A vintage-voiced, 6L6-powered combo that features a simple two-channel platform.

Petaluma, CA (August 7, 2018) -- Mesa/Boogie is excited to announce the addition of the Fillmore 50 guitar amplifier and cabinet series to its line of products built in the company’s Petaluma, California shop. Humbly named in tribute to the renown bi-coastal venues that showcased the biggest names in classic rock over decades, Mesa reports that the new vintage-voiced and styled amplifier is inspired from the other branch of the Boogie family tree and many early design discoveries at the company.

Mesa states that the focus of the Fillmore 50 is to deliver a unique, vintage voice that offers players a wide, soft clip to saturated range all in widely accessible and portable head or combo formats with configurable cabinet options. The result they claim is an amp featuring their most expressive gain sounds ever, presented in a simple 2 (identical) Channel, 3-Mode platform. The all-tube Fillmore 50 is powered by 2x6L6 Power Tubes and features 5x12AX7 Preamp Tubes with power control by way of a 50/25-Watt global power switch. A refreshingly streamlined front panel showcases 2 fully independent foot switchable channels. Identical by design, via Mesa’s 3 Mode Channel Cloning, both Channels 1 & 2 feature Channel Cloned Clean, Drive & HI Modes, with Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Reverb & Master Controls creating versatility far beyond most 2 Channel offerings and many ways to configure the 2 Channels.

Mesa’s Vintage all-tube, long-tank, spring Reverb with independent channel controls and a fully buffered, series tube FX Loop round out the Fillmore 50’s sensible and professional feature set. Additionally, Reverb switching can be handled remotely with optional reverb footswitch & cable offered separately. Initial reviews from MESA’s artist community have been overwhelmingly positive. Mesa reports that every artist given a prototype to test has requested one. “The success of the many generations of MARK amps over the decades kept us busy, and though we wanted to, we never had time to revisit some of Randy’s earliest Mark I’s built around 1950s Tweed-influenced designs until recently. In essence, the Fillmore is really a full circle journey for us back to our earliest roots as the very first few Mark amps ever built share DNA with this new model. The amp is super responsive, organic sounding and supremely nuanced. It begs for players to use their varied techniques, instead of just gain, to coax the amp’s magic. 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. 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.” said Doug West, Director of Marketing at MESA/Boogie.

To complement the new Fillmore 50 amplifier, Mesa is also introducing new Fillmore Series cabinets. The vintage tuned 1x12 Fillmore 23, and 2x12 Fillmore feature a higher, tighter bass response that is perfectly suited for the vintage-inspired Fillmore tone. Made in Petaluma, California, Fillmore cabinets are constructed from Marine Grade, Baltic Birch with rear mounted UK-Made Celestion Custom 90 Speaker/s and their open-back design is vintage-inspired focusing on size, tone & portability. As with all Mesa products, a full range of custom options are available for the Fillmore 50 and Fillmore Cabinets.

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