Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus 25-watt 1x12" Tube Combo Amp - Black with Black Grille

28/15/5-watt 2-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amp with 25W Class A/B Operation, 15W Class A Operation, and 5W Class A Operation, - Black
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Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus 25-watt 1x12
Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus 25-watt 1x12

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This 1 x 12" Combo Amp is Great for Studio and Stage Alike!

If you thought the Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 combo amplifier couldn't get any better, meet the re-designed Express 5:25 Plus 1 x 12" tube combo amp. The plus means Mesa/Boogie made some major enhancements to the Express 5:25 to give it an even better clean voice, 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, and 25 watts) so it's easy to dial in the perfect amount of 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 tube combo amplifier.

Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus 1 x 12" Tube Combo 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 combo has a great-sounding clean mode, but the redesigned clean mode in the Express 5:25 Plus combo amp 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 Plus at 5 watts, 15 watts, 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 require an updated footswitch to go along with them. The Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus combo amp comes with a 4-button footswitch for control over channels, reverb, EQ, and solo. The solo mode, not found on the original Express combo, 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 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 1 x 12" Tube Combo Amplifier Features:
  • 2-channel, open-back combo amplifier
  • 1 x 12" speaker
  • 5 x 12AX7A, 2 x EL84 all-tube signal path
  • Switch between 25-watt Class A/B operation, 15-watt Class A operation, and 5-watt Class A operation for incredible tonal versatility
  • Improved clean channel has more vibrant highs and warmer, more open lows
  • Powerful 5-band graphic EQ enhances your tone-shaping options
  • Solo control lets you set a pre-determined volume boost you can toggle with the footswitch
  • 4-button footswitch included (channel, reverb, EQ, and solo)
  • 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 and effects loop
  • Slipcover included
  • 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 rig 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
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Reverb Yes
EQ 5-band (Graphic)
Preamp Tubes 5 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x EL84
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 3 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 17.75"
Width 19"
Depth 11.25"
Weight 45 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 1.251P.BB.F

Customer Reviews

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Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus

Picked up a 90W Mark V combo a little bit ago and was so overwhelmed with the incredible tone and flexibility of that amp I decided to get the Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 Plus to put in the bedroom (it was my birthday so I splurged). I was hoping for something more manageable volume-wise and being a cranky old guy I didn't want to keep hauling the Mark V up and down the stairs. This Express Plus amp is everything I hoped it would be and more! The tone is just as pleasing as that of the bigger Mark V. I couldn't be happier. I had always heard about how the Mesa Boogie line was the premier quality amp out there but I always shied away from buying because of either price or lead time or a bad hair day or whatevah (I live near with it...). I finally bought one and now another and I will likely buy a head and a cabinet at some point. The EQ on these amps is really cool and well thought out. The tone possibilities are almost endless. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this amp. Thanks to James for helping to get this baby delivered on my birthday weekend.
Music background: Hack. Always have been...always will be...over 50 years...

Wow-Your Search Ends Here!!'

I , like a lot of you, own several guitars that will be with me until they place me in the ground and then my son's can fight over them!! I spent many years searching out the "keepers" and to finally get them I probably went through 50 plus guitars in my 30 years of playing. But, even though dozens of amps passed my way, I have never been truly satisfied......and I have had them all. I thought I found it in a Rivera combo a few years back, but the dirty side was a bit grating, then after a dozen more, I bought a Dr Z about 6 months ago. It is a glorious beast but too loud and a two trick pony at best. The very first minute I plugged into a 5:25 Express Plus I was like finding your wife....I just knew. Drove directly home, grabbed the Dr Z and went back and made a trade. I was also able to add a Fulltone Supa Trem in the trade to make this amp totally complete. All the sounds you know, love, and need are right here. I have owned (and regret parting with) several pre-CBS blackface combos (the Mesa does that sound perfectly), I have owned several vintage and modern Marshall combos and stacks (the Mesa does this sound perfectly), I have owned a number of boutique amps (Dr Z, Rivera, Divided by 13) and the Mesa pulls off these sounds, and I have owned a number of classic Vox AC-15's and AC-30's (the the mesa pulls off that wonderful shine and shimmer perfectly this is what impressed me the most...the Class A Vox Sound). All I do is run a touch of delay and the Supa Trem in the effects loop and that is that. This truly is the ultimate Swiss Army knife of guitar amps. Add to that it is Made in the USA, the premium parts involved, the wonderful support and service from Mesa, the bulletproof build quality, getting a lifetime of learning and experience q from Randall Smith's fertile mind-this thing is a technical marvel, and the near unlimited tones on tap there is hardly anything on the market that can touch this little combo regardless of price. Color me so impressed I sold everything except my '52 Champ just because of the fun that little monster provides. Make certain to REALLY study the technology enclosed in this chassis- the power switches (5/15/25 watts)for each channel do not simply take power tubes out of the circuit to achieve lower power rating, each switch has it's own set of wiring (discrete circuit) to make this essentially three types of power amps on up on it, it is amazing. For the gigging musician (or garage rock star) that plays a variety of styles you CANNOT beat this at any price. Go try one for yourself and prepare to be blown away!!!
Music background: Weekend performer, hobbyist, home recording

Mesa Delivers!!!

When I went shopping for my first valve amp, I originally decided on a Marshall DSL100. After my purchase I quickly fell out of love with the product because of it's unresponsive EQ section, and uncontrollable tone. I soon decided to take it back. Then I found this amp. This is by far the most versatile amp in this price range! The problems I had with the Marshall were nowhere to be found here. The EQ functions much better on this amp. Most notably, the bass response is beautiful. The dual EQ's are a welcomed feature as well since you will grow accustomed to using both channels regularly. The contour adjust is also a nice feature. The more you twist the knob, the more effect the contoured EQ will have on your tone. This is perfect for adding a little edge on your solos! The Clean/Crunch and Blues/Burn modes are simply amazing! The clean mode is crystal! The crunch is perfect for your rhythm parts! The blues mode is a delight to hear, and the burn mode pushes the 12AX7's and EL84's into a thick and creamy overdrive that's rich with harmonics! I'm not even sure if I need my overdrive pedals anymore. I also enjoy this amp's spring reverb. To my ear, it sounds perfect. I might not need my reverb pedal either! You have to try this amp! It'll handle anything you need it to!
Music background: Active Musician

Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 1x12 Combo

I love this amp. I am a bedroom/den hobbyist player. No gigs. Just me playing for myself. That being said, this amp rocks for what I want it to do. The 5 watt setting allows me to play to my heart''s content without having the cops show up to tell me the neighbors said to shut it down. The 25 watt option is there for playing times when a nice, reasonably loud, sound won't be a problem. I have read reviews from foks who use this amp in small gig settngs and they say it produces adequate volume there. Mesa also makes an add on speaker cab and this amp will accomdate that, so you have that as an option too. I enjoy playing traditonal rock like Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. I also like to just pick up a tune I hear on the radio, TV or the movies and find tabs for it and go from there. The range of tone and contour controls on this amp when combined with the two separate channels and two settings on each channel provide an array of options that is incredibly versatile. You can go from a total clean sound to a heavy cruncn overdrive to a soaring/screaming lead.. Just tweak the settings. It comes with a foot switch so it makes it easy to experiment too. The amp also has an effects loop so if you are into that, there ya go!! Would this amp satisfy the user who wants to rep an AC/DC Marshall stack sound? NO WAY!! However, if you want a decent amp that allows you to explore a wide range of tones and styles in a compact package, this is a definite keeper. I play a '65 Gibson SG with P 90s and a 2010 Les Paul Trad Pro thru this amp and the range of tones I can get with the amp and guitar controls is awesome!! Mesa Engineering delivers big time in this package!!!
Music background: amateur enthusiast

A great combo amp

I have a Mark V and because of its size and weight I bought a 5:25. Its a sweet amp. It gives me the basics of my tone and is easier to take around with me. It sounds great, has a big amp sound, the cabinet is very well designed. You can definitely gig with this amp as well. When I was a kid I wish I could have bought something like this for my first tube amp.
Music background: semi pro
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