tigerstrat wrote:Jerry did always play through tube preamps, but beginning around the start of 1973, his power amps were always solidstate.
As far as Mesas sounding like Mesas, the mark series have the range to sound startlingly like older Fenders, as that's what they were originally based on.
But I would still recommend an older Fender ( generally more bang for the buck than uber-pricey Mesas) with no master volume, and w/ spring reverb (THE KEY INGREDIENT)... my recommendations are: mid 60's to early 70s Twin Reverb, Showman Reverb, Bandmaster Reverb, Pro Reverb, Super Reverb, or Deluxe Reverb... and get a decent hi-power speaker(s), like JBL 120 series or EVM-12L
Don't forget high quality cables... but stay away from Monster... horrible litigation-happy bad karma company.
Too often people forget that in the late 70s JG, BW & PL were all playing with solidstate poweramps.
HUGE +1 on no Monster Cables. Don't care for them. I prefer Mogami and LiveWire in that order.
The Lonestar is more similar to their earlier Mark series. The clean channel is damn clean and their drive channel pure overdrive and not distortion (until you have it all cranked). Pricey, yes, not as pricey as an original 65 Twin in good condition.
2 questions since I know you know your stuff (compliment not sarcasm):
#1 - What's with the anti-master volume position? With my Mesa I love a master volume being able to firstly balance between channels and secondly saturate the preamp tubes as much or little as I want and playing with an input gain for true overdrive. Maybe it's just me but when I look accross at my volume resources I love seeing a gain selector by channel, an output by channel and then a master volume.
#2 - What's with Spring Reverb love? As I knew it Jerry didn't like the Reverb on the Twin and preferred Tube Reverb in the 90s and Lexicon Studio reverb before.