Based on the legendary Mesa Boogie Mark II C+, the JP-2C is a stunning amp design fully deserving of the man who brought progressive metal to the fore in the form of Dream Theater. Mesa Boogie and John Petrucci have worked in collaboration for many years and the Californian amps builders know exactly what Petrucci needs from an amp.
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 tone with headroom to spare. The lead channel is highly 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's essentially a clone of the original II C+ channel two, allowing you to dial in multiple gain levels. Although it's not called crunch, it is so easy to get a mid breakup rock tone on either channel two or three thanks to the unique gain structure.
Channel one contains all your cleans. 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 an idea of the glistening sounds you can capture with the JP-2C.
Dual Footswitchable EQ's
Another aspect that makes the JP-2C great is the use of a five-band EQ. Normally amps like this just have a single footswitchable EQ. On the JP-2C, however, 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. Put simply, it's really loud! If you are entering the studio you can tame it down to just a mildly loud 60w.
Cabclone and Headphone Out
Even with that massive power amp the JP-2C does have some incredible connectivity features, making it a great home and studio amplifier. Not only is there a standard DI output to run into 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