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Mesa/Boogie Road King II 120-watt Tube Head Reviews

5.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • David Hess

    The Mesa/Boogie Road King Series II Head is a tone seeker's dream. Allowing the different combinations of preamp voicings coupled with varying power tube complement make it totally unique in the marketplace. The speaker cabinet assigment per/channel is so useful in refining your tone as well. It's a powerful amp, so be careful with apartment level volume expectations. You really need to goose the volume to get the full tone out of this beast. I've enjoyed my Road King immensely and continue to explore its possibilities. Great amp.

  • Chris McCown

    The Mothership. Progressive Linkage alone is such an innovative feature, it's worth the price of admission. You're not sure which you like better between the EL34 or 6L6 sound? Then just have both! This is Mesa's most versatile amp. Be careful though, if you buy this your other amps may collect dust!

  • from March 14, 2017Music Background:
    Professional musician

    Professional musician's dream

    I was very lucky to use this amp as we hired this unit and its special half open back 4x12" cabinet for 8 concerts two years ago. I used every possible combination of the amp to get a 90's Dual Rectifier, a 70's vintage Marshall, a very good blues overdrive and an amazing clean tone. All in one amp. I redirected the amp's clean channel and EL34 Marshall channel to 2 open back speakers. Since I used the closed back V30's for the overdrive sounds. Every professional guitarist's dream !!!

  • from Orlando, FL July 19, 2013Music Background:
    Full time musician; part time sound engineer


    First off, there are no "enter clean man" settings, like most modeling amps. You have to kno how to work an amp to get this baby to sing. That being said, there is almost no tone this amp can't create. AUTHENTICALLY. Granted, it's not a Mark. But thats a whole other side of Mesa. I've owned mine for 6 weeks now and just finished tweaking my settings. (What other amp could you flick a switch on and say 'No, I like 6L6's better than EL34's.'?!?!) I'm in a few bands. One is a cover band, and this amp can jump around to any style of music. With authority. So nice to have an amp that versatile on stage. The amount of configurations with tube selection, cabinet selection and all the modes seem a bit daunting at first. Take it one channel at a time. You won't ever miss any of your old amps!

  • from Pennsylvania December 15, 2011Music Background:

    Super tones and awesome versatility!

    With its four channels, 6 power tube mixing capabilities, & three modes per channel, I cannot think of any tone that the Mesa Boogie Road King II is unable to create. It is sparkling clean--something that channel 1 excels at; it can get Brit crunchy without breathing hard--the realm of channel 2; Mesa vintage gain that has defined a generation of metal is present and accounted for--right at home in channel 3; and over the top gain that seems beyond the needs of anyone--is channel 4 with the modern mode engaged specialty. Think of it as much of an analog modeler as 4-channel amp. So many options, so many tones, and superior quality, it is the only amp that I can ever foresee needing!

    We all know how amazing the Mesa tone is, it has defined metal for the past 20+ years; while the Road King II gives you all the metallic muscle (and the ability to add some mid range grind with the EL34s) you could ever want and need, the clean channels are equally astounding and dynamic! Three dimensional tones that would make Fender jealous are there; tones that sparkle and shimmer pour forth from the Road King II.

    Don't hesitate, buy it now.

  • from December 1, 2011

    Most versatile amp ever.

    This thing is filled with tubes. Tone controls unlike any other amp. And the fact you can run it through 4 cabs at 8 ohms is probably one of the greatest features ever. So many conveniences here. Worth every penny. The two effects loops allows for no need of noise reduction in your signal, or you can use them to go into certain effect modes for different songs when performing live. This amp can do anything.

  • from Houston, Texas February 1, 2011Music Background:
    Semi pro, 24 years as a guitarist, 12 years recording

    Mesa Road King II

    All I can say is wow. This amp is just ridiculous, I knew it would be another great amp from mesa but I wasn't prepared for the sonic authority this thing pushes. Cleans are from the lone star so if you can't make those tones work for ya you need to learn how to play guitar. Crunch tones will keep you busy with so many options and tube combinations from Marshall to triple rectifier and everything in between. Hi gain modes will destroy the planet! Put a maxon OD808 in front of it and a strait 4x12 rec cab behind it and you can turn your sheet rock to powder. I sold all my gear to buy 2 road kings and run them in stereo with an axe-fx which I use only for effects not amp simulation. This is the holy-grail rig, my tone search has ended.

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