Mesa Boogie Mark IV vs Mark V

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  1. theaxedoctor

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    For those of you who use mark iv or v mesa boogies;

    Which do you prefer?
    Why?
    What style of music do you use it for?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Knuckles

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    Played and toured a bit with a Mark IV for several years playing psychobilly and hard rock, melodic punk, etc. Have owned a Mark V for 2 years playing harder edged rock - not quite metal.
    I like the V better as the control layout is grouped easier and I like the added flexibility of modes in all three channels (particularly channel 2 - edgy clean with some ring to barky crunch).
    The V has a bit more learning curve involving the FX loop and solo switching, and the tone controls appear to be a great deal more interactive, but it's nothing a few minutes with the manual won't help.
     
  3. stephen sawall

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    1 ~Still have my IV.
    2 ~Fits me better. I prefer the lead channel on the IV.
    3 ~Pretty much everything.... but more rock and it's extended family.
     
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    1) Mark V
    2) I think every part of the Mark V is an upgrade. Channel 1 (Fat) sounds amazing. Channel 2 is better in everyway, and channel 3 is amazing too. Plus the boost and eq features. Overall I find the Mark V to be a more transparent amp, I here more of the nuances of the guitar I'm using through it, whereas with the Mark IV the character of the amp came out more. More straight forward lay, but getting aquainted with the manual helps with the V.
    3) Ambient, P&W, Metal.
     
  5. theaxedoctor

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    Thanks for the replies!
     
  6. blackba

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    1) Mark IVA (never played the mark V though)
    2) I am pretty happy with all 3 channels on the mark IVA. I do struggle a bit with R2, but I find boosting it with a Maxon OD-808 helps a lot.
    3) Classic Rock, Punk, P&W, Old school Metal, Alternative

    I do want to try out a mark V, but at this point, I think I am interested a bit more in the mark III. I have read on another thread the opinion that the more stuff mesa put on the mark series amps, they kind of sterilized the sound, I hope to be able to test that opinion for my self at some point. I don't get a chance to make it to the music stores very often (probably a good thing for my wallet).

    I should point out as well, that on this forum Mesa amps are not particularly well liked, the mark V and electrodyne have changed that a bit.
     
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    The RA-100 too.
     
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    I find the Mark V easy to dial in. It's layed out very well. Just treat each channel as you would a simple one channel amp, then add in either the contour eq or sliders if needed. I can't see myself ever getting rid of mine.
     
  9. stratotastic

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    1. Mark V
    2. Mark I mode with a bit of preset EQ. :love:
    3. Mostly Country/Americana and Top-40 covers.


    Regarding #2, there are actually many other things I like better than the IV (ver A, which I owned for about 3 yrs), which have been covered, like the layout, EQ options, etc.
     
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    +1
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    :D
     
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    I had a II & III before my IV. They tend to be more raw than the IV but the IV gives a lot more versatility on the lead channel. Getting more than one sound at a time out the II & III is about impossible with foot-switching. But If I only wanted a single channel I would look for a red stripe Coliseum Mark III(6 power tubes) This is a great amp to say the least....Any color stripe of these amps would be the one...
     
  13. jams

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    I notice the doobie brothers are using the v live.versatile amp
     
  14. batsbrew

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    investigate here:

    http://forum.grailtone.com/


    in the recent GP, J. petrucci stated that 'the IIc+ mode in his Mark V sounded better than the actual IIc+'s" he owns....
     
  15. batsbrew

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    me?
    heh, i'm keeping my Mark IIb !!
     
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    Dude you can't believe everything these guitar gods say, I mean he is pretty much Boogie's biggest spokesperson...it benefits him and boogie to make these kind of statements but I sure as hell don't believe it sounds better than an actual IIC+. It is an interesting comment and one I had heard recently so thanks for bringing it up. And no I don't have a IIC+ but do have a mark V (previously a IV) and a mark III so take this with a grain of salt. That said and the original poster was not asking for a comparison of a V to III but rather a V vs IV but I do have to state the III lead sounds sounds more glorious to me than any of the 3 modes on the mark V lead channel (channel 3).
     
  17. batsbrew

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    if he's lyin', then he's lyin.

    i don't really care.

    i use a mark2b.
     
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    You mean a spokesperson for the company is claiming that one of their current production amps sounds better than the the "holy grail" discontinued model? NO WAY!!!!!

    :D
     
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    i just read him saying that in GP yesterday....

    but like i said, i just don't care....

    i'm keeping my Mark2b.
    sounds better to me.
     
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    Shocking! I can't believe it myself - must have been a misquote.

    The next misquote we'll probably be hearing is that Petrucci believes the current production MK V sounds far better than his discontinued MK IV as well. Damn press!
     

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