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I am seriously considering getting a Mesa Boogie Mark V 1x12 combo.
I was hoping to get some input and opinions from fellow guitarists, especially if you have this amp or even if you don't. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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#2
I've tried one out at my local guitar store, and they sound absolutely fantastic. It's a jack of all trades, definitely.
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#3
I tried it out.

Get it.

Its amazing.
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#4
Quote by ibanez77
I am seriously considering getting a Mesa Boogie Mark V 1x12 combo.
I was hoping to get some input and opinions from fellow guitarists, especially if you have this amp or even if you don't. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

1. The Mark series rocks...
2. With high-end Mesa-Boogies, you can't really go wrong
3. They're real workhorses for every genre, so really anything you wanna play is open to you... but it does Metal awesome
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#5
Mark series = best amps ever.

They can cover ANYTHING since they happy pretty much epic cleans and epic lead channels.
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#6
Instead of merely trying one out, I actually own one.

What is it you want to know about the MkV?

There is too much ground to cover just by talking about "input". Tell me what you want to know and I'll answer.
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#7
i am familiar with how the channels are set up.

1: with teh footswitch you can alternate channels but can you also switch between amps?

2: what are the cleans like in all three modes.

3: and what is the tweed amp model like ?
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#9
Quote by ibanez77
1: with teh footswitch you can alternate channels but can you also switch between amps?


Nope. The footswitch is only channel switching, no mode switching.

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2: what are the cleans like in all three modes.

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3: and what is the tweed amp model like ?


Well, the cleans are very clean. Clean sounds quite close to a Fendery sound, whereas Fat adds quite a bit of bass emphasis with lower mids. The Tweed model sounds very fat and clips easily, it kinda makes me think of a very blues sound. I don't usually use tweed with a dry signal, it tends to be quite good if you want dirt from your pedals. I like to pair the Tweed model up with my OCD and DLS.
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#10
Quote by ragingkitty
Nope. The footswitch is only channel switching, no mode switching.


Well, the cleans are very clean. Clean sounds quite close to a Fendery sound, whereas Fat adds quite a bit of bass emphasis with lower mids. The Tweed model sounds very fat and clips easily, it kinda makes me think of a very blues sound. I don't usually use tweed with a dry signal, it tends to be quite good if you want dirt from your pedals. I like to pair the Tweed model up with my OCD and DLS.

qft

the three modes on the clean channel are basically,
chimey cleans
fatter cleans
and dirty cleans to crunch.

for the last two modes I found out its better to get a blues break up sound by rolling back the treble and gain and boosting it slightly with an OD
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#11
qtf?
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qtf?

typo

sorry raging
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#13
haha... ah well... you probably described it better than I did... short and simple.
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#14
ok, i play evrything from pink floyd to dream theater to metallica to Lamb of god all teh way back to fleetwood mac.

Think its gunna give me what i need in respect to the heavier metal ?
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Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head, with rectifier cab (2x12)
Vox Valvetronix AD100VT- XL
#15
oh and say i find i realy good sound, is there any way to save it in teh amp ?
"This is my Mark V. There are many like it but this one is mine."

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Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head, with rectifier cab (2x12)
Vox Valvetronix AD100VT- XL
#16
Quote by ibanez77
ok, i play evrything from pink floyd to dream theater to metallica to Lamb of god all teh way back to fleetwood mac.

Think its gunna give me what i need in respect to the heavier metal ?

The amp covers every genre.

it has more gain than you will need


and only way to save settings is pen and paper
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#17
Ok, and i know thsi would be asking alot of you gusy :p but would you happen to have used emgs with thsi amp ?
"This is my Mark V. There are many like it but this one is mine."

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Ibanez AS73
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Yamaha FG365S II
Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head, with rectifier cab (2x12)
Vox Valvetronix AD100VT- XL
#18
Quote by mexican_shred
The amp covers every genre.

it has more gain than you will need


and only way to save settings is pen and paper


Every genre is captured by the 3 channels and 9 modes. That's before counting the features on the back panel.

Unfortunately as MS has mentioned, no midi programming or patch saving.

and to quote another UGer...

When you turn up the gain on that monster, it actually does sound like you're unjustifiably bombing an innocent foreign land.

at least in Extreme mode.
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#19
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Ok, and i know thsi would be asking alot of you gusy :p but would you happen to have used emgs with thsi amp ?

I used my ltd 400 ex for it when i had it. Other than causing a little earilier break up on the clean channel, didn't really seem too different than other pickups. But with the variable wattage modes on this amp, you can choose if you want early break up or later break up for each channel

^Yea. it had alot of gain in the extreme mode. even in the third mode of channel three you had enough to cover alot of metal
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#20
but i could still have beautiful crsip cleans with my emgs, at any wattage ?
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#21
Quote by ibanez77
but i could still have beautiful crsip cleans with my emgs, at any wattage ?


Yeah, just play on the neck pickup.
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#22
Quote by ibanez77
but i could still have beautiful crsip cleans with my emgs, at any wattage ?


