Mesa Boogie Mark V 25 - Honeymoon Over? Still In Love?

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  1. DRS

    DRS Member

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    I've had my Mkv25 since Feb 2015 and I still really dig the amp. I'm starting to explore the crunch setting on ch 1. What a treat. It does so much so well for a pretty reasonble price. Plus it weighs the same as a solid state head and has Cabclone. Wow!
     
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  2. Santuzzo

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    good to hear you still like the amp!
    I am interested in one myself, just can't really justify spending that much $ on an amp I 'only' want but don't really need ....
     
  3. sugarlou

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    Can you elaborate why you don't like the amp anymore?
     
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  5. sugarlou

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    Great amp. Just wasn't for me. I've never really bonded with the smooth Mesa Carlos type gain. It's just a matter of taste. English voiced drive is more my thing. Also I liked the clean and the crunch settings the best and since they share the same channel you can't access them both with a foot switch. Also the reverb is non foot switchable making it useless for me in a live application.
     
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  6. Santuzzo

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    Thanks! I heard/read the issue with the crunch/clean being on the same channel a lot.
     
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    A year and a half for me and still love it.

    I am using it with a 1x12 ported closed back widebody cab with a Vintage 30 and it works nicely.

    I jam in a two guitar setup with a loud drummer and we play mostly hair band metal with some exceptions. Volume wise I have no issues (I use Extreme mode). No issues with clean headroom either.

    I love how light weight it is.

    I actually love the EL84 tones.

    I have a Fryette Power Station and tried sending the preamp right into it but actually prefered the straight EL84 tones.

    Is it perfect?

    No.

    Very few amps are.

    Still wish Crunch and Clean were on different channels.
     
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  8. haymez

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    Love mine. It covers all the ground that my Lonestar doesn't.
     
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  9. lowpaygigs

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    On the Rov 25 the clean and vintage (similar to crunch) are on different channels. Foot switchable reverb. Fyi.
     
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  10. Santuzzo

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    How do the cleans of the V:25 compare to the cleans of the Lonestar?
     
  11. lowpaygigs

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    You are asking about two very different voicings. Go listen.
     
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  12. Santuzzo

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    Oh, I thought the cleans of the V:25 were supposed to be very similar to the Lonestar cleans...I thought I read that somewhere, but I could be wrong
     
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    Yeah, different voicing. I'm terrible at describing sounds, but I guess the one thing I would say is that the MV25 sounds more focused and punchy, which is great in some clean applications, but not so great in others.
     
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    Which Lonestar, Classic or Special?
     
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    LOVE mine! I get all the tones I want, its super pedal friendly and fun.
     
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  16. sundog964

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    I'm still very happy with mine. Had it for close to a year now. I stayed up way to late one Saturday night and got a half dozen lovepedal drive pedals, and they sound amazing on the clean channel, and they also work well when used in crunch to step it up a notch.

    It is so versatile, and with the EQ on footswitch its like having another 6 voices.
     
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  17. haymez

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    Classic - my favorite amp
     
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  18. lowpaygigs

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    Lonestar makes its living doing clean. Better believe that it has rich, complex clean. Mark v 25 is a swiss army knife. Clean is good but not as sophisticated.
     
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  19. Babow2

    Babow2 Live gigs killed here Silver Supporting Member

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    Still loving mine. I have a Mark V, a Lonestar Classic and the Mark V:25. While the big Mark V is my main stage amp and the V:25 was intended for very small gigs, I keep playing it. I really love the preamp sections paired with the EL84 power section. It gives the modes a little more urgency, and it is great to find that sweet spot on Fat mode where I can just get a touch of hair with the right humbucker guitar and a pure clean with a single coil. I love how my 335 sounds through the Mark V:25. I dig the way I can get some great pedal OD tones with the clean channel, and still have the great Mark IV lead tone. I dig this more than the mini rec or the ROV, both of which I tried and liked. It's a keeper.
     
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  20. Abandoned

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    For those who say it's over... what cab were you using?
     
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