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ModelSoundComments
Road King Head Series IIGreat high gain tone for chords and soloATTENTION - Mode = Modern (can not enter that, but anyway)
Road King HeadFat Marshall like distortion!! MODE=VINTAGE (Can not enter that on this form). Do adjust to your own speaker and guitar. Nice, fat, Marshall like distortion View Settings

Road King HeadClear and crispy CrunchDo adjust to your own guitar and amp. For me, with a single coil guitar, this gives me a nice crunch sound, for both chords and solo View Settings

Road King HeadFat Vintage CleanAdjust based on your own guitar and speakers. With a single coil guitar this delivers fat, vintage like clean sound with lots of harmonics. Think of Lenny Kravitz clean if you know what I mean. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadHeavy deep sounding toneComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadDemostrates the high gain usabillity of Pushed mode in CH 1. note: you might wanna get a noise gate for this one. View Settings

Trem-O-Verb Headalternative RockComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Head...and Justice for AllRunning Boss ML-2 infront of amp Everything set to noon, Gain set to lowest View Settings

Trem-O-Verb HeadRock tone, very good in a band settingComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp Red channel cloned to orange for this setting. Presence on orange channel is active on red and set to 1 o'clock. no tremelo this setting. View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadVery tight high end gain. Great for chugging open notes and tight rhythmComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 2 Channel Solo Headraw metal tone, like growl from a lionComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Headmark tremontisonido muy post grunge en mi anterior post tambien tengo apagado el loop de efectos View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Headmetal core post hardcore a day to remembereste es un sonido poderoso y agresivo le recortamos los medio y agregamos agudos y logramos un sonido definido guitarra : ephiphone custom con emg81 View Settings

Rect-O-Verb 50 Head v.2aggressive and expressiveput a delay (I use an mxr carbon copy) in the loop, mix set to max. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadDark, Compressed Pop RockPRS Custom 22, HFS treble pickup, View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadGood Rock Tonewith messing around the settings here's to what i hear as a good rock tone let me know if this was helpful to you View Settings

Rect-O-Verb 50 Combo v.2Heavy rock/metal rhythmAdd an overdrive with minimal gain for lead tones with added sustain. Adjust "MASTER" to taste. View Settings

Road King HeadshitComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadSuper tight, chunky heaviness.STR420 6L6 power tubes. NOS mix of preamp tubes. Run power tubes in EL34 bias setting. I use big bottle NOS =C= 5U4G rectifier tubes. View Settings

Roadster ComboMETAL! from hell!!this distortion is a really good metal distortion overall with the presence all the way up. good riff building distortion.
Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadVery fat metal toneWhen I use this setting I use a Boss NS2 and a Danelectro Cool Cat Drive Pedal. View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadArch Enemy metal toneComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadMike Einziger of Incubus Taken from the 2001 article where he told he like more rock tone and dislikes shaping of gutar´s wood tone by amp EQ so his amp setting is strict in 12 Oclock rule - except gain set about 6 ( ment in 1-10 scale) He did not use Dual Recto heads, he used dual recto 2 x 12" combos (discontinued) View Settings

Triple Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadKorn´s MunkyMunky´s 2003 amp setting. Taken from picture. View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadLimp Bizkit´s Mike Smith Another LB´s setting. This time of their short time guitarist Mike. From the 2003 rig pictures again... as you can hear, his sound is more punchy and mid scooped than wes had. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadLimp Bizkit´s Wes Borland secondary dist. He also used channel switcher for two types od distortion. Setting also taken from the amp panel pics. View Settings

Triple Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadLimp Bizkit´s Wes Borland main dist.This is the setting Wes Borland had marked on amp´s front panel during Chocolate Starfish tour in 2001. I´ve taken it from the actual pics of his live rig. This is his live sound so please do not compare it to the record sound becouse it is lot more huge (combined with Diezel VH4) View Settings

Dual Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadBad Ass Metalcore/Melodic Deathcore SettingsI use an ESP SC-207 with an EMG 81 in the bridge. I also use a Maxon OD808 (Overdrive: 10:30 Tone: 2:30 Balance:2:30 ) and a Boss Super Overdrive SD-1 (Level 10:00, Tone 11:00, Drive: 7:00) in addition to a MXR KFK Ten Band EQ (set it to taste, i turn the volume and gain down a little) View Settings

Rect-O-Verb 50 Combo v.2Pushed clean rythymNice clean sound that breaks up when you turn your guitar volume all the way up. View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadHarvester of SorrowThis sound pins down the Harvester of Sorrow distortion quite well. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Head...And Justice For AllSolo mode is off. I've been working on tweeking this amp for this particular sound for months and I have been avoiding the Solid State/Silicon Diode Recto setting like the plauge...but I gave in and lo and behold it works. The sound is unmistakeable when you are playing through hot pickups like EMG's or Duncan's. I have also posted a more pure setting of the "Justice" sound if you refuse to accept the Silicon Diode setting. View Settings

