Spent the evening playing different guitars through the Mesa Boogie Mark IV with the volume down at around 1 to 1.2 while the kids slept upstairs, the in-laws watched a movie in the other room, and my wife surfed the web. I tried to use the recording out as a headphone amp, but it didn’t work very well. Next time I’ll try plugging it into my mixer and see if that works better.
I really do like the sound of channels 1 & 2. I haven’t played around too much with channel 3, but that’s because it is a bit too loud…even at 1 to 1.2 on the output volume. Channel 1 is a great clean sound that reminds me a lot of the Fender Deluxe Reverb sound I have been seeking since I let that one slip away and the Old School Amp I keep looking at when I visit my local guitar shop. Channel 2 is currently set up with a good blues crunch. Single notes are clear and open, but chords have some omph to them. I think I will try to dial in a more rockin’ sound in channel 2 so it is a better go between from channel 1 to channel 3. The lead channel (#3) sounds great, but I haven’t been able to use it much because I haven’t been playing strong power chords in channel 2. It’s been too clean, but that should be easy to change…I’ve read the entire Mark IV users manual!