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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Mesa Express 5-25: Anybody have any experience with these?

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Jul 15th, 2019 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I spent Sunday afternoon playing one in my local music shop. I liked it a lot. Thinking about buying it. The clean channel is sweet, with lots of headroom and a big, muscular tone. (There are channels for dirt, too, but I don't use those much.) It's also switchable between 5 watts and 30 watts, which is great for home use and when playing with others.

The only negative I saw was that the low end could be kind of flabby. That bugged me, but it's not necessarily a deal-breaker. There's no issue at home volumes and when I play with others, I usually lay off the lower the strings. Maybe , a speaker swap would help. My friend at the store said he felt the issue had to do with the 10" speaker (he prefers 12" speakers). The good news is that I have a 12-inch cab on hand, so there's that to try, too.

Anyway... anybody here have experience with these amps? I'm curious to hear your thoughts, especially with clean tones.







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Jul 15th, 2019 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had the newer one that had the graphic eq and the 12" speaker - yes, indeed, a great amp. Can't comment on the performance of the older 10" version...

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Jul 15th, 2019 11:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

They sound great and they're built very well.

My only gripe it they have too many controls. On my planet, an amp is a simple thing with few controls.

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Jul 15th, 2019 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve got a Rect-o-verb 25 head. It’s a great amp. Cleans and OD are all that. I like to run the cleans “pushed” and get clean-clean with the guitar volume.

Having a head is nice for speaker choice.

langford
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Jul 16th, 2019 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the input, gents. I'm going to go back to the store today and try the amp with a couple of my guitars.

ejm

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Jul 16th, 2019 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

To sort of go along with what Peegoo said......

If the amp is built and engineered with quality it should never break. But every Mesa I've ever seen the innards of looks like a servicing nightmare. To be fair, many modern amps fall in the same category.

I have about a 30 year old Carvin XV112E. The traces of the circuit board are on the top side. This makes replacing parts super easy. You don't need to remove the board. Most "modern" amps that use printed circuit boards are not that way.

Many modern amps also use the newer technology super tiny surface mount technology (SMT) parts. Which means, good luck when you go to replace them. I don't believe that Mesa uses this type of parts, though.

If you are looking for a "simple" Mesa, you may want to try out a new California Tweed series. They appear to have fewer bells and whistles.


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Jul 22nd, 2019 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought it. ;) It's performing as I hoped. With a bit of tweaking, I was able to dial in tones I like that were tight in the lower frequencies. Yes, this amp has a lot of controls, but I'm OK with that. I like clean tones and this amp has oodles of headroom (not mention very good gain and master volume controls).

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Jul 22nd, 2019 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Enjoy!!!

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Jul 22nd, 2019 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats! Glad you are liking the amp!

That being said, I only owned one Mesa, and I sold it because it just had too many knobs and switches. Yes, I could get good tones out of it! But then I rarely changed it once I got there, and finally decided (for me) most of the "variety" available just wasn't necessary. I tend to go for a certain sound, and for me, simpler is better.

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Jul 23rd, 2019 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

@walshb... I'm the same. I have a sound I like and pretty much stay there . I'm not much of a tweaker when it comes to amps. I basically look for a big, clean sound and take care of the rest from the guitar itself.

I'm liking this amp because it delivers on B&C and I got it for a competitive price. It can do all kinds of twist and turns on distortion and overdrive through various channels, but I doubt I'll bother with any of that.

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Jul 23rd, 2019 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

As long as it does what you want, really, that's the most important factor, right?! Glad you got a great deal on it also!

stinger22

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Jul 26th, 2019 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Had mine for about 4 or 5 years now, 12" with EQ, and enjoy everything about it. An amp you don't need pedals for but it takes them well too.

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