Top Of The Bill

His­tory re­peats as Mesa re­turns to the orig­i­nal bone tone in a pack­age that re­calls yes­ter­year but re­mains thor­oughly up to date

Guitarist - - First Play - Words Nick Guppy Pho­tog­ra­phy Olly Cur­tis

Mesa En­gi­neer­ing in­tro­duced the world to the tread­plate-cov­ered Dual and Triple Rec­ti­fier heads, which have dom­i­nated metal and rock since the early 1990s. How­ever, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that these giants were ac­tu­ally Mesa’s sec­ond game-chang­ers. Two decades ear­lier, Ran­dall Smith cre­ated the orig­i­nal high-gain stack killer, the amp sim­ply known as the Boo­gie.

The orig­i­nal Boo­gie amp was the first to use cas­caded gain con­trols, and ar­guably the first amp built from the ground up as a true mu­si­cal in­stru­ment in its own right, with a unique tone and abil­ity to sus­tain al­most in­def­i­nitely. Com­pared with later Mark amps and Rec­ti­fiers, early Boo­gies had a sweeter, rounder tone, but were just as gained-out and ex­pres­sive. On a few pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, Mesa re­vis­ited the orig­i­nal for­mat; now there’s a new amp

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