Mesa Mark Series Appreciation Thread

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  1. MASS DEFECT

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    It's nice to have both. They are very different from each other that's why I still keep my 5150II.
     
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    Keep both. Monstrous stereo rig. The stuff of legends.
     
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    Good point. I’ve also found that the 5150 doesn’t have to be as loud as the Boogie to get a good sound. Might get an attenuator to make it more manageable.
     
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    Any recommendations on how I can get a good 80s hair metal sound with the JP2C and Mark V? I can get the highs to be (pun) hairy but I can't seem to get that modded Marshall soggy/spongy low end. It just sounds too tight lol
     
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    I'm not 100% sure what people reaaaally mean by spongy, but that word makes me think of the "tweed power" setting on my IV. It takes out some of the percussive attack and leaves it feeling.... I guess spongy? My V:25 doesn't have anything that does this though. No idea if the full V does.
     
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    Yes. Something like that. It would sounds like you tame down the aggressive attack a bit and make the bass a bit rounder and "slower" like a SLO.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Raising the bass doesn't do anything for that? Or running the power at a lower wattage?
     
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    sell the mark v and buy a mk3 - instant whitesnake/night ranger toanz:lol:
     
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    Kinda does. I'm at 12 o'clock on my bass instead of my usual 9oclock. Raising it further and I lose definition and it gets fuzzy. I just like rockinchippy's Cameron and Friedman tones and I heard him do something like it with his JP2C, but sadly he is not sharing his settings.

    I pushed the middle slider up, too. It is now sitting on the middle line and I am getting that modded marshall mids. The amp has enough bite to take care of the snarl. Bass is still percussive and very quick even at 60w mode.

    Nature of the beast, I guess? The huge transformer lends to the percussive attack.
     
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    I wonder if it's the nature of the 100 watt power section. I have some simulclass Marks, and while I think they track fast (the SLO attack is too slow for me, for example), I'm not sure I'd call them percussive. I've not played the JP2C (I want too, just need to find time to get to a dealer with one), but I'd try Channel 2, gain pulled and presence pulled and start with the GEQ flat, shred off, and see how that is.

    The manual makes it sound like presence pushed-in is more percussive ("accentuates a lower frequency," "allows for a more agressive, tighter attack response," "tightly focused," "gut-punch," "jab and punctuate"), so I'd definitely try pulling it out for the "normal" Mark presence circuit.
     
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    Are you trying to get some John Sykes tones out of them?

    Have you tried pushing the low mid slider?

    While messing around with the amp, I'd take notes with observations you've made so that you don't end up running around in circles because you've forgotten certain things, like that the middle slider in the center gives you Marshall style midrange.
     
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    That certainly did the trick. I always have my presence pushed for that modern abysmal dawn death metal tone. I forgot about the presence feature.

    And now, my amp is too hairy lol. But presence pulled certainly loosenes the low end response and I can turn my bass further up especially on ch 2 for some dokken or whitesnake.

    Niiiiiiice
     
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    Other thing I'd try would be maybe MkIV mode in the V, in triode, with bright on, and the gain back a little from your usual settings. Triode does seem to make the amp less dry and a little more spongy, to my ears, and it's easy to push IV into "hair" territory if you're not careful with the presence and/or treble.
     
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    MistaSnowman Play It LOUD!!!

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    Little guy is starting to look all grown up
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    Beautiful, just beautiful.
     
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    necrobump. mk3 is still the undisputed champ out of all the amps I own.
    also here's a vid of it with my baritone viper 7.
     
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    Since I got a loadbox again, I need to get back into the Mark series game eventually.
     
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    I want a Dual Rectifier and Mark V. Both great amps. But then again, I'd love to also have Friedman, KSR, Diezel, Bogner Uberschall, and many other high gain amps.
     

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