Mark V review by Mesa Boogie

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.1 (275 votes)
Mesa Boogie: Mark V
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Sound — 10
Having owned many amplifiers since I started playing the guitar in 1964 and a Mesa/Boogie owner for well over twenty years, I felt confident to order this amplifier before it was released. I have one of the first 100 made. I play high end guitars with Humbucking, single coils and p-90 pick ups. Some active, some passive. Although, it looks a bit overwhelming, and it's loaded with options, knobs, switches, bells and whistles. If you take some time to understand how this thing works, I feel that it's really quite simple. Just take one channel at a time! It is not a plug and play. So, if you're used to that type of thing, you may need a bit more time getting used to this amp. I have found that this amplifier sounds amazing! I have the 1x12 combo along with a closed back, ported front 1x12 extension cabinet. Having both, the open backed speaker in the combo and the closed back speaker in the ex-cabinet is an excellent matching. Each setting of this amp has it's own voice and is very usable. I have set this up with a T.C. Electronic G - System with a RJM Mini Amp Gizmo switching unit and two Mission expression pedals. I am very satisfied with it's performance! There are many good amplifiers on the market and everyone has their favorates. This amp is one of the best made (and sounding) that you will find.

Overall Impression — 10
This is simply a great amplifier! I play very soft "clean tones" to "extremely heavy", high gained material. This amplifier does it all! With a bit of effort on your part to learn the ins and outs of this amp (really, with all equipment!) you will be satisfied. Please, good tune is subjective! Do your homework!

Reliability & Durability — 10
I received shipment of this amplifier on May 8, 2009. I took it out of the shipping box myself. It has never been displayed at a store. I have never had an issue with my Mesa amps, except once. The covering of the handle of an amp that I had for several years came apart. I called Mesa to order a new one, expecting to pay for it, but didn't know the part number. The Mesa Representative replaced the handle FREE and had it in the mail that day! Never a problem! Great products!

Features — 10
Please refer to the Mesa web site. There is a lot to say here. However, here is a quick run down: 1x12 combo amplifier. 90/45/10 watt tube amp with 7 preamp and 4 power amp tubes - 6L6's or (EL-34)with 1 recifying tube. Class A/AB, AB, A circuitry (depending on the setting). Tube, diode, triode, pentode rectifying (depending on setting). Three independent channels with three preamp settings per channel. Eq, reverb, and eight button foot Switch controller. I, also matched this to a 1x12 closed back extension cabinet (great match).

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    Chaz-6(sic)6
    Hells.Mascot wrote: Dream Floyd wrote: Wow, a guy who's been playing for 45 years () gives it a 10/10 review. This thing means business. How long someone has been playing doesn't say much about how good they are or how knowledgeable about gear, and sometimes doesn't even mean they have good taste.
    It's all about personal preference.
    Hells.Mascot
    Dream Floyd wrote: Wow, a guy who's been playing for 45 years () gives it a 10/10 review. This thing means business.
    How long someone has been playing doesn't say much about how good they are or how knowledgeable about gear, and sometimes doesn't even mean they have good taste.
    57ub31
    Gentlemen, I'm going to be buying the mark V head in a short bit. Any recommendations for a cabinet?
    NathanRobbins
    anyone who would consider a recto over this needs their head checked. sure that recto can give you mountains of gain but if you're playing live no one will be able to discern a single note of what you're playing. every time that i've had a chance to hear one played or play on one myself that has always been the key issue. too much crunch=not enough definition. sure you can tame down the gain and treble a bit to get something desirable, but, in the end, the markV can do soooo much more. versatility will always win in the end.
    AlanHB
    andrewe843 wrote: PLEASE SOMEONE HELP....im seriously about to buy this amp combo but the review makes it sound so intimidating....what should i do!!!!!
    A bit late to mention now, but do not buy this amp in combo form. It's extremely heavy. I would only (and did) buy it as a head/cab setup due to its weight.
    Kingkilla
    BTW, why is it that people see a great review, and slag? That person gave an in-depth review, and sounds like he knows the amp pretty well....I've been playing 22 years, have had a ton of gear, and honestly couldn't tell anyone what to look for in an amp. The only amp I know being worth the dough has been the Diezel Herbert, and this amp is cheaper, plus a Mesa that can be finally used at a 10watt while retaining the quality found in the other settings. Sounds like an amp that could finally be used in any setting, or at least the start of that!
    andrewe843
    PLEASE SOMEONE HELP....im seriously about to buy this amp combo but the review makes it sound so intimidating....what should i do!!!!!
    Dream Floyd
    Wow, a guy who's been playing for 45 years () gives it a 10/10 review. This thing means business.
    skatesf10
    My friend is getting this with a Mesa Vertical half stack. Going to be awesome.
    Quoteman
    GS LEAD 5 wrote: Dream Floyd wrote: Wow, a guy who's been playing for 45 years () gives it a 10/10 review. This thing means business. Either that, or a) He's lying b) He hasnt the faintest idea about gear.
    Or, he's just an older guy who could care less about the difference between a 9 amp and an 8 amp. It's amazing to him, so he gave it a 10. That said, both aforementioned are very likely
    Vitooch
    i purchased the V head with a straight 4x12 recto ... godly. many many things you can do, i havve still yet to conquer this amp, im not sure if i ever fully will. i havent played it past 12 o clock on 90 watts, im afraid it will demolish my intestines
    GS LEAD 5
    Dream Floyd wrote: Wow, a guy who's been playing for 45 years () gives it a 10/10 review. This thing means business.
    Either that, or a) He's lying b) He hasnt the faintest idea about gear.