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Mesa Boogie Triple Crown TC-100 Head

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Elliot Stent

The TC-100 Head from Mesa Boogie is the bigger and more powerful counterpart of the 50W TC-50 amplifier. With even bigger tones than ever before, this 100W powerhouse is the ultimate all-encompassing Mesa Boogie amp. Bringing together all of their expertise, the Triple Crown gives you the best tonal qualities of Mesa Boogie's most renowned amplifiers but with something extra - all in one single amp head. 

It's a 3 channel, 100 watt valve head that gives you the choice of running EL34, 6V6 or 6L6 tubes without having to re-bias the head. Providing exceptional clarity with even more headroom than the less powerful TC-50, the TC-100 clean channel is incredibly open-sounding with all the pristine crystal-clear fidelity you'd come to expect from a high-end Mesa Boogie amp.

The overdrive and distortion channels are far more modern-sounding compared to something like their iconic Dual Rectifier. The Triple Crown is more mid-focused and punchy, giving you a tighter bass response that is more reactive to your picking attack. With the TC-100H, you will effortlessly cut through any mix.

In-Depth EQ

The EQ on Mesa Boogie amps is notoriously precise and highly versatile, and the Triple Crown is no exception. Heavily influencing how your guitar ultimately sounds, you can really shape up your tone to meet the demands of almost any musical genre.

Each channel also has 2 voices that are accessed by toggle switches on the front, giving you even more tonal options.

Modern Build

The modern tube amp needs to have intuitive switching options, so that it can be integrated into fairly intricate pedalboard setups. Mesa Boogie have catered for the modern player by integrating a MIDI in and thru, letting you switch channels with a MIDI-enabled pedal switcher for example. A fully-buffered, tube effects loop will also ensure that your time-based effects reverb and delay units run with optimal tone.

The built-in CabClone also provides you with the ability to send out a DI signal to the front of house. The CabClone technology emulates the sound of a mic'd up guitar cab, so you can get a much more in-your-face guitar sound without worrying about a dodgy sound engineer in a live situation.

It also has a headphone and line output, and you can change the cab emulation to be open back, closed back or vintage, depending on your preferred genre of music.

3 Channels

The 3 channels available are all you'd need for any style of music:

Clean - High headroom clean channel
Low Gain - Overdrive and crunch rhythm tones
High Gain - High gain riffs and lead tones

Here's what Mesa Boogie say about the Triple Crown TC-100 Head

Introducing the MESA/Boogie® Triple Crown™ TC-100™. The exciting new 100 Watt model brings bold authority and amazing control via Multi-Soak™ Power Attenuation delivering big venue horsepower to the same footprint as our award-winning TC-50™, adding only 11 Pounds!

Mesa Boogie Triple Crown TC-100 Multi-Soak feature.

Multi-Soak™ Attenuator in each Channel offers five power options, from 100 to 50, 20, and 7 down to 3-Watts of low power clip-ability. The new full-featured 100-watt Head sits in a sleek chassis that can be rackmounted. Built around 4xEL34s the TC-100 is designed to feature the best sonic characteristics of rock-inspired amps from the 70s up through today.

Multi Soak - More Headroom On Stage, More Control At Home.

Nothing has the grunt and kick of a 100-watt head, but how useful is all that power without control? The new TC-100™ offers punch and aggressive performance, easily tamed with the flick of a switch for home or studio use. Our Multi-Soak™ Attenuator in each Channel offers five power options, from the full 100-Watts of power and headroom, incrementally descending from 100 to 50, 20, and 7 down to 3-Watts of low power clip-ability, expanding the versatility of each channel exponentially.

Exceptional Tone Control & Your Choice of EL34, 6L6, or 6V6 Power

Looking for a single amazing do-it-all amp? The TC-100’s all-tube amplifier is powered by 4xEL-34 Power Tubes / 6x12AX7 & 1x12AT7 Preamp Tubes. However, similar to the TC-50, our Bias Select Switch provides the option to swap the stock compliment of EL34s with the fatter, rounder sounding 6L6 or lower powered 6V6, which reduces all power settings by 50% to further shape your tone! In addition to 100 Watts of shapeable power, three channels deliver pristine Clean, aggressive Crunch, up to massive Gain. Each Channel is fitted with a voicing switch; DRIVE in Channel 1, TIGHT in Channels 2 and 3.

Channel 1 (Clean) Features: Normal or Drive Modes - Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Reverb (rear panel), Master & Multi-Soak Power Controls
Channel 2 (LO Gain) Features: Normal or Tight Modes - Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Reverb (rear panel), Master & Multi-Soak Power Controls
Channel 3 (HI Gain) Features: Normal or Tight Modes - Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Reverb (rear panel), Master & Multi-Soak Power Controls

Additional Features & Formats

Other Award-Winning features include; MIDI Control, Reverb, Buffered Series FX Loop and a CabClone™ DI Output with 3 Cabinet Voicings.


  • Type: Tube
  • Number of Channels: 3
  • Total Power: 100W Class AB (3W/7W/20W/50W Multi-Soak)
  • Reverb: Tube, Short Tank Spring Reverb
  • EQ: 3-band EQ, Presence
  • Inputs: 1 x 1/4"
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (4 ohms, 8 ohms), 1 x 1/4" (line out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones), 1 x XLR (CabClone DI)
  • MIDI I/O: In, Thru/Out
  • Effects Loop: Yes
  • Footswitch I/O: 1 x 6-pin DIN (channel, reverb, FX, loop, solo)
  • Footswitch Included: Yes, 6-button footswitch
  • Preamp Tubes: 6 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7
  • Power Tubes: 4 x EL34
  • Features: Bias Select switch for 6L6/6V6/EL34 tubes, internal speaker load switch, MIDI switchable
  • Construction Material: Aluminum Chassis with Black Taurus Vinyl
  • Height: 9.6"
  • Width: 22.75"
  • Depth: 10.37"
  • Weight: 46 lbs.
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