Jon S. wrote: ↑Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:14 am
I understand completely. You're entitled both to the rig you want and to the rig that meets your needs and makes you happy. BUT you did ask for our input.
Though, in your opening post, you stated expressly (your words), "I'm dead set on a Fender, lol," someone else in this thread recommended a MESA Boogie. To your credit, despite opening with being dead set on a Fender, you replied, "I read that Jerry used a Mesa Boogie Mark IIa for a while, I’ll see if there are any near my price range before making a final decision." That's a good approach, my friend, keeping an open mind to suggestions outside of your initial box. (And BTW, FWIW, the MESA that will sound most Fenderish is, my view, the Fillmore series - https://www.mesaboogie.com/amplifiers/e ... index.html.)
I realize I, too, suggested an amp outside of your box. The other guy suggested a tube amp that's not a Fender = 1/2 of what you said you were set on. I suggested a digital amp that is a Fender = also 1/2. I did so in a heartfelt effort to be responsive to all of the info. you posted in your OP about both your interests in amps and on yourself - where you're at musically; with whom and how you play your guitar, etc..
My take from your posts here is that you have yet to personally actually test drive most if not all of both your own and the others' suggestions. If I may make one further suggestion: play before you buy, you might surprise yourself as to what you truly prefer.
Best of luck with whatever you get. Enjoy the heck out of it and don't look back (well, for at least several months!).
In all honesty I’m not sure why my post is being dissected like this.
I feel any attempt on my part to explain, why I said I’d look at Mesa (other than to say I was just being polite) will in no way help with the decision I have before me.
I thought I also replied to your suggestion with a polite and courteous manner. If I somehow did not, I am truly sorry and apologize. I’m not here to make enemies, just talk about different aspects of the passion we all share for the Grateful Dead.
As far as not test driving not all of both your own and the others' suggestions, well your right. I just got the new guitar 3 and 1/2 weeks ago, my pedals just got here late last night. I’ve been playing the heck out of the guitar (4-5hrs every night) going over it with a fine tooth comb, to make sure it’s “the one”. I hope to begin doing the same with the pedals starting tonight.
I am set on a Fender, the 3 tube amps I have ever played through were all Fender, and they sounded great. I also see that many here choose the same, in one form or another.