Mesa Boogie Mark IV vs Mark V

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by theaxedoctor, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Xyrium

    Xyrium Member

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    1. V
    2. More flexible, just as easy to get a great lead metal tone, and still under warranty...
    3. Metal, Fusion, Rock

    This said, I've never owned a IV, just spent a few gigs, years ago, with a friend's. I did love that head, and it was that period of exposure to the IV that made me by the V.

    You really can't go far wrong with either of them IMHO.
     
  2. dannymusic

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    honestly, doing a blind test, you'de be hard pressed to tell the difference. They are both great, versatile amps with signature lead channels. I'de be happy with either
     
  3. megaboogie

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    I sold my '91 Mark IVa head last year and got a '12 V head about few weeks ago.
    Other than IV's lead channel, V excels in everything, not saying V doesn't have great a lead channel, it still sounds amazing. IV lead channel has more raw quality I miss, but V can get so many more useable tones with different modes each channels, whereas with IV I only used the lead channel.
     
  4. HBob

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    Looks like the guys in Lamb of God are still using their Mark IVs, even after being given Mark V amps.
     
  5. Bikedude

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    I would think that if you already own a IV, you're probably not going to give it up for a V,they are too similar in they're goodness.
     
  6. forum_crawler

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    So Petrucci doesn't really like the V better?
    I agree, his extensive touring experience does not give him enough credibility. Personal preference is of course not part of the equation.

    I suspect that what he really wants is some sort of fender amp with a telecaster so that he can play blues or jazz. Oh wait... He plays with so much gain because he doesn't have the chops...
     
  7. Mr. K Dilkington

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    I've had my Mark IV for over 20 years. Amazing amp. Nothing but compliments on my tone over the years.

    I've had the Mark V for only a week, but it is an astonishing amp.

    1. I think I'd go with the V, even though I have a huge sentimental spot for my Mark IV.

    2. The "Mark 1" mode on channel 2. Wow. The one weakness of the Mark IV for me was always channel 2. I play Strats, and I never got a great sound from ch 2. Maybe some of it was down to my low output pickups? But on the Mark V, ch 2 absolutely sings in that Larry Carlton on The Royal Scam sort of way. Creamy and beautiful, and the sound I've always strived for.

    3. funk, jazz, fusion, rock, etc.
     
  8. tele_jas

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    I have a Mark V, never played a Mark IV......

    I play in "my" band and then fill in for a couple other bands. Most of these would be considered country.... Ranging from "classic Outlaw" to new top-40 with a LOT of rock (80s hair metal to Nickleback).

    I could probably play in all 3 bands with only my amp, a Tubescreamer and a wah pedal (to hide my slop) ;) The Mark V is that versatile and sounds that good.

    I will say that the Mark IV mode on ch3 has more gain than the new Extreme mode has.
     
  9. gixxerrock

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    I have played a bunch of Boogies, but never a Mark IV.

    Love the MarkV, other than cost, weight, complexity, size, I can't think of anything it can't do great.
     
  10. lumpyadams

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    Mark V is a stellar amp.
     
  11. lumpyadams

    lumpyadams Senior Member

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    Did you try using the Mark 1 mode of channel 2 as a lead and then use channel 3 as a crunch?

    I used to favor the Extreme mode of channel 3 for ultimate distortion/leads, but recently have fallen in love with the Mark ll mode of channel 3.
     

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