Cali Rectifire

Based on the MESA/Boogie® Dual Rectifier®

About

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Mesa/Boogie® almost single-handedly, and simultaneously, established the “custom amp (aka boutique)” and “high-gain” crazes in the early ’70s, and has continued to set the pace for nearly four decades. As the new standard for grunge and alt-rock amplification, the Dual Rectifier® pushed this pedigree forward to the new millennium, and its high-gain third channel established the tone to beat for the ’90s and early ’00s guitar rock. With broad control over its drive and level, and a versatile tone stack, it can go from thundering, scooped crunch to soaring lead tones with a creamy midrange, all with crushing volume and authority. Others have come and gone, but the Dual Rectifier continues to earn its place on the big stage, and to exert its authority over lesser amplification efforts.

Class AB, 6L6. Modern setting.

Amp Model is based on* a 2001 3 Channel Mesa/Boogie® Dual Rectifier® Solo Head. The Dual Rectifier® was part of Boogie’s more modern, high gain approach for that “big hair” sound. In contrast to the earlier Boogies, the Dual Rectifier’s tone controls have more influence at high gain settings, so you can scoop the mids and increase the bottom end.

We used Channel 3 on the Modern setting for this one with the rear switches set to Bold and Tube Rectifier®, respectively.

Tips:
Real Rectos are bassy/fizzy beasts but that tone works great for certain genres
This is based on the Modern mode, so be very careful with the Master parameter. If you turn it up too high it will flub out really quick. If in doubt reduce the MV (because there is no negative feedback, the power amp has a lot more gain and a huge bass boost).

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