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ROADSTERHEAD

Sale Price: $2,499.97 CDN
Original Price: $3,101.00 CDN

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Picture this: Top down, radio pumpin flying down a back-country road in a high performance ragtop. Responsibilities behind, miles of S-curves aheadfully in the moment and feeling the rush as you confidently snake your way through shadowed canyons that give way to sunny ridgetops. Freedom, Flow, Exhilaration!

Introducing the new Dual Rectifier Roadster; the most fun a guitarist can have on four wheelswell alright, casters.

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.

Throughout two lower gain Channels, 1 and 2, youll discover every classic clean sound in the pairs of CLEAN and FAT modes. Once youve 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 and hand you the keys to the world of high gainboth retro and future. 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 musicoffering limitless configurations, keeping pace with your growth as your playing evolves.

The Roadster also features our Multi-Watt Channel Assignable Power feature allowing 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.

Add to this power shaping magic our patented Tube Rectifier 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 TUBE RECTIFIER TRACKING brings on-line one 5U4 when in 50 watts and two 5U4s when 100 watts is selected.

Reverb is paramount in an amplifier this versatile and the Roadster gets the best! Weve taken our 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.

The Roadster is available in both Head and Combo formats. The highly portable 1x12 is rear ported for stunning power to weight performance, while the 2x12 Combo features our amazing closedback design. These cabinets produce low-end spread reminiscent of a 4x12 for crunch and gain sounds while retaining the top-end sparkle and ambience of an open back enclosure. Either way you cruise theres no way to lose.

So when youre looking for an exciting new ride thats easy to drive, has power to burn but can handle the turns check out the Roadster. Its the perfect addition to any guitar garage.

Handbuilt in Petaluma, California
Multi-Watt, Channel Assignable Power Amp (Patent 7,602,927) allows you to assign either 2 or all 4 Power Tubes to each Channel for Power Ratings of 50 or 100 Watts of Class A/B Power via independent 50/100 Watt Power Switches / 4x6L6, 6x12AX7, 2x5U4
Bias Select Switch (6L6/EL34)
Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance
4 Fully Independent
Channels with 12 Modes (Channel 1 = Clean, Fat or Tweed, Channel 2 = Clean, Fat or Brit, Channels 3 & 4 = Raw, Vintage High Gain or Modern High Gain)
Each Channel features Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Master, All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb, Channel Assignable Dual Rectification with Recto Tracking (Diode or Tube Tracking Patents 5,168,438 & 7,193,458), Fully Buffered FX Loop with Send Level Control (over all channels when activated)
Output Level Control
(over all channels when activated)
Footswitchable Solo Level Control Patent 6,724,897 (over all channels when activated)
Bold/Spongy Variac Switch (Patent 5,091,700)
True Hard Bypass Switch that removes FX Loop, Output Level & Solo Level Controls from signal path
Slave Out w/Level Control
Fan Cooled (combos only)
External Switching Jacks for Channels 1, 2, 3, 4, Solo, Reverb, FX Loop & Hundred Watt
8 Button Footswitch (Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3, Channel 4, Reverb, FX Loop & Solo)
Slip Cover

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Closest StoreCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island
I just bought a roadster head & rectifier 4x12 slant cab and it's by far the best amp I've owned or played. I run the slave out into the effects return on my Stiletto trident which runs through a stiletto 4x12, and it's the biggest most versitile sound machine going.
Posted by Aaron on Nov 4, 2013
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Roadster kicks F'n Ass!3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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This amp is a working musicians best friend. There are so many different amazing tones that can be achieved on each channel. It is true - the modern metal tone on channel 4 is a tad bit darker sounding then the regular Dual Rectifier - but that's something about the roadster that I really like. I find that the newer (3 channel dual rectifiers) get a little too fizzy/hairy sounding. That being said, the Darkness can be removed via the EQ. Setting up the EQ on the Roadster is different then the other Rectifiers so reading the owners manual is a must! Channels 1 and 2 are sparkly clean. Channel one absolutely rivals any Fender amp I've played. No BS! Channel 2 is a bit grittier, but it can be anything from clean to old school british rock tones, to even harder 70's/80's rock tones. Channel 3 is a total gem. It gives you everything from searing blues to Classic Rock to modern rock to old-school metal to Modern rhythm metal tones! The vintage rectifier sound can be achieved in channel 3 with some tinkering of the switches and settings. Now onto channel 4. It's pure Modern Metal Chaos with that classic Mesa Roar and Growl, HUGE defined bass for chugs, and tons of clarity for lead. I play in a Metal-core band, my main rig is a Peavey 5150ii Half-stack. The Roadster KILLS it in the tone department. The 5150ii is a killer amp and I love it, but this amp is THICK - I mean REALLY, REALLY F'n THICK! A couple of tricks with this amp: 1. Get a good cab with good speakers. I'd suggest a Mesa or Randall cab with V30's loaded up or better. This is an absolute must have. Mesa's are extremely sensitive when it comes to speakers and cab construction. Spend the dough and you ears will thank you with it - and so will anyone else listening to you play! 2. Get a boost pedal - Ts9 or MaxonOD808. Set it up so the drive is off, tone is at noon, and level is dimed. This tightens up the bottom end, boosts the mids a bit, and brightens the highs. Makes it sound even more aggressive and huge! 3. Get a noise gate! With any high gain amp the noise and feedback can get ridiculous. This amp is for anyone that needs an amp that can tackle every variety of music very well. It's a total tone monster on every channel. It can be a bit of a chore to dial in that "perfect tone" - but it's the same with any other Mesa I've played (especially the rectifiers). I rated everything @ 10 except for value. This amp is really expensive! Nonetheless, If it was stolen I'd buy another immediately.
Posted by Jeff on Mar 13, 2013
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It basically is a smoother, darker sounding dual rectifier with an added channel and I do believe the clean channel is the mesa lonestar clean channel but MAYBE I JUST RED IT ON THE INERNETS. Anyways, I basically run channel 4 everything at noon (excluding presence, it's turned off) and I run a maxon overdrive in front of it. This combination with a stiletto 4x12 is metal city. It can probably do all sorts of other things but I love the metal sound it gets me.
Posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2013
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Sale Price: $1499.00
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