Mesa/Boogie Mark V 90-watt Tube Head - Cream with Black Jute Faceplate

3-channel All-tube 10/45/90-watt Head with 5-band Graphic EQ, and Simul-Class Power - Cream w/Black Jute Faceplate
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This Ultra-versatile Mesa/Boogie Tube Head Has it All!

The Mesa/Boogie Mark V guitar amp head 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 head 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 guitar amp head will give you all of the clarity, crispness, and punch that you can handle!

Mesa/Boogie Mark V Guitar Amp Head 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 guitar amp head 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 guitar amp head'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 guitar amp head 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 guitar amp head 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 Guitar Amp Head 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 guitar amp head - an all-tube amplifier 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 10W/45W/90W
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band with Presence, 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
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 10"
Width 22.75"
Depth 11.75"
Weight 44 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2.MVM.117D.V01.G05.P07.H03.C01.XXX

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Mesa Mark V 90 Head / 2x12" Mesa Cab.

Selcted the head version for fear of 'tube rattle' ad weight of the combo. More amp than I needed for this Blues player. Clean tones are amazing.. Crunch is legendary and layout is complex but manageable. Set it an forget it. Foootoedal is included an is a most necessary feature. Compared it to a Mark V 35 and 25. 6L power tubes made a big difference in depth of tone. Only criticism is too many toggles but they all seem to do something important toward shaping tone.
Music background: 50 years of playing . Performer turned hobbyist
5/5

The holy grail of amplifiers

I have been playing guitar for 25 years. I would've paid double the price for this. Are you looking for an SRV tone? Are you looking for a classic rock? Are you looking for glorious clean channel? This is way more than just the best metal amp in the world. It does everything and it does it better than any other amplifier I've ever listen to or play through!!!!
5/5

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First thing, thanks to Kenny Stratton for the great customer service! I've owned quite a few Mesa/Boogie amps (and gee other brands as well) and I have to say that this captures so many tones incredibly well (for my style and tastes)! Yes, the tone stacks (tone controls) are slightly different in configuration but understanding its layout does not take long... In fact I found it fun dialing in my tones and they work very well for tone-shaping... From VOX-ish cleans, classic rock drives, and smooth saturated overdrives, and everything in between, this delivers. With my speaker configuration (212 semi-open back cabinet with Celestion 65watt Creambacks), my tones I just mentioned comes out with authority and some "attitude" If you can imagine squeezing flexibility and versatility in this amp? Yes it does.. Again, "guitarists" come in different flavors and as for me, this fills it all. Mesa/Boogie is all over this amp, of course, in a way that you wonder how they engineered something like this... Boy why did I wait so long all these years? Ahhh... that's ok. The sound of science and art coming together in a relatively small box.
Music background: Retired USN ATC, Full time musician (now!), Guitar Instructor, Session and Studio musician, and Aviator
5/5

This one has it all, but be patient

It took a while to dial in a perfect tone, but many of the choices on this amp are extremely tasty. The flexibility of having that 2nd channel eliminates the need for me to pick up a dedicated Blues head. The 10W dedicated Class A section is delicious as well. Highly recommended.
5/5

A dream come true for my studio

I personally OWN Marshalls, Vox, Fenders, Soldano, Hiwatt, etc.. for my studio. After painstakingly tweaking and comparing AMP by AMP against the Mark V, we have concluded that it will deliver all the tones the other amps give. Chimy or tweed, rock/crunch, metal... it does it all for us here. We already started selling off all the old goodies and so far everyone comeing in to record guitar DIE when they hear the amp.YOU WILL need to spend time with guitars, pickups, strings, and knobs but when you get it all figured out- NOTHING can touch this!!!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer
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