Mesa Mark Series Appreciation Thread

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  1. DudeManBrother

    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    It seems like there are enough of us on SSO with mighty Mark IV’s, V’s and JP2C’s that we can share our love of all things Boogie Mark series.

    So post up some photos, mods, favorite settings, pre amp tube brands in particular valve spots etc.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    Mark IV:
    Lead Channel-Full Power-Simul class-Harmonics-Triode
    Lead Gain: 7.5 pulled
    T-B-M: 7 - 2.5 - 3.5
    Lead Drive: 7 pushed
    Master: 5
    Presence: 2 pulled
    GEQ:

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  3. Spaced Out Ace

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    Not gonna lie. I wish I had a Mark amp.
     
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    KnightBrolaire git gud scrub

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    I have 500 profiles of mark amps on my kemper, does that count? :lol:
    Seriously though, I love the sound of the MKIV. It's such a nice contrast to my old dual recto or my f30. If I had the space I'd pick up an MKIV in a heartbeat.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    I just did a few mk iv profiles for my kemper this weekend. I need to grab a few different mics and cabs for the next session. They actually sound pretty awesome so far at bedroom volume. I’ll swing by my rehearsal space tomorrow and run them through the PA and my 412’s to see how they really work.

    The other thing I noticed while profiling is that a bit of the amplifier’s sonic personality sneaks into the cabinet section; which was actually kind of cool in this case. I forgot my ABY pedal, as I wanted to profile my Archon and Mk4 together. But I was able to save the mk4 cab and add it to my Archon profile and it added a hint of mark flavor to it. If they’re good enough I’ll figure out how to share them. If not, we’ll then I guess you’d have to wait until my next profiling session haha
     
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    Kyle Jordan Ace of Knaves

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    My favorite amp series. If I had to pick one amp for the rest of my life, it would be a Mark IV.
     
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    NinjaRaf SS.org Regular

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    Mark IV has been my end all be all amp for metal tones for close to 2 years, now. Shoulda bought one 10 years ago.
     
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    DarthV SS.org Regular

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    Kinda like this? :)

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    KnightBrolaire git gud scrub

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    yeah that'd be pretty much the perfect setup for me.
     
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    Yeeeeeeeeeeeees. I bought a V:25 when they first came out basically because of how good their youtube demos were. It was something like 90% of the way to what a guitar should sound like in my head. Then after using that for a while, I came across an ad for a Mark IVa locally, and bought it immediately. If I liked the 25 that much, the bigger version must be amazing too right? Yup. It's probably one of my favorite things that I own.

    Part of me wants to collect amps from this series whenever I see them. (part of me that has no money sense) I know someone in the area has a Mark III that comes up in ads sometimes. There's also a Son-Of-Boogie floating around that someone keeps trying to sell, but I've heard they're not that great sounding.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    Haha same. It’s that sound that you hear and feel at your finger tips the first time you palm mute a couple power chords. “Yep, this is the sound I’ve been chasing my entire life” simply amazing amps.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    There’s a Mk III on CL right now that I keep looking at, but it doesn’t have the GEQ, and that’s a deal breaker for me. Yet I keep pulling the ad up...

    I am pretty impressed with the little V:25 actually. The Mk IV version on them is definitely ballpark; so jamming through the c+ mode makes me really want to grab a JP-2C and get the full glory. I just wonder if it’s that much different than the already perfect IV sound. As the IV (and III) are mods and updates to that circuit anyways.
     
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    beerandbeards Majestic Shoveler

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    I’m little monster fire breathing rig. I love everything about this thing.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    Which cab is that? Sealed back with ported front? Interesting. I wonder if it behaves differently than my 3/4 back c90 112. What speaker is it loaded with?
     
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    scrub SS.org Regular

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    I can't say enough about this little guy. Just incredible. I can only dream of what the big brothers sound like.
     
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    Caleb Joshua SS.org Regular

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    Marks for life.
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    It could come down to how you dial both of them in - but the closest I can get my 25 to sound like my IVa is on the xtreme channel. I find the xtreme channel is (counter-intuitively based on the name) a little looser than the other two modes, and I dial the IV pretty loose. I know some people keep the bass knob at 0 (lol), but I generally keep it around 3. Not surgical, but not flubby either. I'm also not one to use ALL THE GAIN, so that might make a difference.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    And I believe extreme mode is just the Presence knob pushed in, on a Mark IV. So what the Mark V really has is a IV with the presence pulled, and a IV with the presence pushed. And yeah it’s much more rewarding playing the real mk IV, As the sound opens up big time. I don’t think it’s the pre amp circuit as much as the power section on the 25.
     
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    The extreme mode is lower gain than the mkii and mkiv modes. It has less negative feedback from the power section so it is louder and more dynamic. Probably makes it a little more flubby, potentially.

    I still can't get over how good the cleans sound on my mkv though. And the Tweed mode with vintage humbuckers is just a joy. Feels like a plexi.
     
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