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Tone Sessions: Jason Kui & Mark Five: 35™ "Squeaky Switch" Playthrough
Hong Kong-based MESA® Artist & Clinician Jason Kui captured this playthrough of the song “Squeaky Switch” from his latest album, Absence of Words.
Jason’s playing and the song is a great showcase of both the heavy potential of the Mark Five: 35™ for modern high gain crunch and muted rhythm sounds, while also highlighting the signature, singing and sustaining single-note Boogie® lead tone available from Mark Series circuits. The graphic EQ set to the ‘classic V’ does the heavy lifting for the tight-yet-full rock rhythm sounds in the Extreme mode, while the Mark IV delivers liquid gain and sustain for soaring solos. The EL-84 Dyna-Watt power section provides ample power for any size gig while also providing the ability to reduce the amps wattage to 25 and even 10 watts to suit a wide variety of playing situations from live gigging to recording and quieter home use.
Recorded with an Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty with DiMarzio Illuminators for rhythm sounds and a Paul Reed Smith Private Stock with 58/15s into the Mark Five: 35 Head and 2x12 Rectifier® with Vintage 30 speakers. Mic’d with a Shure SM57 and an AKG C12 Condenser mic. Blended 50/50 between the two mics. Lead sound delay is the Soundtoys Echoboy plugin set to Echoplex.
Ch. 2 Rhythm - Extreme Mode
Ch. 2 Lead - Mark IV Mode
Our thanks to Jason Kui for the time, great song, and outstanding playing. Jason’s new album Absence of Words is available now:
Special thanks to the Video Team for the outstanding capture: Darren Chau, Andy Ng and Titus Chan
Drums by Anup Sastry
Mark Five: 35: www.mesaboogie.com/amplifiers/electric/mark-series/mark-five-35/
Rectifier 2x12 Horizontal: www.mesaboogie.com/cabinets--simulators/guitar-cabinets--simulators/rectifier-series/2x12-recto-horizontal.html