Rect-O-Verb 50 Head v.2Nice sounding rock tone View Settings

Dual Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadGood Tool ToneWorks very well for early and newer tool tones. with the 4x12 your pushing more air so you can push the volume farther and dial a little gain back. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Headhardcore punk/mathcoremesa 425 in power, tung sol in v1, spax7 in the rest. sounds pretty crushing to me. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadMetal Rhythm / LeadGAIN: MAX Devices Used: Ibanez RG-7, Boss Digital Delay5 , Boss Chorus Ensembler and wah. Rectifier 4x12 closed cabinet. Timebased effects should be in the effectloop so put the delay pedal there. The Wah and the chorus goes with the guitarinput. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadLead with sustainI run this setting with an Xptic BB preamp ( volume 9oclock : Volume 12 oclock: Treble 1:30 : Bass 10oclock) and then into a Maxon TS9 ( gain off, tone off, level 1 oclock). Without overdrive pedals this settings is not so great* View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Headvery 90's seattleran through a hot plate on 8, and ge-7 in front of amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadVery Clean View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadCrunch!Mark's Crunch Tone View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadHard RockMark's Hard Rock Settings View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadModern Alt Hard Rock/Metalif you're looking for a good crunchy rhythm in the styles of breaking benjamin, godsmack, chevelle, and others, this is my setting: run a compressor first (keeley preferred) then to a tubescreamer but just as a clean boost, even the tone knob drop it all the way. just use the level to match the volume of the amp. finally, use a noise gate, like the ISP or BOSS NS2. i think the key is using channel 2 (chan 3 is a little harsh) and keeping the gain at 12 o'clock. the sweet spot IMO on the channel volume is 11 o'clock. use the master volume to your liking, however, i found that at 12 o'clock the amp really shines. if that's too loud, use a THD hotplate to adjust the overall volume. i use one in the studio during rehearsal but onstage i usually turn the hotplate off. email me at pjrake@gmail.com if you have questions. enjoy! View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadNu metal, Screamo, post HardoreKT77's as well and JJ pre's and tungsol in V1, this is a must, this setting gives a nice tight and heavy tone... this works for me! View Settings

Trem-O-Verb ComboTight Chording and SoloingThis is a great setting for metal/hard rock. JJ 12ax7 in V1, JJ 6l6's in power, everything else is mesa. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadtoolComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Road King ComboMetal chuggThe Mode should be modern. I also use a Maxon OD808, Overdrive - 7:00, Tone -10:00, Balance - 1:00. This tone has low end chugg and is still crisp enough for triplets. View Settings

