My current main gear is a LTD AX-2E and a 2006 Mesa Dual Rectifier. I’ll speak briefly about each:
The LTD was second-hand and had EMG 81/85 when I acquired it. I later swapped the EMG out for Duncan’s JB/Jazz set. This is probably the best “cheap” guitar I’ve ever owned. It’s odd shaped, but the ebony fretboard with neck-through design is awesome.
The Mesa DR is their original three channel design. It’s often vilified as a less desirable amp than the 2 channel originals; especially now that the new design is out. My amp is not modified, but I may jump the effects loop to make it serial. I use Clean, Raw, and Modern with Bold and Vacuum settings. It’s a trade off. In a few years, I might switch to a Reborn Recto, just to have silicon on the Modern mode and 50W on the Raw. (more…)