- This amp I believe was the introduction of the Roadster and Road King series. It has all the same channels, modes, and features but just is a 55 watt version. I love the way this amp sound on the clean channel and the crunch, but this thing lives in channel three on the modern switch mode. This thing will shake down walls with it over the top gain and distortion.
This amp will sound good with any guitar you through at it. I prefer a humbucker equipped guitar with the amount of gain this amp has in store. I feel the rectifier type tone natural attracts the humbucker installed guitar.
- Overall Opinion
- These amps have been discontinued fora while now. You can find them in the classifieds pretty easily for right around $600. not that bad or a price for an extremely versatile amplifier.
I would recommend this amp to anyone who can't afford a Dual Rectifier, Roadster, OR Road King and doesn't mind less power. It still gets plenty enough power and will shake walls...literally.
- This is a 55 watt, 1x12 tube combo amp with three channels. Each channel can be switched between two modes each. The first channel can be set to clean or crunch, and the second and third channels can both be set to vintage or modern. The amplifier has spring reverb. Each channel has its own EQ settings, and the reverb can be dialed up to different values across the three channels. There is also a solo setting across all of the channels that can be kicked on via the footswitch. The footswitch has buttons for each of the three channels, reverb, and the solo boost. There is also an effects loop. The speaker can be unplugged from the amplifier, such as for use with a talkbox in between, and additional speakers can be attached to the amplifier.
Within the power tube section, the amplifier can use either 6L6's, which is what it is designed for, or it can be set to use a pair of EL34's. Within the pre-amp section it uses 5 12AX7 tubes.
The speaker is a Black Shadow.
I can't think of more features that one would really want on a tube combo amp, with the exception of built in effects, but that would probably not be implemented well and would definitely increase the cost, especially when the use of effects is so subjective anyway.
- I don't own the manual and never needed it, it's very easy to use.
The only thing that's a little clunky on this amp is using the floorboard. It should be longer than it is, because it's easy to hit the wrong button or two switches at once.
- This amp sounds sweet through the Black Shadow. If you want to add a ton of fullness to this combo, the addition of another Black Shadow cabinet makes all the difference in the world on low-end. It produces plenty of volume and can even hold its own against most half-stacks.
- Overall Opinion
- This is a great gigging amp. My only complaint is the small size of the footswitch. Having three channels make it very possible for a guitarist to get by without having to use a POD or other pre-amp distortion. The only issue I've had with it in the seven years I've owned it is the power bulb burnt out.
If croaked or were stolen, I probably wouldn't replace it because I hardly play live anymore, but when I did, it was great having this amp and a Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier half/fullstack to go between, depending on the gig.
- Combo all-tube (five 12AX7 6L6 + 2 Original) => possibility to install EL34, trying ...
-50w (big watts!) It buries my Carvin XV-112 (but it is a 1x12 ...)
_Two Celestion "black shadow" (made only for boogie, you can not find it commercially, they are excellent damage, more on that later.)
Entry-guitar (really?), A parallel effects loop with mix control (10 to 100%), between "slave" to use the power amp combo's only a line-out (with the possibility of HP to cut the record in silence, but it is the gadget is not going to spit on it) and finally three soties HP (2x4 and 1x8 ohm).
-Three fully independent channels with two modes each.
I'm not sure what might ask of a guitar amp ... maybe just a second serial effects loop for inserting a gate? But above all, why have kept the equalo graphic version only 100w? Too bad it's a great tool ...
- -The setup is simple enough but the enormous reactivity of these knobs Corsican just the job and finally there are so many possibilities that it can be unsettling ...
on the other hand-the sound is good right now as long as you are a good guitar part, the only question is which direction we want to go once we understand how it works!
-The manual (English only) is quite well done as always with Boogie, he toured many possibilities and explains in detail the usefulness of each volume pot (do not laugh it's a Boogie and it's less obvious that 'There seems ...)
The strong point of this amp is to provide three fully independent channels and each ui offer two distinct sounds, for each channel were: gain, master, presence, treble, mid, bass, reverb level and choice between two modes. (Clean / Pushed on No. 1, vintage / modern on No. 2 and modern / vintage on No. 3.)
Is a sacred bajillion possibilities!
Only small defects, the volume settings of the reverb and the volume pot to mix the effects loop behind the amp which makes it difficult to stage. But the front would have been charged if they had been before then ...
- "It is an amp" versatile "(yes that's it I say ...) in general the term used to twist around and get angry but now we are forced to use ... With all these settings we can do almost everything (except heavy metal amp but it is therefore normal adult ...).
-I play mostly on two les paul and a standard rise and a classic in Burstbucker p-94/57 Classic + with my telecaster death as it sounds, and even my LAG electro sounds good on the clean channel mode.
Obviously with spades like we are in the fat and juicy as the lamb from the oven, grilled and crisp in appearance but soft and juicy inside ...
The sound of clear-channel 1 is quite usable (it's not as good as my old Fender 2x12 alnico in Silverface but it defends itself ...) with a strato we must be able to get the famous crystal as well as desired it is not my field, with p-94 of my serious pat on the LP is pretty sound in jazz or blues, big sound, with the lead telecaster it is like Dick Dale in if you push a little reverb. ..
