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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:39 am 
Mark IV

Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:41 pm
Posts: 909
Location: Under the Big Sky...
So today I spent a little time down at the shop and worked my way around a Deuce head through 412 Stiletto cab with a DD3 in the loop.

Can't get the sound out of my head.

Now I dont *need* a new amp. I really like my roadster. Had it for a year and a half and I think the Honeymoon is still strong...

But that stiletto has something that the Roadster doesn't- it isn't "better", but it does command your attention in its own way. And to keep this on topic- yeah, the clean channel is good. Real good. It is not as pristine as the Roadster cleans, and it cant do the tweed- but it is very solid. Needless to say- I am impressed.
Next week I will take my board down and play some more.

Maybe Im a Stiletto guy hiding in a Rectifier owners body....

more news to come Im sure....


Mesa Mark V head, Mesa Roadking 212 Cab
Fractal Audio Axe FX II
MFC 101 Mission EX Pedal
Zoom HD16/ Peavey Transformer 112
MIJ Ibanez 6's, Suhr Tele, BICH Exotic 10

PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:41 pm 
Bottle Rocket

Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 9:32 am
Posts: 12
Location: Detroit Rock City
Like a few others on here, the clean channel is what really sold me on the stiletto Duece. Don't get me wrong, the dirty channel is spectacular as well. But the clean channel on the Stiletto gave it something that a Marshall has never had...Cleans that were actually warm and punchy with a chimey top end. And I have to agree with Laskyman about the Stiletto not being as pristine as the Roadster(Lonestar). It has a character all of its own. That's why I kept it even after buying a Roadster. I run mine in Fat Clean Mode, 100W, Output: 11 o'clock, Master: 2 o'clock, Presence: 2 o'clock, Bass: 8 o'clock, Mid: noonish, Treble: 1 o'clock, Gain: 10:30ish. It's pretty loud but sounds oh so sweet!!

Gear: Kramer Pacer Imperial, Kramer EE Pro I, '61 Gibson SG Re-issue, '57 Gibson Les Paul Re-issue (P-90's), Washburn N4
Mesa Stiletto Deuce Stage I, Mesa Roadster, Randall BMF, Peavey 5150, Freyette Pittbull 50/CL

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:38 pm 
Mark II

Joined: Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:02 am
Posts: 56
Location: Milford, CT
In general, the Clean channel on my Duece sounds good enough, but never loud enough to compete in a full band setting. I frequently have Master at 2:00+ and Gain not far behind to get a loud clean sound without breakup. Depends on guitar/pickups of course. My PRS pickups are hot and can crunch out the clean channel easily. Strat sounds nice and crisp alone, but in band situation quickly loses it's focus and gets buried in that context. I've resorted to using a clean boost in front (Fulltone GT500 or similar) and Keeley Compressor to get more punch and stay clean. This seems to compensate for weaker pickups and let it breathe a bit easier.
My channel 2 Master is very sensitive above 9:00 no matter where the Gain is at. Channel 2 Master/Gain at 12 will rip your head off for sure.

Roadster Head
Stilletto Duece II Head
Recto 2-12
Mark IIB Combo
Mark V (on order)!
PRS 24 / VG Strat / Reverend

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:23 pm 
Mark IV

Joined: Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:51 am
Posts: 838
Location: Canada
I've been experimenting a lot lately with the clean channel on my Deuce and I'm pulling some nice plexi sounds out of it in the crunch mode.

Carvin ST300C
Carvin Legacy II
Stiletto 2x12 Cab
Stiletto Deuce II, MKIV, Lonestar Classic, Recto, 65 Deluxe Reverb, Marshall Plexi, Music Man, Lab Series L5 (All gone)

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