Mesa Boogie and John Petrucci have worked together for many years, so it only made sense for him to get his own signature amp! Based on the Mark II C+, the JP-2C is a stunning design that goes some way to recreating one of the most highly regarded amps ever.
Why The Mark II C+?
The Mark II C+ is considered to be one of the greatest amps Mesa Boogie have ever made. The clean channel is well known for its unadulterated, pure sound with headroom to spare. The lead channel is also massively appreciated for its huge sustain and fantastic response due to the dual cascading drive stage. There was a reason it was called the 'Liquid Lead'.
Sadly the II C+ was dropped in the mid '80s and it is incredibly hard to get your hands on one. But it's back, and this time sprinkled with a bit of Petrucci magic.
One of the biggest changes Mesa and John made to this circuit was the addition of a third channel. It is essentially a clone of the original II C+ channel 2 so you can dial in two different levels of gain. Although it may not be called crunch, it is so easy to get the mid breakup rock tone on either channel 2 or 3 thanks to the unique gain structure.
Channel 1 is your clean channel and just like channel two and three, sounds like it founded on the Mark II C+. High headroom, warm and loud clean tones that play amazingly well with modulation and time based effects. Just take a listen to any Dream Theater record and you get the idea.
Dual Footswitchable EQ's
One of the things that makes the Mark series great is the use of a 5-band EQ. Normally amps like this just have a single EQ that is footswitchable to go with the channel independent EQ's. On the JP-2C, each channel has a 3-band EQ as well as two master 5-band EQ's controlled via footswitch.
100w/60w Power Amplifier
This amp was designed to be a portable tone machine capable of filling the venues Petrucci plays. That is why it is loaded with a powerful 100w all-valve power amp fitted with a set of four 6L6 power amp tubes - it's really loud! If you are entering the studio you can tame it from 100w to just a mildly loud 60w.
Cabclone and Headphone Out
Even with that massive power amp the JP-2C does have some incredible features that make this a great home and studio amplifier. Not only is there a standard DI output to run to an interface or mixer, but also a cab sim to complete your tone without investing in more gear.
- Build Location: Hand-Wired In Petaluma, CA with the World's Finest Materials
- Wattage: 100 or 60 Watt Selectable (Global)
- Power Tube Type: 4x Mesa 6L6
- Channels & Modes: 3 Channels / 5 Modes
- Ch. 1 = Mark IIC+™ Clean
- Ch. 2 = Mark IIC+ Gain or Shred
- Ch. 3 = Mark IIC+ Gain or Shred
- Graphic EQ / Reverb / FX / Solo Two Graphic EQs, Reverb & FX Loop
- Footswitchable Functions: Ch. 1, 2, 3, Reverb, Graphic EQ 1 & Graphic EQ 2