I looked at Marshal, Fender (Custom Shop), Yamaha,Ibanez,and Vox. The Nomad sounded superior to all the amps I played through. I would buy this amp again.I really don't know how it could be made better, except to upgrade to the 100 watt version, but I don't need that kind of power. The worst aspect of the amp is the tube noise, The best aspect is the overdrive and sustain that can be attained. If you're looking for a new amp check out the Mesa?boogie Nomad series.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $1100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Willy's Guitars
It has three channes with a switch for overdrive with each channel. It is very clean on the number one channel and a very fluid overdrive on channels 2 and 3. It is also very loud and low master settings. all in all an awesome amp.
I have a Fender Stratocaster Deluxe made in 1989. I do want to get a Gibson Les Paul Classic, they are very silky and fat sounding.
It took awhile to figure out the setting, but once they are mastered, It is very easy to tweak. I had a Fender Blackface, which of course had one channel plus an overdrive button, but it doesn't sound any thing like the Mesa/Boogie. The amp is not programmable, I went back to a full tube amp, which will take either 6L6's or EL-34's.
Vey reliable, it holds up very well with any amp in its class. I have not needed to change tubes as of yet, but I would like to try the EL-34's. It is made of Baltic Birch and is very well constructed, also very heavy.
Several modern and vintage tones that you can search for. I couldn't believe it wouldn't produce scooped mids naturally though. I think this is a good sound to have available in your amp arsenal. Overall, another great amp from Mesa's Randall Smith.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1099.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center/Arlington, TX
Lots of features. I mean, 3 channels with 2 modes per channel, and that's not the half of it. (2) 6L6's for power and (5)12AX7's for preamp tubes. FX Loop, Headphones/Direct Recording Input, Slave Input.
Several good tones in the Nomad, but it will not produce heavy scooped mids naturally. So I just use a pedal to achieve the "scoop".
If you're a tweaker you'll enjoy this amp. However, it's not that difficult to find a good tone in it.
This amp is stought! It's built like a diesel and will hold up. Might give you a quick workout hauling it to and from your gigs.