Mesa/Boogie Mark V 90 Watt 1x12" Combo (Black)Item ID: Mark5-112
3-channel All-tube 10/45/90-watt 1 x 12" Combo Guitar Amplifier with 5-band graphic EQ, and Simul-Class Power -
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Premium tones from Mesa/Boogie!Far more than a single amplifier, the Mark V is a journey through Mesa/Boogie's illustrious history. The Mark V houses multiple circuits and sounds spanning the lifespan of the Mark series — from the high-gain cascading pre amp of the Mark I all the way to the amazing power and control of the Mark IV. The preamp offers numerous sounds, ranging from tweed-like tones to British crunch to blistering trademark Boogie overdrive. If you're looking for an amp with an amazing history and tone to match, it's the Mark V from Mesa/Boogie.
Mesa/Boogie Mark V 40th Anniversary Combo at a Glance:
The Mark V is loaded with a slew of sonic possibilities. Channel 1 contains the lowest gain sounds of the three channels and can be thought of as the rhythm or clean channel. The other two channels contain modes that work better for soft clip, medium crunch and high gain rhythm work. There is a tight, skinny Clean (toggle up), a warm, rich Fat clean sound with added lower fundamental (toggle center) and a higher gain pushed version of this architecture found in Tweed (toggle down). A channel-global Bold voicing switch adds punch and cut starting in the high mids to help you stand out in a dense mix and give you an increase in headroom.
Channel 2 is the transitional channel between the low gain sounds of Channel 1 and the high gain fury of Channel 3. This channel contains the biggest differences between modes and there is definitely dialing required as you toggle through the voicing modes. A stripped, British-inspired Edge (switch up) unleashes low to mid gain aggression.
Low mids are added for a thicker, throatier "Crunch" sound that travels up the gain scale while retaining a tight attack. And finally, Mark I flips the architecture to arrive at the iconic high gain voice that put Mesa on the map back in 1970 with the little Boogie amp. This creamy voice is infused with thick bottom end and works great for fattening up single note solo sounds. You may want to run the BASS control very low (off to 10:00) when the gain is high in this mode to retain the best attack characteristic and avoid flabbiness. There is also a Normal/Thick switch that affects the Mark I Mode only to add extra gain in the mids for added single note focus.
Channel 3 goes on from there to encompass the best of the Mark Series overdrive sounds. Beginning with the MK II C+ (switch up) the sound is pure, blistering focus and this is the classic Boogie voice of the 80's that became the foundation for players like John Petrucci, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, as well as a staple for L.A.'s first call session players of the day Steve Lukather, Mike Landau, Dean Parks, and many more.
The onboard 5-band graphic EQ has been an iconic trademark of Mark series Boogies since they first appeared on the Mark I back in 1970. The shaping power of this feature can't be denied, especially when combined with the Mark II's tight, focused gain sound. In the '80s the classic "V" setting of the EQ on Mark II and III models became a new sound in heavy rock and etched the on-board graphic a place in rock history.
While the Mark V tone controls are accurate and effective over a wide range, they come earlier in the signal chain and can only achieve so much shaping before they produce possible imbalances in certain modes. The graphic EQ comes at the very end of the signal chain so you can shape the final sound with the only consideration being how much of a certain frequency your speakers, cabinets — and ultimately your ears — can handle. Each Channel is fitted with a mini-toggle to select the 5 Band Graphic EQ, but the fun doesn't stop there. The Mark V gives you the choice of two ways to utilize the power of the graphic EQ for each Channel!
The bottom three position mini toggle in each channel is the Multi-Watt Power feature that determines the amount (wattage) and type (configuration) of power each preamp Channel will be coupled with to create a classic sound. Any amplifier's sound is 50 percent preamp and 50 percent power, so this switch is responsible for a large part of a given Channel's personality and feel. The choices repeat for all three Channels and they are 90 W, 45, and 10 W. Using the switch is simple... just select the power you want for each Channel, keeping in mind that the greatest headroom, focus, and authority will always be found in the 90 watt position. That's how to use it, but for those who want the full story, here it is.
