Lonestar Classic 100 Watt head and 6V6

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dennisl59
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Lonestar Classic 100 Watt head and 6V6

Post by dennisl59 » Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:04 pm

Today I went from a quad set of 6L6's to a quad set of 6V6's. As per Mesa recommendation: Tweed setting/100 watt switch on(both channels)/4 ohm speaker output/rectifier tracking on. Should be about 40 watts...into a matching Lonestar 2x12 cabinet.

A BIG difference in overall tone and volume. Much better to my ears. The entire tone stack(both channels) seems more responsive too...Though I always liked the idea of going full 100 watt 'big iron', I was never able to get the right sound for me, even going to the 50 or 10 watt settings. Electro-Harmonix brand from Viva Tubes off Reverb. Not using any boost/gain or distortion pedals either: Strat direct into the amp. New life in the Lonestar Classic.
Lonestar 100 Head
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Fillmore 100 Combo

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Re: Lonestar Classic 100 Watt head and 6V6

Post by Voodoo Child77 » Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:24 pm

I have a brand new set of JJ 6V6s set aside and have yet to try them out in my LSC. Think I might have to install them, hook up to the 4x10, and see what happens. What was most noticeable tone change?
Mesa Boogie Lone Star Classic, Stiletto Deuce II, TA-15
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dennisl59
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Re: Lonestar Classic 100 Watt head and 6V6

Post by dennisl59 » Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:47 pm

Thanks for asking. To my ears, there's a softer tone at the exact same settings I was using with the quad 6L6's...in other words, I didn't change any front panel controls I had set, just swapped the tubes, and turned the amp on, played some chords and single note riffs. There's none of the huge wattage overhead(not a bad thing in some instances of course, right?)...but now it's more in the power range I like. 2x6L6, 2xEL34 or 4xEL84; those are all in the same ballpark power wise. But for me, this quad set of 6V6 has made the difference. Face it, the Lonestar head is a fantastic head where you can swap these combinations(flip the bias switch if necessary) and that's it...Enjoy~!
Lonestar 100 Head
2x12 Lonestar Open Back C90's
Fillmore 100 Combo

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