Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb 25 - 25-watt 1x12" Tube Head - Black with Cream & Black Grille

2-channel, All-tube 10/25-watt Guitar Amplifier Head with Tube-driven Spring Reverb, Tube-driven FX Loop, and 1-button Footswitch
Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb 25 - 25-watt 1x12
Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb 25 - 25-watt 1x12
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All-tube Tone Plus Sweet-sounding Spring Reverb

Awesome tube tone is yours with the Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb Twenty-Five guitar amp head. Two independent channels give you incredible sonic flexibility. Thanks to Mesa's patented Multi-Watt channel-assignable power amp, you can switch between 25-watt and 10-watt operation for each channel. Use the Recto-Verb Twenty-Five's 10-watt mode for lush, liquid tone and smooth feel, and the 25-watt setting for incredible power, punch, and clarity. And with a sweet sounding, tube-driven spring reverb onboard, iconic tone is one strum away with the Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb Twenty-Five.

Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb Twenty-Five Tube Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • Dyna-Watt technology gives you tonal versatility with 10-watt or 25-watt operation
  • Built-in spring reverb for classic electric guitar tones
  • Built in the USA to rock hard - and reliably
Dyna-Watt technology gives you tonal versatility with 10-watt or 25-watt operation

With the Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb Twenty-Five set to 10-watt operation, you get the cranked tube-amp sound at lower volume levels. It feels pleasantly liquid yet responsive, with lush harmonics. In 25-watt mode, the Recto-Verb Twenty-Five packs all the punch, power, and clarity you'd expect from a modern Mesa amp. And thanks to Mesa/Boogie's patented Multi-Watt channel-assignable power amp, you can set each channel to whatever wattage you prefer.

Built-in spring reverb for classic electric guitar tones

There's an incredibly sweet tube-driven spring reverb in the Recto-Verb Twenty-Five - and that's not even the best part. Each channel has its own reverb level, so you're not restricted to the same reverb setting for both channels.

Built in the USA to rock hard - and reliably

Mesa/Boogie has been handbuilding some of the most sought after guitar gear in Petaluma, California since the late '60s. Early fans of Mesa gear include Carlos Santana and Keith Richards - guitarists whose tones have been chased by countless musicians ever since. When you plug into the Recto-Verb Twenty-Five, you're tapping into decades of innovation. Especially if you're a regularly gigging musician, you'll appreciate the top-notch sound and construction you get in the Recto-Verb Twenty-Five.

Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb Twenty-Five Tube Amplifier Head Features:
  • All-tube guitar amplifier head with switchable 10-watt or 25-watt operation
  • 2 independent channels, each with their own tone controls, wattage switch, and reverb amount
  • Tube-driven spring reverb for classic amp tones
  • 1-button footswitch for channel switching is included
  • Handmade in the USA
You can create practically any tone you want with the Mesa/Boogie Recto-Verb Twenty-Five!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Recto-Verb Series User Manual

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 25W
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band with Presence
Number of Tubes 6 x Preamp, 2 x Power Amp, 1 x Reverb, 1 x FX Loop
Preamp Tubes 6 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x EL84
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes
Manufacturer Part Number 2.RV25.BK

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Great Amp

Made in America...by hand. 5 Stars. Very satisfied with the quality and sound of this little amp. Here is a little history of my amp experience; 80's Gorilla 1X12, 90's Peavy 1x12 solid state, Marshall DSL40cst, Marshall JVM210h with 1960 cab, and now the Rectoverb 25 with a 1960 cab. Of course the Recto25 blows away everything in my experience but the JVM. The JVM210 is my dad's and to me paired with the 1960 cab is just the perfect combo. I'm sure there are plenty of other heads and cabinets that sound just as good if not better but from my experience, that combo satisfies my taste. So i wanted something that was a little quieter but sounded just as good. The JVM sounds its best cranked and that's something I don't need for practice and solo jamming. First of all, the clean channel on the Recto is simply perfect. Plenty of bass and clarity coming out of the 1960 cab. Probably one of the best cleans I've ever heard. I've had to tweak an tweak the overdrive channel to get almost to the sound I want. I probably just have picky ears. I guess I'm searching for the sound of the JVM's highest gain channel. I've gotten the Recto's overdrive channel to a suitable sound for now. I also use a MXR Super Badass Distortion and have gotten a really nice distortion comparable to the JVM. Overall I couldn't be happier with this amp. It takes pedals very nicely and the build quality is exceptional. I'm now forever a Mesa/Boogie user.
5/5

Awesome Tone

I had a Rivera Doce Clubster that I absolutely loved. It was my dream amp, with a clean channel to die for. But I was never sold on the drive channel and used a pedalboard for that. When it died on me I started looking at the Mesa Express but had to wait a while. I never even considered the Dual Rectifier, but wound up getting it instead, and boy am I glad! Everytime I play through it I feel like it's Christmas morning! It is the apple of my eye! I have a Badcat head, Acoustic head, Crate Vintage Club 30 combo, and a Peavey Bandit as well. I had to let the Rivera go to get the Mesa, and I have to say both channels sound great! I love the black with cream grille and one button footswitch you can use with any guitar cord. The reverb is very nice and the overdrive is truly the best I've heard! Long story short, I feel my Dual Rectifier is the best sounding amp I've ever had and it pleases me every day to have it in my arsenal!
Music background: Part Timer
5/5

Awesome

Thid thing is a beast! Im completely blown away. A big thanks to Steven Chamoun and sweetwater they always deliver the best service. After having several different tube amps the last few years and never being satisfied. Steven recommended i give this one a try and it is a keeper. Now as far as the amp goes if you try to set it like you would a brittish flavored amp you probably wont be happy. Take your time and even check some of the example settings and you will get amazing tones especially on the cleans..i cant say enough about this amp or Sweetwater.. buy it!
5/5

Monsterous!

