#1
Just tried a Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50 1x12 combo and HORRY SHIT!!!!

Why is this amp not in the hall of fame!?!?! The cleans on that amp were hands down the best cleans I've ever heard!!!! Better than Fender's and without the icepicking!

I know I might sound like a troll but I'm serious! Amazing amp, perfect for the blues! The clean, crunch, and blues modes were incredible. Especially the first two, very pure sound with a beautiful breakup.

Seriously, why do I never hear anything about this amp? Is it because it's cheap for a Mesa and people write it off? Or is the burn channel not good?( I didn't even try it, never really play metal anymore)

If you haven't tried out this amp, do yourself a favour and play it!

The clean channel got me thinking, it was so pristine and clean yet it had none of the fendery icepickin(ya know super trebly dynamics). I wonder if its some interneal compression? The amp was still very dynamic and touch sensitive.

Anyway, not gonna ramble on her. Anyone have one, played with it?

I have serious GAS right now!
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Because the f series had more balls and was generally better all around, and they're way cheaper used.
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#3
Because they were marketed as having a gain channel that could compete with a Recto. It sounds nothing like a Recto, nor does it have the amount of gain to even come close to one.

They are great for lower gain stuff, I will agree, but most people wanted a high gain monster that could switch down to 5w, like Mesa said it was, and were sorely disappointed.
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I knew it must've had something to do with the gain channel. Stupid move by Mesa to market it as a recto type. It's much more in a Lonestar territory, only more versatile.

If you look at this amp as a blues amp, which it is, it's amazing!
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#5
Are you serious? No love for the 550?

Is this forum just full of metalheads or are all the Express users here introverted and shy?
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My buddy has one. And I have an F-50. His cleans might be slightly better, but my driven tones have more balls and are, imo, better.
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Are you serious? No love for the 550?

Is this forum just full of metalheads or are all the Express users here introverted and shy?


Most people here look more to the Lonestar and the Tremoverb and the Marks, and the TransAtlantic/Royal Atlantic for Mesa's low-gain and good cleans amps.

And again, a lot of Mesa's discontinued amps can be had for much cheaper with better overall qualities than the Express.
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Most people here look more to the Lonestar and the Tremoverb and the Marks, and the TransAtlantic/Royal Atlantic for Mesa's low-gain and good cleans amps.

And again, a lot of Mesa's discontinued amps can be had for much cheaper with better overall qualities than the Express.

+1

I mean,

I've played the Express 5:50 and it was OK but nothing spectacular to justify paying $1199 for one new. There are much better Mesas out there for less than $1200

Can't speak to the ice pickyness. It has a bit of that but maybe you played a new one with a brand new speaker or an older one with a bad tube for example. But man if you like it buy it.
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And again, a lot of Mesa's discontinued amps can be had for much cheaper with better overall qualities than the Express.


This +311

For the price of a new 5:50 you could grab a used recto, DC series, F-50, and so on. It's not that they're not great amps, but IMO they're overpriced one trick ponies. But if that one trick is all you need... great. Buy one.
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Because the f series had more balls and was generally better all around, and they're way cheaper used.

First post got it exactly right. this.
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This +311

For the price of a new 5:50 you could grab a used recto, DC series, F-50, and so on. It's not that they're not great amps, but IMO they're overpriced one trick ponies. But if that one trick is all you need... great. Buy one.


One trick pony? That's not the amp I tried out! It had AMAZING cleans perfect for so many different styles, awesome classic rock crunch sounds and a great breakup sound for blues and so on. And that was without even trying out the Burn channel. Overpriced or not, they are far from being one dimensional!
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I still don't understand what you're getting at, the f-series and the dc-series (predecessors of these amps) could do all that, and for half the price.
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wow... is it easter already? someone resurrected a dead thread.
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