DV Mark Raw Dawg Eric Gales Signature Head

Published 6 years ago on December 1, 2018

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

The onboard reverb is a thing of beauty and is perfectly tuned for guitar - especially the kind of soaring lead guitar work that Eric Gales is known for.

Nick Jennison


Sounds amazing both clean and with pedals

Light, loud, reliable and affordable


Preamp out isn’t speaker emulated

Guitar Interactive star rating: 4.5 stars

MSRP (UK) £329  (US) $399

DV Mark Raw Dawg Eric Gales Signature Head

When Eric Gales tried DV Mark amps for the first time in a recording studio he was blown away by their tone. So much so that he worked together with Marco De Virgiliis to develop an amp that can deliver 100% of what his soul wants to express and deliver to the crowd. If it's good enough for Eric, then it's good enough for us. Here's Nick Jennison with the rundown.

Pro touring rigs have changed. A combination of shrinking tour budgets and the advent of modern pedalboard-based solutions have led many a pro-level player to getting all of their gain sounds from pedals into a clean amp - often a hired one. While this is definitely tonally more consistent than relying on hired backline for drive sounds, there is still an element of chance about the whole endeavour. Pedals that sound amazing through a mid-heavy JCM2000 might sound brash and harsh through a Twin, and vice versa.

This is where The Eric Gales signature “Raw Dawg” amp comes in. It’s a single channel clean amp that’s voiced just beautifully for gain pedals, but it’s also small, lightweight and sports a super-loud solid state power stage that’s happy running into almost any speaker cab. This means you can take it anywhere you go without paying through the nose when you get to the airport, and that you won’t have to deal with any of the trouble that so often goes along with taking valve amps out on the road.

The control set is about as simple as it gets, with a single volume, three band EQ and reverb. The amp is clean and warm pretty much all the way up, although the 250w output stage is so brutally loud that our 4x12’s speakers were starting to break up when we cranked the volume control. The eq is very powerful, with significantly more range on each control than you might expect. For a pedal platform, this is really useful. Often times, a gain pedal that feels great can have an EQ curve that isn’t quite right. With the “Raw Dawg”, you can compensate for this with ease.

The clean voice is warm and full, with a lovely chime on the high end, and thanks to the 6205 preamp valve, the feel is bubbly and round with just a hint of compression on the front of the note.  To test how it handled pedals, we fed it an EHX Soul Food (a very affordable and great sounding Klon-style drive) and an MI Audio Super Crunch Box V2 - a circuit that shares a lineage with the JHS Angry Charlie, among others. The “Raw Dawg” dealt with both almost comically well, and no matter where we set the EQ controls, we couldn’t conjure a bad sound.

The onboard reverb is a thing of beauty and is perfectly tuned for guitar - especially the kind of soaring lead guitar work that Eric Gales is known for. It’s dense and clear with a warm high end and a touch of modulation for a real sense of depth, but the tail is short and ever so slightly gated, so it won’t get cloudy on more intricate lines. There’s a footswitch jack on the front of the amp for turning the reverb on an off, and also for muting the output for silent tuning.

Round the back, there are two speaker outs - one jack, one speakon - an effects send and return. I’m struggling to fathom why a loop would be necessary on such a clean amp, as your delay and reverb effects will sound great going straight into the front end. Still, it’s always nice to have the option. There’s also a “pre-out”, but this isn’t speaker emulated, so it’s going to sound pretty unpleasant going straight to the PA. It is handy for recording though, where you can use your own IRs to tailor the tone in a way that wouldn’t be possible with a fixed cab emulation. You could also use a Two Notes Torpedo C.A.B. or similar if you wanted to use this feature live.

All told, the DV “Raw Dawg” EG sounds phenomenally good both clean and with pedals, and it’s stripped back control set and light weight make it ideal for taking out on the road.


Power output: 250W @ 4ohm / 150W @ 8ohm

Single Channel

FX Loop

Weight: 2.6 Kg

For more information, please visit:




"I Remember Seeing Jennifer Batten Play 'Beat It' and Thought, 'What is that? I Need That!'": Gary Clark Jr. on Early Influences, Current Live Rig, and More | Interview

"London, are you ready to rock?" BST Hyde Park: Kings of Leon, Gary Clark Jr. and Paolo Nutini, Electrify Day Two

Mud, Rain, and Rock 'n' Roll — Guitar Interactive at The Download Festival 2024 | Feature

Tom Morello on new single with his son "Soldier in the Army of Love," the last time he saw Chris Cornell & beating Simon Cowell in the charts | Interview

Marcus King on 'Mood Swings,' Collaborating with Rick Rubin and Exploring New Musical Directions | Interview

Gibson Theodore Standard | Review

Aria Pro II 714-GTR Fullerton | Review

Music Man 2024 Axis Super Sport | Review

Danelectro Fifty Niner Guitar - Gold Top | Review

Taylor Guitars 50th Anniversary GS mini Rosewood SB | Review

Music Man 2024 Axis | Review

Jackson Soloist SLA 3 | Review

PRS 2024 SE CE 24 Satin | Review

JET Guitars JT600 | Review

Third Man Hardware x Donner Triple Threat Pedal | Review

Boss Katana-Air EX Wireless Guitar Amp | Review

Cort Abstract Delta Masterpiece Series | Review

Sterling by Music Man St. Vincent Goldie | Review

Mooer Tender Octave X2 | Review

Gibson Falcon 20 1x12 Combo | Review

Godin Session T-Pro | Review

Fishman Fluence 6-String Mick Thomson Signature Pickups | Review

Glenn Hughes on Black Country Communion 'V' & Why Joe Bonamassa is "The Greatest Rock Blues Player Alive Today" | Interview

D'Addario XS Coated Electric Guitar Strings | Review

21 Bands Not to Miss at This Year's Download Festival | Feature

Top magnifiercross linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram