Famous Lonestar Cleans?

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stueyd
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Famous Lonestar Cleans?

Post by stueyd » Fri May 30, 2014 6:34 pm

Hi All,

I had a good play in a shop on a new LSS with a Strat and fell in love with the tones but being a cheapskate I then went out and bought a lightly used one.
Before buying I had a good blast with the owners Gibson DC and again it sounded great.
I get it home and stick my PRS in it and it sounds amazing except for one thing..... I can't get a truly clean tone out of it.
I can get an awesome array of Bluesy, Crunchy and noisy tones but no clean.
The PRS p/ups are pretty powerful but surely they're just not overloading all the time?
On the clean channel i've got the gain at about 9 o clock. Any less than that and it just kinda switches off.
Is this normal or have I bought a lemon?

As I say... really great tones but just no real cleans unless I play very gently.
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Re: Famous Lonestar Cleans?

Post by knotts » Sat May 31, 2014 11:08 am

Are the tubes Mesa branded?
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Re: Famous Lonestar Cleans?

Post by stueyd » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:48 pm

Yes, it's still got the original mesa tubes in.
I think i've found the problem...... My multi-effects box!
It's never been a problem with any other amp i've owned (including a Road King!) so I didn't give it a second thought, but on the Lonestar my FX box appears to increase the signal (even in pass through) enough the drive the tubes a bit harder.
How queer.....
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Re: Famous Lonestar Cleans?

Post by knotts » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:47 pm

Glad you got it sorted out. I will say that my roadster and my lonestar don't the the same pedals the same way.
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Re: Famous Lonestar Cleans?

Post by plan-x » Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:31 pm

Take the box out and give it a whirl. 2 thoughts though. (1) The Lonestars are not squeaky clean like say a 100w Fender Twin reverb which can be like an ice pick to the ears. The LSS/LSC are warmer, with a certain amount pre amp gain to obtain that sound. (2) The LSC was the one to really gain the reputation..."Famous cleans" due to it's high headroom 6l6's. Not sure how much the LSS can hang with its big brother since I don't have one. That's where someone else can chime in.
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