Mesa Boogie Mark Five 40th Anniversary Combo Custom
Mesa Boogie Mark Five 40th Anniversary Combo Custom

Mark Five 40th Anniversary Combo Custom , Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Mesa Boogie in the Mark V series.

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iamqman 04/23/2011

Mesa Boogie Mark Five 40th Anniversary Combo Custom : iamqman's user review

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I am a huge fan of Mesa Boogie. From their cabinets to their amps they have done a great job at building high quality products that most people can afford. Even their lower end smaller products they still build with excellent quality and precision.

This amp carries with the tradition of American excellence. The Mark V takes all of the previous Mark series and put them into one convenient amp combo. I feel that Mesa really took some pride in designing this amp fr the person who like the Mark series greatest hits.

Mesa/Boogie Mark V 40th Anniversary Combo Special Features:

* Simul-Class Power Amp with Multi-Watt and Duo-Class technologies for 3 power and three operating class options
* Wattages are channel assignable via 10/45/90 Watt Power Switches
* Choose 2 power tubes operating in pure vintage Class A (single-ended), producing 10 Watts
* 2 tubes running in time-honored Class A/B producing 45 Watts
* 4 tubes running in Mesa's patented Simul-Class Power that blends the best of Class A and Class A/B simultaneously to produce 90 Watts


* sly to produce 90 Watts

Mesa/Boogie Mark V 40th Anniversary Combo Features:
# 1 x 12" Combo with C90 Speaker

* 10/45/90 Watts
* 4x6L6 (or 4xEL34), 7x12AX7, 1x5U4
* Bias Select Switch (6L6/EL34)
* Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance
* Full Power/Variac Power Switch
* 3 Fully Independent Channels with 9 Modes
* Footswitchable, Channel Assignable or True Bypassable All-Tube FX Loop with Send Level Control (over all channels when activated)
* Output Level Control (over all channels when activated)
* Footswitchable Solo Level Control
* True "Hard" Bypass Switch removes FX Loops, Output Level & Solo Level Controls from signal path
* Tuner Output w/Footswitchable Mute
* Slave Out w/Level Control
* Fan Cooled with On/Off Switch
* External Switching Jacks for Channels 2, 3 (channel 1 is default), EQ & Solo
* Aluminum Chassis
* 4x4 — 8 Button Footswitch
* Casters
* Slip Cover
* 22.5" W x 19" H x 10.5" D


I am more of a Mark lll type person so I like to keep the tone way over on the 3 channel on the Extreme side. I find this setting to be the closest to my Coliseum tone that I had a long time ago. I always like playing the Mesa to their full gainy potential. So I inherently use a Les Paul or some other humbucking style guitar.

I am not a fan of the tone of the combo as much as the head. I don't think the 1x12 speaker does the amp justice. Try using the speaker output and running it into a 4x12 from Mesa. I find that to be a much better situation.


For those of you who love the Mark series then this is the best of the early additions. This amp is more versatile than any Mark series that had previously come out. At new these units come in at around $2250. Not a bad price for a 3 channel monster amp.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who lives the tone of a Mark series especially the highly sought after MkllC+. This sounds just about as close as you are going to get to that tone. I do feel that it isn't exactly like that, but they are hard to find nowadays.