Good amp, perhaps my favorite Mesa ever made
In my 24 years of playing Mesas, this is my favorite. It takes the F30, which was already good, and makes it even better. Not only that, but they improved the 5:25 significantly by introducing the Plus model.
I have the 12 inch version, which I custom ordered from Sweetwater in around February of this year.
The amp is a very well designed combination of lots of features, but good ease of use. It is not confusing like some amps with tons of features.
It's a very convenient size. Very versatile and easy on a gigging musician.
It's well built. No surprises there. I've never had a Boogie break on me. The only other amps I can say that about are Ampegs.
It gets a nice early rock, country, r&b tone, which I think would be even better with a less tight speaker. Anything but the clean channel sounds significantly more "modern." they could have dialed back the gain all the way around IMO. That said, I have found good tones on all four channels (though I use clean and crunch the most).
It's not very loud, like some people are saying here. But it's loud enough to cover most shows, unless your bandmate is completely over-amped in comparison to you. If you are playing against a half stack on the other side of the stage, do yourself a big favor and play the 5:25 through an extension cab.
The changes added in the Plus model are outstanding, and made this a MUCH better amp. They added useful features without muddying up the design or operation of the amp, and, get this, without eliminating anything that the pre-Plus models had. Good work, Mesa, adding the clean boost, graphic E.Q., and 15W class A mode, while retaining the choice to have the pre-Plus-style V contour thing! Good thinking...real good. Thanks to the added clean boost and E.Q., and have been able to remove my flat booster and my treble booster from my pedal chain, leaving me with only tremolo and tuner pedals to lug and set up. Nice!
The only thing I really wish was different was that you could pick any one of the four gain settings to switch between using the foot switch. I would love to be able to switch between clean and crunch, but I must switch between clean and blues instead. Ah, well.
At any rate, I give this thing a 4.5. Good sounding amp that I am confident will last me for life. It has simplified my life very nicely with its combination of convenience and capability.