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A Mesa Boogie History

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Birth of a Boogie
Mesa Boogie has accomplished a lot in 40 years, without ever giving up their roots. We trace the evolution of the Mesa Boogie product line from the humble beginnings in a converted dog kennel to the newest Express line.



A Mesa Boogie History

1967 - Princeton Boogies
Randall Smith begins modifying Fender Princeton amps as a practical joke on a friend and the first high-powered 1x12 combo is born. Carlos Santana says, "Man that little thing really Boogies!" and the baby is named.
 
A Mesa Boogie History 1969 - The Toneshack
The infamous converted dog kennel, where the earliest Boogies were created.
 
A Mesa Boogie History 1971 - 130 Bass & 130 Lead Heads
After modifying more than 200 Princetons, Fender cuts off the supply and Smith builds a garage/studio as a more efficient way to meet the growing demand for Boogies. As Smith makes money rebuilding Mercedes-Benz engines, he also makes the 130 Bass & 130 Lead Heads from scratch.
 
A Mesa Boogie History 1972 - Snakeskin Mark I Boogie
After building about a dozen of the early heads, Smith yearned for something more, and experimented until he developed the high-gain cascading pre-amp, multiplying the normal amplifier gain by 50. The Mark I continues to be a Mesa Boogie staple.
 
  1980 - Mark II-A
Mesa Boogie pioneers yet another development in guitar amplifiers with the Mark-II, the first channel-switching amplifier. Before long, separate channels for rhythm and lead will be commonplace.
 
A Mesa Boogie History 1982 - Mark II-B
Effects junkies everywhere rejoice as Mesa Boogie develops the first amp with an effects loop.
 
A Mesa Boogie History 1983 - Mark II-C+
The legendary C+ brings such incredible sounds that the amp perseveres to the point of tripling in value for today''s discerning tone-seekers.


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