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by MkIII Renegade
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Is boosting a Recto overrated?
Replies: 27
Views: 11675

Re: Is boosting a Recto overrated?

The whole POINT of having a Mesa/Boogie is that you already have ultimate hotrod tone from the factory! I've never felt the need to boost any Mesa....

If anything, a clean boost could be useful.
by MkIII Renegade
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: Slight breakup tone
Replies: 1
Views: 1192

Re: Slight breakup tone

You could easily get this by driving R1 hard with Vol = 8-9, Treble = 7-8 and then a little Master vol. R2 can do a lot more of this, although it is quite bassy in stock form. You'll have to reduce the rotary bass knob to ~1 and carefully balance treble + presence. Lead Drive can be around 3-4 if yo...
by MkIII Renegade
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: Mark III vs Mark IV vs Mark V comparison video / poll
Replies: 8
Views: 2681

Re: Mark III vs Mark IV vs Mark V comparison video / poll

Difficult to judge what an amp sounds like in person through a video, but based on yours, I'd have to go with the IV. It looks like you had more mids scooped out of the MkIII graphic than the others, which doesn't help it at all. I keep mine close to the center line. The MkV was definitely last plac...
by MkIII Renegade
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: Playing a Mark III without using the EQ
Replies: 13
Views: 5098

Re: Playing a Mark III without using the EQ

I simply keep my MkIII on Auto for the GEQ and love it. For many years I was terrified of the mighty Presence control, because it can quickly put you in GUILLOTINE territory when everything else is cranked! :shock: But thanks to this forum, I learned more about how the controls interact, and how the...
by MkIII Renegade
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: Need advice: 3+ mod for my Coliseum?
Replies: 6
Views: 2305

Re: Need advice: 3+ mod for my Coliseum?

As far as prices go for them, I've always bought my Coliseums at the same going rate as the normal Mark IIIs. Even as rare as they are, they are a somewhat limited application. At most shows, you can't get them up to full roar without hearing a bunch of 4 letter words from the soundman, and with th...
by MkIII Renegade
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: 1980's Mesa Ads?
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

Re: 1980's Mesa Ads?

There are plenty of nice vintage Mesa catalogs floating around online, too. They are sexy to the point of being a bit....naughty! :shock: My oldest is a 1984, and contains the then new MKIII, Quad Preamp, and the Holy Grail for me - a cream Mark III Coliseum 300 half stack! I still enjoy looking thr...
by MkIII Renegade
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: How do Mark III green stripes do for thrash metal?
Replies: 8
Views: 4395

Re: How do Mark III green stripes do for thrash metal?

I consider the MkIII to be unmatched as an all-around classic thrash amp. You'd be surprised how well you can tweak it be Marshallesque too if that's what you want. The pure, unmodified no stripe MkIII Lead channel is the very core of my tonal identity, although any MkIII is in the same ballpark. Ne...
by MkIII Renegade
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark IV disappointing gain
Replies: 5
Views: 2630

Re: Mark IV disappointing gain

Try experimenting with the switches on the back - the Harmonics/Mid Gain one in particular can make a big difference - Mid Gain seems a bit gainier to me, although I've found I prefer the harmonics setting in the long run. Make sure you Pull Fat on both gain knobs. Especially on Rhy2 - it makes a h...
by MkIII Renegade
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Best cab for a Mark IV
Replies: 3
Views: 1803

Re: Best cab for a Mark IV

The best cab for a Mark is always the Mark series metal grill cabs with C90s/EVM12Ls hands down in my opinion. 8) I used to have a JCM 900 4x12 parked side by side with my Mark 4x12, and any of my amps always sounded thicker and better overall through the Mesa cab, even the Marshall TSL100 I had at ...
by MkIII Renegade
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: Which would you rather?
Replies: 16
Views: 5995

Re: Which would you rather?

Wow, the Quad sounds even better than I thought it would. Seriously, this thing floored me. I've read a lot online that the Mark series take a lot of time to dial in and find "that" tone, I must have been incredibly lucky, because the first time I dialed things in it was pouring sweet juicy tone ou...
by MkIII Renegade
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Mark V
Topic: Mark V combo - Humbuckers vs. Single Coils
Replies: 14
Views: 5078

Re: Mark V combo - Humbuckers vs. Single Coils

Singles for sure. My favorites are my two Yngwie Strats, one with a maple board and DiMarzio YJMs and one with rosewood board and Duncan YJMs. The pickups in both are designed to handle fairly high gain very well while retaining their clear, twangy character. And the cleans are nothing short of phen...
by MkIII Renegade
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: JP2C
Topic: JP2C + Mark V = redundant?
Replies: 14
Views: 7757

Re: JP2C + Mark V = redundant?

Mesa is a restless company. They remind me of my other favorite hobby----fast cars. Ferrari are constantly improving their new models, and you can be left thinking you bought too soon every time they come out with a special new edition a year later with valid improvements. I think the JP2C is the ul...
by MkIII Renegade
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Mark V
Topic: Mark V 90w vs. Mark V 35
Replies: 17
Views: 7124

Re: Mark V 90w vs. Mark V 35

First, 35 watts is more than loud enough I'm sure. You'll have two channels/sounds instead of three, and you lose a couple modes with it, but you can cover the majority of the sounds you'd want with it as long as you don't need clean and crunch to be one button away. The only things I've heard "bad...
by MkIII Renegade
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Mark V
Topic: EVM 12L experience
Replies: 7
Views: 3183

Re: EVM 12L experience

The mighty EVM12L laughs at your puny 50 or 100 watt amps. It won't even reveal it's true tone until you push---hard! You'd never realize how great EVs are if your amp spent it's life in a bedroom studio at low volumes...

There is a good reason than even now, used ones are far from cheap....
by MkIII Renegade
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Guitars
Topic: Tele love
Replies: 22
Views: 15317

Re: Tele love

I found it in a 2011 American Standard in three color burst with a rosewood fretboard. Found one pretty much unused on reverb, complete with all the case candy: http://www.tbonesullivan.com/images/guitars/2011tele1.jpg She's a beaut! I just picked up my first rosewood board Tele, an American Specia...