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EXP525-V2-1X12

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CUSTOM DESIGNED AND HANDCRAFTED IN PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA

- All Tube Amplifiers: 2xEL-84 Power Tubes & 5x12AX7 Preamp Tubes

- Fixed Bias for consistent, maintenance free performance

- Patented Multi-Watt, Channel Assignable Power Amp featuring Duo-Class and Dyna-Watt technologies providing three power and two operating class options that are channel assignable via independent Multi-Watt

- 2 Fully Independent Channels with 4 Style Modes: Ch 1: Clean or Crunch - Ch 2: Blues or Burn Modes

- Each Channel Features: Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass,

- Footswitchable Reverb, Master, Footswitchable or Assignable Preset Contour Control & Multi-Watt Power Switch

- Selectable 5-Band Graphic EQ or Preset V-Curve Contour Controls Footswitchable or Channel Assignable All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb with Independent Channel Controls

- Fully Buffered FX Loop

- Footswitchable Solo Level Control (Patent 6,724,897) Over all channels when activated

- External Switching Jacks for Channel 1/2, Reverb, EQ & Solo

- All Aluminum Chassis

- 4 Button Footswitch (Channel1/2, Reverb, EQ & Solo)

- Slip Cover

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
I've been playing clubs for 35 years and this is my first Mesa amp. My last gigging rig was a Bogner Shiva, which is an awesome amp but weighs 85 lbs and at 80w, has way, way more headroom than I ever need. So for years I have been looking for a much lighter amp, in the 30w range, with all the bells and whistles (2 channel, fx loop) and a more modern vibe rather than vintage. The 5:25 totally fits the bill. The cleans are the thing that surprised me most; very crisp and 3 dimensional. Then there are 3 "dirty" settings over two channels, a foot switchable EQ with two modes (preset "V", and graphic eq) and a configurable boost. The dirty modes provide a huge range from light crunch to fully saturated modern rock tones. Extremely versatile. There are three power modes for each channel (cool that the channels can each have separate power ratings!) 5 and 15w are class A and 25w is class AB. As a consequence the 5 and 15 behave very similarly but once you go to 25, the amp's behaviour changes quite a bit, especially the overdrive characteristics, which have a stiffer, less spongy feel. Not a huge deal but something to be aware of; if you dial in the perfect tones at 5w at home and then get to the gig and switch to 25, be prepared to have to do quite a bit of tweaking. 25w is a little light in terms of clean headroom; I find on club gigs with two guitars and live drums the clean channel started to get a bit ratty and compressed. That's not a huge deal for me but it might be for some people who want crystal clarity. The other thing for folks new to Mesa amps is that the tone controls work very differently than on, say, fender amps. Instead of conventional eq, you need to think of them as cascading gain stages; so in order, the preamp volume hits the treble which feeds into the mids which drives the bass. Once you get that into your head the amp's behaviour makes more sense. When setting up the tone controls, start with them at 9 o-clock, not noon like you would on a fender, and gradually add "boost." Otherwise you get a mushy over compressed mess. Overall, a great, versatile, lightweight amp that will do the trick in 90% of situations. The only downsides are the limited clean headroom and the fact that it is a touch on the spendy side.
Posted by RobQ on Nov 29, 2017
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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
This is the second Mesa that I've owned. I had a Rectoverb 25 combo which I really did love, but had to part with it. The reason I went with the Express Plus is the 5 watt option. I don't know if there are any other amps that you can play at low volumes and still get great tones. At the other end of the volume spectrum, for a 25 watt amp it is loud. Will keep up in a lot of live situations. Build quality is outstanding. I can't recommend this amp enough.
Posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2016
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Mesa Express's the Boogie !0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNanaimo, British Columbia
I'm very happy with this amp, it's versatility and power are incredible. I had been using Traynor amps and had been considering moving to Fenders when I discovered the Mesa Boogie 5:25 Express. The clean channel is very good indeed with both my single coil and humbucker guitars. I find the Burn mode in channel two to be very burning and so must disagree with previous posters on this issue. Having the ability to switch from 5,15 and 25 watts sealed the deal for me. Great job Mesa Boogie !
Posted by Larry Miller on May 12, 2015
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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
Only negative is that the burn channel doesn't really burn. A distortion pedal can fix that. All the other modes are great. Clean is particularly impressive.
Posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2013
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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
Posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2013
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sweet little amp0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
channel one has beautiful clean..and the crunch in ther other half of channel one is smokin.. channel 2 has a nice blues sound but on the other half of channel 2 the burn is well not really burning, it comes alive if you add a distortion pedal
Posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012
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much improved clean mode ...0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBrampton, Ontario
I've owned a bunch of the earlier Express models, and what always bugged me was the noticeable hiss on the clean channel, and the lack of channel-independent low power modes. Both of those issue go away with the new version, plus a whole lot of other (useful) features. Awesome amp.
Posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2012
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