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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 6 reviews )
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iamqman06/28/2011

iamqman's review"New and improved"

Mesa Boogie Road King II Head
Mesa Boogie went through and virtually overall hauled the kinks that they had in the series l amplifiers. The improved the range of EQ's for sonic improvements and they restructured the voicing of the amp for over all enhancement. The features are exactly the same as the original and the look of the amp has not changed. Most people who have played both would agree that the series ll is a much improved amp overall.

This is one beast of an amp! This one probably is the flag ship amp that Mesa Boogie carries. This amp is the most versatile amp that they make. It is like the Roadster as far as sound and front panel features. The thing that separates this from the Roadster is the back panel features. You can set up so many variations of tubes combination and biasing that makes it a recording dream amp. For someone who is recording this amp is a pleasure to have in the session. Since sound engineers have so many tracks and options of layering guitar tracks and mixing. Having an amp that will be able to mix and match EL34 and 6L6's in just about any configuration is remarkable. The over all tone and sound you get from this is parallel to the Roadster, except you have even more of a variety of tube options at your disposal.

UTILIZATION

Handbuilt in Petaluma, California

Multi-Watt™ Channel Assignable Power Amp with Progressive Linkage™ (patent 5,559,469) featuring 4x6L6 & 2xEL34, which allows you to select either 2x6L6, 2xEL34, 2x6L6+2xEL34, 4x6L6
or 4x6L6+2xEL34 for Power Ratings of 50, 100 & 120 Watts! / 6x12AX7, 2x5U4

Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance

4 Fully Independent Channels with 12 Modes (Channel 1 =Clean, Fat or Tweed™, Channel 2 =Clean, Fat or Brit, Channels 3 & 4=Raw, Vintage High Gain or Modern High Gain)

Each Channel features Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, All-Tube Long Spring Reverb, 5 Position Progressive Linkage Power Tube Select (choices listed above), Channel Assignable Dual Rectification with Recto Tracking™ (Diode or Tube Tracking – Patents 5,168,438 & 7,193,458), Speaker Output Select (Speaker Out A, B or A+B), FX Loop 1 and 2 Select (2-Series Loop On/Off Switches per Channel or Footswitch Assignable)

Output Level Control (over all channels when activated)

SOUNDS


I liked keeping it on the diode tracking. It sounded just as awesome with the tube tracking but I felt it needed that extra umph or sizzle in the amp. The thing lives on channel four on the modern mode. I enjoyed this mode the best because it gives that feeling of pure enjoyment when playing. Mesa's are known for their instant gratification.

Run a Les Paul or a humbucker style guitar in front of this amp and you can hear and feel the power it delivers. It has a unique sizzle only found in rectos. The sponge and tight feature is cool when you need to use it in drop tunings then switch it over to the tight side. If you are playing hard rock and need only a half tuning or regular then keep in on sponge. On the sponge setting you will find the amp a bit more forgiving.

OVERALL OPINION

I would but this amp over and over again because the versatility that no other amp on the market can compete with. You have a recording engineer's dream and an active gigging musicians prize possession.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a lot of options from his guitar amp. This amp is so versatile that if I owned a recording studio this is one amp that I would own as a "must have" to complete my studio.

At new they come in at around $2700. That seems to be a fare price for this well built machine. It is going to be high for high school kids but this amp wasn't built for that market. This is a professional guitarist's amplifier.
iamqman06/23/2011

iamqman's review

Mesa Boogie Road King II Head
The main difference with this amp from the previous Roadking's and Roadster's was the improved voicing of the channels. Especially the clean tones. Now the entire amp has been slightly re-voiced to a much high sonic improvement.

This is one beast of an amp! This one probably is the flag ship amp that Mesa Boogie carries. This amp is the most versatile amp that they make. It is like the Roadster as far as sound and front panel features. The thing that separates this from the Roadster is the back panel features. You can set up so many variations of tubes combination and biasing that makes it a recording dream amp. For someone who is recording this amp is a pleasure to have in the session. Since sound engineers have so many tracks and options of layering guitar tracks and mixing. Having an amp that will be able to mix and match EL34 and 6L6's in just about any configuration is remarkable. The over all tone and sound you get from this is parallel to the Roadster, except you have even more of a variety of tube options at your disposal.

