"Through the interface we then hit the input of the Mark V on top and that's the main tone. We use channel one and channel three primarily. This amp just does so many things and it's just great sounding. I can't come up with more good things to say about it. It's just an awesome amp. This particular one is the one we recorded the album with and it ended up in the rig," says John Petrucci's guitar tech.more
Travis' rig is the same as Claudio's: a Whirlwind Multi Selector, Audio-Technica wireless, and Fractal Audio Axe-FX Ultra. He only uses a few presets, his heavier sounds modeled after his Mesa/Boogie Mark Vs, and lead tones are more of a Marshall kind of lead with delay and reverb. On the floor, he uses a Mission expression pedal and Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro, as well as an Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Jr.more
Tim from Mesa made a suggestion, and I’m happy he did. I made the switch from what I was using at that time to a Mesa Boogie Mark V and it’s the best move I have ever made. Cleanest, clearest tone with so much volume and punch. I had to break the habit of using the numbers on the master volume and output knobs. I was so used to pushing my old amps so hard that I would overpower everything else on stage. The Mark V has always been talked about as not being a gain monster, but its all about how you EQ the amp. It comes set up from the factory with an over-abundance of mid and high end, because honestly, the guitar is a mid-driven instrument that players who tune down force low tones out of. So when EQing this amp you have to forget the old rules and pull back your standard treble, mids and lows on the amp and use the 5 band EQ to make it open up. Once you really figure it out it’s a whole new monster. Then add in the bits and pieces, especially the Grid Slammer, in the pre section and forget it. I have been told on multiple nights by sound guys that the combination of tones Tim and I are running live every night barely needed to be EQed by front of house.more
"For all his amp needs, Simmons rolls with a single Mesa/Boogie Mark V. He uses the various channels to gain up his signal (or become Keith Richards, as he puts it) and depends on tube saturation for distortion. Simmons does have a second Mark V in the rack for backup purposes."more
Versatile, durable & intuitive. Playing in a lot of different projects & genres, I needed an amp that would be malleable enough to fit into each environment. With 3 channels (each with 3 modes), 3-band EQ, presence, gain & independent channel volume controls, getting from sound to sound is a breeze (using a footswitch). On top of that, you have the added versatility of having a 5-band slider EQ that comes in at the power amp stage, allowing you to boost/cut certain frequencies on the fly (from your footswitch!). The FX Loop has its own volume control, which is a great but rarely-seen feature. Runs either EL34s & 6L6s, with switches for pentode/triode/tube settings for even more versatility. There's also a Solo volume control, for boosting any given line to whatever degree you may need. Reverb on each individual channel for even more control. To top it off, you can run the amp with Full or Variac power.
This merely scratches the surface of this powerful head, & after 5 years of use I'm still discovering new & amazing things about the tones offered to me through it. The best money I've ever spent on an amp. I will never NEED another amp so long as this one's around.