There's no denying the sonic difference between Class A and Class A/B — but what if you could have both? Since 1981 Simul-Class Power has been the heart and soul of the Mark series amplifiers, imparting its sweet, musical character onto any sound in the vast library of the now classic Mark legacy. It has cleans that shimmer with transparent layers of sweet delicate highs, while the bottom end breathes a warm fundamental under a bed of rich low mid ambience. Never harsh — always fat, the Simul lead tone is the quintessential single-note solo sound.
This patented way of wiring an output section with two (or more) pair of output tubes combines two different styles of wiring configurations to arrive at a blend that showcases the best attributes of both. In Simul-Class, one pair of output tubes is wired in the more efficient, cooler running Class A/B Pentode configuration, which produces the greater portion of power and headroom while running cooler. This was the popular way of wiring amplifiers from about the early '60s forward — chosen for its efficient use of tubes, greater power, and reliability. The only sonic penalty for its greater power (Class A/B Pentode wiring) is that it can have a tendency to bring forward the harsher odd-order harmonic content. The Simul solution — add a pair of tubes running in the less efficient, but infinitely sweeter Class A Triode configuration. This style of wiring produces far less power out of a pair of tubes while creating more heat, but it emphasizes the even- order sweeter harmonics and transitions to clip with a soft, rich purring quality like no other.
Keeping it cool
The cooling fan is fitted with an On/Off switch to allow silent running in the studio or late night practicing in the lower wattage settings. We recommend leaving the fan on whenever possible to increase the toneful life of your power tubes. Basically, if the sound doesn't bother you... leave the cooling fan on all the time.
Choose your bias
Finally a Bias Select switch is included that allows you to run EL34 power tubes in place of the stock compliment of 6L6's. The EL34 style tubes will produce a brighter, skinnier sound that will clip with a whole different harmonic content that can be nice, especially for recording where you may not need the Channel switching performance of all three Channels and can dedicate the amplifier to one specific sound. The 6L6'S will most likely perform better for a wide range of sounds and certainly sound fatter and richer on most all the sounds and produce the greatest clean headroom.
Mesa/Boogie Mark V 40th Anniversary Combo Special Features:
Mesa/Boogie Mark V 40th Anniversary Combo Features:
The Mesa/Boogie Mark V 40th Anniversary Combo — an all-tube combo with a stellar legacy and serious tone!
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Cecil, Mesquite, TX
Reviewsbased on 11 reviews
I love my Boggie
by Steve Coleman from Oklahoma City USA (HOME OF THE THUNDER)I really love my new amp and I have had many Boggieís before but this amp is the most versatile and easy to use amp Iíve ever had. The youtube video by Boggie thatís on the Sweetwater site is great an... read more [+]d can walk you through everything you will need. there are many great amps out their but to me most of them are one dimensional. Either they are a great clean amp but cant handle subtle warm textures, or they have great warmth but canít bite when you playing Parliament or James Brown funk and your trying to pack the dance floor. There are some great rock amps but when your needing that fat jazz tone like Wes Montgomery or Herb Ellis they canít do it. My Boggie is like having all my favorite amps on stage at once. My Boggie gives me that perfect tone when I have to play so low, I can hear the people chew, and then later on after they have had a few, and want to hear their favorite rock songs cranked up, I can curl their hair back while they get drunk and play air guitar. When Iím on stage I donít want something just as good as, or something thatís great for the price, I want a tool that gives me that tone that I can fall in love with night after night and flow with the music knowing that my amp can give me anything I need at the touch of a button or foot switch. Not only does my new amp work great live but it's super quiet and the best studio amp I've ever had. I love My Boggie. close [-]
April 29, 2013
Music Background: pro working musician, recording engineer, song writer, and producer
Stunningly, this is even better than the Mark IV
by Bill Doyle from Hingham, MAI have been a Mark IV user since 1992, and I have been 100% happy with it ever since. I recently brought in the Mark IV for its first servicing in 21 years, and while it was in the shop, I decided to ... read more [+]use my tax refund on a new amp. First one since buying the Mark IV! Being a Boogie lover, the Mark V was a no-brainer.
