Mesa Boogie DC-3 Combo

Mesa Boogie DC-3 Combo

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DC-3 Combo, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Mesa Boogie in the Dual Caliber series.

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Mesa Boogie DC-3 Combo tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Mesa Boogie
  • Model: DC-3 Combo
  • Series: Dual Caliber
  • Category: Tube Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 07/01/2008

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Mesa Boogie DC-3 Combo user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 9 reviews )
 5 reviews56 %
 1 user review11 %
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Millido's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mesa Boogie DC-3 Combo
All-tube amp (6 12AX7 and EL84 4)
30W admnage but not bad ...

Indpendants 2 channels with each:
Gain, Bass, Medium, Treble, Presence, Reverb, Master

1 volume Gnral (perfect for increasing both channels while keeping the balance of the volumes dtermins with the master of each channel).

1 graphic EQ (5 FREQU.)

1 footswitch to change channels or select or not the graphic EQ.

1 effects loop with level of insertion
Selections to determine if the graphic EQ can be used only on channel 1 or 2.

1 Slave insertion (<= ????)

8ohm between 1 and 2 among 4 ohm speakers for others.

1HP 12 Celestion

Wholesale super full of rglages.


For this rglage bebette, be taken after the noon. If you just buy it and you show your friends, you will make you spit. If no ass the first sound can be really grotty. But when it's rgl this is one of the most monstrous beasts in the world of amps.
Basically it's not as intuitive as the Marshall or Fender or other ...
Each rglage affects others and not just on filters but also gain level and tonality claret sound. It is rare to get the max in general because a dirty sound.
So its good looks for and it is a which is fun because arserve surprises unlike amps o was his sound in 2 sec. When we know that we must hack and hack and bin it falls on phnomnaux sounds that make you pull out your old CDs to play for hours.

English manual but it is not violent understand. Read also useful for pr rglages for a good departure.


This amp is smack bang my alley. I play a little tt which is pchu rock to Mtal. The DC3 perfectly filled the whole range of styles. I play it with an ESP M-II.

For crystal clear is the RDV. The clean sound is amazing, for ultimate precision. The more or less soft attack is perfectly retranscrise. You have to play between the gain and volume for a penny or sharp feutr Crunch until well marked. It happens to have a very brilliant sound on the high strings with a low avalanche on the lower strings. It helps to have a good presence on the reggae rhythms eg. Nothing wrong on the light, the potential is so large.

On the saturated channel as you can touch almost everything. The little overdrive to high gain of a tapper ears. Without the EQ graph, there are a lot of medium and it's hard to dig but gives a body sacred sound. Some say it is a bit too dark. I think it's a particulirement intressante color. It is clear that the sound is a poor coat acute. So for those who seeks his Van Halen gorg o acute harmonics come out souflant above, it is not the right track. We are more well rounded sound on the Santana, Gary Moore ...
Hard rock of the 80 'tt one spell. Grunge and punk US (Foo Fighters, NOFX, Blink, Green Day ...) too. VERSATILITY WHAT !!
For his warriors, use the "V curve" on the graphic EQ. We cut the med max. We then feel the tight grain well as a string of EL84. It lacks a bit of bass and treble ass but passes. It gets so not sustain enfoir of the best is to add a small distortion pedal (type tube screamer, boss OD pedal zack wylde ...) and adcoiffe m mr.

The amp blows a bit so a lil noise gate in the loop settles the matter.

The qualisation graphic adds a potential standard amp. In config concert is like having two DIFFERENT sounds for each channel. For example, two clear sound (eg ballad Lighter solo) and two saturs sounds (rhythm + lead).


I for one week.
Pros: versatile and well-rounded saturation, clear dynamic wish.
The -: not enough gain to sustain a gringo!

I tried the classic in Marshall, Vox, Fender, Peavey, Mesa, Line 6, H & K.

A bit expensive because it's mesa.
This is exactly what I was looking for ...

laulec's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I return from the store !!!"