This is an incredible amp! I've always wanted a Mesa since I was a kid and this sucker delivers! The cleans (clean/pushed) go from fairly sparkly to fat and thick to a bit of hair. The dirty (modern/vintage) will get you classic rock to all out barking metal. Take your time to dial it in, Mesa's don't work like other amps...read the manual. Oh yeah, the reverb is the best I've ever heard!Big thanks to Aaron for all his help and patience with me! Sweetwater customer service is INSANELY good...but with complete confidence.
5/5

The Tone I've Been Searching For!

I want to start by saying Kudos to Sweetwater and my rep Will and his team. Awesome job folks, thank you! Now to the Mesa. Buy this!!! I don't know how much I've spent just in the last 10 years on lesser amps and pedals searching for "the tone"...clear harmonics, rich sustain with a good sonic range and timbre. I bought this with the 12" Mesa Thiele cabinet and I can't stop rolling my eye and grinning. This amp sings at any volume. Set one channel for rhythm with just a little gain and presence and set the other channel for leads and play away. I've been playing a long time (more than 40 years) and have owned many classic amps (when they were new) like a Vox Buckingham, an Acoustic 260, several Tremolux head and cabs and even Plush! The sound coming out of my new Mesa just blows me away constantly. Do what you have to do; sell what you have to sell but get yourself a Mesa,
Music background: Extensive

Sweetwater Advice

Don Carr

The latest addition to Mesa/Boogie's famed Rectifier series of amplifiers, the Rect-O-Verb Twenty-Five, has the trademark Recto voice, along with many others, in a compact, straight-forward format. Ripe with features and options, the controls are surprisingly simple. Don't let the size deceive you; the Recto-Verb Twenty-Five is a flame-throwing monster! This amp has two discrete, distinctly different channels and each channel has two voices that completely alter the gain, tone, and feel of the amp. In Channel 1, Clean mode starts with big, airy, glassy clean sounds on the lower end of the gain knob's spectrum and nudges into light break-up with the gain control maxed. Pushed mode starts there and runs the gamut from chimey grit to stout overdrive — the various colors of rhythm guitar. Also an excellent blues lead voice, Pushed mode is both touch and volume-knob sensitive. With the master volume control between 10 and 12 o'clock, I had huge fun coaxing a wide, expressive, dynamic range from Pushed mode with picking dynamics and by riding the guitar's volume knob. Channel 2 makes this amp worthy of its Rectifier name; huge, high-gain distortion tones from two distinct voices. The Modern side is pure Recto with a tight, aggressive attack, massive low-end, and high-mid bump that stays percussive no matter how much gain you dial in. The Vintage side is spongier and looser, with nice sag on the attack that adds a liquid feel. Vintage mode begged me to play both long, singing lead lines and fast flurries. Boogie uses two EL84 power tubes and Multi-Watt Channel Assignable Power switches on each channel that allow for either 25-watt or 10-watt operation. More than just a wattage change, each power setting adds its own character to each of the four modes. 25-watt operation is wired in Class A/B pentode and has a bold attack, increased definition, clean headroom, and an open top-end. Switch to 10 watts and the Class A/B triode softens the attack for a sweeter, rounder sound. 10 watts breaks up quicker at lower volumes, which is more apparent on both of Channel 1's modes. The long-tank spring reverb and effects loop are both tube-driven, really adding to the rich sonic detail of the Recto-Verb Twenty-Five. The reverb has a clean, even, long tail that sounds great no matter where you set it. Even at higher settings it's never boingy and doesn't cloud your tone. I have used this amp in a variety of scenarios over the course of a few months and it shines no matter what the context. The compact size allowed me to use it in a duo setting, playing mellower pop and country songs to a smaller crowd. Having independent reverb controls for each channel was invaluable here; I could really get the Channel 1's Clean mode nice and wet and give a lower gain setting on Channel 2's Vintage mode a "golden halo." Conversely, I used the Recto-Verb Twenty-Five to drive a 2x12 cabinet and played a show with Altitudes and Attitudes, a hard-rock band featuring Frank Bello of Anthrax and Dave Ellefson of Megadeth. The tight, loud 25 watts came in really handy, as did the rich saturation and mammoth sustain. In the studio paired with my PRS 513, a plethora of tones from classic rock to chicken pickin' were easily dialed in. In the 1x12 combo configuration, Boogie's Fillmore 75 speaker is well matched to complement the Recto-Verb's large sonic vocabulary but it sounds great with other speakers as well. Speaking of, the Recto-Verb Twenty-Five is available in a head-only configuration as well. I love how this amp's versatility and size bring a new personality to the already stellar Mesa/Boogie Rectifier family.
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