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    Are freaking sexy!



    I was Blues/Jazzin' the other night with a Strat, a tapped DiMarzio Fast Track 2, and a Boss RV 3 set for delay/verb. Damn! Not quite the uber-awesome of say a DSL401 as clean Marshall goes, but just damn....all kinds of clean goodness in here!

    I don't even like clean...
    Originally posted by Bad City
    He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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    Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

    Mesas have always had good cleans. My favorite clean sound comes from a Mesa Quad preamp in my friend's studio... it's basically the clean sound from a MKII. A Quad is too cumbersome to put in the live rig or I'd buy one just for that clean sound.

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    • #3
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      Indeed. I need to pull my Stiletto Ace out of storage, get it re-tubed and back into service. It's one of the best all-around amps I have ever owned. I always kept the clean channel on fat and goosed it with an overdrive for crunch and set channel two on fluid for the heaviest stuff I'd play.

      Truly a great amp.


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      • #4
        Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

        And just another reason to love it. The clean vs fat clean with 100watt and recto of choice....

        It's not a fender - but more than one very cool clean sound in there.

        All that said I keep it on Crunch / Tite Gain; Loud & Louder!
        Originally posted by Bad City
        He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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        • #5
          Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

          This thread inspired me to play my Carvin combo through my Carvin 4x12.
          Still reeling my innards back in

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          • #6
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            Careful, Ace...a Stiletto Trident just popped up...and I DON'T need another amp!!!!

            Bill
            When you've had budget guitars for a number of years, you may find that your old instrument is holding you back. A quality guitar can inspire you to write great songs, improve your understanding of the Gdim chord while in the Lydian Mode, cure the heartbreak of cystic acne--and help you find true love in the process.

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            • #7
              Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

              Ace needs a Deuce, no need to be a Triple threat.
              Originally posted by Bad City
              He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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              • #8
                Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

                My Mesa has the best clean sound I've ever heard.
                Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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                • #9
                  Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

                  Again - I'm not a conneseur of the clean.

                  This thing is warmer/rounder than anything Fender would do. Maybe that's why I like it. Still - my fave rock amp clean is the DSL 401
                  Originally posted by Bad City
                  He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

                    Baceman, are you still rocking the Stiletto? They are really coming down in price now, especially the Ace...
                    Oh no.....


                    Oh Yeah!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

                      Of any mesa I'd consider trying/buying, it would be the stiletto because it's run with EL34s.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

                        Originally posted by esandes View Post
                        Of any mesa I'd consider trying/buying, it would be the stiletto because it's run with EL34s.
                        We you can run a lot of Rectos and others in that series with EL34s... and they make a difference but not that much. (I’ve got a Road King, and with the flip of a switch I can go from EL34 to 6L6. I’d say the Preamp and overall amplifier design play a bigger part than output tube type.
                        Oh no.....


                        Oh Yeah!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

                          I'm partial to EL34s just based on the countless EL34 Marshalls and 6L6 Fenders I have used. No Mesa experience.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

                            It’s gigging next Wednesday.
                            Originally posted by Bad City
                            He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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                            • #15
                              Re: Mesa Stiletto cleans...

                              I'm super impressed of both the cleans and drive sounds. I'm not a Mesa guy but the Stiletto is my kind of amp and on opportunity I'd definitely snatch one.
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