MESA/Boogie Roadster 100-watt 2×12″ Combo Amplifier
This all-tube thoroughbred shares a class with only one other amplifier – and that position is held by its brother – the mighty Road King. In fact, the Roadster is a Road King without Progressive Linkage and other rear panel features that some players fear need a higher education to navigate. The Roadster now offers the plug-and-play minded guitarist a way to enjoy a myriad of footswitchable preamp choices without the power option anxiety.
|Rectifier Type||Selectable and Channel Assignable Dual Rectification (Tube or Silicon Diodes) with Patented Recto Tracking. Recto Tracking auto-matches the correct Rectifier compliment for the number of Power Tubes in use.|
|Rectifier Tubes||2x Mesa 5U4|
|Variac Power Switch||Bold/Spongy Power Switch|
|Preamp Tubes||6x Mesa 12AX7|
|Power Amp Tubes||4x Mesa 6L6 (or EL-34)|
|Bias Switch for Alternate Power Tubes Types||Bias Select for 6L6 or EL-34|
|Maintenance Free Fixed Bias||Yes|
|Wattage(s) Quick Reference||50 or 100 Watts – Channel Assignable – See Power Amp Details for more information|
|Built-In Power Amp Attenuation||n/a|
|Power Amp Details (Class & Wattage)||Class A/B Power with Mesa’s patented Multi-Watt Channel Assignable Power Amp – Provides two power options that are channel assignable via four 50/100 Watt Power Switches: Choose 2 power tubes, producing 50 Watt of small block-power or all 4 power tubes producing 100 Watts of big-block horsepower and authority.|
|Convection or Fan Cooling||Fan Cooled|
|Number of Footswitchable Channels (or Modes)||Four Channels|
|Number of Style Modes||Twelve|
|Number of Style Modes Per Channel||Three|
|Types of Style Modes Per Channel||Ch. 1 = Clean, Fat or Tweed
Ch. 2 = Clean, Fat or Brit
Ch. 3 = Raw, Vintage High Gain or Modern High Gain
Ch. 4 = Raw, Vintage High Gain or Modern High Gain
|Channel Controls||Each Channel features Independent 3-Position Style Mode Switch, 50/100 Multi-Watt Switch, Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Master, Footswitchable Reverb, Assignable Dual Rectification with Recto Tracking (Diode or Tube), FX Loop Assignment Switch (allows you to auto-assign FX Loop to either come on or off when the channel is activated or be controlled via the footswitch)|
|Graphic EQ and/or Contour||n/a|
|Reverb / Effects & Bypass Options||Footswitchable, All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb with Independent Channel Controls (back panel)|
|Effects Loop & Bypass Options||Fully Buffered Series FX Loop with one Send Level Control – Footswitchable, Channel Assignable per Channel or True Bypassable – See True-Bypass Options below for more information|
|Global Output Level Control||Yes (Over all channels when activated) – See True-Bypass Options below for more information|
|Global Solo Level Control & Bypassable Options||Yes (Over each channel when activated) – See True-Bypass Options below for more information|
|True-Bypass Options||True-Bypass Switch removes FX Loop, Output & Solo Level Controls|
|Tuner Output||Yes (back panel) with Footswitchable Mute|
|External Switching Jack Options and/or Midi||External Switching Jacks for Channels 1, 2, 3, 4, Reverb, Tuner Mute, FX Loop & Solo|
|Speaker Outputs||One 16 Ohm, One 8 Ohm & Two 4 Ohm|
|Cabinet Simulation – Direct Live/Recording Output||n/a|
|Slave Output||Yes with Level Control|
|Dimensions||21 1/2″ H x 26 3/4″ W x 12 3/4″ D|
MULTI-WATT POWER AND 4 DISCREET CHANNELS THAT EACH HOUSE AN INCREDIBLE 3 MODES OF HYPER-TUNED PRE-AMP EXPRESSION.
The Multi-Watt feature allows you to choose either 50 or 100 watt power for each preamp Channel. This simple to use feature expands the potential of each Channel mode exponentially by enabling you to lower the power-clip threshold or tighten things up as needed. The two power choices also offer different personalities; 50 watts with its brighter, elastic bounce or 100 watts of tight-tracking low-end girth and mid punch authority.
Throughout two lower gain Channels, 1 and 2, you’ll discover every classic clean sound in the pairs of CLEAN and FAT modes. Once you’ve dialed in your ultimate clean sound, you can duplicate it in the other Channel and modify it for single note applications, a more pushed version or decide to switch to another mode for a radically different sound. Meanwhile, dedicated American Blues and English Rock sounds reside in the easily clippable mid-gain realms of TWEED and BRIT. These dynamic and incredibly expressive modes would make an amazing amplifier all by themselves as they roam the zone between clean and clipped with authentic finesse.
CHANNELS 3 AND 4 CONTAIN ALL THE MIND-ALTERING ICONIC SOUNDS OF THE LEGENDARY DUAL RECTIFIER SOLO HEAD
Take the keys to the world of high gain…both retro and future. These time-tested, hit-making sounds appear in the entire Rectifier family of amplifiers. In the Roadster, they’re duplicated in Channels 3 and 4. The RAW, VINTAGE and MODERN modes cover the entire range of gain from a sweet clip, through liquid voice up to a crushing wall of tight grind and are duplicated in both Channels. This again allows you to either find a favorite sound and dedicate the channels to slight differences or, configure them for wildly different styles.
The Channels’ duplicated modes are a powerful feature – making the Roadster not just an amp for your current style or band but rather, a lifelong companion to your music…offering limitless configurations, keeping pace with your growth as your playing evolves.
REVERB IS PARAMOUNT IN AN AMPLIFIER THIS VERSATILE AND THE ROADSTER GETS THE BEST!
Taken the All-Tube circuit from the widely acclaimed Lone Star and the result is lush, ambient Reverb that blooms with sweetness as it bathes each note in old school glory. And because the Roadsters’ modes offer such a wide range of gain levels and sound styles, each Channel is fitted with a dedicated REVERB mix control located on the Rear Panel so Reverb can be optimized for each sound.
RECTO TRACKING, IN ANY CHANNEL.
In the Roadster, you’ll also find the power shaping magic of our patented Recto-Tracking feature. Each channel features the ability to choose between the saggy bounce of the 5U4 Rectifier Tubes or the tight, bold authority of the Silicon Diodes. Selecting RECTO TRACKING brings on-line one 5U4 when in 50 watts and two 5U4s when 100 watts is selected.
SERIES FX LOOP WITH HARD BYPASS
The Roadster’s Series Effects Loop features a Hard Bypass that removes two tubes and all associated Loop Circuitry from the signal path including the SEND LEVEL, OUTPUT and SOLO controls plus the TUNER OUT for the shortest, most direct signal path. BIAS SELECT reconfigures the bias circuit and allows you to swap the stock compliment of 6L6’s for a quartet of EL 34 type power tubes creating a brighter, Euro-style power character and classic Brit clip-ability.
EXTERNAL SWITCH JACKS OFFER ADDITIONAL CHANNEL CONTROL
External Switch Jacks provide the interface to control the Channels, LOOP, REVERB and SOLO via an external master switching system. Standard latching tip-to-ground logic triggers the Roadster’s channels and features and lets you build one-button programs from your master switcher that control your amp and processing. TUNER OUT JACK provides a silent tuning feature for live applications when the foot controller is connected.