Mesa Boogie DC-3 Combo
see above


for sound must know mesa


then the slap input
the amp is already tiny, limited to be laughed
but then the sound !!
there in a v30
Jazz has metallica all possible with gusto.
when I plug it into my our 2 * 12 black warrior ....
his impeccable clear and powerful as possible in all eq
the saturated stop thinking marshall and lower the flight on the guitar
anything is possible
with eq V-8 and the gain we are at metallica "seek and destroy"
lowering the flight of the guitar you go through a lot of nuances to the smashing pumpkins


its really very pro
you can hear everything even the most even breads
the report's size is huge
bang for its sub !!
try anyway because everything is subjective review

capitaine_banane's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mesa Boogie DC-3 Combo
- 35 watt amp (extremely powerful compared to the figure) lamps (4 EL84 and 12AX7 6)
- 2 + 1-channel 5-band graphic EQ assignable by fair on 2 channels
- A reverb


Config simple, you plug it sounds, no need to tamper with but still have the rglages prcis and allow a wide range of sounds, especially with the 5 band eq supplmentaire. But to make it sound it must push a minimum (this amp is powerful, more than enough to repeat)


The clean sound is sublime in the crystal-clear smoothness trs trs beautiful.
is the saturated mdium, grain large enough to play the blues, to rock, hard rock and metal with the same graphic eq V. But just a little distortion for heavy metal


I got one year, my first amp lamps, sold to buy a grind, and I regret the clean of this amp. If I had as I buy a. It is found in OCCAZ to 900 euros, and for that price it's good!

lagrelle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mesa Boogie DC-3 Combo
All Tube Amp Combo (in 6x12AX7 pramp 4xEL84 and power) of approx 25 kilos.
Dlivre power of 35 Watts out on a HP Celestion Vintage 30.
2 channels each with fully indpendants a gain, a master, a qualo 4 bands and a reverb. This is in addition an output (volume at end of string amplification), and the famous 5-band graphic legalization, knowing that this dernire, like changing the channel, can be controlled e thanks to the footswitch.
At the rear there is a effects loop with mix dry / wet rgable (% of 0100), a recording output, 1 x 8 ohms, 2 of 4 ohms and a headphone output.
I put 9 because an 8 ohm output deuxime t would be welcome, otherwise in the design and it's CHARACTERISTICS srieux and solid, such as lamps being protected well es by a grid that stays cool and prevents quon is brle.


In Boogie nothing is simple but to have a gambling den and a Studio Pre Caliber 50 + with master and gains SERIES, here is a little easier.
In terms of gain, no problem there is a channel, and volume, master serve rgler levels of outputs of the two channels from one another The "output" using gnral volume.
In other to carve a good sound, it is best to start from the presets on offer on the manual and then on its gots Daffin, because as with any self-respecting Boogie amp, it is to read the ncessaire manual before tampering with the buttons.
I put 7 because it's not a Marshall CONTRL interact with each other and nothing is really intuitive


Regarding sound, dfi DC3 silent for this: I love the Mesa Studio Pramp, the sound is fantastic, but the problem is that both channels are not indpendants.
The aim therefore to replace the silent couple Mesa Studio Preamp + Mesa EL84 20/20 by DC3.
On paper aa look feasible, including the two configurations with the same power section in each proudly claiming 4xEL84 Dynawatt technology.
On paper, because Ralite things are quite different.
In his clear, there is the sound Boogie, straight, compress the obviousness but it is not worth the Studio Preamp. The DC3 least slamming sounds, darker, and less rverbe pretty well.
On the other hand, is saturated trsdcevant: dj no way to get a dcent crunch, but the lead is almost catastrophic whatever rglages (yet between the Triaxis, Studio Preamp and Caliber 50 +, the Boogie I'm used to long handle), the sound still keeps a veil dull and dark.
The highs are screaming, the mdiums Submitted too (even cutting them) and low floating Dfine ill. The impression that emerges is a sound pnible, not articulated dark, featureless and slime, as if t had a fuzz branch upstream.
Needless to say, the solos are not favoriss by this type of sound, and frankly palm mute sound yuck.
In short I put 6 to clear the lead is still unusable for me, both of my APRS rglages or those on offer on the manual.
Ct hand power to say anything, the 35W are the volumes cascade rvlant some useful effect powersoak CRER.


In the end the DC3 is far from what I expected from him, and I'm trsdu. My dernire surprises with a Boogie was from my test a Formula pramp, who also sounds lead trs means, but a beautiful clear sound.
As if what makes Mesa trs good products, there is sometimes a few rats. Anyway, my Studio Pre remain with me for some time. Remains whether the Quad will be a Studio Pre rvelera with more opportunities and two real channels indpendants.
Remains the quality price ratio DC3, 800 of OCCAZ 'average decent enough for a combo while lamps.

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