Mesa Boogie F50 1x12 Combo
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Mesa Boogie F50 1x12 Combo

F50 1x12 Combo, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Mesa Boogie in the F series.

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heads on fire 28/11/2011

Mesa Boogie F50 1x12 Combo: Produktbewertung von heads on fire (content in English)

"Raging little beast!"
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50 watt tube combo amplifier
2 6L6 power tubes, 4 12AX7 preamp tubes
2 channels
Spring reverb
Bright switch on the clean channel (push-pull pot)
Effects loop
Direct recording output
Footswitch controls channel selection, contour control, reverb

UTILIZATION

This little amp screams! It is plenty loud enough to use in most clubs, and it gets great sounds. The controls are laid out in an easy to use, logical fashion. The F-50 has a very nice, sturdy footswitch to control the reverb on/off, channel selection, and the contour control on/off. Durability has never been a real issue with Mesa amps as a whole, and I've never experienced any reliability issues with this amp.

SOUNDS

The amp definitely has a tone of its own, but it allows the natural tone of whatever guitar is running through it to shine through. Les Pauls sound Les Pauls, Strats like Strats, etc. This is a good thing - I'm not a fan of amps in which any guitar run through it sounds the same. Since the amp is so responsive, it allows all techniques with the strings to come through clearly. What I mean is, the amp may have a great tone, but it does not flatter the player - it shines a spotlight on any and all mistakes, forcing the player to play well or go home!

The clean is very Fender-like, and the saturation channel sings, like a real Boogie should! The reverb is ultra-luscious, and the contour control can impart a nice "scooped" sound for metal.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, this is a fantastic amplifier from Mesa. It is compact enough to take to gigs in a small car, and loud enough to stand up to a drumset. The durability is great, and the tone of this little beast is top notch. I wish they still made this same design, but the Express series they have now is pretty nice as well. 9 out of 10.