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  1. Hello groovers,
  2. here we are for my review of
  3. the Mesa V-Twin distortion pedal
  4. Um, a little bit about it first,
  5. the general gist of it
  6. The first thing you are going to notice,
    it's a big pedal
  7. it's quite heavy as well
    and it's made like a tank
  8. it's a really big solid metal pedal
  9. which I think is great
  10. if you are going to go out on the road
  11. then this is going to be a good sturdy,
    touring companion
  12. the first thing to do,
    interesting about it
  13. is the power supply
  14. so it's not like a regular pedal
  15. that you can just plug in,
  16. like plug into a 9-volt power supply
  17. it's got a big "wah-wah" thing
  18. you know, like, that you have to plug into
  19. the main power socket
  20. that's the first thing to
  21. make sure that you are aware of
  22. if it means that you are having
    your pedals at the front of the stage
  23. you're going to have to run a power supply
    out to this particular pedal
  24. if it's the only one you are using
  25. although, most pedals you will have to
  26. have some sort of power supply anyway
  27. but it definitely doesn't run on batteries
  28. What I'm gonna do now,
  29. before we actually listen to it
  30. is go through and do a close up
    and I'll explain
  31. all of the different bits,
    what they do
  32. and then we'll start playing it
  33. and have a bit of fun
  34. so, here we go
  35. well, here is our Mesa Engineering
    V-Twin distortion pedal
  36. possibly one of the best and fanciest
  37. distortion pedals I've ever had
  38. and probably that's ever been made, really
  39. I'm not even sure if they still
    make one
  40. exactly the same as this one anymore
  41. Let me go through and explain
  42. the basic features of it
  43. first thing, we've got
    two buttons on there
  44. The first one is,
    you can see
  45. it lights up the little red light there
  46. is a bypass switch
  47. which basically in effect,
    turns the pedal off
  48. so when the lights on,
  49. it's not working
  50. click that on and your pedal is then
    in action
  51. Now this one changes between
  52. a few different things
  53. depending on how you set it up
  54. with this center button depressed
  55. it's going from clean
    (clicks button)
  56. Click it on, and it goes to solo sound
  57. which is kind of a lead guitar
  58. kind of, you know, big heavy metal sound
  59. if you've got the button up
  60. it goes from blues
  61. (clicks button)
  62. to solo
  63. so two different distortions
  64. of course, your regular state
  65. if the amps in bypass
  66. would give you a clean sound
  67. and then, if you turn that off
    (clicks button)
  68. you've got a blues sound
  69. (clicks)
    kick that on for your lead solo
  70. (clicks)
    and then back to your rhythym sound
  71. (clicks)
    back to your clean sound, so
  72. it effectively gives you three channels
    of distortion
  73. so, or two channels of distortion
  74. and bypass, which will leave you clean
  75. it's got a really good range of EQ
    on this one
  76. we've got gain, of course
  77. which is how much distortion you've got
  78. you've got bass, middle, treble,
    and presence
  79. which are all EQ
  80. so very versatile for your EQ sounds
  81. and of course, you've got a master volume
    over there
  82. which will sort out your overall level
  83. now you can see inside
  84. this little cage part here
  85. is actually two real valves
  86. which I can actually pop out
  87. I probably shouldn't be doing this
    without turning the power off
  88. but just so you can have a little of
    a look-see, this comes off
  89. and they've got actually two proper
  90. AX7, I think
  91. yeah, AX7 valves
  92. I've got Mesa Boogie ones in there
  93. but you can, of course, put other valves
    in there
  94. if you wish
  95. it does change the sound a bit
  96. but, to be honest I've been pretty happy
  97. with the ones in there
  98. so, I really haven't had to do
    a whole lot to that
  99. let's put that cage back in before
    I show you anything else
  100. okay, so, other features
  101. if we look over the back here
  102. you see, we've got quite a few
  103. little holes here
  104. so, the first one is the instrument input
  105. pretty obvious
  106. external bypass
  107. which will turn the pedal on and off
    from an external source
  108. like a channel switching thing
  109. which you can use a seperate pedal for
    I don't know why you'd wanna do that
  110. an external select,
  111. which changes, is kind of an external way
  112. of changing your channel
  113. I use that with my TC Electronic
    G System
  114. and that, the G system,
  115. can change the channel for me
  116. depending on what sound I want and when
  117. so that's kind of a pretty useful feature
  118. we've also got, on the back here now,
  119. we've got a two-guitar amp
  120. two power amp
  121. and mixer/headphones
  122. now, of course, if you're using it with
    a guitar amplifier
  123. you are gonna plug your output
  124. from here into your guitar amplifier
  125. if you are using a power amp
  126. that doesn't have a pre-amp,