UTILIZATION

Handbuilt in Petaluma, California

Multi-Watt™ Channel Assignable Power Amp with Progressive Linkage™ (patent 5,559,469) featuring 4x6L6 & 2xEL34, which allows you to select either 2x6L6, 2xEL34, 2x6L6+2xEL34, 4x6L6
or 4x6L6+2xEL34 for Power Ratings of 50, 100 & 120 Watts! / 6x12AX7, 2x5U4

Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance

4 Fully Independent Channels with 12 Modes (Channel 1 =Clean, Fat or Tweed™, Channel 2 =Clean, Fat or Brit, Channels 3 & 4=Raw, Vintage High Gain or Modern High Gain)

Each Channel features Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, All-Tube Long Spring Reverb, 5 Position Progressive Linkage Power Tube Select (choices listed above), Channel Assignable Dual Rectification with Recto Tracking™ (Diode or Tube Tracking – Patents 5,168,438 & 7,193,458), Speaker Output Select (Speaker Out A, B or A+B), FX Loop 1 and 2 Select (2-Series Loop On/Off Switches per Channel or Footswitch Assignable)

Output Level Control (over all channels when activated)

SOUNDS

I liked keeping it on the diode tracking. It sounded just as awesome with the tube tracking but I felt it needed that extra umph or sizzle in the amp. The thing live on channel four on the modern mode.

Run a Les Paul or a humbucker style guitar in front of this amp and you can hear and feel the power it delivers. It has a unique sizzle only found in rectos. The sponge and tight feature is cool when you need to use it in drop tunings then switch it over to the tight side. If you are playing hard rock and need only a half tuning or regular then keep in on sponge. On the sponge setting you will find the amp a bit more forgiving.

OVERALL OPINION

I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a lot of options from his guitar amp. This amp is so versatile that if I owned a recording studio this is one amp that I would own as a "must have" to complete my studio.

At new they come in at around $2700. That seems to be a fare price for this well built machine. It is going to be high for high school kids but this amp wasn't built for that market. This is a professional guitarist's amplifier.
Hatsubai04/03/2011

Hatsubai's review"Revised Road King"

Mesa Boogie Road King II Head
The Road King II is basically a product that was made thanks in part to Petrucci's Lonestar and Road King setup he used during the Train of Thought tour. The biggest issue with the old Road King was that the clean was somewhat bland. However, they added the Lonestar clean channel to this amp, and it really shines now. Aside from the Lonestar circuit in channels one and two, this amp is pretty much the same.

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

The amp is ridiculously awesome. The clean tones are absolutely superb, 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. They really outdid themselves with this amp, and the much needed clean channel improvements take this amp to a new dimension.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for an extremely versatile four channel amp that can do nearly any genre, I recommend checking this thing out. While the controls might be a bit hard to get used to for first timers, it should be pretty easy to get a good tone out of this thing. If you already have the original Road King and don't care that much about the clean channels, I say hang onto it. If you gotta have that Lonestar clean channel, however, this is the amp to get.
le reverend10/12/2010

le reverend's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" BIG amp, multi-boutonnifre"

Mesa Boogie Road King II Head
Lamps, a mega shit, even
Watts, a great mga shit, even.
Rglages the wazoo. Facade acnique (so many buttons that looks like an acne juvnile)
Power: 120-50-130W, depending on the configuration of lights you choose
It's heavy, it bti like a truck, it's what Mesa.
Pdalier imposing (4 channels + reverb + mute + solo + 1 + loop loop 2), I'll have rviser my tap class.
For crazy MIDI dception yet in sight, alas: no implementations. Big

UTILIZATION

manual (for an amp). In English, despite the law Franaise.
Requirements: must go slowly
And no, we do not get a good sound easily. You really have to look at rglages. Nevertheless have all the knobs noon, the fact dj (not the volume knob, Zetes crazy or what?)

The volume is very gradual (by comparison, is much easier rgler its volume than on my old Mesa DC5 and so much better).

The complexity of attention rglages I RPTE. And be careful you do not touch the rear slection that when the receiver is dyed, which is not ideal to compare the sound between them when one wants to play on the rear switches Dr. ..

SOUNDS

You can do anything with, it seems. But who wants to do everything?
Note the "plop" channel change, but not as deafening even (!), We hear them.
Many rglages!
For each channel (and there are four knobs which will have identical effects on the sound quite DIFFERENT) was in addition to the gain and tone:
- Presence of a rglage
- The volume of each channel (master) also affects the final sound.
- In addition you can choose the rectification (diode or lamp) for each channel sparment
- In addition you can choose the floor of amplification for each channel sparment
- In addition you can choose to send speakers A or B or both for each channel separately. Personally, I invested in the Mesa Rectifier 2x12 is still a family!
- And finally, you can choose use low voltage or high voltage for the whole beast

Our repertoire ranges from rock to rock music. The amp does everything very well.
I not only for the sound clear channel 1 (least saturated), I cruncher while I'm in the middle of the race to win, barely, yet not I play with the microphones that belch dead (57 mountains Gibson home on my ES-339). I will not if it verifies the lights that I put too true: it may be 2x6L6 not enough to have the headroom. I will try with 4x6L6 to see ...

In session can I tried for the first time the effects loop (at least the n1): small volume loss observed. I will have to compensate has, at least not if I rv. I

OVERALL OPINION

the beast in recent weeks at home o I could grind my buttons drunk, but her first session can only c'tait this week.
I could push the volume a bit, well ... is very good.

