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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:48 pm 
Mark III

Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:53 pm
Posts: 167
I want to start a thread with nothing but Mark III settings. As we all know when you're new to a Mark III it can be difficult to dial them in. Let's post our favorite settings, include presence and GEQ settings if your amp has the GEQ.
Here's mine
Volume 1 - 7
Treble - 7 (Pulled)
Bass - 1 (Pulled)
Mid - 4
Master - 1 to 2 (pulled for deep)
Lead Drive - 6 or 7
Lead Master - 4
Presence - 2
GEQ - slight V, middle slider up just a little

PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:54 am 
Mark I
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Posts: 37
First off, Everyone ears are after something different so this is just a starting point for you. The master volume level makes this setting work well with either a Les Paul/Firebird/Strat very well for me.

If you play low on the master this will feel a bit fuzzy but if you can put the master around 2ish (Or More) it really lets this setting open up ! The clarity on Boogies really kicks in when the master volume opens up. IF you are in a bedroom trying to get the clear but great sustain on a Mark III, I find when I turn it up to stage volume it gets the tone I'm after. Once I get it dialed in I don't change any settings when I am at home learning tunes or practicing.

Its my fave for a balance between clean and lead tones. I like less top end than some folks so flavor to taste. :mrgreen:


'58 VOS Gibson Les Paul || 1984 Custom Stratocaster || 2014 Gibson Firebird
Vai Legacy 1 Head || Mesa 2x12 Cab || Modded Blues Jr || Boogie Mk III ||
TC electronic Delay/Reverb || Plimsoul - Xotic Wah - EP booster - CS Deja Vibe

PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:05 am 
Mark II

Joined: Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:15 pm
Posts: 136
Location: San Jose, CA
On lead eq 2 1 3 7 10 and b2 m3 t8 with an emg jackson '88 i always put presence high. an aggressive tone for sure, but I was in the army then

experimented with different volume levels of course.

2006 Fender Lite Ash Strat
2012 US Gibson Firebird V
1990 Boogie Mark 1 Reissue
2-12 Sapele Cab

Music: from blues to thrash and back! (allman bros, exodus, saxon, tcf, robert johnson)

PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:57 pm 
Mark III

Joined: Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:32 pm
Posts: 174
My MkIII is a 15/75 watt Simul-Class with R1+R2+ Reverb mods by Mike B. These are my standard settings. I adjust the bass, gain and possibly the graphic EQ slightly only when switching between Superstrats or Strats or my Tele or Les Paul. I will sometimes Pull Shift on the bass knob only for thin-sounding guitars when I want a very fat distortion. This is more suited to lead playing than the kind of lean, mean rhythm sound I like, although it could be good for early Smashing Pumpkins style rhythm playing such as on Siamese Dream.

Volume 7.5 (Pull Bright)
Treble - 7 (Pull Shift)
Bass - 0 to 1
Mid - 5 to 5.5
Master - 3 (Pull Deep)
R2 Volume (Rear Panel mod) - 7.5
I always engage this extra gain stage for the Lead channel
Lead Drive - 4 to 6
Lead Master - 6 to 7 (Pull Bright)
Presence - 5
EQ - In (otherwise, the clean channel lacks sparkle)
GEQ - U shape, middle slider neutral
Reverb - 1.5
I almost never touch reverb. Any other effects (including exotic reverbs) are in addition to this setting.

I run two Mark series 4x12s with the original spec speakers at all times, and all Monster Performer/500 cable for the entire signal chain, which is noticeably bright and responsive. The amp REALLY comes to life around Master Vol = 3, which is my recording volume. I typically run in 15 watt mode, which is already crushingly loud!

I can get very nice clean sounds by adjusting my guitar's volume knob down slightly, whilst still having killer R2 and Lead tones. I have a MXR KFK 10-band EQ w/gain boost as an option to pump for R2 for heavy rhythm, but the Lead channel is simply perfect. I never add anything to it other than pedal effects such as delay, phaser, or an octave pedal. Any time I want a pedal distortion flavor, it is through the clean channel, although every now and then I use something like this to boost R2.

Quad Preamp/2:90
MkIII+ Simul-Class & MkIVb
Mark 4x12 Stack
Charvel 650 Custom/EMG85/SLV/SLV+SPC
Charvel San Dimas I Koa USA
Jackson Soloist Pro MIJ
B.C. Rich Eagle Evo2/Air Norton
ESP Eclipse EMG 81/60
Ibanez UV7BK
Charvel 475 Exotic
Fender Tele USA

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:22 pm 
Mark III

Joined: Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:38 am
Posts: 228
Location: Western Colorado
I had a breakthrough in my Mark III high gain tone journey a couple weeks ago & here it is. Before this I've always gone straight to the lead channel when I wanted this tone, and used the standard settings on the knobs & GEQ you'd expect. Moving on from this I started trying some higher than normal presence settings to take the blanket off, and pulling back on the 6600 slider to compensate.

This was good, and opened some things up for me. It still wasn't exactly what I was looking for tonally in rhythms, though. It's still a little compressed & fizzy there. So, I kept tweaking, and kept ignoring how everyone else says they run theirs. I actually switched over to the Rhythm 2 channel & slammed it with a 20db boost, and knobbed up these settings while running on my bridge EMG 81-

Volume 10 pushed
Treble 10 pulled
Bass 1 pull or push to taste, you can kind of compensate either way with the 80 slider
Middle 4 pulled
Master >1.75 pulled
Lead pushed (off)
Lead master pushed
GEQ enabled & set to taste
Presence 10
Simulclass / Class A to taste
On your guitar- volume at 10
On your guitar- tone at 0 (This was the big fizz killer for me- dump the tone & compensate with 6600. Also stops the string wipe noises.)
Input boost at full tilt

To me, this gives the same basic gain & saturation as running the lead channel on more traditional settings with the gain around 7 and no boost, but it really opened up the note separation when chording & I think gives it this killer tonal edge. It also drops the bass flub just a little compared to the lead channel with the same settings. It may change next month but right now I'm super happy with this sound for playing heavy. I can't wait till I get it in a room where I can turn it up past 2. :D

Side note, I also switched the Mark III from my Mesa recto V30 cab to a Marshall 1960B G12T-75 cab, and I think it really suits it better. It was another step in taming the fizz with the tall presence settings. Marks take a lot of work to dial in but when you do they kill!

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