Monuments guitarist John Browne brings another round of 7-string wizardry to the Tone Sessions. The song “Stygian Blue” is a brand new, unreleased song from the band’s early 2016 writing sessions for their third Monuments album, due out this year.
This playthrough is a great showcase of the versatility of the Mark Five: 35 and also highlights it’s potential in real world high gain rock & metal gigging applications. Classic Mark Series crunch, gain and solo sounds are provided in Ch. 2. Combined with the graphic EQ and multi-speaker closed-back cabs like 2x12s and 4x12s, the punch and tone is massive and big-gig ready while offering the snarl and sparkle of Mesa’s well-regarded four EL-84 Dyna-Watt power section. The Mark Five: 35 is even offered as a 4-space rack mount for those looking to build compact gigging/touring rigs.
Recorded with John Browne’s Signature Mayones Duvell Qatsi guitar with Bareknuckle Ceramic Nailbomb pickups into the following signal chains:
Ch. 1 Clean: Mayones Duvell Qatsi JB Signature Guitar with Bareknuckle Ceramic Nailbomb – Jim Dunlop MXR Carbon Copy – Origin Effects Cali 76 Pedal – Mark Five: 35 – Rectifier 4x12 Traditional Straight
Ch. 2 Rhythm: Mayones Duvell Qatsi JB Signature Guitar with Bareknuckle Ceramic Nailbomb – Reaper Pedals JB Signature Pandemonium OD – Boss NS 2 – Mark Five: 35 – Rectifier 4x12 Traditional Straight
Ch. 2 Lead: Mayones Duvell Qatsi JB Signature Guitar with Bareknuckle Ceramic Nailbomb – Jim Dunlop MXR Carbon Copy – Reaper Pedals JB Signature Pandemonium OD – Boss NS 2 – Mark Five: 35 – Rectifier 4x12 Traditional Straight
Recorded with the Mark Five: 35 Head and 4x12 Rectifier Traditional with Vintage 30 speakers. Mic’d with a Shure SM57, Mojave MA-301 FET and the CabClone.
Ch. 1 Clean: Mixed 50% Mojave MA-301 and 46% CabClone w/ Open Back Cab Sim and 4% Stereo Room Mic for ambience
Ch. 2 Rhythm/Lead: Mixed 33% SM57, 33% Mojave MA-301 30% CabClone w/ Open Back Cab Sim and 4% Stereo Room Mic for ambience.
Waves SSL Channel Strip plugin with -3dB at 400hz, Hi-Pass at 80hz and Lo-Pass at 6.5K, and LA-3A compression at -1dB.
Ch. 1 Clean:
Gain – 3
Treble – 4.5
Middle – 5.5
Bass – 5.5
Presence – 5.5
Master – 4.5
EQ – OFF
Ch. 2 Rhythm/Lead
Gain – 4
Treble – 5
Middle – 6.5
Bass – 4
Presence – 6
Master – 4
EQ – ON
Our thanks to John Browne and Monuments for the time, great playing, great music and making our amps sound great!
Recorded in the historic Mason’s Lodge above the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA on January 20, 2016. Big thanks to the Regency Ballroom & staff for all the help and the experience in the legendary Mason’s Lodge!
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The Mark Five: 35:
Rectifier 4x12 Traditional:
Tone Sessions: John Browne/Monuments & Mark Five: 35 – “Stygian Blue” Playthrough