Mesa Boogie Road King Head
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Mesa Boogie Road King Head

Road King Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Mesa Boogie in the Road King series.

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Hatsubai 03/30/2011

Mesa Boogie Road King Head : Hatsubai's user review

« Most versatile Rectifier ever »
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Mesa/Boogie set out to create the most versatile Rectifier ever seen, and they did one amazing job. This features pretty much everything, including the kitchen sink. Aside from four independent controls, it also has crazy features such as tube assigning per channel, independent reverb per channel, two effects loop that are user assignable per channel, multiple speaker cabinet selection, diode/rectifier assignment per channel and the list just goes on. It's crazy!

UTILIZATION

Mesa did a great job at laying everything out. At first, it looks like a lot, but everything is clearly labeled and logical when it comes to utilization. The manual on this is amazing, just like all the Mesa manuals out there. It describes how to dial it in, what controls do what, where the sweet spots are, and so on. There are reports of some channel popping, so keep that in mind when using this amp.

SOUNDS

Sound has been rated down since the Road King II came out. That aside, the amp is awesome. The clean tones are pretty good, midgain tones are nice and lead tones are amazing. Boosting this amp takes it into a new dimension as well. It is versatile enough to do any style out there from jazz to metal, although I have a feeling the people who buy this will lean towards the rock/metal aspects of music. The coolest feature is easily the tube selection. It adds so much versatility to this amp that it's almost mind blowing.

OVERALL OPINION

Since the Road King II came out, this amp is somewhat obsolete. I'd only recommend buying one if you find a good deal on one used. That said, if you already have one, there's no reason to run out and buy the new version. It's still one of the most versatile amps on the market that can deliver nearly a tone for nearly any genre you can think of.