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    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Victoria, BC
    ME: KxK customs
    Rig: Verellen Amps

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    got a mark V

    haven't even plugged it in yet. got it in a trade+ cash deal. probably going to flip it to pay some bills. someone convince me to keep it

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Arizona
    ME: Ibanez
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    Congrats man! It's one of the best amps ever made! Take your time to dig into it and learn it if you've never had one. Almost any sound is available on this amp.

    So for settings, here's my attempt to help

    I'm going to suggest some metal tones here. Go on to the Mark IV or Extreme on channel 3 and try out some of these four settings:

    The Ola:
    Treble: dimed, all the way up
    Mid: off
    Bass: off
    Gain: 11 o'clock
    Presence: Noon

    The Petrucci:
    Treble: 2 o'clock
    Mid: 10 o'clock
    Bass: below 9 o'clock
    Gain: 2 o'clock
    Presence: noon to 2 o'clock

    Gain machine (excellent for leads):
    Treble: 3 o'clock
    Mid: 9 o'clock
    Bass: below 9 o'clock
    Gain: 3 o'clock
    Presence: noon to 2 o'clock

    Darker (works great with a boost):
    Treble: 10 o'clock
    Mid: 10 o'clock
    Bass: below 9 o'clock
    Gain: dimed
    Presence: noon to 2 o'clock

    All with an EQ in a V like this:

    60 Hz slider near the top
    250 Hz slider just above or below the mid bar (to your tastes)
    750 Hz slider should rest just above or touching the bottom bar.
    2000 Hz slider just above the mid bar
    6600 Hz slider higher than that, but you judge.

    Obviously tone is subjective, and I've never had a 90w V, but I've had a V25 and a JP2C and those are settings I've used for metal to great effect. Remember on Mark amps high gain channels, treble is gain, not really treble. Gain is also gain. Mids are there even when you use a V eq to scoop them out. Bass should be tamed, held back on the channel, and boosted on the EQ.

    Marks are so weird

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Arizona
    ME: Ibanez
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    Here's some great videos for dialing in Mark amps from Ola and Petrucci, right in-line with what I posted above:






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    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Victoria, BC
    ME: KxK customs
    Rig: Verellen Amps

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    nice, i'll dig into this on the weekend and see if it's gonna stick around or not.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: San Jose, CA
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    It should quell your Studio Pre / Quad GAS, eh?

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    I love mine. Takes a boost really well, best amp ever made for lead tone IMO.

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    Join Date: Feb 2009
    Location: Fort Collins, CO
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    Nice, I miss mine, though I can get close to some of the tones I loved on it with the Axe-FX III. Will definitely be snagging another someday.

  11. #8


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Somerville, Ma
    ME: Suhr Modern 7
    MA: Martin MC16-GTE
    MB: Squier 5 string P-bass
    Rig: Mark V

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Squidbeard View Post
    haven't even plugged it in yet. got it in a trade+ cash deal. probably going to flip it to pay some bills. someone convince me to keep it
    That's step 1.

    If that doesn't do the trick:

    The "Drew Tone."
    Ch 3 Mark IV, Triode.
    Bright switch on
    Gain 2 o'clock (or to taste)
    Master 1 o'clock
    Presence 8:30 or so
    Treble 1 o'clock
    Mid 12:30
    Bass 9:30 or so
    EQ off

    Can text you pics if it's easier. That plus a good delay in the loop.
    "They can kill you, but the legalities of eating you are a bit dicier." - David Foster Wallace

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