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The MARK V™ is not just an amp. It is a whole collection of amplifiers. It is also a living history of MESA/Boogie. From the groundbreaking MARK I that introduced the world to high-gain with it’s cascading pre amp, to the Mark II - the world’s first high gain Dual Mode Channel Switching amplifier and it’s later siblings that introduced Simul-Class™ power. From the MARK III that ushered in the era of 3 Channel footswitching performance, to the MARK IV which gave all this power individual control, the MARK V is the embodiment of the last 40 years of guitar amp history.
Three distinct Channels present the 3 footswitchable sounds in a simple to dial platform, but don't let that fool you… beneath each set of controls lies another layer of performance. Each preamp Channel contains 3 distinct Modes that are controlled by a simple mini-toggle Mode switch found in the upper left corner of each Channel. This switch is responsible for the voicing of each Channel.
Channel 1 contains the lowest gain sounds of the three Channels and can be thought of as the Rhythm or Clean channel. The other two channels contain modes that work better for soft clip, medium crunch and high gain rhythm work. There is a tight, skinny Clean (toggle up), a warm, rich Fat clean sound with added lower fundamental (toggle center) and a higher gain pushed version of this architecture found in Tweed (toggle down). A Channel-global Bold voicing switch adds punch and cut starting in the high mids to help you stand out in a dense mix and give you an increase in headroom.
The on-board 5 Band Graphic EQ has been an iconic trademark of MARK Series Boogies since they first appeared on the MARK I back in 1970. A separate mini-toggle for each Channel located in the left side of the Graphic EQ section allows you to select whether you will use the actual Sliders (toggle up) to shape your individual EQ curve or, a Preset contour (toggle down) based on the ever- popular "V" curve.
Mark V amps offer a Multi-Watt™ Power feature that determines the amount (wattage) and type (configuration) of power each preamp Channel will be coupled with to create a classic sound. Any amplifier's sound is 50% preamp and 50% power, so this switch is responsible for a large part of a given Channel's personality and feel. The choices repeat for all 3 Channels and they are 90 Watts of Simul-Class™ power, 45 of push-pull Class A power and 10 Watts of single-ended Class A power.
These three power choices give you ultimate flexibility as to the styles and venues the MARK V can adapt to instantly and in fact, it's like having three separate amps in one case - each having the perfect amount of power for a different application. And when you combine the power of the separate Preamp Channels, the combinations of EQ and the Power options, you have the most comprehensive collection of tube amplifiers ever brought together in one chassis.