I have no great exprience amps: Vox AC30, Marshall DSL I-know-what-more, Fender Hot Rod, Peavey Classic, Mesa (dj client) etc ... I chose to port the beast to make me a big pleasure more than a few points "targets" pleasant:
- 4 channels is very handy, especially when all 4 are both in Chelonis graouh
- Loops are dclenchables foot, and the volume for solos: practice.
- Varit Sound: combinations of lamps are expressly studied for a.

Points negatives
- No MIDI, but I'm not user
- Very expensive but I was under the
- Very heavy, but my muscles
- Volume of effects loops, but I had the balls
- Plop the channel change, but it's so Mesa-ish!

My real fear: that this gas plant fails. The more widgets, more widgets may fail (Sioux proverb). We will see the solidity of the beast use
christofer.oldz08/16/2010

christofer.oldz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mesa Boogie Road King II Head
see PREV

UTILIZATION

Simple, yes and no;)
- Yes if you look at the configuration of the amplifier with respect to these possibilities. In fact, there are no knobs so it is rather the interaction of all the settings that is well thought out and who can have a huge choice of sound.
- Not if you just want to turn the amp for a good sound. In fact, the versatility of the amp that you just make choices for certain inappropriate adjustments style zik.


SOUNDS

Yes it is suitable for all styles! and this is his forte, metal, rock, punk, blues, jazz, reggae, drone;) And this is clearly what drives the price and I think the value of this amp, besides finishing and materials. For my part I play prog metal band, and also a little stoner and jazz for fun

OVERALL OPINION

After a year of use, I must say that this amp is a must, whatever the style of music, he really respects the sound of your instrument, and delivers excellent sound in all styles. However, it takes time and patience to understand and optimize the settings in this amp!
For it is also possible to have his plea, see wrong with the RK if we did anything like settings. For example, I remember being very disappointed when I first use, by channel 4, I was expecting to have a sound insane and there that slab, a fat slobbering not incisive ... Then we understand that the master channel is not a simple volume knob! since it completely determines the nature of sound, (I for one council to put at least 12 on channels 3 and 4). Similarly, the choice of lamps is crucial (eg, for the rhythmic metal pair of 6L6 + diodes is clearly the best choice), ditto for the presence button that can smear the sound in some registry etc.. Brief an amp that is well worth a maximum score, as long as one is a bit patient with the settings. With the experience I would say that it is ultimately simple and very well thought out in its configuration, if one evaluates the potential of the beast
Jimmy Chaos02/09/2009

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

Mesa Boogie Road King II Head
The Road King is part of Series 2 Series Dual Rectifier Mesa Boogie in a revolution for the High Gain. It's a real little jewel. Power amplifiers and speakers assignable 12 patterns in 4 independent channels ... a monster!

This amp head has 5 assignable power amps (back of the head), with a total of 6 lamps:
For amplification of 50W: 2x6L6 or 2xEL34
For a 100W amplifier: 4x6L6 or 2x6L6 + 2xEL34
For a 120W amplifier, total lamp (4x6L6 2xEL34 +)

Lamps pre-amplification: 5x12AX7
Lamps rectifier: 2x5U4

Total lights in the Beast: 13!

It has 4 independent channels, gain settings, EQ and presence are on the front. In each channel, there is a choice between three different modes:
Channel 1: Clean, Fat or Tweed
Channel 2: Clean, Fat or Brit
Channel 3 and 4: Raw, Vintage High Gain or Modern High Gain

Total patterns: 12!

Each channel has a reverb effect, adjustable rear.
There is next to a selector Rectifier (diode or lamp silicones).
Two effects loops / O Jack (Loop1 and Loop2).
Selector "Variac" Bold / Spongy.
Selector Pentode / Triode for EL34.
Slave output with level control.

There was also a selector speaker output (A, B or A + B).
This switch is useful if you have the speakers that come with specially designed for this series, namely the Road King 2x12 4x12''and''. The speakers on the left (A) actually have a vintage sound, and those on the right (B) a modern sound.

We have two main outputs and Master Solo, thereby giving a boost ... the volume for solos.

To manage all these people, there is in addition to the "KingKontroller," which is a foot controller to 9 buttons (Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3, Channel 4, external trigger (External Trigger), Reverb, Loop of effects 1, effects loop 2, and Solo).

Sun & Weight: 25.5 Kgs, 265 x 705 x 295 mm.

UTILIZATION

The configuration is not so simple at first glance, because many of these settings as lights, speakers. But you get used to it quickly!
One could spend years to address this monster with all its possibilities.
It is clear that the Road King is primarily used in concert, the use of this head has good power to tear ours again (at least it off the eardrum ).
It's still nice to set the amp to 50W.

SOUNDS

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OVERALL OPINION

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