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I’ve used mine for country, worship, and Top 40 classic rock gigs.You can do it all; metal (Metallica ‘Master Of Puppets’), progressive rock (Dream Theater), whatever you want to dial in.The clean channel is a great warm-blackface-type clean, while the gain channel has an awesomely warm, squishy and chewy rhythm/lead tone.” Further to Mark IIC lore, the marker scrawl below the power cord intake on the back of the chassis is most often “MB” for Mike Bendinelli, not because he designed the revisions (although he did), or even built all the amps (which he didn’t), but simply because he performed most of the final checks before each Boogie went out the door.
Externally, the Mark IIC is recognized by the “ ” sign added by hand in black marker above the power-cord entry point on the back of the chassis, and by a slight change in the front control panel, which says “Pull Deep” above the Master 1 control, rather than “Gain Boost” (some amps originally built as IICs might have had the “ ” added when returned to the factory later for upgrade, but should generally have “Pull Gain” above Master 1).
Much of what was different about the Mark IIC , therefore, was begun with the Mark IIC, itself an upgrade that cured the Mark IIB’s noisy reverb circuit (on the amps that had reverb at all, of course) and “popping” lead/rhythm channel switching.
I can't believe I didn't get one of these thing years ago! I would really like to date this amp - if only I was an irresistible vintage amp as well - I reckon she would go all the way on our first date...
But if you know of any sites or ways to find out the age of these amps, any help would be great, Thanks.
Though at the time they were simply the next step along the line – a tweak to the Mark IIC, which was just a relatively minor twist away from the Mark IIB before it, and so forth – players soon noticed (often in hindsight) that these “ ” amps sounded fantastic.
Not only did they have a revised lead channel that issues delectably creamy, bright, high-gain lead tones, but their cleans were often hailed as sweet and superior, too.Mesa/Boogie (also known as Mesa Engineering) is an American company in Petaluma, California that manufactures amplifiers for guitars and basses. MESA was started by Randall Smith as a small repair shop which modified Fender Amplifiers, particularly the diminutive Fender Princeton.Smith's modifications gave the small amps much more input gain, making them much louder as well as creating a high-gain, distorted guitar tone.Smith (who is still head honcho at Mesa to this day), staffers Doug West and Mike Bendinelli appear to have been the evil geniuses behind the “ ” revisions. Morgan through direct chats with West and Bendinelli (much of which has been published in his informative entries on the Boogie Board forum, where he posts as “Boogiebabies”), the pair dug their hands into the Mark IIC lead circuit in late winter of 1983, while Smith was attending the Musicmesse trade show in Germany.Bendinelli, an engineer, pushed the gain further and further, also voicing it for West’s request to make it brighter, adding another gain stage to the already toothsome cascading-gain lead circuit for which Boogies have long been famous.If these knob twiddlings can’t be heard in the sustained note – no change of volume or tone – the amp has the “ ” lead circuit. G'day, I have just bought an old Mk1 and am really, REALLY happy with it.Wherever your tonal preferences lie, the Mark III used a different and more affordably produced printed circuit board, as well as a less-formidable power transformer, so there were significant changes in production between Mark IIC and Mark III, however you slice it.Like the Mark amps before and after them, Mark IIC Boogies were available with a range of options.Prominent early customers included Carlos Santana, and Ron Wood and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.Exposure from these top players helped to establish Mesa/Boogie's position on the market, and it is frequently referred to as the first manufacturer of boutique amplifiers.