Mesa Mark V - can it cop a Recto-ish rhythm sound??

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  1. jdel77

    jdel77 Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm wanting a solid American flavoured versatile head for heavy alternative/progressive rock.
    Had a MKIII, loved it but it had its shortcomings.
    I like what I hear from the MKIV, but I also want that thunderous Recto rhythm sound as well as the punchy singing Mark lead sound.
    Is the Mark V for me?
    Or am I best off with Multiwatt or Rev F. Recto with my Klon to push it for leads?
    Cheers!
     
  2. Dr.Lee

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    Try the "Extreme" setting on the Mark V. IMO it is a nice halfway point between the Mark IV and a Rectumfrier.
     
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    I think you'll have better luck getting a Recto to sound Mark-ish than a Mark to sound Recto-ish, IME.
     
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    Thanks guys.
    'preciate it.
     
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    The rectos have more gain and the mark V has a lot more mids than a rectifier....just my opinion though
     
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    The EQ on the Mk's is very useful. Extreme / Pentode and raising the 80hz, cutting the 240hz, leaving the rest flat has a great "recto" type sound. I actually think it gets a bit into hot Marshall land. Also a LOT depends on your speakers. Much easier to get that sound out of a 2x12 theile or 4x12.
     
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    Gets closer than a Marshall...but definitely a different vibe...close enough for a band situation me thinks.
     
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    A Mark V won't do the Recto's big, saggy rhythm sound and a Recto won't do the Mark's articulate singing lead sound.

    Fundamentally, they're two totally different designs. A Mark is the musical equivalent of a scalpel. The Recto is a sledgehammer.
     
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    I have a Mark IV and just sold a Mini Rec (great little amp!). To me they sound nothing alike. Never tried to duplicate the Mini sounds with the Mark, I suppose I should try it. The Mark IV is extremely fast and dynamic, probably more so than the recto. The Recto has less midrange push, more sludgy in a way, and a more modern sound, the Mark IV is less typecast, the Recto is more of a one trick pony.
     
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    This clip has a bit of that recto tone (to my ears at least). Like everyone here said though, they really are different beasts.

     
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    I'd say no, to my ears anyway. (I have a Mark V and a Multi Watt Dual Rec). The Dual Rec has this grainy, yet juicy quality that I just can't get from the Mark V.

    If I had to have just one though, it would be the Mark V. Incredibly versatile, great lead sounds. And it will get you great rhythm tones, they just won't be recto tones.
     
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    Different Beasts.

    You could use a Rectifier Preamp with a Mark.
     
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    Interesting.
    Could you elaborate on this?
     
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