F# Dive Bomber
- Mar 6, 2007
- Reaction score
- Northern Virginia
^ What amp are you using? I'm finding that the power amp makes more of a difference than I think some of the talk around these would imply.
I tried to use my Crown power amp, but this means messing with the speaker interaction settings to try to optimize for your particular cab, and it still, to my ears, sounded and felt a bit artificial in a way I can't describe well. Not bad by any means, but if accuracy compared to tube amps is your thing, that amp didn't pair without a bunch of tweaking. I tried through the FX return of my Mark IV, and it's less artificial, but I found everything was weirdly bright. The best I've gotten so far is in the return of the Mark V:25 weirdly enough. You'd think that would have been the bright sounding solution, but somehow it's the opposite.
Im more familiar with the Mark II and III circuit, but I assume the IV is similar, so the FX return is in an odd place and still runs through a bit of the preamp (which is why running the GEQ pedal in the loop isn't the same as just having it from the factory, which is placed after the preamp). I think since the Mark V, Mesa moved the loop to after the preamp.