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Lone Star Special 1x12 Combo - shown in standard finish cocoa bronco vinyl & tan grille


Introducing the new Pure Class A, EL-84 Powered LONE STAR SPECIAL featuring Channel Assignable Power (patent pending) that allows you to assign 1, 2 or all 4 EL-84’s to either of its 2 Channels for independent Power Ratings of 5, 15 or 30 Watts!

We caught up with legendary Mesa Designer & Founder, Randall Smith after the Nashville NAMM Show for a brief overview on his latest Lone Star design…

Amplitudes: There was an incredible buzz among players, dealers & distributors at the Nashville NAMM Show imitating from the Mesa/Boogie booth over the introduction of an innovative new amplifier sired from your critically acclaimed Lone Star, appropriately named the Lone Star Special. Could you give us an overview of the differences (and similarities) between the new Lone Star Special and the Lone Star?

Randall Smith: The Lone Star Special shares most all of the features of the original Lone Star except Tweed Power, which by virtue of its new Channel Assignable Power Section and automatic Rectifier Tracking provides all of the benefits of Tweed through there own merit. The Special has the identical two-channel format including the switchable Drive mode for Channel Two; the gorgeous Reverb, with its Bright switch; the all-tube FX Loop with the hard-bypass relay, which totally removes the Loop, Output & Solo circuitry from the signal path for vintage purists; the switchable fan; aluminum chassis and so on, just like its big brother.

But whereas the Lone Star uses four 6L6 output tubes running in Class A/B for greater power and clarity with channel-assignable power switching between 50 or 100 watts, the Special uses four EL-84s running in Pure Class A.

Amplitudes: What made you decide on EL-84 for the Special and why did you elect to run them in Class A versus Class A/B or your Patented Dyna-Watt class of operation?

Randall Smith: These nine-pin power punks sound a little more brash and rebellious with their chimey top-end. I elected to run them in pure Class A for the maximum in vintage warmth. And here’s the best part: they’re switchable between three different power levels: 30, 15 or 5 watts, again assignable per channel.

In the 30-watt position, all four tubes are operating in a push-pull parallel configuration. Then one pair can be switched out to provide just two tubes for 15 watts. But what really makes this amp Special is the way it can also kick down to just one EL-84 for five watts of preciously nuanced, single-ended, Class A power bliss!



Handbuilt in the USA

Pure Class A, Channel Assignable Power Section allows you to assign either 1, 2 or all 4 Power Tubes to each Channel for Power Ratings of 5, 15 or 30 Watts per Channel (patent pending) / 4xEL84, 5x12AX7, 1x5Y3

Incorporates Rectifier Tracking™ (patent pending)

2 Fully Independent Channels each with Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Reverb & Master Controls

Channel 1 is dedicated to Boutique Vintage Clean/Breakup

Channel 2 is switchable between Clean/Breakup (Cloning Channel 1) or Cascading High Gain

High Gain Mode activates separate “Drive” Control (Multi-Stage Cascading Gain Circuit)

Thick/Normal/Thicker Voicing Switch (Channel 2)

All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb with Bright/Warm Reverb Tone Switch

Output Level Control (over all channels when activated)

Footswitchable Solo Level Control – Patent # 6,724,897 (over all channels when activated)

All-Tube FX Loop with Send Level Control (over all channels when activated)

True “Hard” Bypass Switch that removes FX Loop, Output Level & Solo Level Controls from signal path

Slave Out w/Level Control

Fan Cooled with On/Off Switch

External Switching Jacks for Channels 1/2 & Solo

All Aluminum Chassis

2 Button Footswitch (Channel 1/2 & Solo)

Slip Cover


Medium Head

Long Head

1x12 Special Classic Combo (smaller format than the Lone Star 1x12 Classic Combo)

2x12 Classic Combo (same exact size as the Lone Star 2x12 Classic Combo)

(Short Head and Compact 1x12 Combo also available upon request)


Estimated Availability –
Late Fall 2004


Lonestar Special Long Combo


Lone Star Special
1x12 Classic Combo

(NOTE: Smaller format than the
Lone Star Classic 1x12 Combo)

Also Available as 2x12.


Lone Star Special Combo Rear


Lone Star Special
1x12 Rear
(NOTE: Smaller format than the
Lone Star Classic 1x12 Combo)

Also Available as 2x12.