The Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace 2x12 Combo has a great selection of tones.
This is Channel 1's Tite Clean mode, using bold power for maximum headroom and the tube rectifier has an elastic feel. Upon playing a few notes, the first thing that struck me was the immediacy of the amp's response. Where some past Mesa amps produced a very soft attack, the Stiletto delivered each note with stabbing intensity. The Fat Clean mode tracked just as well but made the sound rounder and fuller, with more perceived bass and a smoother feel. Regardless of which guitar I played, all the clean tones I experienced with this amp were absolutely sick and totally unexpected from EL34 power tubes. Channel 1's Crunch mode was the real standout in terms of ultimate vintage-style performance. Although the gain and volume settings dictated the possible distortion level, I was able to control the actual amount of crunch with my string attack. The tones were incredibly three-dimensional and woody, with a level of depth and character that definitely competes with today's most expensive hand-wired British amps. The Ace's ability to transition from clean to crunch, via the gain and master controls, was seamless, and plenty of gain and sustain were on tap in each of channel 1's modes-certainly enough to satisfy most classic rockers. Part of this sonic success is due to the amp's circuitry; the rest is thanks to the speaker enclosure's unique shape. The tuned cabinet has a sloped ceiling whose curvature improves air circulation and lets the speaker breathe between excursions. The result is quicker transients, a natural reverb effect and increased dimensionality. For soloing, I really enjoyed the Fluid Drive mode. Unlike the creamier version of this mode, which debuted with the first-generation Stilettos, this new high-gain option keeps the lows very tight and still produces bountiful sustain. Using the presence and gain controls, I dialed it in so that the midrange cut with the authority of a butcher's cleaver and the highs sizzled from the speaker with a hint of the rectifier's swirling harmonic stew.
2x12 combo with Celestion Vintage 30 Speakers
50 Watts, Class A/B Power / 2xEL-34, 5x12AX7, 1x5U4
Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance
2 Fully Independent Channels with 6 Modes (Channel 1 = Fat Clean, Tite Clean or Crunch (Cloning Channel 2), Channel 2 = Crunch, Tite Gain or Fluid Drive)
Channel Assignable Dual Rectification with Recto Tracking™ (Diode or Tube Tracking – Patents 5,168,438 & 7,193,458)
Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence & Master Controls per Channel
Bold/Spongy “Variac” Switch (Patent 5,091,700)
Output Level Control (over all channels when activated)
Footswitchable Solo Level Control – Patent 6,724,897 (over all channels when activated)
Fully Buffered FX Loop with Send Level Control (over all channels when activated)
True “Hard” Bypass Switch that removes FX Loop, Output Level & Solo Level Controls from signal path
Slave Out with Level Control
Fan Cooled (combos only)
External Switching Jacks for Channels 1, 2 & Solo
2 Button Footswitch (Channel 1/2 & Solo)
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