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So having sold my Helix LT I've seen looking at everything to replace it. 5150, JVM, Dual Rec, Stiletto ACE, PRS MT15 and then I had a thought of finally getting my dream amp.

Looked every where and finally found on on eBay for a price I could just about afford.



Yep an old Mark IVa combo.

I've been wanting one for over 15 years and I finally took the plunge. I absolutely love it. It's stupidly loud but when you get it turned up, it's every thing I was looking for
 

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Congrats - and LOVE that guitar, too! Give us more pix of that beauty!
 

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AWESOME AMP! AWESOME GUITAR! Really can't go wrong with either. I've always loved the sound of the Mark IV.
 

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Fuck yeah! I love my mark iv. Its an incredible amp, it absolutely crushes pretty much everything I've ever played since I got it. Now you get the fun of learning what all those hundreds of switches do :rofl:
 

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Nice score!

If you ever feel like rack mounting it, you can easily make a rack kit out of an upside down 4U shelf ;)
 

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Absolutely killer amp - the lead channel on those is one of the best lead tones I've ever heard.
 

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Thanks everyone. I got a chance to turn it up the other day and it's just incredible. The way the heavy rhythm tone just punches you in the face without much distortion is exactly what I was hoping for.

There's a couple of things:

It didn't come with a footswitch, so I'm going to have to save up and order one.

Eventually I'm going to convert it to a rack unit then use it with a 2 x 12 cab. There's nothing wrong with it being a combo, I'd just like that extra option.

Oh, I'll also need a power soak because it's fucking loud.


and feel free to add me on instagram, I've followed back everyone who already has :yesway:
 

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If you're going to get a footswitch anyway it might be worthwhile to see how much the rack conversion chassis is at the same time to save on shipping.
 

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Luckily Andertons sell the Chassis and footswitch so I wont have to worry about expensive shipping. Mesa won't ship outside the US anyway.

£349 for the FU-3 switch
 

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Don't bother with the Mesa switch or rack mount kit. There's external switching jacks on the back of the amp, use those. If you're racking it and using it with effects, grab a Nux PMS-2 switcher. They're cheap and midi, take the stupid rubber side plates off and they fit in 1U of space too. I have one, they're awesome.

As for the rack mount, I literally made one for my Mark III (which Adam now has on his Mark IV) out of a 4U rack shelf turned upside down. I just cut the length down with a power saw and drilled 4 holes for the mounting screws. Adam refined it with a 3U vented blanking plate for the front.
 

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Don't bother with the Mesa switch or rack mount kit. There's external switching jacks on the back of the amp, use those. If you're racking it and using it with effects, grab a Nux PMS-2 switcher. They're cheap and midi, take the stupid rubber side plates off and they fit in 1U of space too. I have one, they're awesome.

As for the rack mount, I literally made one for my Mark III (which Adam now has on his Mark IV) out of a 4U rack shelf turned upside down. I just cut the length down with a power saw and drilled 4 holes for the mounting screws. Adam refined it with a 3U vented blanking plate for the front.
going to sound a bit stupid here James but how would you use those jacks at the back? I mainly just need to switch between R2 and Lead
 

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Each jack is a 1/4" latching jack, so standard foot switches would do it, as long as you unlactched the one you were turning off first. That's where the Nux (or a similar switcher) comes into it's own, you program which switches need to be on for each midi message you send it. Absolute piece of cake
 
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