Mesa/Boogie Mark V 90-watt 1x12" Tube Combo - Black with Black Grille

90/45/10-watt 3-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with 5-band Graphic EQ, and Simul-Class Power - Black
Mesa/Boogie Mark V 90-watt 1x12
Mesa/Boogie Mark V 90-watt 1x12

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This Ultra-versatile Mesa/Boogie Has it All!

The Mesa/Boogie Mark V combo guitar amplifier will take you on a tonal journey through the company's illustrious history with some new capabilities thrown in. Whether you're craving the sound of the Mark I's high-gain cascading preamp or the fat, wide tone of the Mark IV, the Mark V delivers. At Sweetwater, we've been blown away by what this ultra-versatile guitar amp is capable of. The Mark V lets you dial up anything from tweed-like tones to British crunch to the highly-coveted trademark Boogie overdrive. Featuring a 5-band EQ, Multi-Watt and Simul-Class power, and three channels of sonic mayhem, the Mesa/Boogie Mark V combo guitar amplifier will give you all of the clarity, crispness, and punch that you can handle!

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Combo Guitar Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Three channels give you plenty of sonic possibilities
  • Three voicings on each channel for even more tonal versatility
  • Graphic EQ provides you with a wide range of sound-shaping options
  • Multi-Watt and Simul-Class power let you control your amp's personality
Three channels give you plenty of sonic possibilities

The Mesa/Boogie Mark V combo guitar amplifier provides you with three channels of sonic possibilities. Channel one gives you a range of clean tones that blend vintage tube characteristics with a shimmery high end, resulting in a crystal-clear, boutique-like tone. Channel two is the right choice for when you're looking for a thick, throaty crunch with tight attack. Channel three gives you the iconic high-gain sound that became associated with players like John Petrucci, James Hetfield, and Kirk Hammett in the 1980s.

Three voicings on each channel for even more tonal versatility

In addition to the Mesa/Boogie Mark V combo guitar amplifier's three channels, you also get three distinct voicings for each channel that are controlled by a simple mini-toggle switch. In some cases, these voicings are related by style and give you important musical differences within a gain structure and sonic theme. In other cases, both gain and EQ are radically altered to achieve drastically different sounds. Make no mistake - you'll spend hours upon hours experimenting with different gain and tone control treatments while sifting through the Mark V's voicings, recreating some recognizable tones from Mesa/Boogie's past (and inventing some new ones of your own).

Graphic EQ provides you with a wide range of sound-shaping options

While the Mesa/Boogie Mark V combo guitar amplifier gives you standard tone controls, you also get a 5-band graphic EQ for even more sound-shaping. By using the Mark V's graphic EQ in conjunction with a high-gain sound, you'll be able to perfectly replicate the classic V curve that became a staple of heavy metal guitar tone in the 1980s. Each channel is fitted with a mini-toggle to turn the graphic EQ on or off. You can even make the EQ footswitchable!

Multi-Watt and Simul-Class power let you control your amp's personality

The Mesa/Boogie Mark V combo guitar amplifier lets you alter the amount (wattage) and type (configuration) of power each individual channel will be coupled with, giving you unprecedented control over the character and personality of your amp. Lowering the wattage of the Mark V decreases its headroom, making it easier to push it into overdrive. The Mark V is also wired so that it is capable of operating in both a Class A triode configuration and/or a Class A/B pentode configuration, depending on which wattage you select. You can use two power tubes to operate the Mark V in Class A mode at 10 watts, emphasizing even-order harmonics for a sweet tone with a soft, rich purring quality, or you can use two tubes running in A/B mode at 45 watts, emphasizing odd-order harmonics for a harsher sound. The best part, however, is that you can use four tubes running in both Class A and Class A/B modes simultaneously at 90 watts, giving you the best of both worlds!

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:
  • 3 channels give you plenty of sonic possibilities
  • 3 voicings on each channel for even more tonal versatility
  • Graphic EQ provides you with a wide range of sound-shaping options
  • Multi-Watt power gives you variable wattage control
  • Simul-Class power lets you alter the amp's power configuration
  • True hard-bypass switch removes FX loops, output level, and solo level controls from the signal path
  • Important Notice for International Customers: Mesa/Boogie products sold by Sweetwater are intended for use within the United States. We are unable to ship any Mesa/Boogie products outside of the US.
The Mesa/Boogie Mark V combo guitar amplifier - an all-tube combo with a stellar legacy and serious tone!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Mark V Series User Manual

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 3
Total Power 90W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band, 5-band (Graphic)
Preamp Tubes 7 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x 6L6, 1 x 5U4 (Rectifier)
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 4 x Speaker, 1 x Slave, 1 x Tuner
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 19"
Width 22.5"
Depth 10.5"
Weight 80 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 1.MV1.BB.CO

Customer Reviews

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Greatest! Mesa/Boogie Mark V

The MESA/BOOGIE MARK V is a very good guitar amplifier. It is beautifully made. You can select 3 (three) different power levels: 90W, 45W, and 10W. The Mark V has many features to choose from, yet it is simple to operate. I am very impressed with the quality of the Mark V. It is a great amp!

Stunningly, this is even better than the Mark IV

I 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 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.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!
Music background: semi-pro


It's rare when a manufacturer's literature truly represents the product they are offering. This amp does everything MESA tells you it will and more. If anything, MESA didn't brag enough about it! There's only two things to be aware of that could cause a little aggravation. First, it's heavy. But considering that weight is composed of the hard core quality and near bullet proof construction for which MESA is also known, it's a welcomed trade off. All that beautiful tone deserves a beast of a cabinet to keep it safe and sound! Second, and certainly not related to amp function, tone or quality, is that the foot pedal is a bit larger than necessary. This makes it more than a tad difficult to store the pedal back into it's case inside the amp. It's not all that easy getting the thing out of that case when you first get this puppy home! Be careful or you'll either bang knuckles, or worse, possibly damage the amp. Maybe there's a trick to it? As with any tube amp, if you're the first person to unpack the amp box, don't forget to remove the protective plastic shipping sleeves on the tubes before plugging it in.


I've been waiting to own a Mesa Boogie since the Mark I Days, I've owned alot of other amps like Marshalls and other "Big Name" amps over the years but never got around to an MB until now. I'm tellin ya, right out of the box, this thing never fails to impress. Do yourself a favor and RTFM ( Read The F**king Manual) you won't be disappointed. You really have to understand how this amp works to make it work for you. But even if you don't, it sounds AWESOME! Tone for days on all channels in all modes. The tuner out is a very cool feature. A little advice: Be sure to set the channel select knob on the back to Footswitch of you'll hear an AWFUl screaching noise after you plug in the footswitch even on standby. This is an amp to last a lifetime. Buy it NOW. BTW: Corey is a real Pro and was a great help. Sweetwater rocks as much as this amp!
Music background: Been playing guitar professionally and privately for over 35 years.

After two years

I have logged over 200 gigs with my Mesa Mark V. It is the most dependable amp I have ever had. Not to mention the best sounding. Last week due to a mistake on my part my Mesa fell over in the van. BAM...Picked it up...plugged it in..Worked fine. I am completely satisfied with My amp, and the great guy's at Sweetwater. Esp. Josh Sites. Thanks guys. Nick Ciarleglio.
Music background: Pro Musician , Recording engineer.

Sweetwater Advice

Robby Resnick

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.
See also: Combo Amps, Mesa/Boogie, Mesa/Boogie Guitar Combo Amps