Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus 25-watt Tube Head - Black

2-channel, Tube Guitar Head with 25W Class A/B Operation, 15W Class A Operation, 5W Class A Operation, and Contour Controls - Black
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Perfect for Studio and Stage

Meet the re-designed Express 5:25 Plus guitar amp head. The plus means Mesa/Boogie engineered some major enhancements to this all-tube beast: improved clean voicing, a sweet 5-band graphic EQ, a switchable solo mode, and more. You can also run the Express 5:25 Plus at three different power levels (5 watts, 15 watts, or 25 watts), so it's easy to dial just the right headroom for any situation, whether you're playing live or in the studio. Bottom line: you get an amp that's ready to perform as hard as you do with the Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus head.

Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus Tube Head Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Enhanced clean mode sounds amazing
  • Even more power options to help you get the perfect tone
  • Included 4-button footswitch will enhance your performances
Enhanced clean mode sounds amazing

The original Express has a great-sounding clean mode, but the redesigned clean mode in the Express 5:25 Plus head has more sparkle in the highs along with a more open, fluid lows. As an added bonus, the signal to noise ratio has been significantly reduced, too. That means you'll always get a rich and vibrant clean sound, which is especially important when you're recording with the Express 5:25 Plus in the studio.

Even more power options to help you get the perfect tone

You can run the Express 5:25 at 5, 15, or 25 watts for three completely different flavors of tone. Use the 5-watt mode to get Class A cranked-amp tones at civilized volume levels from just one power tube. The 15-watt mode gives you a bit more headroom and flavor, using two tubes in a Class A push-pull configuration. Or enjoy the higher headroom and enhanced dynamics of the 25-watt mode, using two power amp tubes in a Class A/B configuration. You'll be amazed at the tonal variety you get from these different power modes.

Included 4-button footswitch will enhance your performances

Updated features requires an updated footswitch to go along with them. The Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus head comes with a 4-button footswitch for control over channels, reverb, EQ, and solo. The solo mode, not found on the original Express, lets you pre-set the perfect amount of volume boost for featured parts, and lets you toggle it directly from the footswitch. It's the perfect way to make a solo stand out, or simply to add some extra dynamic interest to your performances.

Mesa/Boogie's Warranty: The Best in the Business!

Your new Mesa/Boogie amp is protected by Mesa/Boogie's transferable warranty: five years on the electronics, three years for speakers, and six months for tubes.

Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus Tube Head Amplifier Features:
  • All-tube design featuring 5 x 12AX7As and 2 x EL84s
  • Switches from 25-watt Class A/B operation to 5-watt Class A operation
  • Fixed bias for consistent performance
  • 2 fully independent channels with 4 style modes
  • Independent gain, treble, mid, bass, reverb, master, and contour controls per channel
  • Footswitchable variable contour control on each channel provides EQ from 1 rotary control
  • All-tube long-spring reverb
  • All-tube effects loop
  • 4-button footswitch (channel 1 and 2, reverb, and contour)
  • Important Notice for International Customers: Mesa/Boogie products sold by Sweetwater are intended for use within the United States. We are unable to ship any Mesa/Boogie products outside of the US.
The Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus is an ideal amp for stage and studio!

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Guitar Amp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 25W/15W/5W
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 5 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x EL84
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 3 x Speaker
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number 2.25P.BB

Customer Reviews

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Only amp you need.

Thank you Phil P. and Sweetwater Since this amp arrived I am amazed at the variety of sounds you can dial in. From warm clean fender sounds to a blazing marshall scream. It will take awhile to figure out the vast array of sounds, but being retired now I should have the time.I originally ordered the M/B 1-12 rectifier cabinet which was a mistake because the amp head does not fit well on top.Phil P. to the rescue, exchanged it for the M/B 1-12 cabinet. What can I say, a match made in heaven.Again thanks Sweetwater and Phil P P.S. please more fireballs next time.


Bought this amp as a stage replacement for a older Mark IIC, a 1965 Fender Vibrolux and a 1966 Twin. Coupled with a 2 X 12 Celestion greenback cabinet this amplifier kills in all styles. Great sounds for country, blues, rock, praise and worship and jazz. Love the ability to change the wattage output as it allows the amp to sing at low volumes...a really nice feature. Can't say enough good about this amp and have yet to find anything bad to say. Do expect to take some time dialing in your sounds as with all Boogies the process does take a little longer but always worth it in the end. I would recommend this product to anyone that needs a great sounding, versatile guitar head.
Music background: 35 yr professional musician, studio owner,

SPECTACULAR ! Don't look back !!

I recently moved from several combos to the MB ExPlus 5:25 Head with a 2x12 Vert cab and will never look back. The tonal warmth of this combination is a night and day difference from playing with a combo. The ExPlus has logical, super ease of use with smart thresholds between the gain modes within the channels and across the channels. The EQ is responsive and has wide breadth of frequency control, surprising for a 5 band. Channels are designed and layout is logical and obviously made with high quality parts. There's some physical weight, something to live with.Sweetwater team is a pleasure to work with, fast, responsive, my "go to" equip dealer. I Love my Mesa !
Music background: 40 years of music, 15 years of guitar playing

Plays Nice with Pedals

I'm a fan of layering guitar sounds in recordings. I bought this as a platform from which many of my OD and distortion/fuzz pedals could sing. So far, stuck a DS-1 in front, and it is killing with 90's alt rock tones. Very organic and tweakable distortion between the two.There are so many features on this amp..I haven't had time yet to explore other parameters. A more complete review will come later. Even though it comes with EL-84's you can dial in thick low end with the 5 band graphic if you so desire.
Music background: 15 year hobbyist in audio engineering and guitar

I love this amp!

The Express 5:25 Plus has far surpassed my expectations! Since owning it for 2 months, I've used it for blues, regular jazz gigs, funk, and rock and the tones are all accessible and lovely. Coming from a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, this head isn't as simple in finding a great tone, but once you search and try to understand each knob (and how they relate to each other), you can find most everything you need.
Music background: Professional Musician
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