Triple Rec vs Studio Preamp

Discussion area for Single, Dual and Trip Rectifers

Moderators: Guitarzan, Grandor, ned, Platypus

Post Reply
Hypieran
Bottle Rocket
Posts: 16
Joined: Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:21 pm

Triple Rec vs Studio Preamp

Post by Hypieran » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:39 am

I have a Triple Rec pre 2010 with series mod. Just wondering how the studio preamp would sound compared to the rectifier? I thought the studio preamp was more of a Mark style sound which is what I want considering selling recto for a power amp and getting preamp. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Want Master of Puppets tone without having to spend too much. My Triple Rec with Helix [Running Was and a Tubescreamer in the Helix] does pretty well but wanting better. Thinking Studio Preamp with a Poweramp and my Helix would be better.
Mesa Triple Rectifier 2008 3 CH
Jackson RR3 Japan Made
EMG 81/85
TS9
Decimator
Helix LT
Roland JC120

HughMan
Bottle Rocket
Posts: 8
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:49 am

Re: Triple Rec vs Studio Preamp

Post by HughMan » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:41 am

Studio preamp has tone stack right after V1A, so yes, more of a Mk series setup (at least from a circuit viewpoint), unlike the Recto preamp sections.

BTW, Studio preamp is NOT the same as the preamp in the Studio/Caliber series of amps.

V3
Mark I
Posts: 34
Joined: Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:24 pm
Location: Michigan

Re: Triple Rec vs Studio Preamp

Post by V3 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:01 am

BTW, Studio preamp is NOT the same as the preamp in the Studio/Caliber series of amps.
How does the Studio Preamp sound compared to the Studio .22 amp?
Last edited by V3 on Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:11 am, edited 1 time in total.
2012 Mess Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster Head

HughMan
Bottle Rocket
Posts: 8
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:49 am

Re: Triple Rec vs Studio Preamp

Post by HughMan » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:01 am

The SP has more of a MK series sound (except perhaps the Mk-V).

The SP is: tube stage - tonestack - more tube stages. Think Fender sounds with more gain stages

The Studio/Calibers are different. Kind of in between the Mk series and some of the models starting with the Rectos.
The Rectos were/are: Multiple tube stages - tone stack (in the preamp section). Think modified (higher-gain) Marshalls (and lets not get into the 39K cathode resistor / Soldano SLO discussion).

The Studio/Calibers are unique in that for cleans, they are closer to the Fender/SP setup described above.
For overdrive, they routed the input signal to a doubled up (paralleled tube stages) preamp tube and mixed its back to the "normal" input tube stage. So what was the first tube stage for clean, became the second tube stage for overdrive. So kind of an in between sound for the lack of a better description.

User avatar
elvis
Donating Member
Posts: 2551
Joined: Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:30 pm
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Re: Triple Rec vs Studio Preamp

Post by elvis » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:34 pm

SP plus 50:50 is supposed to essentially be a Mark IIC. That is true in my experience.

I gigged with a SP for a while. Liked it, but I prefer recto to Mark. I have had a way easier time getting tones I like from a recto, where a Mark takes lots of patience and dialing.

The SP is not bad for dialing, and there are some great YT vids that you can use for direction. I don't like that the channels are not actually separate (shared tone controls), so a more modern Mark or recto gives better tone for each channel.

Also, try an F50. Fantastic amps, and way inexpensive.
Mini Rectifier blue LED
Stiletto ACE
F50 Combo
Recto 2x12 Vertical
Recto 2x12 Wedge

Post Reply