Just prior to visiting the Guitar Center I first went to this little store across the road – the West Hollywood Mesa/Boogie outlet. It’s a small corner store on West Sunset Boulevard, but it houses a ton of great gear. There are of course examples of every current Mesa/Boogie amp you can think of in all different configurations and finishes. There were some gorgeous hardwood combos, heads and cabs all on display – more than enough to make a self-professed Mesa fanboy such as me drool with lust. I can tick this off the ‘things I want to do, places I want to go’ list now.
Here’s another shitty phone camera whiteout experience for ya:
The walls of the store are lined with classy guitars. There are many Tom Andersons on display, plus a brand called Nash which has a bunch of distressed looking relics which would give Fender CS a decent run for their money apparently.
The store staff are friendly. The guy who served me resembled a young Michael Douglas but with long black hair. Turned out he was a wicked bass player – he was jamming away through the Walkabout Scouts while I browsed.
They also sell pedals – MXR, ZVex, Fulltone, and a brand under the name of Geoffrey Teese which makes RMCs – “Real McCoy Custom” wah pedals. I did some back-to-backs with a Fulltone Clyde Standard and was very impressed with the RMC. I tried the RMC1, 2 and 3 models eventually settling for the 2, which has pots for Contour, Volume and Q. It’s a nice vocal wah and set me back $235 USD. All along, the Mesa staff were very generous in letting me try stuff and get stuff in and out of the effects cupboard.
After choosing this wah, I asked if I could try out the new Mesa Electrodyne amp which was announced along with the Mark V earlier this year. I enjoyed the vintage lo gain sounds of the amp and spent a fair amount of time playing it. Nice warm dirt and great sustain.
Other stuff I scored: red ‘Boogie’ emblazoned T-shirt. 2007 Mesa/Boogie catalogue (the latest full catalogue), 40th anniversary catalogue (Mark V and Electodyne brochure essentially), 2 x Mesa/Boogie branded pics, and this groovy photo of me, looking fat and dorkish in the store: