New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

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New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by fusguitar » Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:08 pm

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Re: New California Tweed™ 6V6 4:Forty amp

Post by cho » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:39 pm

Ohh. that looks nice! $1900 for the combo and $1700 for the head is a bit steep though. For now, I think I'll stick with my Subway Blues for my bedroom amp and my Mark 1 reissue or Mark III for the jam amp....

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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by deeman » Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:30 pm

That looks really nice.
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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by mace » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:15 pm

I think I read on this forum a while back that Mesa was working on three new things. Since then, there has been the Rosette, Fillmore and now this Tweed 4:40. Maybe the Triple Crown was even one (I don't remember the timing of the "three more new amps" comment).

Was hoping for a Mark VI somewhere in there. :). Guess I'll have to keep waiting!
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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by UpNorthMark » Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:02 am

Yeah a new Mark series amp would be nice. These more vintage style amps don’t appear to get much interest on the board here, maybe they sell better than I would think but something a little more modern and versatile would be to my liking.
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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by xdg999 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:08 am

Looks and sound really nice.

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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by stephen sawall » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:01 am

mace wrote:I think I read on this forum a while back that Mesa was working on three new things. Since then, there has been the Rosette, Fillmore and now this Tweed 4:40. Maybe the Triple Crown was even one (I don't remember the timing of the "three more new amps" comment).

Was hoping for a Mark VI somewhere in there. :). Guess I'll have to keep waiting!
It came from a conversation I had with Randy.
The three amps are the Triple Crown, Fillmore and California Tweed.

At that time a few years ago there was no plan for a Mark VI.

Like everyone else looking forward to playing on the California Tweed.
The fact that Stephen appears from nowhere, is sentenced to death in an emotional public trial without anyone interfering at all and is then altogether forgotten as if nothing happened, is already suspicious.

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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by mace » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:24 pm

I'll have to check out a 4:40 next time I get to town.

As far as the next Mark: I hope this isn't the end of the line right now (V and JPIIc+).

Was curious that they didn't include cab-clone in there. I see the Fillmore doesn't have it either.
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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by fusguitar » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:49 pm

mace wrote:Was curious that they didn't include cab-clone in there. I see the Fillmore doesn't have it either.
I suppose that the absence of cab-clone is just for the flavor of an old school-vintage amp (with the exception of power scaling of course).
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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by bandit2013 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:14 pm

I am interested in this amp. I bet it will sound really good in person.
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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by bandit2013 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:18 pm

Well, I could not wait for the videos to pop up on the net. Sweet. It did sound a bit dark at first. Had too much bass dialed in but the speaker is the main contributor as it sounds green (new, needs to be broken in). Had the amp a little over a week now. Oh yeah the tone is really blossoming. Since the current Mesa demo did not have any higher gain settings, I had to find out for myself how this amp would react. Now that put a smile on my face. Point blank, this amp is no for you heavy metal players if you expect to be playing Metallica through it, well perhaps if you add the flux drive and grid slammer and a sustain pedal up front. Throw on the 5BGEQ in the loop.... and.. it is not a Mark amp. Damn does it sound so good though. I finally love my strats even more than I thought I could. For those wondering, with the amp sans effects with the gain pushed up on the high input it is very similar to the TC-50 on the clean channel in drive mode. Similar does not mean it is identical. I will have to throw in a pair of 6V6 into the TC-50 and run it again. Just to point out, I have an old Blackbird that I broke in with the Mark V combo so I recued it from the storage box and loaded it into the widebody open back extension cab. So that is what I was running the TC-50 through and not the vertical 212 cab I would normally use. I liked the TC-50 with the blackbird speaker. I found I can dial back on the bass control on CH2 and CH3 and it still sounded great. Anyways before I ramble too much... the California tweed is a fun amp to play though. Loving it. Have the matchig 112 on its way to pair up with it. Reason for the blackbird ressurection, I was waiting for the amp to arrive and wondered how it would sound with the TC-50 just for kicks. Mainly to pair it up with the CA Tweed. Well the verdict on the amp with two speakers made it much louder (obviously) which meant more goodness. I would recommend if you decide to try one out, keep in mind it may sound a bit dark at first. The amp is not dark as I tried it though the Vertical 212 cab. Hint, drop the bass when you try one out if the amp was not used all that much. This amp has a nice bark to it too with some bit but that will get better with speaker break in. Every day I have been playing through the amp and it keeps getting better. I am impressed with it. Sure there is the Fillmore but for some reason that one in particular did not interest me but that also sounds good too. I know the guitar in the picture is not a strat. It was what I first grabbed to try out the amp. Image

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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by fusguitar » Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:52 am

@bandit2013

Nice! We want some clips, you know, right? 8)
Do i see a Lonestar on the left with different knobs?
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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by ifailedshapes » Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:53 pm

fusguitar wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:52 am
@bandit2013

Nice! We want some clips, you know, right? 8)
Do i see a Lonestar on the left with different knobs?
Looks like an Electra Dyne to me. :)
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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by ifailedshapes » Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:58 pm

For those who own this, how does the clean compare with Mesa's other clean offerings: specifically Electra Dyne, Lone Star, Mark V?

I have an affinity for Boogies, but I'm not a high gain player. Y'all would be appalled at my Mark V settings, LOL! The CA Tweed intrigues me, but I could pick up a used Lone Star for half the cost. I'd appreciate your comments. Thanks.
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Re: New Mesa amp "California Tweed (6V6 4:Forty)"

Post by fusguitar » Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:28 pm

ifailedshapes wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:53 pm
fusguitar wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:52 am
@bandit2013

Nice! We want some clips, you know, right? 8)
Do i see a Lonestar on the left with different knobs?
Looks like an Electra Dyne to me. :)

Oops...i think you're right! :lol:
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