John Petrucci with the new Boogie Five-Band Graphic EQ pedal in the FX Loop of his Triaxis/2:90 rig

John Petrucci with the new Boogie Five-Band Graphic EQ pedal in the FX Loop of his Triaxis/2:90 rig (click to enlarge)

Well… It’s official – The Boogie® Five-Band Graphic EQ is now a permanent installation in the FX Loop of John’s Triaxis/2:90 rig for Dream Theater’s 2014 Along for the Ride tour. [click to continue…]

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MESA/Boogie Factory Tour Video

by Boogie on March 28, 2014

in Company History, Video

Every little thing here at Mesa Boogie is calculated for one purpose only: To Hand-Craft A Better All-Tube Amplifier.

Each chassis is entirely hand-wired, checked out, teched-out and, as always, bashed repeatedly with a hammer while turned full up.

Then there is a play test, followed by a 24-hour burn-in, another electronic check, installation into a cabinet and a final play test given by a different musician then a last inspection before packing.

Every Mesa/Boogie®, from the most expensive to the least uses the identical top grade materials and assembly techniques. Every Mesa/Boogie, including all the cabinets, is entirely made in our one location here in Petaluma, California, where we’ve been since 1980.

Music: Andy Timmons “Resolution” – from the album Resolution.
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Mesa/Boogie® Launches Three New Guitar Pedals

The New THROTTLE BOX EQ™, FLUX-FIVE™ AND BOOGIE® FIVE-BAND GRAPHIC EQ Pedals Promise to Deliver a Powerful New Tone Shaping Experience to Guitarists of All Genres.

Petaluma, CA March 14, 2014 - Mesa/Boogie® is excited to announce the addition of the new Throttle Box EQ™, Flux-Five™ and Boogie® Five-Band Graphic EQ pedals to its line of award-winning guitar pedals.

THROTTLE BOX EQ™

Inspired from the possibilities discovered during development of the original Throttle Box™ gain pedal, the team at Mesa® has taken the award-winning platform to a new level of versatility with the addition of the Boogie® Five-Band Graphic Equalizer. “With limitless curve possibilities, the graphic equalizer expands the potential for sonic diversity across all playing styles as well as being able to unleash sonic Mayhem. Like the original, this new model includes two modes but here they are controlled by a HI/LO footswitch that enables you to have two gain regions to choose from during live performance,” said Doug West, Director of Marketing at Mesa/Boogie. Additionally, the Graphic Equalizer can be assigned to either or both gain modes so that it becomes active upon mode selection. The designers at Mesa also fitted a MID CUT control that allows global scooping of the “mids” in addition to whatever the player might want to do with the graphic sliders.

FLUX-FIVE™

FLUX-FIVE™

Mesa’s second new offering, the Flux-Five™, builds upon the success of the original Flux-Drive™ and its expressive gain that has been so popular among artists and players across all genres. Again, the new Flux-Five adds Mesa/Boogie’s classic Five-Band Graphic Equalizer and footswitchable HI/LO performance modes featuring a HI TRIM control to the already versatile Flux-Drive package. The result is increased shaping power and enhanced stylistic and performance versatility.

The third new addition to the Mesa/Boogie pedal family is the Boogie® Five-Band Graphic™ EQ. For well over four decades now, Mesa/Boogie’s on-board graphic EQ has been at the heart of chart topping guitar sounds and it’s hard to ignore the impact its now-classic “V-Curve” has had on modern guitar sounds and popular music. The new Boogie Five-Band Graphic EQ gives guitarists this powerful tool in a stand alone pedal format, packing the same tone shaping power and hand-built quality as those found in Mesa’s high-end amplifiers.

BOOGIE® FIVE-BAND GRAPHIC EQ

BOOGIE® FIVE-BAND GRAPHIC EQ

To learn more about the full line of guitar pedals from Mesa/Boogie, visit http://www.mesaboogie.com.

