Why do Mesa's allow me to hear complex chords better?

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MarshMesa
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Why do Mesa's allow me to hear complex chords better?

Post by MarshMesa » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:48 pm

I've been a previous owner of the Dual Rectifier Solo Head (early 2 channel version), a DC3 head, and currently a Mark IV head. One thing I've noticed with every Mesa I have owned, is that it's easier to hear all the notes within a chord. Comparing my Mark IV to my Marshall DSL100, the Marshall would always sound unbalanced with 6-string chords. Some notes would stand out more than others. With the Mark IV, I get very balanced harmony. Does anyone know why this is? Do Mesa's have more compression in the tone than Marshall amps?
Amps: Mesa Mark IVB Head, M̶a̶r̶s̶h̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶D̶S̶L̶1̶0̶0̶ ̶H̶e̶a̶d̶, M̶e̶s̶a̶ ̶D̶C̶3̶ ̶h̶e̶a̶d̶
Guitars: Fender Blacktop Telecaster, Amer. Strat with EMG SA

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Re: Why do Mesa's allow me to hear complex chords better?

Post by screamingdaisy » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:41 pm

Stiffer/more articulate response and a fuller/broader midrange.

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Re: Why do Mesa's allow me to hear complex chords better?

Post by MarshMesa » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:05 am

Interesting, because when I read midrange, I usually think of Marshall. But I just get better harmonic balance with Mesa amps. Marshall's have always been great lead playing amps for me, but they've never sounded as good when playing complex chords or 6-string chords.
Amps: Mesa Mark IVB Head, M̶a̶r̶s̶h̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶D̶S̶L̶1̶0̶0̶ ̶H̶e̶a̶d̶, M̶e̶s̶a̶ ̶D̶C̶3̶ ̶h̶e̶a̶d̶
Guitars: Fender Blacktop Telecaster, Amer. Strat with EMG SA

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