The Mesa Boogie Roadster is an all-tube thoroughbred that shares a class with only one other amplifier - and that position is held by its brother – the Road King. In fact, the Roadster is 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.
Channels 1 & 2
offer 3 Mode choices - two of which are repeated for added flexibility
when configuring your footswitching map. CLEAN and FAT modes appear in
both Channels so you can set-up two very different Cleans or, clone
your favorite sound and alter it slightly for clean or pushed soloing.
From there, Channel 1 is home to the soulful mid gain voice of American
Blues in TWEED, while Channel 2 crosses the Atlantic to crusade for
classic English Rock sounds in the urgent mid gain BRIT mode.
Channels 3 & 4
all the high-gain glory of the iconic Dual Rectifier Solo Head. These
time-tested, hit-making sounds appear in the entire Rectifier family of
amplifiers and in the Roadster, they’re duplicated in
Channels 3 and 4.
RAW covers the ground between where TWEED and BRIT top out and VINTAGE
begins with smooth, purring warmth. VINTAGE takes it up a notch and
sings with smoldering, liquid gain for single note solo work and then
there’s MODERN. This is the original crushing, tight
sound that changed guitar amplification forever.
of the four Channels has a corresponding Channel strip on the
Rear Panel for controlling the REVERB, RECTIFICATION, POWER and the
status of the EFFECTS LOOP. Here you can blend in the rich all-tube
Reverb, choose between tight punchy Diode or vintage sagging Tube
Rectification, switch your Power between the bold headroom of 100 watts
or the bright bounce of 50 watts and dedicate the Effects Loop to the
channels you need processing on. All these choices are channel specific
making the Roadster an ultimate footswitching live rig!
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
quartet of EL 34 type power tubes creating a brighter, Euro-style power
character and classic Brit clipability
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
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 Footcontroller