#1
I have been back and forth about getting a Mesa Mark IV combo for a while now.
I don't really have a subtantial income so I don't quite have the money to get one.

The more I think about it the more I want to just break down and get a 5150 combo or something like that. It would save me a few hundred dollars but I'm just worried I would regret not going all out and get the mesa.

Also how much of a higher quality is the Mesa compared to the Peavey? Will it matter all that much in the longrun?
#2
They are both excellent amplifiers, if you've never owned an amp of this calibre, you're unlikely to be disappointed with the Peavey. The mesa is indeed of a higher quality, but it can be said, that the further up the price range you get, the smaller the differences become.
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#3
I have to say, I wouldn't say either is "higher" quality. The 5150 and Mark IV are just fundamentally different beasts. I mean, if you were talking about build quality and reliability, or amount of gain on tap, the Mark IV would actually be a step down from the Peavey. They're very close in actual quality, the difference is in the design and intended tone. The Peavey's a gain monster, a metallic riff machine with a clean channel thrown in as an afterthought. The Mesa's a lead amp, designed for smooth, silky soloing at any level of gain, with a rhythm channel thrown in because why not. If you get a 5150 and love it, switching to a Mark IV might not be any improvement at all. At the same time, if your style is best suited by a Mesa, a 5150 is probably never going to do what you want.
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#4
Quote by Any7423
They are both excellent amplifiers, if you've never owned an amp of this calibre, you're unlikely to be disappointed with the Peavey. The mesa is indeed of a higher quality, but it can be said, that the further up the price range you get, the smaller the differences become.



I never have had an amp of this quality. My first amp was a fender frontman 15 watt and now I'm using a Vypyr 75.


Quote by AeolianSeventh
I have to say, I wouldn't say either is "higher" quality. The 5150 and Mark IV are just fundamentally different beasts. I mean, if you were talking about build quality and reliability, or amount of gain on tap, the Mark IV would actually be a step down from the Peavey. They're very close in actual quality, the difference is in the design and intended tone. The Peavey's a gain monster, a metallic riff machine with a clean channel thrown in as an afterthought. The Mesa's a lead amp, designed for smooth, silky soloing at any level of gain, with a rhythm channel thrown in because why not. If you get a 5150 and love it, switching to a Mark IV might not be any improvement at all. At the same time, if your style is best suited by a Mesa, a 5150 is probably never going to do what you want.



would I be able to get decent cleans from the 5150?
#5
Decent, yes. Not great, but definitely decent.
Money beats soul every time.

Money beats soul...every time.

Money...beats soul...every...goddamn...time.
#6
It's down to personal preference then. You won't be disappointed with either. I personally would go for the Mesa.
"We're content, to pitch our tent,
When the glory's evident"
Petra - Beyond Belief.
#7
So a local shop a ways away from where I am has one used at $600. There isn't a footswitch however.

I have seen them offered for less on craigslist with the footswitch.

How much would the footswitch be seperately?

Also, would it be rude or poor form to try and get a lower price from a small business music store?

Edit: the guitar center nearest by has a 6505 for $579 new and around $300 used.
What gives? Why is the 6505 cheaper? Is it worse than the 5150?
Last edited by zilant at Jan 8, 2012,