This Mesa Boogie amp has 'em all here: the Mark I, IIC+, IV—all these are faithful recreations that benefit from our decades of refinement and leave many saying they're better than the original. More ... Read More
This Mesa Boogie amp has 'em all here: the Mark I, IIC+, IV—all these are faithful recreations that benefit from our decades of refinement and leave many saying they're better than the original. More than a greatest hits, you'll also find some Brit-inspired circuits here that rival classic Mesa Boogie sounds and are destined to become iconic on their own merit.
The Mark V combo is a Simul-Class Power Amp featuring Multi-Watt and Duo-Class technologies which provide three power and three operating class options that are channel assignable via 10/45/90 Watt power switches.
The Mark V tube amp lets you choose 2 power tubes operating in pure vintage Class A (single-ended), producing 10 Watts—2 tubes running in time-honored Class A/B producing 45 Watts or 4 tubes running in Mesa's legendary, patented Simul-Class Power that blends the best of Class A and Class A/B simultaneously to produce 90 Watts of pure tonal magic.
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Bought this grail of tone from Guitar Center online. Do not buy this amp if 1) You are a modern metal player. It will not deliver the recto type gain. While this isn't a problem for me, it may be to others. 2) If you think the 10 watt setting will make for a good practice amp. Wrong! The 10 watt setting will still blow your doors off and get you evicted. 10 watts would even be good enough to practice with your band. Other than that, grab it if you have the cash. Also grab the THD attenuator if you want to get the full gain saturation and character of this amp at practice volume. The amp is as perfect as it gets. It is what is says it is...the complete Mesa history. Thus, this amp would be most well suited to those who play diverse styles of music. Blues...check. Jazz...check. Prog Rock...check. It does it all. The only gripe I might have is you cant cycle through the modes on each channel with the foot switch. As for sound, the thing absolutely sings. Its the most harmonically rich amp I've ever heard. Disclaimer: If you see one in a music store, make sure you play through it with YOUR guitar. More so than any other amp I've heard, this one takes on a completely different character with different guitar woods and pickup combinations. Its almost Marshall like with my Jackson PC1 but I get great smooth Petrucci tone out of my Parker Nitefly. Hope this helps some of you.
This amp is far and away THE most versatile amp right now on the market. And when you hear "versatile", normally you'd expect an amp that does everything well, but doesn't really have one thing it excels at. Or, it has one thing it excels at, and the rest is just acceptable. Not the mark V. This thing has THE best cleans, THE best hi-gain, and THE best classic rock/blues gain I could've ever imagined. And the reverb (yes Mesa finally has a couple amps with awesome reverb) is so lush and 3D sounding!! I have been playing for over 25 yrs., gigging for about 10 of those years, and have owned Rivera, Fender, Bogner, Hughes and Kettner, Marshall, etc. All nice amps and good companies in their own right, but this is just pure tone heaven. Hits with tight thunder lows, smooth sparkling highs and everything in between. Granted you'll have to take some time to dial it in, and Mesas definitely have their own unique EQ sensitivities, and to some folks it might look like a lot of knobs, but with 3 channels, once you find your sound on each one you can pretty much leave it. Haven't had it long enough to really review the reliability, but if history serves correct, (mesa mark I,II,III,IV) I'm sure this thing will prove to be ridiculously solid. Warranty is the best available in this price range. From Wes Montgomery, to Robben Ford, to SRV, and yes even Metallica, this amp covers all really convincingly. And even though compared to some of the other tube combos of this size/wattage it seems a little pricey, believe me when I tell you I feel like I stole this thing at this price. Better get one while you can, because like the rest of the mark series, its not gonna get any cheaper with time, just harder to find!
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