Fifty years in the making and looking forward to reinvent “Vintage” Tone, we’re proud to introduce the California Tweed™ Series. Our new Single Channel, “old school” offering aimed at all sounds Americana. Equipped with all the essential features you do need, none of the complexity you don’t and bona fide delicious 6V6 Tone in every viable wattage you could want. Experience an addictive, inspiring feel guaranteed to keep your hands on the strings, your ears wide open and your eye on the prize.
In the twilight of the 1960s, SF Bay Area amp repairman to the Stars, Randall Smith, was inspired to start building his own amplifiers after coming to a deep appreciation for the ‘50s Tweed circuits developed by Leo Fender. He loved their organic sounding voice, powerful controls and the way they smoothly transitioned from clean to clip and back again.
Standing on the shoulders of a giant, Smith’s (and the World’s) first venture into boutique guitar amplification resulted in a new Boogie® amp design inspired by that wonderful, timeless sounding preamp. Five Decades later we return to pay homage. Now, drawing on these 50 years of experience, we bring forward an exciting new realm of tweed-based performance and authentic 6V6 character. A beautifully simplistic design that raises the bar in the world of vintage tone. The NEW CALIFORNIA TWEED™
The all-tube California Tweed is powered by 4x6V6 Power Tubes while the preamp features 5x12AX7 and 1x12AT7 preamp tubes. Our patented Incremental Multi-Watt™ (Patent 9,917,560) Power Amp, featuring Duo-Class™ (Patent 7,173,488) and Dyna-Watt™ technologies, provides five power levels, two operating-classes and three wiring options via a single 5-Way Rotary Switch!
Choose from the following power options:
A quick glance at the front panel of the California Tweed reveals single channel simplicity. Channel features include Normal & Low (Low is padded for more headroom) Inputs, Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Reverb & Master Controls. Our legendary vintage all-tube, long-tank, spring reverb with external reverb switching jack (Reverb Footswitch & Cable Sold Separately) and a fully buffered, tube-driven series FX loop round out a feature set that delivers everything you need for golden tone, and absolutely nothing more. The new California Tweed™… harken back, bounce on forward, …while never sacrificing one drop of golden California Tone.
Designed specifically to complement the California Tweed, we’re proud to introduce the California Tweed cabinet series. The vintage-tuned enclosures are perfectly suited for the Califoirnia Tweed tone. Made in Petaluma, California, our vintage open back designed cabinets are constructed from Marine Grade, Baltic Birch and feature an all new, rear-mounted speaker/s. After testing numerous options, searching for a speaker capable of delivering the magical vintage tone we were after for the California Tweed, we chose the all-new Jensen BLACKBIRD ALNICO. The resulting combination delivers a tonal character that is absolutely perfect for this vintage-voiced amplifier!
The new 1X12 CALIFORNIA TWEED 23 CABINET and 2x12 CALIFORNIA TWEED CABINET have been designed specifically to complement the new Head and Combo formats. Their open-back design is vintage-inspired focusing on size, tone & portability. Experience the California Tweed Series of amplifiers and cabinets at your MESA dealer today.
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