Mesa/Boogie Mark V 90 Watt 1x12" Combo (Private Reserve - Quilted Amber)
3-channel All-tube 10/45/90-watt 1 x 12" Combo
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You Get Premium Tones - and Looks - from This Ultimate Boogie!The Mark V is a journey through Mesa/Boogie's illustrious history, and this one gives you gorgeous looks to match its startling array of tonal possibilities. This Mark V 40th Anniversary Special Reserve 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. You get an entire amp arsenal of sounds, ranging from tweed-like tones to British crunch to blistering trademark Boogie overdrive - all from a compact 1 x 12" combo. And, you'll love the head-turning flame maple cabinet that houses this tone machine. If you're looking for a pure tube amp with an amazing of history and tone to match, then you've found it here!
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. Low mids are added for a thicker, throatier Crunch 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. 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.
The fun is only beginning! 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; this is the classic Boogie voice of the '80s 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 (including 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. 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 Mark V's Multi-Watt Power feature 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% preamp and 50% power, so this switch is responsible for a large part of a given Channel's personality and feel. The choices repeat for all 3 channels and they are 90 W, 45, and 10 W. Using the switch is simple... just select the power you want for each channel.
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. 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. The Simul lead tone is the quintessential single-note solo sound.
The Mark V 40th Anniversary Private Reserve combo's 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. A Bias Select switch lets you to run EL34 power tubes in place of the stock compliment of 6L6s. In fact, you can run EL34's in just the outside pair or in all four power tube spots! That's an amazing level of flexibility!
Mesa/Boogie Mark V 40th Anniversary Private Reserve Combo Features at a Glance:
This Mesa/Boogie Mark V 40th Anniversary Private Reserve Combo delivers the goods - to both the eyes and the ears!
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by KB from United StatesI've had Mark amps in the past (IIC+, III, IV). But for the last 10yrs or so been messing around with other brands and flavors and thought I had settled on a nice tone balanced with a fairly extensiv... read more [+]e pedalboard - and thought I was happy. Then the V came along... boy was I wrong. There are so many "amps" inside this thing, and they all sound great. The only issue that I have is that any pedal that I try to put in front or even through the loop just dilutes the sound - not that it sounds bad, it's just that a guitar > cord > amp sounds sooo good. Now I just have to figure out what to do with all these pedals. close [-]
October 31, 2011
Music Background: ex-pro
Todd, Dunedin, FL