David Lamkins picked up his first guitar a long time ago. As best he can recall the year was 1967: the year of the Summer of Love. Four decades later David has conjured up an amalgam of folk, rock and jazz solo guitar music for the occasional intimate Portland audience.
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On "the best" Mesa/Boogie amplifier

Oh, man... Isn't this just a matter of personal preference? Mesa/Boogie makes a lot of different amps to appeal to different players. If I tell you that I like their vintage-sounding amps more than the modern-sounding amps, it says nothing at all about whether one is better than the other.

I've owned* or played all of these Mesa/Boogie amps:

I may have forgotten some. (It helps that I have a M/B dealer within walking distance of the office.) They're all good amps.

My least favorite was the Solo 50 head through the 4x12 Recto cab. I found that to have too much emphasis on the low-mids for my taste.

Next on the list of least favorites would have to be the Nomad. Their high-gain channels are too thin sounding for me, and the reverb just doesn't sound as good as on M/B's other amps.

I like the DC-5 as a nice "borderline" amp - it does a competent job of straddling the line between old-school and new-school sounds.

For blues, the Blue Angel is tops. Not a great practice amp, though.

For warm clean and crunch sounds, the Heartbreaker is great.

The Maverick is really good for pop / psychedelic / shoegaze styles. It doesn't have the headroom of the big-bottle amps.

The Mark IV works well for prog and jazz and lots of other genres; it's incredibly flexible. I don't like its crunch sound as much as I like the Hearbreaker's crunch, though.


So, what was the question?

July 13 2003 07:34:39 GMT