April 2015 Archives

Happy Birthday to Me


If you've read my blog at all over the past year or so, you'll know how much I'm digging my new guitar gear, especially my Mesa Boogie Mark V head. The thing is so wickedly good at everything. It'll play at living room volume and be perfectly happy. It'll crank-up to 90-watts and blow your hair back without hesitation. Tone, control, power, finesse - it's got it all.

I had the head paired with a single Mesa Boogie 2x12 rectifier cabinet and while I liked the sound, I always felt like something was missing. It needed a little more "warmth" and "depth." Consulting with my pal and professional guitarist, Jeremy, he suggested adding a second rectifier cabinet.

Problem? Those cabinets are around $700 new. And no one sells them locally, so I'd have to have one shipped (they're heavy, at 65-lbs each), or take a long trip to get one. So, I started watching Craigslist to see if anyone was looking to offload one of theirs.

Lo-and-behold, I found a mint cabinet in Elizabeth, IL (near Galena). I made a call, struck a deal, and took a short road trip to northwest Illinois with my pal Tony riding co-pilot.

The cabinet was *pristine* - literally as new, and it included castors (a $100 value). Score!


And now I have my dream set-up. Two dual rectifier 2x12 cabinets and the Mark V head. The sound improved so dramatically, partially from the addition of two 12" speakers, and partially from raising some of the speakers closer to ear level.

The rig also looks a little more menacing...


I'm not sure how much my renter appreciates the new rig (I kid - I make sure to keep the volume low when she's around and I check-in regularly to make sure she can't hear me practicing), but I'm in love with it. I think I've finally got the perfect set-up!

Now, back to practicing... all that sucks these days is the guy playing the guitar and amp set-up. ;-)


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