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  • Peavey 5150 vs. Mesa Triple Rectifier

    Today I took my buddys Mesa Triple Rec. and my 5150 and my VHT cab's and set each head on a cab and hooked them up both through the same rack gear and compared them side by side.

    The mesa was decent, but the 5150 slayed it in everything except cleans obviously.

    The 5150 had more and tigher low end, was more articulate, and the distortion was much less fizzy than the Triple rec.

    The Mesa just seemed to have this crispyness that i couldn't dial out, even with presence and treble. It sounded good, but the 5150 was much better IMO.

    just a small review incase anyone was trying to decide between the two.
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  • #2
    that would be my guess. **************** rectos.
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    • #3
      thats awesome!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by anti-flag193
        **************** rectos.


        **************** you!

        j/k

        I have a recto and a 5150II and i would say the exact opposite of which one I perfer. Different strokes I guess....
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        • #5
          I like both
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          • #6
            Me too.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by AlexWade
              Today I took my buddys Mesa Triple Rec. and my 5150 and my VHT cab's and set each head on a cab and hooked them up both through the same rack gear and compared them side by side.

              The mesa was decent, but the 5150 slayed it in everything except cleans obviously.

              The 5150 had more and tigher low end, was more articulate, and the distortion was much less fizzy than the Triple rec.

              The Mesa just seemed to have this crispyness that i couldn't dial out, even with presence and treble. It sounded good, but the 5150 was much better IMO.

              just a small review incase anyone was trying to decide between the two.


              exactly the same way i think about the two amps
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                • #9
                  you should had 2 cabs, playing the two same time.

                  my band is a 6505+, triple recto deal... we sound balls to the wall.
                  He cataloged and counted his kills...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tomresurrection
                    you should had 2 cabs, playing the two same time.

                    my band is a 6505+, triple recto deal... we sound balls to the wall.


                    together the amps would sound amazing...the Recto's more low-mids and the 5150/6505's high-mids would blend very well...

                    however, in a single guitarist band id rather have a 5150...
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                    • #11
                      i like rectos and 5150's

                      my friends got a 5150 and me a recto, i think they sound great played together

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AlexWade
                        Today I took my buddys Mesa Triple Rec. and my 5150 and my VHT cab's and set each head on a cab and hooked them up both through the same rack gear and compared them side by side.

                        The mesa was decent, but the 5150 slayed it in everything except cleans obviously.

                        The 5150 had more and tigher low end, was more articulate, and the distortion was much less fizzy than the Triple rec.

                        The Mesa just seemed to have this crispyness that i couldn't dial out, even with presence and treble. It sounded good, but the 5150 was much better IMO.

                        just a small review incase anyone was trying to decide between the two.


                        I had a similar experience. I got my hands on a Blackface Dual Rec from the first year Mesa made them and my 5150 stomped all over it in every way. That was when my 5150 was stock and I have since gotten it modded into an absolute metal monster (everyone who plugs in offers their entire rig straight up for the head alone). The Mesa was awesome, but I paid half as much for my 5150. Needless to say, I eventually parted with the Mesa and still make sweet metal love to my 5150 on a regular basis!
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                        • #13
                          i have owned, and like both

                          but there's a reason i still have a 5150, and no longer own a recto

                          the mesa is hard to beat for versatility, and the clean channel is a lot better than the 5150...if i had to i'd feel ok running a studio with a 3 channel recto being the only head i had laying around (altho it wouldn't be my prime choice)

                          but for all out high gain tones, i like the 5150 better...and they can be had for a lot cheaper
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AlexWade
                            Today I took my buddys Mesa Triple Rec. and my 5150 and my VHT cab's and set each head on a cab and hooked them up both through the same rack gear and compared them side by side.

                            The mesa was decent, but the 5150 slayed it in everything except cleans obviously.

                            The 5150 had more and tigher low end, was more articulate, and the distortion was much less fizzy than the Triple rec.

                            The Mesa just seemed to have this crispyness that i couldn't dial out, even with presence and treble. It sounded good, but the 5150 was much better IMO.

                            just a small review incase anyone was trying to decide between the two.


                            The 5150 sounds even better with a boost pedal out in front too.

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                            • #15
                              Maybe the VHT cab is a bad match with a recto.

                              But in my experince after owning both and keeping the recto, for real metal the recto thrashs the 5150.

                              Recto had more deep low end, more gain, more feel, thicker, darker, warmer, and just way bigger.

                              The only thing I like about the 5150 is its tight low end, more upper mids and more clarity/ less fuzz. The 5150 just sounded harsh, lacking gain, sterile, lacking depth, powercords were absolutly pathetic, and of course very trebly if you wanted to get any real amounts of gain out of it. I dunno maybe these things just dont sound good with standard tuned guitars. I guess you have to tune down to Z to get these to sound good.

                              If happen to like the fuzz fo the recto its part of its gain structure, sure if you turn it up real loud it goes away, but I usually end up playing mine lower mic'd up at a gig anyway because thats the way I like my recto tone. And of course if you are looking for something that is S.S. tight you shouldnt be playing a amp that has rectifier tubes in it, because sag and feel is the WHOLE point of the recto series.
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