Review Mesa/Boogie Lone Star Special 1x12
I received my Mesa Boogie Lone Star Special 1x12 (LSS) on Friday, 12 June 2015 and all I can say is â��WOW!â�� A big thanks to Brent Leuthold at Sweetwater for getting this out to Arizona in time for a performance. As a performing artist I could not wait to try this amp out. Without hesitation, I parked my Fender DRRI and broke out the LSS for the Friday night performance. This might seem a little risky but, that is how I have lived my life. I was blown away at the sound and versatility of this amp! Yes, I was somewhat concerned about how the LLS would sound, both clean and overdriven. I used my Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II entirely throughout the night bouncing between single coil and humbuckers while using all three toggle positions. After putting down the first set list and making minor adjustments I could not believe the clean tone I was getting out of the LLS. It cut through the mix with no problem and the EL84s sound amazing! The LSS performed flawlessly covering country, blues and rock-n-roll material. I have since used the LSS for my performances and it has become the one and all amp for me. My search for the perfect amplifier is over.
CLEAN: I used the 30 watt setting for cleans with the following settings: gain at 12 oclock, master at 12 oclock, treble at 1 oclock, bass at 12 oclock, mid at 11 oclock, and presence at 1 oclock. The reverb was set at 1 oclock and it sounded awesome. Amazing cleans is all that I can say! I also used a Boss DD7 and Super Chorus which the LSS handled well.
OVERDRIVE: I used the 15 watt setting for overdrive with the following settings: overdrive switch on; thick switch in normal position, drive at 1 oclock, Gain at 3 oclock, master at 11 oclock, treble at 1 oclock, bass at 11 oclock, mid at 11 oclock, and presence at 12 oclock. This sound was amazing!
I will echo Mesa Boogies claim (The magic sound of EL84s running pure Class A, delivers seductive tone and an elastic feel) This tone is just that, unbelievable!
In conclusion, this amp delivers on all of Mesa Boogies tonal claims. I will put it to the road test and write another review after it has logged in several hours of use. I will also state that this is not a high gain amp but, it really has the sweet overdriven tone that is needed for traditional/classic rock and blues which, covers all my material. If you are looking for an amplifier with tonal capability and world-class craftsmanship then I would highly recommend checking this amp out.