Trem-O-Verb HeadClean Meaty Rhythm View Settings

Solo 50 Head v.1Comments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadfdgdfgComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadHaving trouble hearing yourself? Dont Knock it untill you try it--the Gain actually adds your bottom and treble without loosing tightness and grants those wonderfull harmonics!! View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Headlatest petrucci rythm tone (Tot / Octavarium)guitar ibanez rg1527 with evo7 in bridge position and air norton7 in neck position. i feel the vintage mode comes closer than the modern, too boomy and grainy. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Headterrorifing punch like brawn sound..!Comments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Headhard rock: Disturbed/GodsmackAfter 2 years of saving and pinching pennies, I was finally able purchase one of these beasts. One thing I recommend to anybody who is planning on getting a Rectifier is this: DO YOUR RESEARCH! Make sure this is the amp for you. Go to the guitar shop, plug one of these in and throwdown to see if it is what you are looking for. I tried one of these, a Marshall, a Peavey XXX, and a Line 6 Veta, but nothing compared to the face ripping tone of the Triple Rec. I play PRS SE's with stock pickups. I have a DigiTech X-series delay pedal in the FX loop of channel one. My guitar signal goes through a Boss Overdrive pedal set at a low setting with minimal overdrive (the pedal basically acts as a pick up booster - got the idea from Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage). This goes into a Boss reverb pedal (pretty much mandatory since Rec's don't have any reverb installed). The signal then goes into a BBE Sonic Maximixer pedal (GET ONE - IT IS WORTH IT) then through a Boss Noise Supressor. With this set up I get a solid and clean distortion tone that rips faces and hurts feelings. Now, it took me about 3 months of tweaking and switching different pedal combinations before I arrived to what i thought was THE tone I had been hearing in my head. This is what you will have to do if you get one of these awesome amps. I alos recommmend getting a DI box for live settings. I tried the mic thing but I felt that I lost some edge to my tone, so I did some more research and finally settled on a Behringher Ultra G active DI box. It was pretty much the BEST 35.00 bucks I have ever spent. Now, my tone is EXACTLY the way I like t coming out of the PA. I have to deal with some know-it-all soundmen that think that if they don't use the mic that the world is going to end - but with all the time and energy I have spent in seeking the Holy Grail of tone, they quickly surrender. Hope this helps some of you and remember - your tone is YOUR tone...you have to find that sound in your head that keeps you up at night. With some hard work, dedication, and some study, you WILL find it. ROCK ON! By the way, I would dg to hear from any Triple Rec owners and share war stories and ideas. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadHeavy Metal/Hardcore A good tone for hardcore/metalcore View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadBeefy Mids and Bottom--Good Heavy Rock/HardcoreI play a 97 Gibson SG with a stock 490T on the Bridge and a PRS Dragon 2 Bass in the neck. I play the Triple Rectifier 3 Channel through a Standard Recto Cab, but have also played through Marshall 1960A’s with the GT-75 Speakers. I look for a tone somewhere in the hard-core to hard-rock arena. Before owning this amp, I had a 1996 Tremoverb. After a couple of partially frustrating years of changing pick-ups (JB, SH14, Dragon 2 Treble, EMG 81), twisting knobs to no end, adding pedals (including the Aphex Aural Xciter and compressors), I believe I finally know what I wanted to hear out of this amp. It has always seemed that I have been unable to produce the mid-range girth in the Modern voicing (Channel 3) without compromising the hugeness of the Dipped-Mid’s tone that everyone buy’s this amplifier for. In the manual it suggests an instant gratification setting of 12-1 on the Bass, 7-8 on the Mid’s and 12 on the Treble. My experience with this setting has been the Mid’s are obviously non-existent and the bottom-end is great, the treble is thin and very compressed-feeling with little or no attack. Logic would tell me that I would need to turn up the Mid’s to meet my preference of the aforementioned desired result. What I notice as I turn up the Mid’s is that by the time I reach noon on this control the “Chunk” is completely gone and the strings are extremely focused and difficult to play. For some reason no matter where I place the Mid-Range knob, there is a hollow-ness in the Lower-Mid’s where you get the nice, big attack that you hear in the recordings. Recommendations in the Mesa manual suggest that you place the Treble control in the 11-1 range “For the most balanced representation of the 3 regions”. I have noticed that as you turn the Treble from nothing to 12 or more the clarity of sustain is increased but the signal, intern, is thinned out and the entire spectrum of the mid-range is thinned to hollowness and no attack. This thinning starts after the 10 range on the Treble dial. Right @ the 9 spot I noticed that the girth in the Mid’s was introduced. By the time I reached the 10-10:15 region more than enough clarity of sustain while retaining girth in the notes and harmonics. As of this minute I find my best settings with the Bass in the 12-1 region, Mid’s in the 10 region and Treble set to the 10-10:15 region. I keep the Presence @ 11-11:30 to bring out clarity and growl, Master set to about 10, and the gain is usually between 1:45 and 3:00. I sincerely hope that @ least 1 person reads this and is able to shave months of frustration off of their never-ending tone quest. Also, I have read some postings that down the duals and triples, saying that they are crap and cannot be used for metal, and bla, bla, bla. I would like to be quoted as I say “The only thing I have ever found Mesa guilty of is sacrificing ease-of-use for versatility.” The one thing that all should know when using a Mesa is that it will challenge you to know what it is that your ear is hearing before it will give it to you. It is not a Marshal or other amp that can have the Bass pegged, Mid’s off and Treble @ half to get a good even tone. I would like to encourage all out there who are discouraged with this amp to keep on it—the sound is in there, it just takes the right key to unlock it. Also, before you spend everything you have trying to buy new pick-ups, stomp-boxes etc…. Remember that you didn’t spend $1800 for something that you should have to. Pick-ups, stomp-boxes etc... are great to accent what you are doing—but the bottom line is that you should be able to get almost right on without them. View Settings

Solo 50 Head v.2AC/DC Plexi crunch @ bedroom levelComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp Bone stock save for the JJ6L6GC power tubes. View Settings

Solo 50 Head v.2A Good Crunch/Lead ToneI've Never Turned The Master Higher Than 9 OClock, So If You're The Kind Of Person Who Cranks It To 11, Than I Would Suggest Turning The Bass Up To 12 OClock. View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadRufio ( Clark Domae )Comments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadMixture between Godsmack and Papa RoachComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadSimilar to Bogner Uberschall or a good metal tone.Take center of bass knob indicator at 2 o'clock line up with bottom of mids indicator and line up bottom of treb with middle of mids indicator.Can use 6l6 too but el34 cut better and are tighter. View Settings

