Feb 07, 2016
I have played Mesa Boogie amps since 1991, when I got the Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp and the 295 Power Amp.
In 1999 I got my first Mark IV, and seven years later, I had Boogie build me a second Mark IV. Everything from Boogie—preamps, power amps, combo amps, and tubes—has always produced for me the perfect tone.
So when I found out that Mesa Boogie was making guitar pedals I took notice. At the current count, I have roughly 30+ pedals on my four different pedalboards, so although I don't need more pedals, I certainly wanted the pedals from Boogie.
When the package arrived with the 3 pedals I had ordered (the Tone Burst, The Grid Slammer, and the Flux Drive), the first thing I noticed was how cool the pedals look. Guitar players do like cool-looking pedals on their board.
But ultimately it comes down to tone, and boy, do these pedals deliver!
What I was hoping for with these pedals is to not change the beauty of my amp's tone, but rather to strengthen it.
I'll review the two overdrive pedals in future posts, and discuss the Tone Burst Clean Boost here.
Over the years I've used several clean boost pedals—from pretty good ones to other really great ones. Some boosts can either completely change the tone (not what I wanted personally), or make the signal sound "choked" or unnatural.
Well, with the Tone Burst I got only tonal benefits: An enjoyable clipping of the clean tone; beautiful tones with all pickup combinations (my Strat & Tele both have 5-way switches); and a nice added boost to the Overdrive pedals I run on my board after the Tone Burst (Grid Slammer & Flux Drive).
Simply put: The Tone Burst is the finest, most natural sounding, musical clean boost pedal I have ever used!
Mesa Boogie has outdone themselves yet again.
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