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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by Philippe » Wed May 24, 2017 6:49 am

Hey lovetoboogie, our Boogies are not that far apart. My combo is hardwood too. How can I see if it's also Shedua? I'm not a wood expert ;)

Thanks!
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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by lovetoboogie » Wed May 24, 2017 9:14 am

Philippe wrote:Hey lovetoboogie, our Boogies are not that far apart. My combo is hardwood too. How can I see if it's also Shedua? I'm not a wood expert ;)

Thanks!
I thought it was Koa or Bubinga myself. But on the back panel under one of the fan L-brackets, in the smallest sharpie writing ever, it says "4/88 Shedua". And then some indecipherable initials. So I googled Shedua after first thinking maybe that was someone's name! Sure enough it's a very cool and beautiful African wood that gets used for alot of decorative stuff.


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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by Philippe » Wed May 24, 2017 10:17 am

Thank for the info man! Gonna check my Boogie when I get home!
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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by tonyelbatal » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:11 am

Hello,

I've been following all responses and I may need some help here, I own a Blue Stripe with the following serial number: #17845

What people have suggested, this serial doesn't fall in the blue stripe territory, am I missing something? The amp has a blue marking on the back (top left), and it has a Full Power / Half Power switch on the front (runs on 2xEL34 and 2x6L6), how can I know it's a blue stripe aside from the serial number?

I have attached two images below. Also anyone knows what these markings/signatures on the photo mean?

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Thank you,
Tony

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by Wyzard » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:23 pm

It looks very much like a purple stripe that someone has scribbled over in blue - and I haven't the slightest clue why anyone would do that, before you ask. The stripe colours are almost invariably a single swipe with a coloured sharpie; yours is scribbled over, so IMO it has been "badgered" by some unknown end-user.

An internal shot would help us see if the person concerned has done anything more substantial/interesting/foolish with the circuitry. Can you post more back-panel shots of the Simul switch (there has to be one, or I'm barking up the completely wrong tree), and a front-panel pic too please?
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MkII eh?

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by tonyelbatal » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:28 pm

Wyzard wrote:It looks very much like a purple stripe that someone has scribbled over in blue - and I haven't the slightest clue why anyone would do that, before you ask. The stripe colours are almost invariably a single swipe with a coloured sharpie; yours is scribbled over, so IMO it has been "badgered" by some unknown end-user.

An internal shot would help us see if the maniac has done anything more substantial/interesting/foolish with the circuitry. Can you post a front-panel pic too please?
If that's true, meaning the guy screwed me and I can't do anything about it now. I need to figure out how to open the amp to take pictures for you to check.

On a side note, the amp is VERY bright in terms of what I read on this forum as a property of the "Blue" stripe. And in terms of "gain", it has a lot of gain. I play with an EMG81 and there's plenty of gain on the lead channel, no need for a booster for ex. Does the Purple stripe has these "bright" and high gain properties?

Thanks again,
Tony

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by Wyzard » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:31 pm

Don't worry yet - the actual stripe colour is a matter of taste for a lot of us, and doesn't affect the value much.

Post the panel pics first, and we'll get on it.... When you find a way to hold the chassis while unscrewing the retainer bolts (I use a slave/faithful assistant to help me, as I have a dodgy hand), you can then slide the chassis out for more pics.
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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by tonyelbatal » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:34 pm

Wyzard wrote:Don't worry yet - the actual stripe colour is a matter of taste for a lot of us, and doesn't affect the value much.

Post the other pics, and we'll get on it....
Okay will try to do this today and take clear pictures. The amp costed me $1100 so I think that is a good price for a Mark III (old tubes on it which means I will need to change them).

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by tonyelbatal » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:38 pm

Wyzard wrote:Don't worry yet - the actual stripe colour is a matter of taste for a lot of us, and doesn't affect the value much.

