We're compiling the best Holiday 2016 music gear deals. See them here.
During an aborted quest to find a channel switching amp I could wrap my ears around I experimented with some mesas. The best was an electradyne head, but I didn't hate the lonestar. The gain channel, despite its numerous voicing options, suffers from the classic post-90s Mesa mush-tone syndrome. Look Mesa, a Bright switch should help an amp cut the mix, not just add harsh to your drive tone while it still gets lost in a wash of drums and vocals. Anyway, the clean channel on this amp was really sparkly and nice for a channel switcher. Not brittle, mushy, slightly dirty or stiff. If I liked the lonestar's gain voice this amp would be great. I recommend the lonestar to people who only use the gain channel for soloing and have a discriminating ear for good clean tone.