Express series being cancelled?

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rv7garage
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Express series being cancelled?

Post by rv7garage » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:25 am

According to Humbucker Music, next year will be the last year of production.

https://www.humbuckermusic.com/collecti ... 4a154d97c9

Can anyone confirm this?

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by Lef T » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:25 pm

That's what I've heard also.
Humbucker has them on sale right now.
Boogies never go on sale,so you know when they're clearing them out,that the end is near.

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by Newysurfer » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:05 am

rv7garage wrote:According to Humbucker Music, next year will be the last year of production.

https://www.humbuckermusic.com/collecti ... 4a154d97c9

Can anyone confirm this?
and why would you believe what any US guitar retail store said?
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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by RussB » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:38 pm

All I know is I got a great deal on a 5-25+ from Humbucker :mrgreen:

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by rv7garage » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:20 pm

Hahah nice, man!

If the series does get cancelled, wth- I have two of 'em already. I'd be curious to see what came next :?: :?:

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by RussB » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:37 pm

Here it is. I've been trying it though all my cabs. So far I'm liking the Lopo 2-12 (looks like a recto cab) with an M65 Creamback and an M75-65 Scumback. It's been a fun day!

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by rv7garage » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:13 pm

Excellent. Dig the color 8)

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by dennisl59 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:22 pm

Cancelled?...Well the Express Series is no longer displayed on the Mesa site, so I would say Yes is the correct answer...
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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by rv7garage » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:25 pm

End of an era! Wow. Well I'm glad I have two, I'll never part with either one!

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by GuyB » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:03 am

Confirmation : just went to Mesa's site : type in "Express 5:25+" in the search field (because there is no more direct link to it) will bring you to a page figuring the Express with the mention that it is no more in production.

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by Stinger22 » Tue May 15, 2018 8:28 pm

Well maybe the price point versus the competition in the market they were going after although to me it's a great price for a Mesa. The last band I was in about the third practice the other guitar player shows up with one saying he just loved the tone I was getting so much he had to get one.

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by SFBay-James4 » Thu May 24, 2018 2:27 pm

I am disappointed by Mesa cancelling the Express series.

I own an Express Plus 5-50. I have played through an Express 5-25. I believe I have typical needs. The Express Plus line fit those needs better than any other Mesa product.

#1 need is to manage loudness. The Express Plus 5-watt setting was ideal for practice and 25-watt was ideal for rehearsal/gigging. (In hindsight, I wish I had bought the Express Plus 5-25 because 5-15-25 seems to be the ideal power scaling combination. I rarely go to 50 watts.

#2 need is to manage appropriate gain. I am on the clean and blues settings on my Express Plus. Honestly, metal is not mainstream.

#3 need is to have a single-note or solo-boost. The Express one was difficult to dial-in but it was there

#4 need is signal chain simplicity. That is why I picked a Mesa even if it is more expensive a traditional pedalboard + amp combination. I wanted to put my $$$ into the amp rather than a pedalboard. Needing a microphone rather than DI contributes to complexity.

#5 need is weight reduction. The 5-50 is 55lbs. My two main rehearsal spaces have two flights of stairs and no elevator. This aspect makes me curse my Mesa.

The only things that the Express Plus 5-50 missed on is weight and Cab Clone. The only thing that the Express Plus 5-25 would miss on is Cab Clone. Well, honestly, there is a brand-deficit using Mesa. People assume you are either a shredder or more-wealthy-than-talented (“PRS Syndrome”).

Mark V: More expensive and even worse for my needs.
#1: Manage loudness. Nope. 10/45/90 watts settings are all too loud for practice/mic-ed gig/rehearsal. Do the math for the wattage on top of a 99dB speaker. Total overkill.
#2: Manage Gain. Maybe. However, the third channel has exclusively metal tone stacks. Every guitarist I follow is moving to Nashville. Not much metal in Nashville.
#3: Solo Button. Yes, it has this
#4: Signal Chain simplicity. Nope. No Cab Clone. Given the price, it should have this.
#5: Weight reduction. Nope. 65lbs

Mark 5:35. More expensive for the [different but same number of] misses.
#1. 25 watts work for rehearsal/gigging but 10 watts is too loud for practice. Still going to be over 103-105dB with the 99dB speaker.
#2: Manage Gain. Yes
#3: Solo Button. Yes, it has an even better solution.
#4: Signal Chain simplicity. Yes.
#5: Weight reduction. Yes. (However, do we really need an 11lb speaker?)

