Mesa Boogie DC-10 Combo
Mesa Boogie DC-10 Combo

DC-10 Combo, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Mesa Boogie in the Dual Caliber series.

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Variaxocaster 02/02/2013

Mesa Boogie DC-10 Combo : Variaxocaster's user review

« The receiver of a lifetime! »

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Value For Money : Excellent
What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor, ...)?
It is an all-tube amp with four 6L6 power and six 12AX7 preamp.
Two Celestion C90 Black shaddow.

What is the power delivered?
DC10 is a 100W (6L6 uses 4) "switchable" in 60W (2 6L6) with a switch on the front panel.

What connection?
Available in front of:
- An input jack to plug his favorite guitar.
- An entry for footswich two buttons that enable / disable the EQ, and select the desired channel, clear or saturated, called Rhythm and Lead by Mesa Boogie.

The rear (copious) are available:
- 5 speaker outputs: 1 of 16 ohms, 8 ohms and 2 2 4 ohms.
- An output "Slave" with its level knob that allows "driver" additional power amps or effects processor.
- A headphone output.
- An output "Recording" + inter mute records of HP silent.
- An output enable / disable the reverb with footswitch (optional).
- An effects loop parallel type (Send / Return) with its mix knob.

What are the settings, effects? ...
The DC10 has two completely independent channels with exactly the same settings on each channel, as if we had two preamps in the same chassie. So each of the two channels has its own adjustment potentiometer:
Gain / Treble / Mid / Bass / Presence / Reverb / Master.
On the clean channel gain potentiometer is a "push-pull" which once pulled gives access to a beautiful crunch.
- A 5-band graphic EQ.
- A Level knob to adjust the overall level of the amp.
- A selection switch Rhythm / Lead / Lead + EQ.
- A choice of switch power 100 or 60 Watts.

Back panel:
Furthermore potentiometers Mix effects loop and Level Output Slave mentioned above, there is a switch assignment Graphic EQ which can either be used with both channels Rhythm and Lead or only with the Lead channel.
Reverb, located at the bottom of the combo is a Accutronics, good sound, but a little quiet compared to a Fender for example, but it is not at fault.


The configuration is it simple?
This is not strictly speaking a single config, but having two completely independent channels greatly facilitates settings.

The manual is clear and sufficient?
The manual is very clear and complete (fifteen pages).

Gets it easy to sound good?
It will take a little time to find the sound that suits us because the tone and gain significantly interfere with each other, but with this "system" can sculter all types of sounds.


Is it your style of music?
I play mainly Blues, Rock and a little Country, he excels in these styles, but you can also do Jazz, Hard rock, Metal and even more with the right pedals.
I also did the ball very long varieties with this amp, I could play with almost everything, very versatile.

With guitars or what effects do you play?
79 Vintage Strat noiseless, a Gibson Nighthawk Custom, a Telecaster "Fat Tele", and even a Variax 700 for certain sounds.
I put him in front a Vox Wha 74, a DIY TS808, a DIY Small Clone, a Phase 90 DIY etc ... and in the effects loop with a multi Replifex Rocktron MIDI pedal to control everything here (effects and change channels on the amp).

What kind of sound you get and with what settings?
As I said above, almost all types of sounds are possible, the clean is amazing, lots and lots of headroom, slamming, warm, round, and clear at the same time using the graphic EQ!
The Crunch is very good, magnificent Blues!
Saturated when the channel is THE Boogie has its legend, very round, very hot here does not drool, but once again, with the 5 band EQ you can have sharper saturation, dug in the mids or bass huge!

What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
Hate? Are you kidding! Apart from some who do not like the Boogie saturation, which is typical I grant you, all sounds fabulous on this amp!
Simply connect the guitar that goes well with the style we want to play and Roll!


I use this amp for about 18 years, at the time I bought it I hesitated with Rivera, who had a very good clean sound, but less saturated suited me. Before I played a Marshall JCM800 or Fender Bandmaster Reverb, which I still have, great amp but its not real clear on the Marshall and not saturated channel on Fender Dual Caliber with all the sounds that can be his need met.
There are many things I love about this amp, but whether I would choose a more versatile sound.
What I like least is the weight of the machine, more than 30 pounds! But fortunately it is equipped with a removable casters jiffy!
The price / quality ratio is good, the price of 13,800 francs of the time is (was) high, but the quality too, so here goes!
I would do this choice without hesitation, but with the years my back is not getting any younger so I would take a DC5, one HP but less heavy!
I put notes around 9 because I think that perfection does not exist, it is quite subjective, but I Fallis to 10!