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So I've been doing a lot of amp research over the last few months. This is my first tube amp, after selling my Pod HD - just wasn't cutting it for me. Found a good deal on this on Craigslist and I picked it up yesterday!

Hmm, what do you think this is? Dual Rectifier, maybe

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Nope, it's a combo.

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Ooh, close up. Mark V maybe?
Close, but no.

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Mesa/Boogie Mark IV combo! Fell in love with this amp a while ago because of John Petrucci, and now it's mine Got this for $850.

I believe it's a Mark IVA, made around 1992-93. Three channels, graphic EQ, two FX loops that can be selected with a switch on the back.

First things first - it sounds INCREDIBLE. The cleans are great - they stay clean, and with a bit of chorus and delay in the loop are just perfect. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from the second channel, but it's great - warm and thick. I usually like more Marshally crunch sounds, with a little more edge and aggression, but I do like this channel quite a bit. And the lead channel...kinda speaks for itself, pretty much why I bought the amp! Tight, defined and plenty of mids, just blows me away every time I play it. It's still the honeymoon period I guess, but I love it to death! One weird thing - I have to run the bass and mids at around 1, or the bottom end kind of 'flubs' out. I just add low end in with the graphic EQ.

Overall, couldn't be any happier with it! Sorry for not having clips, but I don't have an audio interface to record with. Hopefully some ime in the next few weeks.
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Cool. I love the Mark series.

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HNAD!


The flub is part of the characteristic of it. Pull it back from the point of flub and shift the bass up in the graphic EQ.
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Mesa/Boogie amps are excellent. HNAD!
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#6
well it is a 1x12 combo....so i dont think your gonna knock the house down with the bass. im sure it wouldnt be that way through a 4x12.
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How did you get the amp and the guitars to stick out from the wall like that?


This..... +1
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Quote by ikey_
well it is a 1x12 combo....so i dont think your gonna knock the house down with the bass. im sure it wouldnt be that way through a 4x12.


I had a mark V and there was minimal difference between the combo and 4x12 regarding bass. It changed the response a little but not the feel of it. They don't have a huge low end. You will not feel it when you palm mute. I sold my mark V because of that. Still a great sounding amp by all accounts.

Quote by DeathByDestroyr
See, it's important that people clarify when they say "metal", because I pretty much always assume they are a Cannibal Corpse fanboi.
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Quote by R45VT
I had a mark V and there was minimal difference between the combo and 4x12 regarding bass. It changed the response a little but not the feel of it. They don't have a huge low end. You will not feel it when you palm mute. I sold my mark V because of that. Still a great sounding amp by all accounts.




Common theme of the Mark series, my MKIII had no thump either.
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Thanks everyone! The bass response hasn't been a huge issue for me, the pull fat control on the gain knob thickens it up a bit. There's enough for me anyway, I don't really need or want a huge low end.

Quote by cdr_salamander
How did you get the amp and the guitars to stick out from the wall like that?


Not sure exactly what you mean...they're just resting on the ground.
#12
These are gold little amps!! Enjoy mate!
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Quote by R45VT
I had a mark V and there was minimal difference between the combo and 4x12 regarding bass. It changed the response a little but not the feel of it. They don't have a huge low end. You will not feel it when you palm mute. I sold my mark V because of that. Still a great sounding amp by all accounts.


Then what the hell was up with the bass feedback with Metallica's II C+ on ..And Justice for All
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Then what the hell was up with the bass feedback with Metallica's II C+ on ..And Justice for All


Studio magic. Maybe they had the mic inside the cab for extra bass. Dunno

Still great sounding amps by any stretch. I'm not bagging on them or anything. If I wasn't getting married in a few weeks I would still have the Mark V.

I would like to pick up a used Mark IV when one pops up that isn't insanely over priced.
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It's weird. No heavy thump when playing the amp (although it can get very fat sounding), but when I've recorded my mark IV it's fairly percussive, but very musical still. Great amp. I put a G12K100 in mine and it slays.
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Quote by R45VT
Studio magic. Maybe they had the mic inside the cab for extra bass. Dunno

Still great sounding amps by any stretch. I'm not bagging on them or anything. If I wasn't getting married in a few weeks I would still have the Mark V.

I would like to pick up a used Mark IV when one pops up that isn't insanely over priced.

No studio mojo.
It happened with the demos too.
And their live stuff.
James just found some way to give himself MASSIVE bass