Lonestar Special: So close but damn the ridiculous weight. It thankfully omits the unneeded the 5-band EQ that pops when engaged.
#1. Yes. Ideal power scaling
#2: Manage Gain. Yes
#3: Solo Button. Yes, the same somewhat difficult to dial-in solution as the Express
#4: Signal Chain simplicity. Maybe. No Cab Clone.
#5: Weight reduction. Nope. Even worse. 60lbs? For a 30 watt amp? Wha?

The Express Series was ideal. As I said...disappointed.

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Re: Express series being cancelled?

Post by guitar4jesus » Thu May 24, 2018 3:17 pm

SFBay-James4 wrote:I am disappointed by Mesa cancelling the Express series.

I own an Express Plus 5-50. I have played through an Express 5-25. I believe I have typical needs. The Express Plus line fit those needs better than any other Mesa product.

#1 need is to manage loudness. The Express Plus 5-watt setting was ideal for practice and 25-watt was ideal for rehearsal/gigging. (In hindsight, I wish I had bought the Express Plus 5-25 because 5-15-25 seems to be the ideal power scaling combination. I rarely go to 50 watts.

#2 need is to manage appropriate gain. I am on the clean and blues settings on my Express Plus. Honestly, metal is not mainstream.

#3 need is to have a single-note or solo-boost. The Express one was difficult to dial-in but it was there

#4 need is signal chain simplicity. That is why I picked a Mesa even if it is more expensive a traditional pedalboard + amp combination. I wanted to put my $$$ into the amp rather than a pedalboard. Needing a microphone rather than DI contributes to complexity.

#5 need is weight reduction. The 5-50 is 55lbs. My two main rehearsal spaces have two flights of stairs and no elevator. This aspect makes me curse my Mesa.

The only things that the Express Plus 5-50 missed on is weight and Cab Clone. The only thing that the Express Plus 5-25 would miss on is Cab Clone. Well, honestly, there is a brand-deficit using Mesa. People assume you are either a shredder or more-wealthy-than-talented (“PRS Syndrome”).

Mark V: More expensive and even worse for my needs.
#1: Manage loudness. Nope. 10/45/90 watts settings are all too loud for practice/mic-ed gig/rehearsal. Do the math for the wattage on top of a 99dB speaker. Total overkill.
#2: Manage Gain. Maybe. However, the third channel has exclusively metal tone stacks. Every guitarist I follow is moving to Nashville. Not much metal in Nashville.
#3: Solo Button. Yes, it has this
#4: Signal Chain simplicity. Nope. No Cab Clone. Given the price, it should have this.
#5: Weight reduction. Nope. 65lbs

Mark 5:35. More expensive for the [different but same number of] misses.
#1. 25 watts work for rehearsal/gigging but 10 watts is too loud for practice. Still going to be over 103-105dB with the 99dB speaker.
#2: Manage Gain. Yes
#3: Solo Button. Yes, it has an even better solution.
#4: Signal Chain simplicity. Yes.
#5: Weight reduction. Yes. (However, do we really need an 11lb speaker?)

Lonestar Special: So close but damn the ridiculous weight. It thankfully omits the unneeded the 5-band EQ that pops when engaged.
#1. Yes. Ideal power scaling
#2: Manage Gain. Yes
#3: Solo Button. Yes, the same somewhat difficult to dial-in solution as the Express
#4: Signal Chain simplicity. Maybe. No Cab Clone.
#5: Weight reduction. Nope. Even worse. 60lbs? For a 30 watt amp? Wha?

The Express Series was ideal. As I said...disappointed.

Nicely put! I love my Express 5:25+ but I have a Mark V25 as well for variety.
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