#1
HELP! I love both these amps and would be happy with both. I play metal, In Flames, Metallica, Children of Bodom, lamb of god, all that remains, as well as stuff like jerryC, some neo classical, some shred. Mostly death metal, melodeath etc.

What one works best? I want a real dark gnarly tone that can be a bit more flexible. one that can get to the death metal but also play some lighter distortion. GAH which one should i choose and whY!!! thanks guys
#3
Most people here will say Mark IV even if they've never seen one in person.
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#4
Such a hard choice. My favourite tones are in flames - whoracle - the hive and lamb of god - ruin :\
#5
i've played them both, the mark iv definitely has more balls and chug than a 5150, i think you'd be pretty good with either one, just depends on cleans and such

hey stigma15, how do you like that bugera, i was thinking of looking at one cause i can't afford **** like the Ts
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#6
well it depends really a mark VI would be more versitile but i still think a 5150 could get tones for those artists in perticular better its just thats all youll get dont expect anyy god clean tones outa those things lol but for those artists id chose a 5150 but id be abit biased though since i own one lol
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#7
I think I will go with the markIV for versatility + i dont play THAT much death metal that I should be limited to only metal. However, its still the most difficult decision of my life.
#8
I used to own a 5150 before my Mark IV and the 5150 isn't even in the same league as the Mark IV (imo). A lot of the bands you listed use 5150s, however, others would be more suited to use the Mesa. The Mesa has a much more smooth tone to it, not anywhere near as harsh sounding as a 5150, has a massive bottom end and is tight by itself. Not to mention it's extremely versatile.
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#9
Mark IV.
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#13
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LOG use Mark IV's i believe.


Yeah they do but their tone isn't anything special.. But it is a damn good one.

I'm sure you will be more than happy with either.. I just got a 5150 and I seriously was blown away when I tried it with a cab at my friends house! (Gotta wait till April for my cab)
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#14
^I was just saying because he plays LOG stuff, although i agree their tone isnt very special, but ive only heard a few of their songs. But TS, for the other stuff you mentioned I think they all have a really middy sound (COB do, old Metallica do) the Peavey might work more as from what i've heard from demos of it, it has a lot of mids, although i have never played either of them so my opinion probably didn't help you much .
#15
Hey guys thread still open. Really tough choice. GAH. I hate making this choice it will suck i want both
#16
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^I was just saying because he plays LOG stuff, although i agree their tone isnt very special, but ive only heard a few of their songs. But TS, for the other stuff you mentioned I think they all have a really middy sound (COB do, old Metallica do) the Peavey might work more as from what i've heard from demos of it, it has a lot of mids, although i have never played either of them so my opinion probably didn't help you much .

The Mesa is all about the mids. People think that with my mids on 4 I'm scooping them, but I'm most definitely NOT, it has plenty of mids to go around at that low a setting.
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#17
Try a Bugera maybe? People here have been saying they sound similar or better than 5150s, AND have really good cleans. You can get some of the versatility of the Mark IV and the uber metal sounds of the 5150.

Nothing comes close to the versatility of the Mark IV though. I mean... 22 knobs/sliders on the front to modify sounds, not counting push/pull options. And there's more in the back......
#20
The Mark series eats 5150's for breakfast. Seriously though you shouldn't even be asking this question. MARK hands down. The 5150 isn't even that great I was SEVEReLY disappointed when I played one after hearing such good things about them from UG.
#21
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Hey guys thread still open. Really tough choice. GAH. I hate making this choice it will suck i want both

If you have enough cash, get the Mark IV. As you get older & better, you may want some killer blues tones or cleans at some point, & you'll have that w/ the Mesa. Also, like MatrixClaw said, you won't need any pedals to tighten up the low end on a Mark IV. Very tight, sort of like a Soldano if you EQ it right. You can pick up a used 5150 anytime, but in the meantime, you'll be enjoying some serious tone.
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#22
i live in New Jersey and was considering getting gettin myself a Mark IV. How much does the black head run and does anyone that lives in NJ know where i could pick one up?
#23
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i live in New Jersey and was considering getting gettin myself a Mark IV. How much does the black head run and does anyone that lives in NJ know where i could pick one up?


New Jersey ftw! The head is about $1800 new I think, and anywhere from $700 - $1400 used. I think theres still one at the New Brunswick Guitar Center for $1400 used. And remember, it has a ton of mids.
#24
thanks dude, i live near flemington but ill take the trip. thanks
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#25
Does money come into this equation at all??
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#26
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Try a Bugera maybe?


Dude...if he is considering buying a 5150 why would you suggest a copy of a 5150?
anyways, i'd go with the mark, seems like a much fuller and heavyer amp.
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#27
the 5150 is a lot more "raw", where the Mark IV is smooth and nice.
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