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by MarshMesa
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Stiletto Series
Topic: How close to the Marshall DSL is the Stiletto Ace?
Replies: 1
Views: 2906

How close to the Marshall DSL is the Stiletto Ace?

I currently have a Mark IV head that I like most things about. I bought it knowing well that it doesn't really do a true Marshall sound. I sold my DSL100 head about a year ago because it was just too loud, and also because it was starting to fall apart. I never did get to play a Stiletto Ace 50-watt...
by MarshMesa
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: The Mark IV thread....!!
Replies: 729
Views: 282752

Re: The Mark IV thread....!!

I don't use R1 as much as I used the Lead channel, but it does offer a really nice Plexi-ish sound to my ears. I will use it with the gain at 8 (pulled), treble 8, mid 5.5, bass 3, and presence 8. I use the graphic EQ to boost the bass, and gives it a nice, thick sound that can create a smooth disto...
by MarshMesa
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Rigs & Tones
Topic: Why do Mesa's allow me to hear complex chords better?
Replies: 2
Views: 1954

Re: Why do Mesa's allow me to hear complex chords better?

Interesting, because when I read midrange, I usually think of Marshall. But I just get better harmonic balance with Mesa amps. Marshall's have always been great lead playing amps for me, but they've never sounded as good when playing complex chords or 6-string chords.
by MarshMesa
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Rigs & Tones
Topic: Why do Mesa's allow me to hear complex chords better?
Replies: 2
Views: 1954

Why do Mesa's allow me to hear complex chords better?

I've been a previous owner of the Dual Rectifier Solo Head (early 2 channel version), a DC3 head, and currently a Mark IV head. One thing I've noticed with every Mesa I have owned, is that it's easier to hear all the notes within a chord. Comparing my Mark IV to my Marshall DSL100, the Marshall woul...
by MarshMesa
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Bass Knob sensitivity on Mark IV Lead Channel
Replies: 9
Views: 3237

Re: Bass Knob sensitivity on Mark IV Lead Channel

For what it's worth, I never turn my bass up past 4 on my Mark IV. I get muddy / fubby sound if I do. Also, JJ preamp tubes to my ears, are a little more muddy / dark than my standard Mesa preamp tubes. I was under the impression that Mesa's pre-amp tubes were just rebranded JJ's I read that too so...
by MarshMesa
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Bass Knob sensitivity on Mark IV Lead Channel
Replies: 9
Views: 3237

Re: Bass Knob sensitivity on Mark IV Lead Channel

The most common mistake people make is putting the bass up on 6 or 7 and then they wonder why it sounds nothing like what they hear on recordings. If you want more bass, there are other ways to increase it. Putting the 80 slider up near the top will boost the bass, as well changing other settings wi...
by MarshMesa
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Bass Knob sensitivity on Mark IV Lead Channel
Replies: 9
Views: 3237

Re: Bass Knob sensitivity on Mark IV Lead Channel

For what it's worth, I never turn my bass up past 4 on my Mark IV. I get muddy / fubby sound if I do. Also, JJ preamp tubes to my ears, are a little more muddy / dark than my standard Mesa preamp tubes.
by MarshMesa
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark IVa reverb question
Replies: 6
Views: 2316

Re: Mark IVa reverb question

Well, I tried changing out tubes tonight and learned that it's not a tube problem for my amp. I also learned something unexpected but important. I used to own a DC-3 head. When I bought it, I replaced all the tubes with a JJ retube kit. I could never get the amp to sound focused -- it was always a b...
by MarshMesa
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Mark V
Topic: Mark V combo - Humbuckers vs. Single Coils
Replies: 14
Views: 4867

Re: Mark V combo - Humbuckers vs. Single Coils

I much prefer single coils on my Strat for most things non-heavy. My Strat has the EMG SA pickups (what David Gilmour uses) and they can get surprisingly heavy if needed. But they don't sound nearly as rich and full as my humbucker Telecaster does. Sometimes though, I wish my Strat had passive picku...
by MarshMesa
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark IVa reverb question
Replies: 6
Views: 2316

Re: Mark IVa reverb question

I also just purchased a Mark IV head last week, and it has the exact same problem. I read somewhere on here that it might be a problem with the reverb tank. If that's the case, it would cost $40 plus whatever it costs to install it. I'm not sure if that's the issue though.
by MarshMesa
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: The Mark IV thread....!!
Replies: 729
Views: 282752

Re: The Mark IV thread....!!

Wow guys, all I had to do is turn this thing on and plug in, and it sounds amazing. However, it's going to take me a long time to figure out how to take advantage of every little option in this thing. It's one in the early B models. Whoever owned this before looks like they barely used it. It still ...
by MarshMesa
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: The Mark IV thread....!!
Replies: 729
Views: 282752

Re: The Mark IV thread....!!

Good Lord it's been about 6 years since I last posted on this site! Crazy how time just disappears like water in the California sun. I just wanted to share that I finally ordered a Mark IV head and will have it sometime next week. I sold my DC-3 head in 2015, as it wasn't quite my sound on the lead ...
by MarshMesa
Tue May 27, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Dual Caliber
Topic: DC 3 questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1585

Re: DC 3 questions

No, but I think that might be my best bet of figuring out if I want to keep the amp long term. I will take it to the Hollywood store and try it out on a Mesa speaker. Do you recommend trying it on a 2x12 or a 4x12?
by MarshMesa
Mon May 26, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Dual Caliber
Topic: DC 3 questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1585

DC 3 questions

Alright guys, I may have asked a similar question a few years ago, but I'd like to see if you guys have any suggestions. I own a DC-3 head that sits on a 1922 Marshall 2x12 half cabinet. I play mainly this rock telecaster with dual humbuckers. Now to get to my point - my DC 3 is always a little bit ...
by MarshMesa
Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: Boogie Classifieds
Topic: Deleted
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: DC-3 Head for sale $525 plus shipping

No one is interested?...