Even-channel but in "Pushed" to gain by 9:00 the sound is clear and "backbone" when we turn to the right, the saturation appears gradually and we discover a very good big crunch "nasal" (super for the blues!) after you do what you want with equalo, Alan Vega with a small slapback the sound of Keith Richards as long as you have a good tele on hand. Donf really 'with a TubeScreamer before it is to at least Garry Moore but "spicy".
2-Channel, fashion vintage, we go to a big twin starts to saturate up to Billy Gibbons, the sound is either dry or extremely fat depending on the settings of equalo sometimes with a touch a bit acid as in some old amps pushed to catch (Fender, Hiwatt or ampeg for example). The sound literally pierces the mix and do not let off by a big cymbals drummer angry ...
2-channel mode, "modern" it adds a little gain and high mids, it can become a bit "fuzzy" if you push and it really starts to drool as you do!
-Channel 3; mode "modern" In the same spirit as the channel 2, but even more bold, more low mids, more bass, sometimes they sound a little too hard if you slice the midrange. From big crunch to ZZ Top to its liquid to the Jeff Beck all goes! Easy obteneir a modern sound but never too much anyway (it's not an engl or randal eh!)
-Channel 3; fashion vintage; same remark as for the other mode, it takes roughly the sound of the two on the same mode but with even more fat and gain.
The reverb is pretty special, very long and clear, it makes me think its some big studio rack which cost an eye, his only fault was being a little too quiet even at the bottom (but having said that avoids some mistakes of taste ...).
To finish the single player handy, it adjusts the volume and rolling!
A quick word on HP: As I have already said they are custom celestion black shadow ... you like the Vintage 30? And though they are four times more musical while still in the same vein, excellent definition, a big potato and clarity to fall. Just for fun I plugged in my Carvin V30 instead of the pair of combo .... well it was almost next to crap! (Ok it's not a 2x12 Bogner huh ...) The difference is obvious and we feel like that when you compare the black shadow is well above ...
I takes only 6 / 10 because the original lamps are a disaster, it must immediately change them to collect a penalty under the box and aggressive, unacceptable amp sold as expensive. So I placed 5 Philips ECC83 (NOS) in preamp and a pair of Sovtek WXT + in power and it's another world ... (I expect sylvania and NOS Telefunken, I edit after further testing ...
[Edit with new lamps] = telefunken our V1, V3 and V4, raytheon our V2, our January 12AT7 in place of the 12AX7 and 6L6 sylvania lag in our power: Much of warmth and depth, compression natural breath, it seems to have a compressor AVALON between guitar and amp ... yes I swear! The 12AT7 lag can recover a little "air", we lose some gain but we gain great clarity and definition.
Roughly in proportion to the original lamps was something more rounded and singing, less aggressive and more velvety with a better overall control over the sound ... it's worth investing in "real" lights! Only concern, it's very expensive (260 € for that game ...).
- Overall Opinion
- "I have received it this morning but I've had for several years his elder brother (Nomad 100 1x12) that I can resell at a time in my life where I had to choose between eating or having the best amp town, I fixed the error! it was not easy because the beast has been discontinued for some years and I feel happy that the owners jealously guard their cousins ...
"I like: The potential is a plant in all sounds more brilliant than the others, the whole" road "should be both at the rocker tastes of luxury (I am) that guy that makes baloche a lookalike Patricia Kass (poor ...) as it has under the hood. 50w is ideal, his older brother has two pairs of 6L6 is a little joker as soon as the master fiddles ... HP's really unusual.
"I like much less the weight, with two celestion C90 is imbranlable! Flight case with two handles required if you make less than 100 kg and not body building ...
The original lamps, a scandal. I heard the same problem with a lot of grinding, it may be a tradition ...
The price was excessive at the time, I paid € 2800 100w, with hindsight I not do it again but I have never regretted having bought it, only to have it sold ...
It came back to just over 1400 € including postage (from states) more than a hundred euros for a good transformer 220/110V (required if you buy it there ...) to price there is a great deal!
- Amp lampes.Voire descrition in mesa (from menu "search" on the site because the more the catalog.)
Power: 55 watts.Ca sends real heavy.
Complete hyper connectivity including mixable effects loop with the master and slave hp outputs for connecting to another amp.
3 channels with two sounds per channel footswitch more manageable by a single player and reverb are also accessible on foot.
Per channel: September trimmings, gain-volume-treble-presence-bass and midrange reverb (back)
General: master and solo mix of the loop.
It's super accurate and complete.
- Simple but there are so many possibilities that it takes time and a lot of testing.
The manual is (found on the site) but only in american.
- It is suitable for almost any style as hyper polyvalent.Il out all the classic sounds and the distortion but be careful not Mesa Rectifier sound.
The sounds are of very good quality clear that both crunch and distortion.
It's the sounds he makes the most distos the difference with Fender or Marshall.
- Overall Opinion
- I recently bought into an opportunity and its biggest failure is the price. Used it playable as it is the price of a "combo nine competitor" but the leg is really exceptionnelle.J Mesa 'had an old tube sound and I admit that there is carpet. Another quality of the Nomad is a really pro amp in its design and ergonomics.
The value for money is average but it really plays in the courtyard of prose and there is nothing to say.
I personally buy it and I know this is the amp of my (late) life!