About Mesa/Boogie, Ltd.
Mesa/Boogie, Ltd. (also known as Mesa Engineering) is a leading global innovator of guitar amplification technology whose product line includes the Mark V®, Dual and Triple Rectifier®’s, Lone Star®, TransAtlantic®, Mini Rectifier®, and most recently the new Recto®-Verb™ 25, Bass Prodigy™ Four:88, Bass Strategy™ Eight:88™, and full line of overdrive and now equalizer pedals. Founded in California in 1969 the company’s full line of amplifiers and pedals are still meticulously hand-built in the Petaluma, CA shop. For more information visit http://www.mesaboogie.com.

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MESA/Boogie Fillmore 75 12" Guitar Speaker

MESA/Boogie Fillmore 75 12″ Guitar Speaker (click to enlarge)

The Mesa/Boogie® Fillmore™ 75 speaker is the culmination of a nine-year effort that saw more than 500 custom prototypes from the world’s leading speaker manufacturers.  We drove ‘em crazy with our fanatical demands!  Finally, our old friends at Eminence Speaker in Kentucky (USA!) captured the magic of our Golden Reference speakers that date back to the peak of the hand-built British era.

Our new Fillmore FM-75 is a vintage voiced speaker providing slightly lower lows, more punch, and a more balanced, less-scooped mid-range.  Best of all, the highs have a vocal quality with harmonics that don’t “separate” from the fundamental tones, eliminating that thin mosquito buzz of today’s offshore speakers in high-gain applications.

We’re excited to present this first offering in the coming full range of Mesa® Fillmore speakers.  We’ve stressed over this project for nearly a decade, realizing we needed to develop our own speakers to best compliment our amplifiers.  And we’re pleased and proud that, once again, Made In USA triumphs!

- Randall Smith

 

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Customer Built Custom Lone Star Special Head and 1x12 Cabinet

Custom Hardwood Lone Star Special Head and 1×12 Cabinet built by a Mesa Customer (click to enlarge)

Mesa Enthusiast, Customer and obvious woodworker extraordinaire, Josh Skow, shared some pictures and thoughts on his personally designed custom built cabinets for his Lone Star Special Head and Cabinet. This fine piece of woodworking art was featured at the Iowa State Fair this year and won Best of Show in the woodworking division. [click to continue…]

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The FIRST Mesa ever built - The Bass 450

The FIRST Mesa ever built – The Bass 450

Ahh… the MESA 450, the first amp I made that wasn’t a rebuilt Fender.  And it was a Bass Amp, for a lovable thug from Oakland named Patrick “Buzz”  Burke, to whom I later gave my half interest in Prune Music.  I designed, silk-screened and etched the printed circuit board that runs the driver and power tubes.  The power supply and preamp sections [click to continue…]

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MESA/Boogie Speaker Impedance Matching and Hook-up ~ Part 1

June 11, 2013

“How do I correctly connect multiple cabinets to my amp” is one of the most common questions Mesa Customer Service Reps answer. And it’s a great question because it’s extremely important to make sure that, 1) a cabinet or speaker load of some kind is connected to your tube amp at all times, and 2) […]

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VIDEO: Randall Smith ~ Tube Manufacturing, Testing and ‘Tube Town’

May 10, 2013

MESA/Boogie Founder, Designer and President Randall Smith walks us through Tube Town and explains the processes involved in Mesa’s advanced tube testing system – nicknamed ROBO-TUBE.

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Video: John Petrucci Studio Rig Tour 2013

April 5, 2013

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci sent us a rig tour of the Mesa amps he’s using in the studio for their new album. A wide assortment of vintage Boogie Mark III, Mark IV and a few prized Mark IIC+ heads from his collection make up the early Boogie usage. Current amps like the Royal Atlantic RA-100, Triaxis/2:90 and […]

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1981 GP MESA/Boogie Factory Tour

March 5, 2013

Guitar Player Magazine featured a tour of the Mesa factory in Petaluma, California, just one year after the company moved to Petaluma from Randy’s Lagunitas, CA ‘Tone Shack’. Excellent pictures and details on the Mesa build process which remains largely the same over 30 years later. A great story on the early beginnings of Mesa’s […]

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