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Introducing the Recto®-Verb™ Twenty-Five Head - the Reverb-endowed brother of MESA's little Mini Rectifier lunchbox that's been taking names all over the globe. This even mightier package is slightly larger and boasts all the same great performance that the Mini Rec™ is famous for and more. Plus, its classic vinyl-covered birch shell provides a wide array of custom finish options for full personalization.
The lush tube-driven Reverb widens the sound and sweetens the attack just a bit, increasing its versatility and appeal for players who favor lower to medium gain in their style. But don't fret... for those into heavier tones the trademark Recto® sounds are all here and completely authentic.
So whether you're rockin' out or putting the immense versatility of this new Recto's four Modes to task on a variety of styles, you'll find inspiration and a huge fun-factor in this exciting, super-portable Rectoverb Head.
Like its original two channel forefathers, this Recto® keeps things straight-ahead and easy to navigate. This generation features two footswitchable Channels that each contain two Modes and while it looks basic and drives easy, a world of stylistic versatility lives within these two simple rows of controls.
The top channel, Channel 1, focuses on rhythm sounds, both clean and overdriven. The CLEAN Mode delivers sparkling, big-headroom rhythm sounds that breathe with rich, warm air on the bottom end. When driven to clip and combined with the 10-Watt Power setting, this Mode misbehaves with real attitude and shines for urgent, yet soulful, Blues solo sounds and furry Rock rhythm. PUSHED aptly describes what to do with the second Mode in Channel one and here you'll find the next region of gain. With a more stripped EQ and just enough added drive, PUSHED invites aggressive Rock rhythm and Crunch styles to the party and even taunts your mid-gain solo work, especially in the 10-Watt Power setting.
Channel 2 features the iconic Recto high gain sounds in both their faces, the iconic liquid wall of VINTAGE and the aggressive fury of MODERN.
VINTAGE excels at thick, high gain chording and single note soloing with an elastic feel and a broad harmonic spread. It has a looser, more organic sound and the overdrive drapes itself around the notes creating a huge, three-dimensional image. VINTAGE solo work is further enhanced by the 10-Watt Power position. Here, the attack envelope changes and becomes rounder and more voice-like, while upper harmonics recede slightly to create single note sounds of true beauty. VINTAGE and 10-Watt compliment each other in ways that will open new doors for the Recto that were previously open only to more "well behaved" or "cultured" amps. It may also open wide the eyes of current big-power Recto owners who experience for the first time, what this power range/wiring style does for a sound they had typecast. This is a new and exciting face of Recto and it will surely expand its stylistic footprint.
MODERN is the opposite in every way. This aggressive Mode comes right at you - maybe even for you - with stunning attack and a hi-mid bump that keeps things percussive and tracking with hyper-accuracy. It is almost hard to believe that this amount of gain can be infused and yet still deliver a response - especially in bass frequencies - with this much speed and definition. But this is pure Recto and MODERN contributes an equal part to achieving its status as the other most recorded sound in Rock. Needless to say, MODERN is all about all things Heavy and Metal. And while this sound is best demonstrated using the 25-Watt Power setting, be sure not to typecast MODERN too quickly. Using the 10-Watt Power setting to sweeten the mids and soften the attack here, shows another side to MODERN that's more forgiving and vocal, creating a great alternate solo voice with a little more punch and dynamic content.
MESA keep saying it, but it's hard to overstate the value, effectiveness and stylistic "power" of the Multi-Watt™ Channel Assignable Power switches. These dedicated wattage range choices unveil different power characteristics and colors - so they are really power "voicing" switches as well. In this Recto, the choice of EL84 power tubes with their amazing clip characteristics, prompted them to explore the different wiring schemes possible. This experimentation led to the 10-Watt Power Mode being wired for Triode operation. This "more vintage" wiring scheme sweetens and rounds out the sound, turning what might otherwise be a lower volume version of the same voice, into more "soulful" Recto experience. Use the 25-Watt setting for its bold attack, tight tracking low end, increased definition and all out headroom. This setting works great with all the sounds and certainly showcases the mightiness in this little Rectifier®, shocking unsuspecting players and bystanders alike with power and sonic size. But any time you need to tame this little beast and put a vintage patina of warmth and silkiness around things. kick down to 10-Watts and enjoy a whole new and different world of Recto expression.
Jumping around to the Rear Panel, you are met with a lesson in elegant simplicity. Nothing here but the essentials... AC Power Socket, Main Fuse, the Loop, External Reverb Switch jack, REVERB Controls and the Speaker Outputs. While this stands in stark contrast to many other MESA® models, including the Recto-Verb's big power Recto brothers, it was a decision based on stylistic, genre-appropriate traditions and not a cost-cutting road to a price point. In fact, many fans have requested simpler feature sets from us over the years and this format is the perfect arena for this conceptual downscaling.
The all-tube, fully buffered effects loop on the Recto-Verb 25 is wired in Series to provide added flexibility and ease of use. Most importantly, MESA designed the Loop circuit for TONE! Mesa/Boogie® actually invented the concept of incorporating an "FX Loop" into a guitar amplifier decades ago and they've worked tirelessly to perfect it. It's important that the Loop enhances the overall tone of an amp rather than detract.