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by MkIII Renegade
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Guitars
Topic: Do you cut, or leave them long?
Replies: 6
Views: 5141

Re: Do you cut, or leave them long?

Always cut as close as possible.
by MkIII Renegade
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Guitars
Topic: Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Monarhy
Replies: 6
Views: 5639

Re: Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Monarhy

I have not yet played the Majesty, but I have played a couple of the current JP models, which are already extremely comfortable and FULL of tone. The idea behind the Majesty was to streamline the original concept even more to have the ultimate in comfort, a high performance live guitar for playing d...
by MkIII Renegade
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Give it up for the Mark III, once and for all!
Replies: 3
Views: 2803

Re: Give it up for the Mark III, once and for all!

This isn't news to me, I've been using my MkIII head almost exclusively for my entire adult life! :lol: The key to everything is understanding the interaction of the bass and treble rotary knobs in conjunction with the mighty Presence control. I also love my MkIV, but it's not my wife. The ultimate ...
by MkIII Renegade
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark III doing sabbath...
Replies: 5
Views: 3831

Re: Mark III doing sabbath...

Very well done! Enjoyed your various covers. I've done instrumental covers of this song and Seasons in the Abyss as well. With a little tweaking, I find that the MkIII can easily pull off a variety of Marshall sounds as well as classic supercharged '80s Boogie like no other! Here are a few others I ...
by MkIII Renegade
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: Express 3/4 back cabinet for MkIII??
Replies: 2
Views: 1502

Re: Express 3/4 back cabinet for MkIII??

I had similar issue with Recto 2x12 and Mk IV. At low volumes it sounded great but got stuck in the mids with loud volumes and did not like the upper mid spike. Half-back would be ideal cab for mark, but those are hard to find here. With my old Thiele the sound was much more balanced. Hence, the so...
by MkIII Renegade
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: Express 3/4 back cabinet for MkIII??
Replies: 2
Views: 1502

Express 3/4 back cabinet for MkIII??

I had been stalking various 2x12s for most of this year for my MkIII head, and finally got a great deal on a Recto 2x12 horizontal with V30s (first time for these speakers). It is of course a very nice and punchy cab, but the V30s definitely have some EQ differences in the upper range and give a mor...
by MkIII Renegade
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mesa Hardwood Family Photo and more (Image Heavy)
Replies: 16
Views: 9761

Re: Mesa Hardwood Family Photo and more (Image Heavy)

OP, do you have a license for posting X-rated material here?! :shock:
by MkIII Renegade
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Is boosting a Recto overrated?
Replies: 27
Views: 12952

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: 1342

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: 3086

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: 5434

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: 2655

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: 2742

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: 4911

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: 2886

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...