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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:45 am 
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Mark III

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I've yet to see a Trident with a II over the input jack, and can't seem to find this answer searching around.. Does it exist?

If not, how does the Trident's gain structure compare to a Deuce Stage II? I like the more modern gain sound as oppsed to the vintage sound.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:40 am 
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Yes, I own one. I also own a Deuce stage II.

They sound the same, at the volume I play at.

The only difference is Trident has a fan in is from Mesa, the Deuce does not


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:15 am 
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Ok thanks. Does the Trident Stage II also have the II over the input jack, or is there some other way to tell?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:19 pm 
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Yes, Roman numeral II on right side, front, liking at the amp.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:55 pm 
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I have a Stage I Trident. I've never played through a Stage II, but from what I gather (here in this forum), the II is more like a modded JCM800 and the I is more like a modded Plexi ?

This post is almost a year old..... :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:09 pm 
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I was considering a trade, for my Trident, and got a chance to play it against a Splawn QuickRod. I was surprised at the differences.

The Mesa was easier to get good tones at a lower volume than the QR.

The QR sounded more Like a Marshall, but didn't quite have the versatility that the Stiletto had.

The Cleans on the Mesa were much better.

The QR cleaned up pretty well, from the guitar volume.

I offered the trade if the guy would replace the power tubes, he declined.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:40 am 
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Is there a serial number range when Mesa switched to the series 2 Trident? Most internet pictures suck and you can't tell if a Trident is a series 1 or 2.

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