  127. like doesn't have a clean sound
    or whatever
  128. directly into your power-amp
  129. you would use this to the power-amp
  130. so they're slightly different
  131. they've got a different EQ
  132. depending on what output of the pedal
    you are going to use
  133. and then also, you have this
    mixer/headphones which means
  134. that if you were just playing at home
  135. and you wanted to
  136. really rock in distortion
    you could
  137. plug your headphones directly into here
  138. and listen to it from that
  139. also if you wanted to go directly
    into a mixing disk
  140. if gives you kind of a speaker simulation
  141. kind of effect
  142. by plugging it straight into the disk
  143. I have done a few gigs with this
  144. plugged straight into the disc
  145. and it sounds pretty good
  146. it's probably the best
  147. of this type of effect
  148. you know the speaker simulation
  149. that I've come across
  150. except the Mesa Boogey recording pre-amp
  151. which is what I use most of the time
    in my rig
  152. it's also got one switch over here
  153. which changes between
    mixers and headphones
  154. of course, that only really works
  155. if you are using the mixer/headphone
    output there
  156. another interesting thing,
  157. which I didn't discover for a while is
  158. it's got a couple of switches
    on the back here
  159. you can see I've got the screw missing
    from here
  160. so I can just flip it open
  161. you can see there that this one
  162. is a clean gain adjust
  163. so you can adjust the volume
    of your clean sound
  164. which is a really useful feature
  165. if your clean sound is a bit too quiet
  166. you need a really small little screwdriver
    to get in there
  167. and also you've got a switch here
    solo to blues
  168. which can change over
  169. instead of having clean,
  170. if we flip it back over here to,
  171. we've got this here going blues and solo
  172. we can have that going here, clean to solo
  173. if you put that switch on
  174. instead of going clean to solo
  175. it goes clean to blues
  176. (guitar playing)
  177. this is now in bypass mode, so
  178. (guitar playing)
  179. that's kind of our starting sound
  180. it's going through my
    Mesa Boogey Express Amplifier
  181. and I'm using a Telecaster
  182. but it's kind of hotted up a bit
  183. so I'm using the bridge pickup
  184. (guitar playing)
  185. so that's the pedal not functioning
  186. so the first thing, let's have a look
  187. at the effect of using the clean channels
  188. so I've just turned bypass off
  189. (guitar playing)
  190. That's the Boogey clean
  191. so bypass (plays guitar)
  192. with the clean sound (guitar playing)
  193. kind of makes it a lot warmer
  194. it's a really good effect here that gives
  195. it that really "valve-y" warm clean sound
  196. which I think is a really cool trick
  197. okay, (clicks) so now lets kick it
  198. over to here (clicks)
  199. and let's start off by listening to
  200. the blues channel, so (guitar playing)
  201. generally, really really solid little
    blues sound
  202. really nice (guitar playing)
  203. not too heavy, not too light
    just right
  204. of course we've got a gain adjustment here
  205. so if we turn the gain right down
  206. we're not getting any sound
    (guitar playing progressively louder)
  207. and on the blues channel
    (guitar playing)
  208. you're still getting quite a lot
    of distortion there
  209. I don't know if you can see on here or not
  210. I've got these little black lines
  211. all over the amplifier pedals
  212. just to remind me where the
    pedal settings go
  213. in case I knock them
  214. it's not a bad idea to get into the habit
    of doing that
  215. (guitar playing)
  216. so, there's your blues sound
  217. from quite a clean, you know
    (guitar playing)
  218. clean (guitar playing)
  219. hardly any distortion on the blues
  220. so you can get (guitar playing)
  221. up to quite a gnarly kind of distortion
  222. but it's still very blues-y
  223. now, if we flip that over to solo sound
  224. (guitar playing)
  225. we're straight away
  226. into proper rock territory
  227. (guitar playing)
  228. let's turn that presence up a little bit
  229. (guitar playing)
  230. really, really, really good solid
  231. lead guitar sound from this pedal
  232. it really has,
  233. this is kind of all bells and whistles
  234. great having the three channels
  235. so it really is,
  236. for me,
    this is kind of the best
  237. distortion pedal that I ever had
  238. I still use it all the time,
  239. it's great, it's a bit big
  240. so it's a little bit of a pain
    on the old pedal board
  241. but, other than that
  242. this is really a top-notch pedal
  243. well I hope you enjoyed my little
  244. talk-through the Mesa Boogey V-Twin Pedal
  245. great pedal,
  246. yeah, I really really rate it
  247. I've had it for quite a few years now
  248. and it's, yeah, really is my favorite
    distortion pedal
  249. yeah, I hope that's cool
  250. go and check them out in a shop near you
  251. and see if you dig it as much as I do
  252. take care guys
  253. I'll see you for another review soon
  254. bye-bye!