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 Post subject: Mark V vs. Road King II
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:08 pm 
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Right now, I have a Road King II head. I have been thinking of selling it to get a Mark V....I've been tinkering with the RK for a while now, and it does cover a lot of ground. I haven't been able to demo a Mark V yet....but I am sure some of you have. Can any of you fill me in with your thoughts about both amps in comparison? Versatility is not a problem with either of these amps, so the type of music I play doesn't really come into play.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:15 pm 
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the type of music totally comes into play..

there are two different fundamental tones between the recto and the mark.

simply put the marks are tight, and the rectos are loose, there is more of a midrange sound to the marks, and the rectos have a more pronounce lower frequency.

both will give you versitility / variety; but not the other underlying amp sound.

whats your main tone goals?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:47 pm 
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Well, like I said I play a wide range of music. Anything from Jazz/Jazz fusion, to classic rock, to blues, to progressive metal. I don't play super heavy metal or anything, but I know both amps can do that too.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:37 pm 
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Essentially the question is Mark series vs Recto series, since both amps have more options then a Lexus.

Me personally, I prefer Mark series tone.

Much tighter, midrangey. But you won't get the thick wall of distortion sound that comes from the recto's big bottom end.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:49 pm 
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plus the mark heads are more compact. which i like

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:35 am 
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I'd say Mark. They one thing it has that the RK doesn't, tones aside, quality tone at lower volumes. That for me is huge.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:28 pm 
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If you play such a wide range of music, I think you'd be happier with a Mark V. The Mark V's 2nd channel is brilliant, and reminds me a lot of Halen's "brown sound," whereas the 2nd channel on the Recto never did anything for me (I had the 3 channel version).


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:35 pm 
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primal wrote:
Essentially the question is Mark series vs Recto series, since both amps have more options then a Lexus.

Me personally, I prefer Mark series tone.

Much tighter, midrangey. But you won't get the thick wall of distortion sound that comes from the recto's big bottom end.


I agree with that. i've had the mark V for about a week now; it's simply an awesome amp, but so is the road king II. i don't think it's easy to compare the amps to eachother; they have their own specific strengths. "mark tone" and "rectifier tone" are two different things, but both the RKII and the Mark V are so versatile you can really do a lot with either amp.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:49 pm 
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also it depends what kind of power selection you want i love the mark v's with 6l6s and els but id realllly love to have it so i could mix em like the mark iv without voiding my warrenty. Wheres the rk you can use both or w.e u want. But as many said the mark v has the lower power ability. Also i find the mark haveing more of a boutique type distortion wheres the rk has that generic dual rec type tone.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:36 am 
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I sometimes regret selling my rk for the mark other times I am happier than hell I did. They are such different amps. The rk tube selection was my fav part. I am looking to get my old dual rec head back from a guy or one local. Some stuff I realy miss the rec or rk sound. The mark v does kick butt though and about half the weight!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:15 pm 
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I had a Roadster and I've only regretted selling it once. The clean channel of that amp is unmatchable. Other than that, the Mark V CH3 Tones is where it's at for me.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:29 pm 
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theroan wrote:
I'd say Mark. They one thing it has that the RK doesn't, tones aside, quality tone at lower volumes. That for me is huge.


This is SO true. I had a Recto and it was all but useless to me unless it was cranked up. The Mark V sounds AWESOME at lower volumes, even in 90W mode.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:26 pm 
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I also have a RKII and have been considering a MKV. I think I've grown tired of the Recto sound and find that the Mark sound is a little more pleasing to my ears. Plus it's lighter and smaller, which are definite pluses for me. Gigging with the RKII is starting to be a PITA now. Ideally, I would like to pick up a MKV and evaluate both, but financially, I don't think that's possible right now :(. I think eventually, I will make the switch though. I'm just waiting for Mesa Hollywood to have them in stock again so I can demo :).

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:28 am 
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mrodr008 wrote:
I also have a RKII and have been considering a MKV. I think I've grown tired of the Recto sound and find that the Mark sound is a little more pleasing to my ears. Plus it's lighter and smaller, which are definite pluses for me. Gigging with the RKII is starting to be a PITA now. Ideally, I would like to pick up a MKV and evaluate both, but financially, I don't think that's possible right now :(. I think eventually, I will make the switch though. I'm just waiting for Mesa Hollywood to have them in stock again so I can demo :).

Go across the street and guitar center has a used one there to play.


I am keeping the Road King for now, but maybe I'll change if I play one next to a Road King, who knows.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:31 pm 
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I have a Roadster and a Mark V. Buy the Mark V. Despite the Roadster having and extra channel and a bunch of switching features, there is something missing there. The MV has it all - I have never been happier with an amp. It takes all my guitars and brings out the features of each one beautifully. I can get virtually any tone on this thing very quickly, wwhereas two years later I am still scratching my head with the Roadster. There are some fantastic things about he Roadster - don't get me wrong, but the MV has them al and way more. It is the ultimate Boogie...

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