Post the panel pics first, and we'll get on it.... When you find a way to hold the chassis while unscrewing the retainer bolts (I use a slave/faithful assistant to help me, as I have a dodgy hand), you can then slide the chassis out for more pics.
Hi Wyzard,

I have attached the below images, I hope they help provide some information. Note that, it's written "Blue" on the side of the board in one of them, not sure what this refers to:

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by s-fresh » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:58 pm

I found another one like this recently with an early serial but a very obvious and large blue stripe above the power cord. I wonder if it has the same note on the chassis... Will let you all know if I end up grabbing it.

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by tonyelbatal » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:25 pm

Wyzard wrote:Don't worry yet - the actual stripe colour is a matter of taste for a lot of us, and doesn't affect the value much.

Post the panel pics first, and we'll get on it.... When you find a way to hold the chassis while unscrewing the retainer bolts (I use a slave/faithful assistant to help me, as I have a dodgy hand), you can then slide the chassis out for more pics.
Hi again Wyzard,

What does the above images tell you? I have an update, I contacted MesaBoogie and Mike B. sent me the following by email (I shared the images with him) and also asked him about the mods. and that I play Metallica:
It appears this amp was updated to BLUE dot. As far as mods I can do the 3+ mod ($200 to me plus mesa svc) and in this case, the Brighter Simul Class Version is likely best to get to the Metallica tones. If extreme gain is wanted the 3++ mod ($300 to me plus mesa svc) is the ticket. Neither of theses is as bright as that BLUE dot is right now. I do recommend including the R2 master on rear.
That being said, would it be even possible to convert a purple stripe to blue stripe, like Mike B. said? And it seems like modding the amp (to 3+ or 3++) is not a good option if I want to play Metallica type of sound.

Thanks again!

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by s-fresh » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:22 pm

There's not a person on these boards that knows more about these amps than Mike does so you're getting the best information there. My understanding is the differences between the purple through green stripes is not that large (component wise). The no-stripe/black-stripes have slightly different boards than the later ones so there might be some bigger differences there. Sounds like you're already in a good place for what you want to do. :)

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by Wyzard » Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:54 pm

As observed above, Mike is the authority - I just collect what info I can, like everyone else who's a Mk fan.... but he's been there, seen it and done it all. If you can live with the expense, put it in his hands and let him work his magic. I'm glad he concurred with my best guess, and that it wasn't factory - I must have learned something after all this time!

I would have got my MkIIIs all ++ed if I was over there, instead of over here (reverse as necessary, according to your location). However, I'm not, so my solution has been to wait patiently for IIC+ and KS to turn up for sale, and trade in my MkIIIs as I go along. My Coli IIB may yet get sent over for some Mike magic (loop mod and tune up).

He's a valuable resource, and a very nice guy; and we should give him as much work as we possibly can.



Edit: post some pics of the front and back panels if you have a chance - I'm still curious about this.

I've certainly never seen a "stripe" mod as heavy as this - at least, that didn't involve the factory - and I'm wondering whether it really does sound as ear-ripping as a factory "blue" (I love the blue, but don't play metal/anything heavy, so go figure...).

Where do you find yourself setting the presence control, and what speaker is being used with it?
MkII eh?

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by s-fresh » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:25 am

Anyone have any idea what an "A" before the serial might mean? I just picked up a Simul-Class Blue Stripe, A229##. I've never seen an "A" prefix before. I know they did some limited edition anniversary Mark IIIs at some point? I found a few online but the serials are not readable.

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Re: mark 3 serial numbers

Post by s-fresh » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:24 pm

s-fresh wrote:Anyone have any idea what an "A" before the serial might mean? I just picked up a Simul-Class Blue Stripe, A229##. I've never seen an "A" prefix before. I know they did some limited edition anniversary Mark IIIs at some point? I found a few online but the serials are not readable.
I've reached out to a few Limited Edition owners and sellers and no confirmation yet. I did find one online without an "A" in the serial. Mike at Mesa also doesn't know. So far no luck figuring out the "A".

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