The amp features a completely new Dyna-Watt power section that delivers Multi-Watt Channel Assignable power.

Petaluma, CA (November 6, 2015) -- Mesa/Boogie is excited to announce the addition of the compact Mark Five: 35 to its line of award winning Mark Series amplifiers built in the company’s Petaluma, California shop.

Building on the success of the compact 2xEL84 powered Mark Five: 25, Mesa’s team added power in the Mark Five: 35 with a completely new Dyna-Watt 4xEL84 power section that delivers Multi-Watt Channel Assignable Power. Additional enhancements include a Channel Independent Solo Feature, a long-spring tank for an all-tube Reverb, and the complete set of Voicing Choices have been added to an onboard CabClone DI. An upgraded footswitch provides access to additional switching options. For added versatility, and based on overwhelming feedback from the Mesa community, the new compact model will be offered in 1x12 combo, compact head and rackmount formats.

With 6 Modes to choose from, across 2 Footswitchable Channels, Mesa claims players will find the most famous MARK Series sounds–both Clean and Lead–from three decades in this new package that is both powerful and extremely versatile for its size. Compared to the Mark Five: 25, as a performance-oriented model, Mesa claims the Mark Five: 35 offers substantially more headroom in the 35 WATT mode, while two low power options, 25 and 10 watts, provide a looser feel and enhanced power clip expression.

“We really wanted to build on the design and features that everyone loved in our mini format Mark Five: 25. The new 35’s power section is mighty sounding, punchy and bold with increased headroom for gigging, yet true to our design goals. It’s still easy to carry and offers a 40% weight reduction over our Mark Five in the head format. Based on overwhelming feedback from our Customers and Dealers, we had to offer the new Mark Five: 35 in both the portable 1x12 Combo and traditional 19” Boogie size Head formats. While the Head is perfectly paired with our Compact 2x12 Recto cabinet, it can really sit atop a number of our compact Mesa extension cabinets. The Combo can be coupled with an additional extension cab as well for even greater coverage,” said Doug West, Director of Marketing at Mesa/Boogie. Mesa is known for their custom work and the full range of custom options are available for the new Mark Five: 35 including custom vinyls and leathers as well as exotic hardwood cabinetry.

Watch a demo of the new amp:

For more information:

A bone nut being back-filed for proper string placement and correct action height.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to change your acoustic guitar’s tone and playability.

In my early days, all the guitars I played (which all happened to be pre-1950s) used bone nuts and saddles. I took this for granted, and so did my musician friends. With the exception of the ebony nuts on some turn-of-the-century parlors and the occasional use of ivory, the use of bone was a simple fact of our guitar playing lives, and alternative materials were simply uncommon to us.

Read More Show less

While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

Photo by Chad Kelco

Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

Read More Show less