Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 Combo

Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 Combo

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Nomad 55 Combo, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Mesa Boogie in the Nomad series.

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Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 Combo tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Mesa Boogie
  • Model: Nomad 55 Combo
  • Series: Nomad
  • Category: Tube Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 04/02/2004

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Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 Combo user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %

janluc's review

Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 Combo
Tube amp. Read the description at Mesa's website
Power: 55 true watts. It is really loud.
Very comprehensive connections, including effects loop with master, speaker outputs and slave to connect another amp.
3 channels with two sounds each, controllable with the footswitch, plus a solo mode. The reverb can also be footswitched.
Each channel has 7 adjustable settings: gain-volume-presence-treble-mid-bass and reverb (on the rear).
Master volume and solo, plus loop mix.
It's very comprehensive and precise.


It's easy to use, but offers so many possibilities that it requires some time and testing to get a hold of it.
The manual is all right (you can find it on their website).


It suits almost any style because it's super versatile. It provides all classic Mesa sounds and distortion, but beware it doesn't offer the Rectifier sound.
The sounds are of very good quality, be it clean, crunch or distortion.
It's the distortion sounds that make a real difference when compared to Fender or Marshall.


I bought it secondhand recently and its biggest defect is the price. Secondhand it's doable because it costs the same as a new combo from other brands, but the Mesa touch is truly exceptional. I had an old tube sound and I admit that it doesn't even come close. Another great quality of the Nomad is that it's a true professional amp, both in terms of manufacturing and design.
It has an average value for money, but it really plays in the Majors and there's nothing more to add.
I would buy it again and I know I will keep it until the end of my life.

iamqman's review"Nomad no more"

Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 Combo
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
Spring Reverb
Output Level Control (over all channels)
Solo Level Control
Parallel FX Loop w/Mix Control
Recording / Headphone Out
Silent Record Mute Switch
Slave Out
5 Button Footswitch (Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3, Reverb & Solo)
Slip Cover


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.


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.

themaddog's review"Excellent tube combo"

Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 Combo
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.


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.

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