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Mesa Boogie Rectifier Badlander 50 Valve Amp Combo

Mesa's Most Versatile Recto Yet! - Featuring EL34 Tubes, 2 Channels (with 3 Modes) & CabClone Tech

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Elliot Stent

The Badlander 50 is a major new addition to Mesa Boogie's iconic Rectifier family. Maintaining the legendary voice, build quality and performance that all Rectos are renowned for - the Badlander sets a new standard with its modern tweaks and impressive feature-set.

Boasting EL34 power tubes that yield a more aggressive tone with enhanced harmonic content, other key specs include 2 identical channels with 3 versatile modes, built-in CabClone technology and a tube-driven FX loop. The Mesa Boogie Badlander 50 is a classic Rectifier at heart, but with a different tonal flavour that can cover everything from old-school rock through to detuned "Djent" metal!

Mesa/Boogie Rectifier Badlander - Ola Englund Demo

EL34 Power Section

Mesa Boogie Rectifier amps are synonymous with the "American" sound; producing a massive, sizzling high-gain distortion which can be largely attributed to their 6L6 power tubes. While this is a desirable tone, many Mesa users have replaced these valves with EL34s in order to achieve a tighter and more percussive sound suitable for contemporary metal styles.

That's why Mesa Boogie have fitted their Badlander 50 with two EL34 power tubes as standard. Delivering a more focused bass response with faster note-tracking, these valves also produce a punchier mid-range character that's far more controllable - meaning that you can sweep from ultra-heavy scooped tones all the way through to barking British-style timbres. EL34s also help to sweeten the highs and reduce that fatiguing "fizz" associated with older Rectifiers.

2 Channels, 3 Modes

The Mesa Boogie Badlander 50 is easy to dial-in with its two completely identical channels, each featuring 3 modes: Clean, Crunch and Crush. This incredibly flexible formula allows you to set the amp up however you like, with the included footswitch letting you flick between each channel on-the-fly. And of course, the Badlander works perfectly with pedals thanks to its buffered, tube-driven effects loop.

Wattage Selector & Built-In Variac

If the full 50-watts offered by the Badlander is too much for the home, you can use its ergonomic global wattage selector to drop the output down to just 20-watts. Not only is this a great feature, but the built-in Variac also gives you the ability to choose full headroom for a modern feel, or reduce the internal voltage for an authentic "brown" tone!

CabClone Technology

Mesa's groundbreaking CabClone devices are becoming a standard across the industry, which is why their latest incarnation of the Rectifier comes equipped with this ingenious cabinet simulator and reactive load technology. Instead of capturing the sound of the amp with a microphone, you can simply make use of the Badlander's balanced XLR output to send your signal straight to a front-of-house PA system with a convincing "mic'd up" cabinet tone. This functionality is ideal for the studio too, as it enables you to record directly into an audio interface or mixing desk.

With 8 selectable and editable impulse responses per channel, you can set up a different simulated cab sound for each one. So if you want a compressed 1x12" for your clean tone and a high-headroom 4x12" for your distorted channel - the choice is all yours! Silent practice is also possible with the Mesa Boogie Badlander 50, thanks to its dedicated headphone output.


  • Handwired in Petaluma, California USA
  • All-Tube Amplifier: 2x EL34 Power Tubes / 5x 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
  • Bias Select Switch (6L6/EL34)
  • 50/20-Watt Global Power Switch (Class A/B)
  • Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance-Free Performance
  • Full Power/Variac Power Switch
  • 2 Fully Independent, Footswitchable Channels, each with 3 Mode Channel Cloning and CabClone IR Controls
  • Built-In, Channel Assignable CabClone IR (Cabinet Simulator & Reactive Amp Load)
  • Fully Buffered, Tube-Driven Series FX Loop
  • All Aluminum Chassis
  • 1-Button Footswitch (Channel 1/2)
  • Slip Cover


  • Format: 1x12" Combo
  • Speaker: Celestion Creamback 65 Speaker
  • Finish: Black Taurus Vinyl (Cabinet & Wraparound Front Panel) with Black Jute Grille & Silver Piping
  • Dimensions: 19 1/4” (H) x 22 3/4” (W) x 10 3/8” (D)
  • Weight: 60 lbs.
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