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Gearhead: The Latest Instruments & Accessories

The latest from Yamaha, Mesa Boogie and more

The Power of Two Play-Along Series
JEN Traditional Jazz Curriculum Kit
Yamaha Drums DTX502 Hybrid Packs

Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25 Guitar Amp

With the Mark Five: 25, a portable powerhouse from Mesa/Boogie, the company has essentially distilled its historic product line into one heavy-duty head you can take with you on the subway. The 16.5-pound box can be set at 10 or 25 watts, and features two independent channels and six style modes: Jazz, R&B and blues players will spend a lot of time exploring Channel 1, while shred and fusion heads will settle into Channel 2, with its high-gain Mesa/Boogie lead tones-touchstones of guitar sound at this point. Hook it up to a variety of cabinets-even a 4X12-or go direct at the gig with the Cabclone internal amp load and speaker simulator. Also clutch: classic Mesa/Boogie EQ and all-tube spring reverb that can be dialed separately into each channel. $1,299 online.

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