Mesa/Boogie has announced the new Fillmore 50 guitar amplifier and cabinet series, a work of sleek vintage styling drawing on early Mesa designs, claiming the company's most expressive gain ever.
The series is named in honour of the iconic San Francisco venue that hosted bonafide rock legends of the '60s and '70s, and its creamy vintage voicing makes it an amp Zeppelin wished they had.
Drawing on 1950s Mark I twee-influenced designs with a heavily streamlined front panel, it allows for intuive control of the simple two channel, three-mode platform. The two fully independent foot switchable channels are identical by design via Mesa's 3 Mode Channel Cloning, featuring Channel Cloned Clean, Drive and HI Modes, with Indepedent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Reverb and Control.
"The first two Modes in both Channels, Clean and Drive, retain the upper harmonics and openness associated with Vintage or “Clean” amps, even when you drive the preamp," said Doug West, Director of Marketing at MESA/Boogie, via a press release. "The Fillmore really shines in its ability to deliver subtle levels of saturation that enhance instead of smothering your guitar’s tone and playing subtleties."
The vintage all-tube Fillmore is powered by 2xL6 Power Tubes, and also features 5x12AX7 Preamp Tubes with power control courtesy of a 50/25 watt global power switch.
Fillmore cabinets are being released alongside the amplifiers with an emphasis on portability in 1x12 and 2x12 formats, both tuned to complement the Fillmore's vintage tone. The cabinets will be crafted in Petulama, California and will be made from baltic birch with rear-mounted UK-made Celestion Custom 90 Speaker/s.
Mesa Boogie is distributed in Australia by Pro Audio Supplies.