Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Plus 1x12" Tube Combo (Black)Item ID: Exp550-112
2-channel, All-tube 5/25/50-watt 1 x 12" Combo Guitar Amplifier with Duo-Class Operation, 5-band Graphic EQ, and 4-button Footswitch - Black
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Express 5:50 - PlusThe Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Plus guitar combo amplifier inches closer to tube amp nirvana. Mesa's taken their (already killer) Express 5:50, and injected even more Petaluma mojo. With multi-watt channel-assignable power, an improved Clean mode, Mesa's famous 5-band Graphic Equalizer, performance-enhancing Solo control, and a new 4-button footswitch, this 2-channel, 5/25/50-watt tone monster proves that beastly things do indeed come in compact packages. Massive tonal dexterity makes the 1 x 12" Express 5:50+ combo ideal for both live work and and recording. Get onboard Mesa/Boogie's Express 5:50+ and hang on!
Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50+ 5/25/50-watt Tube Combo Amp at a Glance:
Awesome new features get you even closer to tube amp nirvana
How do you improve on near-perfection? Well, that's always been the name of the game at Mesa/Boogie, hasn't it? Mesa's taken their (already amazing) Express 5:50, and injected even more perfection. The Express 5:50+ features an improved clean mode, with warm, breathing lows, increased sparkle in its highs, and tweaked S/N. You now get Mesa's full-blown Multi-Watt Channel Assignable Power with Duo-Class and Dyna-Watt technologies, letting you run your power tubes in any of three different wattage ratings (5/25/50) per channel - each having its own tone-bending wiring configuration and operating class! Mesa's legendary 5-band Graphic EQ is now along for the ride - with additional controls that let you footswitch or auto-assign the EQ sliders or the Preset control in each channel. Mesa's performance-juicing Solo control is also onboard, giving you an additional footswitchable Master Output control that lets you preset your ideal amount of volume boost for solos and figures you wish to have additional emphasis - and trigger it on the fly. Lastly, a new 4-button footswitch gives you ready access to Channels, Reverb, EQ and Solo. Wow. Impressive updates - particularly for an amp many guitar players considered already "perfect."
Great Boogie tube tones for all kinds of players
Wouldn't it be great to be able to use the same amazing-sounding amp for stadium gigs, club dates, and in the studio? Thanks to Mesa/Boogie, you can! The Express 5:50+ combo features three completely different power configurations, spread across two fully independent channels. Are you a tonal traditionalist? Select Clean and Blues for your two footswitchable sounds. If you're addicted to gain, choose Crunch and Burn. Then stand back as the mild-mannered Dr. Jeckyll morphs into the maniacal hardcore beast, Mr. Hyde. Most important is the classic authenticity of all these iconic tones. No matter what your stylistic destination, the Express will get you there - fast!
Choose you power section
Up front, that number "5" indicates the low power, single-ended magic of pure Class A. The "25" setting gives you medium Class A push-pull output that's ideal for club work. Got an arena gig? Move serious air with the Express 5:50+'s 50-watt Class A/B setting. This impressive tonal and volume flexibility is made possible by Mesa/Boogie's Duo-Class and Dyna-Watt technologies that deliver multiple wattages and both single-ended and push-pull configurations in the same amplifier. Very cool.
A tone-shaping, air-moving beast, packed into a convenient combo
Each channel of the Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50+ is further equipped with its own Contour depth control for added shaping that's both assignable and footswitchable. Used subtly, Contour adds a halo of depth and chime to gleaming clean sounds. Higher Contour settings, especially in Crunch and Burn, take you into Recto turf, which is tight, huge and menacing. Don't be fooled by the compact size of the Express 5:50+ combo; it's more than capable of the kind of volume that can keep up with a live band while providing the tonality, nuance, and flexibility you need in the studio.
Mesa/Boogie's hi-gain heritage
Mesa/Boogie founder Randall Smith started out modding amps for Bay Area bands in the late 1960s. His clients? The heavies of the San Francisco scene - the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver, Big Brother, Santana, Steve Miller, Country Joe and the Fish, and many more. Randall's (in)famous hot-rodded Fender Princetons from this era are the stuff of legend: how could a little 15-watt combo get so LOUD? Ever since Randall handbuilt the first Mark I amps in a Northern California mountain shack in in 1971, the name Mesa/Boogie has been a standard-setter in high-gain guitar amplification. Today, guitar greats such as Carlos Santana, Al Di Meola, John Petrucci, Andy Timmons, and Kirk Hammett use the distinctive, versatile voice of Boogie amplifiers to forge their signature sounds. And you can too.
Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50+ 5/25/50-watt Tube Combo Amp Features:
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Todd, Dunedin, FL
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
mesa boogie express 5:50 plus
by from n.c.By far the best amp I have owned. The tone on this baby is what you would expect from a mesa. I play in a band and have gigged with it once already (plenty of clean head room). The different modes are... read more [+] awesome. Although I use a pedal I find myself playing straight amp with channel one on clean and channel two on blues for my dirt and use the solo boost for lead work. If reverb is your thing this amp has the best of any amp I have played. The 5, 25, 50 watt settings are awesome not to mention the on board eq. I have been a tone chaser for years and I have finally found it in this amp. I could go on and on. Nate with sweetwater is always a pleasure to deal with. This will be an amp I keep for a long time close [-]
January 15, 2013
Music Background: pro musician
by Jim from Los AngelesI have owned the two twelve version of this amp for six months. Like most Mesa amps it's a good idea to play around with the tone settings especially in unexpected ways. My current set up is channel... read more [+] one on Crunch and channel two on Blues but with the gain set low for a clean sound. Channel one seems to have a fatter bottom which fills out the overdrive nicely but seems boomy on clean especially when playing with a bass. Channel two has a very different tone. When set to clean (blues) I find it sounds great but not to boomy. Then there is the Contour control. There's a lot of tonal variation on this beautiful amp and I couldn't recommend it more. It's surprising how often I can use it in the 5 watt mode. Fifty watts is plenty just about anywhere. Best for blues and classic rock. Mesa makes plenty of other amps for metal. close [-]
June 28, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician
by Milo from Austin, TxThis amp is perfect if you want Fender and Marshall sounds in the same amp. Because the crunch is on channel one, I use the blues mode on channel two as my clean. I set channel two so it sounds like... read more [+] a clean tweed amp with the contour off and it sounds more like a blackface amp with the contour on. I don't care for the 5 watt mode, but the volume controls in 50 watt mode are good enough that I can play quietly with the 50 watts switched on. Overall, this is hands-down the best amp I've ever owned. close [-]
February 2, 2012
Music Background: Part Time Guitarist
by David from Monterey, CA USAThe Mesa 5:50 EXP is perfect for my needs. It's a studio amp and gig amp all-in-one and the tone is so pure. Portable yet "big" enough to fill a large venue and accepts pedals well but has some great ... read more [+]fx right out of the box. Looks good. Sounds great. Very satisfied with the Mesa. close [-]
January 6, 2012
Music Background: Musician
Clean and mean machine
by from SCThis is a great amp. I was looking to downgrade a head and 4x12 setting I ran for 14 years (back pain anyone?:) I tried a Fender Deluxe reverb RI (too piercing for my tastes), a used Rectoverb (did no... read more [+]t cut it fot me) and some Line 6 stuff (good but not to settle with). Then I decided to buy a new Express based on my testing a couple at some brick and mortar stores. I called Ryan at Sweetwater and ordered the 5:50 Plus but with a Vintage 39 speaker and wow- clean tones were sweet and readily available right out of the box. this amp took my pedals set-up and ate it up! It loves pedals. Maybe is just me but I ended up running all my pedals in front of it after trying the loop for delays and chorus. They sounded good but seemed more alive running in front of it at least to my ears.
October 21, 2012
Music Background: Play rock, prog metal and worship music
Now to the 5 slider EQ. This really transforms the sound when engaged. If you are wondering if it is worth it, it is. I run the sliders for enhance the trebles to go from a round clean setting to funky trbly on channel 1. Then I run channel 2 usually with the EQ set to knb preset since it provides the V setting anyway. Running distortion pedals thru the 2nd channel on Blues with gain at 8 or 9 o'clock is a dream!
The reverb is top notch, period.
I play a strat with an 85 EMG on the bridge and it rocks with this amp when needed as well. This amp is versatile with a capital V- but will never give you the tight distortion of a recto if that is what you are after. BUT, it can do metal with the right pedals for sure.
Nothing is perfect, and this amp will make poping sounds when:
- Switching from a channel set on 50 watts to one set on 5 watts.- Does not seem to happen if the switch os 50 to 25 or remaining on the same wattage level between channels.
- engaging the EQ (sporadically)- every now and then it will pop when footswitching the EQ on. I need to play more to see if I can discover a pattern (or if it is a warranty issue).
I recommend this amp wiith a Vintage 30- It will help round up the tone and control the trebles. Sweetwater can order it that way for you and it costs the same but you will have to wait for it to be built.
Portable, excellent clean tones, great blues and distorted tones, loves pedals and sounds much bigger thab
it is. Occassional pops are the trade off...
I'm glad I got mine! close [-]
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