Which Mesa to Get

5:25 and 5:50's

Moderators: Grandor, ned, Guitarzan, Platypus

Post Reply
Bottle Rocket
Posts: 15
Joined: Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:00 am
Location: UK

Which Mesa to Get

Post by asimmd » Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:17 am

I have wanted a Mesa Boogie amp for as long as i can remember and now i have retired i can afford one.

My question is,i play mainly instrumentals,home use only,Hank Marvin stuff,and i would like to know which model
would be best suited for this.

I did consider the new Mark 5/25.but it seems a bit OTT just for clean sounds.

Recommendations appreciated.



User avatar
Mark IV
Posts: 556
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2008 3:03 pm
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by TimeSignature » Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:57 am

Check out the Lonestar Special. That might work. Also, the cleans on the Rectoverb 25 watt are really good. I'd go with that over the Mark.
Marshall JVM210h / PRS 2x12 cab
Fender: US Strat, Performer; Gibson: LP Std, LP Trad Pro, Classic; PRS Cust24, Ibanez: FP77, JPM100 P1, FR1620, RT452, RG470, RG752

Mark I
Posts: 35
Joined: Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:19 pm

Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by FlamencoD » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:20 am

The Express 5:50+ has the best clean channel I've ever heard, I have the head and play it through an Avatar 2x12 cab with a Celestion Vintage 30 and Celestion G12H30. And it goes down to 5 watts. Plus, tons of headroom if you want really clean tones with the 50 watt setting. Very versatile amp. Might want to give it serious consideration.

Mark I
Posts: 39
Joined: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:35 pm

Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by Ryann » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:40 am

I'd second the Rectoverb 25 suggestion so long as you don't plan to play loud. Any Boogie using the DynaWatt EL84 power section will not have a lot of clean headroom at higher volumes. The F series amps also have great clean channels and can be found for much less than any new Mesa on CL.

Len Rabinowitz
Mark II
Posts: 74
Joined: Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:38 pm

Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by Len Rabinowitz » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:33 am

Might want to try the Electra-Dyne if you can find one. A discontinued model, but it was designed as a kind of higher powered vintage style amp.
2003 Ash Tele
2005 Sunburst Les Paul
2007 Natural ES 335
2007 Custom Classic Strat
Martin Custom D35
Taylor 314ce
Fender Mexican Jazz Bass
Mesa Mark V:35 Head
Dr. Z 2x12
Eventide H9
Pigtronix Mothership
Boss Slicer
Boss RC 30 Looper

Bottle Rocket
Posts: 15
Joined: Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:00 am
Location: UK

Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by asimmd » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:10 am

Thanks for the replies everyone.

I plan to DI this through my Attenuator and use Redwirez Impulse Response in place of
a real speaker.

I can't use it to record mic'd up at home because of the neighbours of the neighbours.

I have seem some used Studio Rack Mesa's but i don't know anything about them.


Post Reply