Road King HeadUltimate Metal Blitzkrieg (like Arch Enemy, Carcass)Stock head. Mode should be set to "Vintage," not "Clean." Beware of the treble on channel 4 - use enough to give definition but rely on your mids for cut. You should be able to feel the bass in your pants, but don't get excessive. I recommend using no presence on this channel. If you don't go crazy with the gain, you will get a very thick, tight rhythm sound with plenty of singing sustain for leads. Experiment! View Settings

Road King HeadSingle Rec Rock OverdriveStock head. Mode should be set to "Vintage," not "Clean." Season EQ to taste. Use just enough presence to add high-end sparkle. The idea is to push the poweramp just enough to add poweramp distortion, but not so much that you lose tightness. Experiment with Master and Gain settings to find the proper balance for your rig. View Settings

Road King HeadVery Crunchy Vintage MarshallStock Head. EQ settings vary depending on guitar, but highs must be set above 12:00 to achieve high amounts of overdrive. Compensate with lots of mids and bass (which will tame the excessive highs) and use little to no presence. EL34s should be set to "Pentode." View Settings

Road King HeadChimey Fender-ish CleanStock head. The EQ settings vary of course depending on your guitar, but for me these settings give a nice chimey clean tone reminiscent of a twin reverb. View Settings

Solo 50 Head v.2Identical Yngwie Malmsteen SettingsIf You Read This Setting, Correction On My Crush 40 Settings, Presence Is At 12 OClock NOT 5 OClock View Settings

Solo 50 Head v.2Almost Identical Nightranger SettingsComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadModern VintageMy amp is running a pair of EH EL-34's and a pair of THD Yellowjackets. View Settings

Solo 50 Head v.2Almost Identical Crush 40 SettingsIf Your Not Familiar With Crush 40 (Which You're Probably Not), Then Look Up Some Of There Songs On www.dogpile.com View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Head A cool lead soundA cool lead tone on my 1996 two channel dual rectifier head. First channel set to vintage. Solo and output are not used. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadClean rectoThis is my clean tone on my 1996 two channel dual rectifier head. Solo and output are not used. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadMy main rhythm toneThis is the setting on my modern channel on my 1996 two channel dual rectifier head. solo and output controls are not used. View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Headcompressed,defined,metal/hard rock soundThis is using an esp guitar equipped with emg 81 bridge,sounds good with passive humbuckers too,Use 12ax7-m groove tube pre's,and either stock mesa 6l6's or groove tube 6l6GE's. p.s on the gain go slightly above 1:30 but not at 2:00 o'clock.Mids are also slightly higher than 10:30. View Settings

Road King HeadVersatile Ch 2. Brit sound6 OClock means "off" Play around with this setting for a Led Zep, SRV, ACDC, etc. type sound. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadAlter Bridge/Creed type sound Comments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Road King HeadOld Metallica (Creeping Death)Close to Metallica on Ride the lightning. Using no effects in chain straight plugin to amp. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadNu metal crunch/ grunge Aka Nickelback soundComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadComments and modifications to your Rectifier Amp View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo Headheavy grindThis is a voodoo modded dual rectifier. gt 6ca7 #4 in power amp, gt12ax7m v1-3 eh12ax7 v4, jan ge 5751 in v5. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadThrashThese settings were used in combination with a Furman PQ-3 Parametric EQ inside a serial effects loop. -40db @ 700hz +3db @ 390hz -4db @ 200hz View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadThrashyThis are used on a Recto Pre/2:100 rig using a Les Paul with EMG 60/81 pickups. View Settings

Road King HeadBouncey Clean > Awesome PiezoWhen I record my cleans, I use a 2x12 to remove some of the bottom end. Live, this cuts right through. I also use a bit of chorus in the seriel loop (loop one). View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadSimilar To Modded MarshallEffects loop is active in this state. This setting takes away that buzz saw sound I hated in modern mode. View Settings

Trem-O-Verb ComboBlues LeadBlues lead factory setting for Trem-O-Verb. View Settings

Road King HeadVersa CleanRoad King clean setting from factory manual. View Settings

Rect-O-Verb 50 Combo v.1Pushed Bluesy RhythmFrom the Rect-O-Verb manual. View Settings

Triple Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadSmoldering SoloFactory setting for channel 2 high gain on 3 channel Triple Recto. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 3 Channel Solo HeadSqueaky CleanSuper clean setting from 3 channel Dual Rectifier manual. View Settings

Triple Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadPurring BluesFrom factory manual. Set gain to Variable High Gain. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadMolten RedHigh gain setting from 2 channel Dual/Triple Rectifier manual. View Settings

Dual Rectifier 2 Channel Solo HeadCleanClean setting from Dual/Triple Rectifier 2 channel manual. View Settings

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