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Matchless C30 & Mesa Cali Tweed Guitar Amps – Preamp, Power & Speakers Mash Up

Published 29 Mar 2024

"We’re mixing & matching once again, this time with EL84 and 6V6 power sections

Welcome to the show. Please note your amp[s] need an effects loop to do this…
A few episodes back we took a Marshall 50-watt Plexi and a Mesa Lone Star Classic, and used their preamp, power amp and speaker offerings in different combinations to see what was what. We had so much fun we thought we’d do it again, albeit with different amps.

The concept is simple enough – use your effects loop to separate the pre- and power sections and connect ’em up for new combinations.

PLEASE: Make sure you ALWAYS have a speaker load or dummy load connected to both amps.

Enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff used in this show
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner

• Dinosaural Cogmeister

• Free The Tone Future Factory
UK & Europe:

Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
0:30 Chainsaw guy?
1:40 What are we doing today?
3:40 Matchless C30 sounds
4:48 Mesa Cali Tweed sounds
6:00 Matchless, Mesa, Jensen
7:00 Mesa variable wattage
8:44 Matchless, Mesa, Celestions
11:40 All Matchless
12:45 Mesa, Matchless, Celestions
18:00 Mesa, Matchless, Jensen
18:35 All Mesa
20:37 Matchless, Matchless, Jensen
21:48 All Matchless
25:00 This doesn’t seem to work
27:35 What have we learned?

Guitars used in today’s show
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster - Dan’s video here:
• Gibson Custom True Historic Les Paul Goldtop, Murphy aged - no specific video but it’s featured a lot on the show

Amps used in today’s show
•Matchless C-30 head
•Mesa/Boogie California Tweed 6v6 4:40 with 1 x 12 Jensen Blackbird 100 speaker
•Vox AC30 (speakers only) with 2 x 12 Celestion Alnico Blue speakers

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