April 28, 2013
Music Background: semi-pro
Quite simply, it's the most insanely amazing sounding amp I have ever played or heard. It takes the Mark IV and improves on it to a degree that I didn't think was possible. It took a little while (maybe a half hour or so) to dial in my sounds, but man, it is phenomenal sounding. I am getting this fat Larry Carlton on Kid Charlemagne sound out of my Strats. The sound I have heard in my head for all these years is now right in front of me.
Each channel has three modes selectable by a toggle switch, for 9 in total. Channel 3 even has a mode called "Mark IV", although I think it's even better. If you add a light overdrive or boost pedal before hitting that high gain channel, you have more sustain and gain than you could possibly use. It's pretty amazing. I have a funky fusiony style that requires a dead clean rhythm sound and singing overdrive for leads. The Mark V gives all that and so much more. It goes from beautiful, glassy clean to the most crushing high gain metal sound, and all places between.
It's a little expensive, but for what it is and what it can do, it's a bargain. Plus, adjusting for inflation, it's actually cheaper than my Mark IV was in 1992! Get it now! close [-]
Why did I wait so long?
by Timothy Govier from United StatesThere is really not much to say that has not already been said about this fantastic amplifier. I was torn between the Mark V Head and Combo for quite some time. I finally decided on the combo and I ne... read more [+]ver regretted my decision for a moment. Roughly 65lbs of absolute tone heaven. Most of my fellow musician friends are blown away by the tone that emits from this little monster of tone. Any style. Any genre. This amplifier will get you there... easily! Three channels of pure guitar tone heaven. Simply said, this amplifier does what it's supposed to do and it does it extremely well. I play in a cover band and this little amp covers everything I want to do. And at home, in my studio, it shines there as well. I just can't believe I waited so long to pull the trigger on this purchase. Don't wait any longer. Buy it. Enjoy it. Brag about it. Thanks to David, my sales engineer, for all his help over the years as well. close [-]
July 8, 2012
Music Background: Guitar and Recording Hobbyist
by David from Dallas, TX USAAmazing, amazing product. Mr. Smith and the Mesa crew should be very proud of this amp. Tonal exploration could take you decades but it is also very consistent and easy to dial in specific sounds (o... read more [+]nce you find your way around on it, there is a learning curve). I have my go to settings but I'm also tweak it between songs when I need to. I thought I'd miss my modeling rig and dozens of presets/midi board, etc... Not one bit. No regrets that I now am doing more tap dancing than I used to - turns out the tones and expressiveness of a great tube amp like this trumps the convenience of single click preset playing. (Eventually, may add amp/effects switcher once I can). The eq section takes some getting used to (especially the linkage of the treb control with the rest of the preamp) but I am really comfortable with it now. The thing really loves all the pedals I've thrown at it but I will warn you, when you up your sonic game with gear like this, your other gear must follow - be prepared to improve your cables, more dynamic effects, etc...
April 14, 2012
Music Background: Recording hobbyist, gigging with cover bands
This amp sounds great at low volume too so my family doesn't mind that I now practice three times as much as I ever did before :-). I use the variable power settings more than thought I would even in gigs or band practices. Magic truly can be found in every corner of this Boogie. 65 pounds of subtle to scary, laid back and bluesy to immediate and urgent - I love this thing.
Having played lesser amps for decades, I do agree with Boogie and what others have said - a great amp that is articulate and harmonically rich WILL make you become a better player because it unmasks your fingers / pickups and draws you in to more subtle and expressive playing. Initially, felt like I was starting over (frustrating) but now I'm playing better than ever (motivated). Kicking myself for waiting this long.
Feels like a modern classic. Hands down the best piece of music gear I own. close [-]
This is an amp built for people who crave power and tone. The options are nearly mind-blowing. This is one of my favorites in the Mesa line. The 1x12 makes it great for recording. But don't let its small size fool you. This one will pin you to the wall if you don't watch your gain knobs.
Mesa/Boogie Mark V 90 Watt 1x12" Combo (Black)
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