Clips

Dream Theater – Octavarium (with my DIY Mark IIc+ preamp)

Preamp is based on Mesa Mark IIc+ with a couple of mods.

You can see the little Vox Mini3 in the background. It is NOT used in this video.

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/mesa-mark-iic-preamp/

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Effect: Boss DD-20
Effect: Hardwire RV-7
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


Led Zeppelin – Moby Dick (Homebrew Mini Les Paul Demo)

A Led Zeppelin cover, played with my homebrew Les Paul-style travel sized guitar. Double tracked, panned left and right. More info on the guitar and the amp at

http://diy-fever.com/guitars/mini-les-paul

Guitar: Mini Les Paul
Pickup: DiMarzio 36th PAF Bridge
Effect: MXR 10 band EQ
Effect: MXR Classic Overdrive
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


Mesa Mark IIc+ preamp DIY clone, rhythm demo

Medley of rhythm parts from several Dream Theater songs. Preamp is based on Mesa Mark IIc+ with a couple of mods.

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/mesa-mark-iic-preamp/

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


Mesa Mark IIc+ preamp DIY clone, lead demo 2

Satriani – Crying

Preamp is based on Mesa Mark IIc+ with a couple of mods.

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/mesa-mark-iic-preamp/

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Effect: Boss DD-20
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


Mesa Mark IIc+ preamp DIY clone, lead demo 1

Steve Vai – Building the Church

Preamp is based on Mesa Mark IIc+ with a couple of mods.

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/mesa-mark-iic-preamp/

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Effect: Boss DD-20
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


Mesa Mark IIc+ preamp DIY clone, Strat demo 1

Paul Gilbert – Fuzz Universe

Preamp is based on Mesa Mark IIc+ with a couple of mods.

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/mesa-mark-iic-preamp/

Guitar: Squier Strat (modded)
Pickup: DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Effect: Hardwire RV-7
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


Mark IIc+ preamp vs Soldano SLO preamp

Guns n Roses – Nightrain

On the left channel I used Mesa Mark IIc+ preamp with a couple of mods. Slightly modded Soldano SLO preamp is on the right channel (contrary to what it says in the video, stupid copy/paste).

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/mesa-mark-iic-preamp/ and http://diy-fever.com/amps/black-box/

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Effect: Hardwire RV-7
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Amplifier: Black Box Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


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