Mesa/Boogie Badlander 50 Head
Tighter, Meaner, and Even Leaner
Delivering a sonic and weight profile that’s a bit more trim, the Rectifier Badlander 50 holds its own while adding a distinct tonal character to the Badlander Series. Even more aggressive sounding, yet with an inviting, effortless feel, it’s buffed and ready to go places where less output power is the call.
Two identical channels feature the same 3 new dynamic and duplicated Modes as its 100-Watt counterpart. CLEAN, CRUNCH, and CRUSH repeatedly supply the gain, shaping power, and an urgent personality to navigate most ensemble and virtually any recording environments.
Here in the Badlander 50, the 2-channel preamp hooks up with two different and perfect power displacements that enhance everything from clean to clipped to wildly saturated. The 50 Watt setting delivers bold authority and the highest headroom while the 20-watt setting finds the power tubes re-wired for Triode operation that unveils greater clipping potential and a mid-scooped, harmonic-laden response that reveals trademark EL34 tone.
A Unique Sonic Profile with Crushing Character
Sometimes less is more, and if that’s your mantra, the Badlander 50 is a perfect fit. Weighing-in at considerably less, there are physical considerations at play for sure. Yet the Middleweight contender in the Badlander Family has its own story to tell when it comes to defiant attitude and a rebellious nature. Some feel there is a unique benefit to lower wattage amplifiers, often described as a sense that top-end travels more freely and quickly through the circuit. While perhaps a bit over-simplified, truth be told the Badlander in 50 Watt form does display that characteristic along with its bouncy, easy-to-play nature.
The Badlander 50 is also the recordist's dream realized. It features our first onboard CabClone IR and it delivers seamless DI with Channel Specific IR Assignment of the 8 virtual Cabinets and a Reactive Load that sounds and feels great. Together with the new sounds and the 50’s clip-friendly power range, the most versatile and recordable Recto ever is created, even in “silent mode” when you can’t use your favorite cabinet!
CabClone IR with Eight Virtual Mesa Cabinets On Board
The CabClone IR delivers newfound flexibility, portability and previously only dreamed of convenience. You now have the ability to go direct silently or with your cab, for recording, stage or headphone practicing with instant access to 8 real MESA cabinets mic’d in a Pro Environment and library storage for more. It really doesn’t get any better in terms of having consistent tone from venue to venue, with or without a speaker cabinet, your choice.
The built-in, channel assignable CabClone IR Virtual Cabinet Simulator & Reactive Amp Load comes preloaded with the following 8 Authentic MESA Virtual Cabinet IRs including:
4x12 Rectifier Standard (closed back)
4x12 Rectifier Traditional (closed back)
2x12 Rectifier Horizontal (closed back)
1x12 Rectifier (closed back)
1x12 Thiele (closed-back, front-ported)
2x12 Lone Star (open back)
1x12 Lone Star 23 (open back)
1x12 California Tweed 23 (open back)
Designed as an open system, The CabCLone IR is compatible with select third-party IRs and a simple USB connection allows open access to download, store and use your favorite IRs of choice with capacity for extra library storage. USB 2.0 A to B connection cable (not included) is required for managing IR file directory.
Drop the Watts
The Badlander 50 features our patented Multi-Watt Power Switch that offers two wattage settings; A FULL power 50 watts running both EL34s and a HALF power setting reconfigured for Triode wiring producing 20 Watts of clip-able sweetness that also runs the pair of output tubes. Each has its own set of benefits and character and together they provide almost limitless possibilities when you consider the pairings with the available preamp Modes, their gain structures and dial-able sounds.
The Next Evolution of Recto Tone
If you’re into big, menacing Tone, but don’t need the power or the weight of a classic 100-Watt-er, we invite you to check out what 50 years designing and building high-performance Tube Amps can serve up in the 50-watt range. From Clean and Crunch on to Modern-Era Heavy, experience the Badlander 50 and our latest evolution of Recto tone. It’s a Rectifier at its core, but not the Recto you know.
Build Location: Hand-Wired In Petaluma, CA with the World's Finest Materials
Wattage: 50 or 20 Watt Selectable (Global)
Power Tube Type: 2x Mesa EL-34 (or 6L6)
Channels & Modes: 2 Channels / 3 Mode Channel Cloning™
Mode Voicings / Styles: Ch. 1 = Clean, Crunch or Crush (Channel Cloning™)
Ch. 2 = Clean, Crunch or Crush (Channel Cloning™)
Graphic EQ / Reverb / FX / Solo FX Loop
Footswitchable Functions: Ch. 1/2
Weight: 36 lbs.
Dimensions: 9 5/8" H x 22 3/4" W x 10 3/8" D
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