Mesa Boogie Mark IIB c.1981, 1X12 Tube Combo AmpMesa Boogie
This is a vintage 1981 Mesa Boogie Mark IIB amplifier. This particular Boogie was built on 2/11/1981 and was originally ordered as a Super 60 combo meaning it's 60 watts powered by a pair of 6L6 power tubes. It was also ordered in the classic yet intimidating black on black color scheme. There are some Boogie aficionados that claim that the most basic, stripped down Mark series amps sound the best and, after hearing this one, I'm not apt to argue against that sentiment.
This amp is also equipped with reverb. The reverb works great but is more subtle, ethereal and ambient, much less splashy and springy than Fender reverb. The speaker is a Celestion built, MC-90 Black Shadow. We're not sure if it's original to the amp or a replacement. Total weight of the amp is in the 57 lb. range. This Mark II is in very clean condition and has not been abused. It presents extremely well and is certainly cleaner than a majority of 40 year old instruments.There is some very minor scuffing and a small peel/ tear in the tolex on the bottom front. The original foot switch is MIA and, therefore, not included.
This amp works great and the tone is stunning! It sounds wonderful with a full, warm clean tone and a nice, smooth and clean sustain. You can add sparkle and chime via the very sensitive presence control on the rear. I've always felt that the older Boogie Mark series clean tones were criminally underrated. They are very malleable and do not have the hard, cold harshness of a Blackface Fender. The overdrive, of course, is the star of the show! It's super fat, rich and very vocal. Endless sustain is available at your fingertips.
Clean examples of these amps are getting harder to find and the prices are starting to rise. This is a portable, giggable and very flexible amp for the money.