Best Choice I've Ever Made
I was looking for a more versatile gigging amp since my Twin Reverb didn't give me too many options for anything past great clean sounds. I was originally going to buy a Mesa Lonestar, but thought twice considering that I couldn't get a whole lot of gain out of it. I loved the clean of the Lonestar but it wouldn't solve my versatility problem whatsoever, so I decided to give the Express 5:50+ a go. I've had the amp for a few months now, and I am so happy I made this decision.
The clean channel is simply amazing. I have tried to use the Mesa and the Twin side by side, but I just can't go back. There is a clarity to the clean channel that is really striking. The lows can cut through while the highs are still singing. It has a ton of headroom, even though it doesn't have the wattage of the Twin. It basically blows the Twin out of the water. The blues channel offers a bit more grit and urgency and I use it nearly as much as the clean. Both gain channels are amazing, and with the preset scoop settings on the EQ, you can go from that awesome high gain Marshall sound to the more chuggy Double Rectifier scooped mids by stepping once on your foot switch. I am not even close to having fully explored everything I can do with this amp. The icing on the cake is the different wattage selections, which can drastically alter your sound without even having to re-EQ everything. The five band EQ is also something I always loved in Mesa amps, and I use it far more than I initially thought I would.
This amp is a no-brainer. The number of options is amazing, but the quality of each of those options is pretty stunning. 10/10