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Mesa Boogie Lone Star 100W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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The Mesa Boogie Lone Star Guitar Amp is an amplifier of extravagant tone and seductive feel. From its innovative custom circuitry, down to its new cl...Click To Read More About This Product
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Tone as big as Texas and as wide as the Rio Grande.
The Mesa Boogie Lone Star Guitar Amp is an amplifier of extravagant tone and seductive feel. From its innovative custom circuitry, down to its new classic retro/vintage looks, the Lone Star was designed to be the new defining vintage/boutique amplifier from the original boutique amp builder.
From its conception, the Lone Star tube amp was targeted directly at exceeding players' expectations of both tone and versatility from a vintage and/or modern boutique amp, without accepting compromise. Tonally it must be experienced to believe, as there are not enough adjectives and expletives to remotely do it justice. The most ridiculously amazing cleans, classic breakup, and high gain tones Mesa Boogie has ever offered in a single amplifier. Functionally, the Lone Star incorporates an impressive list of unique and extremely powerful features that allow you to tailor the character and feel of the amplifier to perfectly meet your musical needs. For a closer look at the Lone Star's exceptional versatility and features list, let's dig into the front and rear panel controls.
The Mesa Boogie Lone Star's front and rear control panels are extremely player-friendly and are in themselves an expressive art form through the beauty, logic and simplicity of their design. Two-channel simplicity delivers with surpassing versatility.
Channel 1 epitomizes the punchy, shimmering twang that gives way to furry smoothness. It's based on a traditional vintage/boutique gain structure to produce angelic and warm clean sounds in its low to medium gain ranges. Like most great tube amps, this channel can be driven to clip and produces incredible solo possibilities for blues or roots chording styles.
Channel 2 has a split personality. At the flick of a switch, it can clone the clean magic of Channel 1 (with an added touch of blues-roots gain) or kick in an additional high-gain amplifier with its own dedicated control. With stunning performance inspired by the pivotal Mark I, the interaction of three cascading gain controls unlocks the historic vault of groundbreaking lead sounds. Channel 2 Clean / Drive switch kicks in another triode tube stage for the high gain lead mode, or lets you bypass it entirely for a slightly higher gain clone of Channel 1.
Channel 2 Voicing Switch offers three gain/voicings allowing you to tune the response from Normal, revealing the natural sound of your guitar, to Thick and Thicker for more vocal quality high gain solo work in the Drive Mode.
Switching in the Drive control adds two more triode stages and an additional gain control to meter in the exact blend of smooth singing saturation. The bipolar nature of Channel 2 allows the Lone Star guitar amp to roam effortlessly through both vintage and modern territory with full channel switching accuracy and an emphasis on soul and simplicity. It also provides an amazing amount of added control and flexibility to further tailor the sonic character and feel of the Lone Star to best match the musical style you are playing.
Multi-Watt Channel Assignable Power features Duo-Class, which allows each Channel to operate in 10 watts Pure Class A, 50 and 100 watts Class AB, letting you tailor the power to the playing style each channel will be dedicated to.
This Mesa Boogie amp features multi-watt with duo-class channel-assignable power that lets you assign 10 watts of pure class-A Single-Ended clippability or 50 and 100 watt Class AB Push-Pull power sections per channel. Then choose the optimum Rectifier. Tube Rectifier Tracking offers you a choice of the elasticity of vacuum tubes or the tight-tracking authority of silicon diodes. These options enable you to footswitch between high-power headroom and small amp expression.
Truly seductive Reverb (our best ever) includes separate depth controls for each channel plus a unique voicing feature that switches between glowing amber warmth and a brilliant springy halo.
The Master Output Control is joined by a Master Solo Control that provides an additional pre-settable master output that you can trigger remotely for a footswitchable boost when you want to feature a part. These two Front Panel controls are brought on line with the activation of the hard bypassable effects loop. When the Loop is not active, the individual Channel Master Controls serve as final output controls. When the Loop is set to Hard Bypass, all associated circuitry is removed from the signal path. Since the Output and Solo Controls are wired as Loop Returns at the end of the preamp and Loop signal path, they are defeated when the Loop is bypassed.
The Power Switch is fitted with " Tweed" or normal "On" power settings. The Tweed setting provides a built in Variac effect by reducing the incoming AC voltage, which produces a spongier feel and increased clip-ability. This ability to run everything in somewhat of a brown-out state produces amazing possibilities for the clean sounds that are driven to clip.
The Diode/Tube Rectifier Tracking Switch is an amazing additional feature in the Lone Star. When Tube Rectifier Tracking is selected the Lone Star will auto-assign the most stylistic rectifier circuit to track the assignable 10/50/100-watt power settings of both preamp channels. In this mode, when either preamp channel is in the 10 or 50-watt position, the 5U4GB Rectifier Tube is automatically brought online, which produces an authentic vintage feel that is extremely silky and inspiring to play. In the 100-watt position, the Silicon Diode Rectifier is automatically brought online, which provides the Lone Star with "top fuel" performance that produces more punch, a tighter, livelier attack and substantially more headroom.
An all-tube series Effects Loop handles outboard processing with transparent finesse. The ability to "Hard Bypass" the loop entirely assures the purist in you will be satisfied in the studio, where every nuance of tone is crucial and you don't need the Solo feature.
The pure, all tube, long tank Reverb is fitted with a Bright/Warm Switch that enables you to tailor the reverb sound to the style you are playing. Bright delivers a vintage-inspired sound complete with the identifiable haze of harmonics associated with older amp circuits, while Warm produces a more pure, studio quality character. Individual blend controls for each channel allow you to get the mix just right for each of the sounds you have designated to the two channels.
External switch ports are provided to assure that you can interface the Lone Star with larger rack or multi amp setups. The Channels and Solo feature will respond to any tip-to-ground latching type logic at their corresponding jacks. You can control these features via external and/or midi commands with any switcher that supports grounding type logic within their programmable menus.
A Switchable Bias Select feature allows you to swap tube types in the power section for different response characteristics. Use the stock 6L6-type tubes for the greatest versatility, or swap them out for a quartet of EL34's for a brighter, more British feel with added harmonic spread.
A Slave Output and Level Control round out the Rear Panel enabling you to use the Mesa Boogie Lone Star as the "dry" master amp for a stereo setup, drive an external rack of outboard processing or, simply add additional power for larger venues. This output captures the entire sound of the preamp and power section by padding down the signal at the speaker output.
- Handbuilt in the Petaluma, California
- Bias Select Switch (6L6/EL34)
- Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance
- Selectable Diode or Tube Rectifier Tracking - Patent Pending
- 2 Fully Independent Channels each with Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Reverb & Master Controls
- Channel 1: Boutique Vintage Clean/Classic Breakup; Channel 2: Clone of Ch. 1 or Cascading High Gain
- Drive/Clean Switch activates Ch 2 "Drive" Control (Multi-Stage Cascading Gain Circuit)
- Thick/Normal/Thicker Voicing Switch (Channel 2)
- Full Power/Tweed "Variac" Switch
- All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb with Bright/Warm Reverb Tone Switch
- Output Level Control (over all channels when activated)
- Footswitchable Solo Level Control (over all channels when activated)
- All-Tube FX Loop with Send Level Control (over all channels when activated)
- True "Hard" Bypass Switch that removes FX Loop, Output Level and Solo Level Controls from signal path
- Slave Out with Level Control
- Fan Cooled with On/Off Switch
- External Switching Jacks for Channels 1/2, Solo and Reverb
- All Aluminum Chassis
- 2-button footswitch (Channel 1/2 and Solo)
- 1x12 Combo (Width 26-3/4 in)
- C90 Speakers