The Carr Mercury V is an intriguing updating of the Mercury, one of our favorite amps here at Gryphon. It’s basically a higher wattage, British-voiced version of their Skylark amp but with some very cool new features. The Mercury V still has reverb and a built-in attenuator but it’s now powered by two 6V6 tubes rather than a single EL34. It’s rated at 16 watts but when you engage the attenuator you drop the output to 4 watts or less, and keep the overdriven sound at neighboor-respecting volume levels.

Perhaps the most interesting feature is the addition of two volume controls, one high (treble) frequency and one lower (darker) frequency. You can use these knobs to boost or cut the bass or treble significantly, and create a wide variety of tones. There is a switch that lets you change the path of the input signal through the volume stages. In one position, the volumes are running in parallel, so you can use the knobs to adjust the bass and treble separately. You can also run the volumes in series, with one volume driving the other to increase the gain. This all sounds a bit confusing but once you play through a Mercury V you’ll find it’s all very intuitive.

In a first from Carr, the Mercury V has a line out that you can plug into your A/D interface and go directly into your computer’s recording setup. As with all Carr amps, the Mercury V has solid pine dovetailed cabinets and true point to point wiring. The Mercury V is Carr’s most popular amp and about half their production is devoted to hand crafting these beauties. Oh, and did we mention this one is purple?

stock no. 58726

ModelMercury V, Purple
ControlsVolume, Treble, Bass, Reverb
Effect loopsNo
Foot switchesNo
Power16 watts, Attenuated 0 to 4 watts
ReverbSpring reverb
SwitchesSeries/Parallel Input Gain Toggle, 3-position Boost, Attenuator Toggle
Tubes4 12AX7, 2 6V6
Weight40 Lbs
NotesClass A <b> Push Pull 6V6 - enriched fixed bias
Serial No0726