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Old 12-19-2007, 07:56 PM   #1
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Mesa Boogie .50 Caliber +

The oppurtunity has arisen for me to purchase one used for $799.99. Comments, advice, experience?

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Old 12-19-2007, 08:07 PM   #2
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$799.99... sounds like it's from a music store. is it a head or combo? does it have EL84's or 6L6's?

have you tried it out?

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Old 12-19-2007, 08:37 PM   #3
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that seems kinda high. then again i got mine for free so what do i know

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$799.99... sounds like it's from a music store. is it a head or combo? does it have EL84's or 6L6's?

have you tried it out?
the 'plus' has 6l6's stock

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Old 12-19-2007, 09:17 PM   #4
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$799.99... sounds like it's from a music store. is it a head or combo? does it have EL84's or 6L6's?

have you tried it out?
1x12 combo with 6L6's

And yes, that's why I'm considering it.

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Old 12-19-2007, 10:06 PM   #5
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They're cool amps, but you have to know how to dial them in. You basically need to use the V shape on the EQ, and keep the treble knob kind of high(gives you more gain) and the bass knob low(higher will muddy it up). The higher the EQ knobs, the more gain you can get out of the amp, I've found. Make sure not to use too much gain though, because there is a lot of gain on tap...
Make sure and ask to hook it up to a 4x12, I think you'll be blown away D
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They're cool amps, but you have to know how to dial them in. You basically need to use the V shape on the EQ, and keep the treble knob kind of high(gives you more gain) and the bass knob low(higher will muddy it up). The higher the EQ knobs, the more gain you can get out of the amp, I've found. Make sure not to use too much gain though, because there is a lot of gain on tap...
Make sure and ask to hook it up to a 4x12, I think you'll be blown away D
What do you think would be a good deal, price wise? It is used... I don't recall any cosmetic flaws/damage... I have no idea how used the tubes are. A retube isn't a big problem.

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Old 12-19-2007, 10:11 PM   #7
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They're cool amps, but you have to know how to dial them in. You basically need to use the V shape on the EQ, and keep the treble knob kind of high(gives you more gain) and the bass knob low(higher will muddy it up). The higher the EQ knobs, the more gain you can get out of the amp, I've found. Make sure not to use too much gain though, because there is a lot of gain on tap...
Make sure and ask to hook it up to a 4x12, I think you'll be blown away D
werd. i keep the gain on 4 and use a LoVC TS7 as a clean boost and it's crazy gainy. i like keeping the eq sliders the same way i saw Petrucci used on his old amp
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$799 is a HIDEOUS price for one of these. Great amps, but you can find them routinely in the $500 range.
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$799 is a HIDEOUS price for one of these. Great amps, but you can find them routinely in the $500 range.
I know... I had a look at eBay and saw them at $450, $500. But I have a good reason to buy from guitar center... Any guesses?

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I know... I had a look at eBay and saw them at $450, $500. But I have a good reason to buy from guitar center... Any guesses?
There's never a good reason to do that, unless you have access to an employee discount.
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There's never a good reason to do that, unless you have access to an employee discount.
Set up the GC credit card and get a good credit rating started? (I'm 17 )

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Set up the GC credit card and get a good credit rating started? (I'm 17 )
Or you could not overpay by $300 and get good credit started another way?
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Or you could not overpay by $300 and get good credit started another way?
I think I'm going to try and stick it to him.

"Listen dude, I could buy this off Ebay for 500. You're selling it for 700... I'm sure there's a way you can sell it for lower."

Then maybe after some and ...

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there's one on ebay buy it now for 600. still kinda high for just the head, but cheaper than 800
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there's one on ebay buy it now for 600. still kinda high for just the head, but cheaper than 800
Oh I did say 800 didnt I... Well yea.

Imma' talk to em tomorrow about it. Sum mumma b**ch.

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Old 12-19-2007, 10:34 PM   #16
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tis the way the world works. new dual rec: $2K. used dual rec? $1400. weeee!

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tis the way the world works. new dual rec: $2K. used dual rec? $1400. weeee!
Same guy.... trying to sell a used Mark IV for 1600

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Old 12-20-2007, 06:52 AM   #18
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Oh I did say 800 didnt I... Well yea.

Imma' talk to em tomorrow about it. Sum mumma b**ch.
Dude, I'd say $600 or you're walking. GC has plenty of wiggle room on used .....
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Dude, I'd say $600 or you're walking. GC has plenty of wiggle room on used .....
I'll see when I can get over there next...

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cash is the answer. walk in there with $500 cash and tell them you want that amp.

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Old 12-20-2007, 10:38 AM   #21
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cash is the answer. walk in there with $500 cash and tell them you want that amp.
Not really. When I worked at GC people would come in all the time and want discounts for paying cash. Here's a tip, GC employees get the same ammount of commision no matter HOW you pay for it. It doesn't make a .... of difference if you pay cash or credit.

If you really want a lower price on something... Just bug the .... out of them (Keep in mind not everything can be lowered in price, not even by a manager). That always worked on me

Before they got PC's to do price checks... I would photoshop lower prices from competitors and print them out and bring them in to the ones I knew were gullible. heh... Saved plenty of money that way.

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Set up the GC credit card and get a good credit rating started? (I'm 17 )
Bad idea. You're overpaying $300 right off the bat, you almost never find a "store" credit card with an interest rate below 20% so you'll get raped on interest payments (another $160 over the first year, if you don't pay it off immediately...

...and with no credit history and if you're young enough to still be wearing braces, odds are they won't even approve you, especially if you don't have another credit card.

If you want to build a credit history, start with either your bank and see if they'll issue you a card, or Capital One, who seemingly only requires a pulse to issue a line of credit. Then, just buy one CD every month or something on the card and pay it off that statement. Do that for a year or so and you'll begin to have something that a "real" card company might consider credit history.

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Bad idea. You're overpaying $300 right off the bat, you almost never find a "store" credit card with an interest rate below 20% so you'll get raped on interest payments (another $160 over the first year, if you don't pay it off immediately...

...and with no credit history and if you're young enough to still be wearing braces, odds are they won't even approve you, especially if you don't have another credit card.

If you want to build a credit history, start with either your bank and see if they'll issue you a card, or Capital One, who seemingly only requires a pulse to issue a line of credit. Then, just buy one CD every month or something on the card and pay it off that statement. Do that for a year or so and you'll begin to have something that a "real" card company might consider credit history.
Excellent advice. Store credit cards are really only good for whenever they have their wacky 0% for life deals (okay I exaggerate). Other than that, bend over, and forget the lube....you won't be needing it.
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Not really. When I worked at GC people would come in all the time and want discounts for paying cash. Here's a tip, GC employees get the same ammount of commision no matter HOW you pay for it. It doesn't make a .... of difference if you pay cash or credit.
that's true. i suppose my advice wasn't too useful, since i've never tried it at a GC. it's worked about 90% of the time at little local shops that i've been to.

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...and yeah, braces DO suck

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