Well I wouldn't call EMG cleans as beautiful, but crisp yeah. Obviously when you set it at 10 watts with the Variac power mode, it definitely will break up faster, but the cleans when dialed in properly are really beautiful.
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#23
Alright thanks alot all of you, if i have any more questions ill be sure to post.

Thanks Again
"This is my Mark V. There are many like it but this one is mine."

LTD MH-400
Ibanez AS73
"BUILDING MY OWN GUITAR NOW"
Yamaha FG365S II
Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head, with rectifier cab (2x12)
Vox Valvetronix AD100VT- XL
#24
Everyone has covered most of the ground, but if I may say, I'd definitley recommend a head + cab instead of the combo. The combo sounds really lifeless compared to a head and a cab.
#25
The only genres it won't cover are things like sludge or maybe some doom sub-genres. Essentially, it won't work well for genres which need sagging or flubby bass. The bass is much to tight on the Mark V that even if you set it the tube rectificer, it still won't sag or flub very much.
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#26
yea sludge isn't really my cup '0 tea. haha and in response to thrasher, unfortunatle the head and cab is a more exspensive and is the sound quality that that much better ? also do you have the head and cab or the combo?
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#27
Quote by ibanez77
yea sludge isn't really my cup '0 tea. haha and in response to thrasher, unfortunatle the head and cab is a more exspensive and is the sound quality that that much better ? also do you have the head and cab or the combo?

Well, you might be able to find the head used for a few $$$ less, and buy a used Mesa 212 cabinet. You will be around the same price. I don't know, I was about to buy the combo but for that exact reason I went with a different head. Try it yourself if you can.
#28
yea, i would but i sorta live in teh middle of nowhere pretty much and teh music shops dont just have them hangin around.
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Ibanez AS73
"BUILDING MY OWN GUITAR NOW"
Yamaha FG365S II
Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head, with rectifier cab (2x12)
Vox Valvetronix AD100VT- XL
#29
i never buy without exstensive testing but this time i might go out on a wimb
"This is my Mark V. There are many like it but this one is mine."

LTD MH-400
Ibanez AS73
"BUILDING MY OWN GUITAR NOW"
Yamaha FG365S II
Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head, with rectifier cab (2x12)
Vox Valvetronix AD100VT- XL
#30
if i did go with teh head whats the best cab to go with it ?
"This is my Mark V. There are many like it but this one is mine."

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Ibanez AS73
"BUILDING MY OWN GUITAR NOW"
Yamaha FG365S II
Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head, with rectifier cab (2x12)
Vox Valvetronix AD100VT- XL
#31
I'd say you can't really go wrong with a Mark V in many circumstances.

I had to buy my Mark V blind as well (had to import it into Singapore from the States), best decision I ever made.

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if i did go with teh head whats the best cab to go with it ?


A lot of people pair it up with the Recto cabs.

I just use the cabs that came with my Krank Rev Jr Pro.
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#32
so you have the head or teh combo ( raginkitty) ?
"This is my Mark V. There are many like it but this one is mine."

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Ibanez AS73
"BUILDING MY OWN GUITAR NOW"
Yamaha FG365S II
Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head, with rectifier cab (2x12)
Vox Valvetronix AD100VT- XL
#33
and also would this amp be far too loud for jamin in the basement with a drummer ?
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Yamaha FG365S II
Mesa/Boogie Mark V Head, with rectifier cab (2x12)
Vox Valvetronix AD100VT- XL
#34
Quote by ibanez77
and also would this amp be far too loud for jamin in the basement with a drummer ?


I think a better question to ask would be "would the Mark V be too loud for jamming in a basement".
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Quote by ibanez77
and also would this amp be far too loud for jamin in the basement with a drummer ?


You could keep the volume down and it would be fine. The Mark series sounds great at low volumes for tube amps.


Also, has anyone compared the lead channel of the Mark V to that of the Mark IV? From what I've heard, the cleans of the V are much better than those of the IV, but the lead channel of the IV is much better than that of the V.
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#36
sorry i can't help with that. well ill deal withe volumes when i get it, i have one more question, can teh combo be hooked up to cabs if need be ?
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#37
Quote by no.mop
You could keep the volume down and it would be fine. The Mark series sounds great at low volumes for tube amps.


Also, has anyone compared the lead channel of the Mark V to that of the Mark IV? From what I've heard, the cleans of the V are much better than those of the IV, but the lead channel of the IV is much better than that of the V.


Never played a Mark IV to be able to tell. However, Mesa claims that it practically lifted the circuitry of the MkIV's lead channel for the MkV's MkIV mode.

And to answer Ibanez77's other question.

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#38
Quote by ragingkitty
Instead of merely trying one out, I actually own one.

What is it you want to know about the MkV?

There is too much ground to cover just by talking about "input". Tell me what you want to know and I'll answer.


Yes, you are superior to those of us without a Mark V.
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#39
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#40
ok, rig looks amazing BTW but if i bougth teh combo with the 1X12 in it already could taht be hooked up to say a 4X12 mesa cabinet?
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