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Mesa Boogie Mark V:35 Short Head

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Jed Van Wyngaardt

Mesa amps have a long and proud history of making great sounding equipment for guitarists at every level. From small studios to professional touring rigs they have an amp at the right price and power for your needs. To celebrate the 35th year of making these amps they've brought out the Mark V:35 Short Head. It may be a smaller head than its predecessor, the 25, but it has some great features.

MESA/Boogie® Mark Five: 35™ METAL Playthrough


Using something called Dyna-Watt™ technology this head is designed for high performance sound with substantially more headroom, punch and power when you select 35 WATTS, while two low power options, 25 and 10 WATTS provide a looser feel and enhanced power clip expression.

Each of the 3 Power Level settings has its own character and feel which adds an extra level of sound control in addition to the standard array of Mode choices and preamp settings.

The power ranges and wiring styles are

  • 35 Watt (Dyna-Watt Power)
  • 25 Watt (Dyna-Watt Power)
  • 10 Watt (Class AB Triode).

5-Band Graphic EQ

The head has a solid 5 band eq that lets you fine tune your sound exactly how you want it on stage. The power selector switches are right next to the EQ for easy access so you can make changes quickly and cleanly between songs.

2 Independently controlled channels

This range has independent SOLO Controls for each Channel that allow different footswitchable volume levels–in addition to your Channel MASTER settings– that you can switch to during performance. With this and the eq controls you can already cut 2 pedals out of your rig, there's no need for a separate solo pedal.


The CABCLONE D.I. allows you to send a “silent” signal direct to a Console without the need to mic up the speaker. This is great for recording sessions and live shows where you need to make a quick change over and don't have time to mic up properly (we've all been there).

The MARK FIVE: 35 is an upgraded version of the previous cabclone  now offers three classic “cabinet simulated” VOICING Modes and gives you the full feature set of the stand-alone CABCLONE D.I. minus the OUTPUT control. Mesa go into detail about this feature below

Here's what Mesa have to say about this head

Following a 35 year tradition of 4xEL84 based power with successful models such as the Caliber™, Maverick™, Nomad™ and Lone Star®, we’re proud to add the legendary and first-ever MARK preamp to the 9-Pin power lineup and introduce the MARK FIVE: 35™. This light-middleweight is an upgraded rendering of our recent smash hit, the mini-platform MARK FIVE: 25™ and like it, the new 35 boxes far above its class.


The simulations are an analog representation achieved through passive means (without op-amps to add gain for shaping) and were created using our 45 years of experience co-designing custom speakers with the world’s top makers and designing custom cabinets to load them in.

These CABCLONE “virtual-cabinet” options allow you to tailor the direct circuit’s EQ response for different cabinet styles, gain regions and/or different instruments and pickups. The choices range from bright and open with enhanced top end for buffed clean sounds (OPEN BACK), to a more compressed voice with the upper harmonics shelved for warm, singing single note sounds and thick high gain rhythm work (VINTAGE), to a scooped midrange and boosted top and bottom response curve called CLOSED BACK that excels for heavy Crunch rhythm and high gain Lead work.
Among these three VOICING options here on the MARK FIVE: 35 you have a broad spectrum of responses to choose from when going Direct. How you wish to apply them is up to you and these descriptions merely provide a guideline to start with. Regardless of how you dedicate them to your Channels for your recording needs, you'll have all the power needed to capture great guitar sounds Direct.


  • Wattage Multi-Watt™ 10, 25 or 35 (Channel Assignable)
  • Power Tube Type 4x Mesa EL84
  • Channels & Modes 2 Channels / 6 Modes
  • Mode Voicings / Styles Ch. 1 = Clean, Fat or Crunch Ch. 2 = Mark IIC+™, Mark IV™ or Extreme
  • Graphic EQ / Reverb / FX / Solo Graphic EQ, Reverb, FX Loop & Ch. Independent Solo
  • Footswitchable Functions Ch. 1/2, EQ, Solo Ch 1 & Solo Ch 2
  • Speaker(s) & Impedance n/a
  • Weight 27 Lbs.
  • Dimensions 9 1/8" H x 18 7/8" W x 10 7/8" D
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