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Mesa Dual Recto for lead?
« on: March 17, 2008, 05:02:25 pm »
What's your opinion on the Mesa Dual Recto for lead work? Someone wants to sell me a 3-channel dual recto but I've never seen anyone use it for lead style playing. I simply love the Dual Recto tone for rhythm work but all the reviews I've seen on it for lead playing has only been so-so. Any insight on this would be fantastic!

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Re: Mesa Dual Recto for lead?
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008, 09:37:25 pm »
The red channel alone sucks big time on the Dual Rectum Fryer. But what I've found to be a great lead channel is actually the green channel pushed along with something like a tube screamer or some other decent Overdrive pedal.

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Re: Mesa Dual Recto for lead?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2008, 09:10:08 pm »
I had a dual Recto and sold it for that reason alone. Great rhythm but the lead tone was lacking. I tried an eq, read the book a dozen+ times, re-tubed several times. and messed with the settings and channels for what felt like an eternity.

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Re: Mesa Dual Recto for lead?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008, 01:56:01 pm »
Ever just try using an over drive pedal with the dual recto?? Heard a guy play through a Dual recto with a tube screamer in the orange channel and he had some nice lead tones.

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Re: Mesa Dual Recto for lead?
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2008, 05:39:16 pm »
Well I can't say I have ever gotten a bad lead tone personally, I think the orange and red channels have a great lead tone.   

I don't know what lead style your playing but take a listen to:

Dream Theater - first 2 albums Images and Words, and Awake.  John Petrucci used a 2 Channel Dual Recto for those. 
Dokken - Dysfunctional,  George Lynch used 2 Dual Recto 2 Channel Heads.

BucketHead, Mike Tremonti from Creed, One of the guys in Tool I forget the dude's name all use Dual Rectos


Lots of things factory bad tone, especialy lead tone when you play single notes.  (The Guitar, Strings, Pickups, Tubes, Cabinet, and Cables) make a big difference.

My best advice is try if for yourself.

Good Luck




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Re: Mesa Dual Recto for lead?
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2008, 07:44:40 pm »
I never knew John Petrucci used a Dual Recto to record Images & Words and Awake. John had awesome tone back then. Rich has a point with other things being large factors.

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Re: Mesa Dual Recto for lead?
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2008, 10:45:40 pm »
If the lead tone sucks, it's probably from the fingers :D

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Re: Mesa Dual Recto for lead?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2008, 08:35:14 am »
If the lead tone sucks, it's probably from the fingers :D

Very True
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