Settings suggestions for Mesa Mark III combo??

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  1. mvd18969

    mvd18969 Member

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    I have an '87 Mesa Mark III combo red stripe. I have had a love/hate thing going with this amp since I got it. If I don't play any of my other amps, I think it sounds great. Once I plug into something else (especially amps that cost significantly less), I start scratching my head and questioning if it was worth it or not.
    I'm basically a rock/metal player and love all things hi gain. I'm looking for any suggestions for settings to get the most out of the 3 channels; especially the crunch and solo channels.
    And yes, I have downloaded the suggested settings from the Boogie website and I didn't think any of those were really all that great.
    any suggestions appreciated!
     
  2. fusionbear

    fusionbear exquirentibus veritatem Gold Supporting Member

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    I own a MKIII green stripe and if you don't mind not using the clean channel much try this: Volume 8-9 pulled out, Treble 7-8 pulled out, Mid 5, Bass 3 (keep it pushed in), Master set to venue, Lead gain 7-8, Lead Volume set to match other channel (keep it pushed in), EQ set to a squat or shallow "V", Prescence 3-4. Enjoy.......
     
  3. Snottyboy

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    Ask this at the Boogie Board...lots of Mark III users there and this question has been discussed many times. Another great forum. Search in the vintage amps section.

    http://forum.grailtone.com/
     
  4. rrhea

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    Good suggestions here so far. Also, if you get the chance to play your amp through a good 2x12 or 4x12 cabinet I think you'll be surprised at how much better it will sound. I recently converted my green stripe combo to a head (I bought the amp new when I was just a kid and never thought it sounded like it should have). I now play it through a Bogner 2x12 cab with Emi GB12 speakers (greenbacks) and I love it!

    The original speakers these amps came with (the EV or the Celestion) were ultra fizzy and just do not do this amp justice. Hearing it on a different set of speakers and in a larger cabinet will change your mind about your Mark III. ;)

    RR
     
  5. Tinman

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    I use to have an '86 Mk III. I also had a love/hate relationship with mine. Constantly tweaking the knobs. Life got better after I sold it. There are lots of amps out there that are friendlier and sound just as good or better.
     
  6. bosstone

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    I have owned several mark series amps including a MKIII Red stripe. I dialed in a sound I liked very much and didn't stray to from that. Then I came across my Boogie paperwork and tried the suggested settings. Many of them were ones that I would probably never thought to try. This was an eye opening experience. There are some fantastic sounds in the suggested settings and it will definitely open up a lot of very good possibilities. That amp has more sounds than 99% of the amps ever made. I agree that putting it through bigger cabinets is also something that will give it even better sound and more sonic possibilities.
     
  7. Snottyboy

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    Should have mentioned earlier.....download, read, and re-read the manual off the Mesa site. This is critical to understanding how all of the knobs interact with each other. Mark III is not a straight forward amp at all. It takes time to understand and tweak. If you like Boogies, your tone is in there...be patient. I have one, I love it, and would never part with it.
     

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