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Mesa Boogie Out of Production Demo Express 5:25 5/25W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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The 1x10 Mesa Boogie Express 5:25 combo amp gives you true all-tube power in a big-sounding yet little amplifier. This 25W model features feature 4 inspiring modes from 2 opposite tonal personalities ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The 1x10 Mesa Boogie Express 5:25 combo amp gives you true all-tube power in a big-sounding yet little amplifier. This 25W model features feature 4 inspiring modes from 2 opposite tonal personalities spread across 2 fully independent channels. If Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde had to share one platform, this would be it.

For the traditionalists, select the Clean and Blues for your 2 footswitchable sounds. Or, if you're addicted to Gain, choose Crunch and Burn. Then stand back as the well-mannered soul of Dr. Jeckyll morphs into the maniacal Mr. Hyde, hardcore beast. Most important is the classic authenticity of all these iconic tones. No matter what your stylistic destination, the Mesa Boogie Express will take you there—fast.

Each channel on the Express 5:25 amp is equipped with its own Contour depth control for added shaping that's both assignable and footswitchable. Used subtly, Contour adds a halo of depth and chime to gleaming clean sounds. Higher Contour settings, especially in Crunch and Burn, take you into Recto turf—tight, huge and menacing.

Mode Switches
The 5:25's 2 incredible channels and 4 fully evolved modes give you a boarding pass to all the classic guitar styles. The pristine, blooming Clean and tight, grinding Crunch cover the rhythm territories in Channel 1 while Channel 2 roams the wide open spaces of soloing with howling Blues and soaring Burn modes.

Contour Controls
Both channels feature assignable, footswitchable Contour controls that pack the sonic power of a multi-band EQ into 1 simple control. Blend this dynamic, bouncy circuit with the musically rich Tone controls for a sound far bigger than you've ever heard from a combo

External Switch Jacks
Switch "tracks" remotely with the Mesa Boogie Express's External Switch jacks where Channels, Reverb, and the Contour controls can be patched to an external master switching system for remote access. The transparent series Effects Loop handles the interface to all outboard processing.

Patented Duo-Class Power Switching lets you switch the Class (operating class) and Configuration (wiring style) in tandem, giving you two dialed power-voice ranges with the flick of a switch.

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  • Duo-Class Power Amp lets you select either:
  • 1 power tube in pure Class-A (single-ended), producing 5 watts or
  • 2 power tubes in Class-A/B to produce 25 watts via a 5/25 power switch / 2xEL-84 and 5x12AX7
  • Fixed Bias for consistent, maintenance-free performance
  • 2 fully independent channels with 4 style modes
  • Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb, Master, and Contour controls per channel
  • Footswitchable, variable Contour control on each channel provides the power of a 5-band graphic EQ all in 1 rotary control
  • All-tube, long-spring Reverb
  • All-tube FX Loop External Switching Jacks for Channel 1/2, Contour 1, Contoour 2, Reverb
  • 3-Button Footswitch (Channel 1/2, Reverb, Contour)
  • Slip Cover
  • Shipping charges apply
  • Only available for U.S. shipping and requires a valid U.S. billing address
  • Please call (866) 498-7882 for more information
Pro Coverage
5 Years Transferable parts/labor, 3 Years on Speakers, 6 Months on Tubes

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(19 of 23 customers found this review helpful)


Portable, Affordable, and WICKED AWESOME!

By Geoff Young

from Danvers, MA

I love this amp... it has a pristine clean sound, and with tons of headroom, and a monster overdrive as well. I have no problem with this little amp at gigs in small clubs, being heard beside the bassist's 300-watt rig, the drummer's 6-pc rock set, the other guitarist's cybertwin, and the harp player's bassman.... and best of all, this amp can not only match tones with my Egnater Tourmaster 4212, but it is about 70 lbs lighter! I can carry this baby in under one arm and not give myself a hernia! Do yourself a favor, kids. Buy this amp and be happy!

(12 of 71 customers found this review helpful)


Mesa 5.25 review

By Samson

from new haven ,ct

Not versatile, very harsh sounding, the tube distortion is terrible, the clean is sterile, like SS, and muted sounding, better off getting fender, lends itself to single coils, has alot of features, built well, very disappointing sounding,all the dials and switches do not take you out of the Mesa universe, there are much better sounding amps out there

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


One Of the Best Sounding Amps In The Arsenal

By David Bahk

from Overland Park, KS

I don't understand why this amp is rated 3 stars, obviously a lot of people don't know how to use this amp to its fullest potential. I've had this amp for about 2 years now and every time I play it, I find something great about this amp. The specs and controls are on the description so no need to repeat them. The Duo-Class is one of the highlights on this amp in my opinion. This amp is LOUD even on 5-watts. When I gig, I really love to crank the volume so I can get the meatiest tube saturation. Throw in a couple of your favorite OD/Dist pedals in there and you will hear the best sounding OD tones you will ever find in the market. I almost always set it on 5 watts except for when I play in exceptionally large areas. The clean channel is THE best clean sound I've heard in the large array of Guitar Center amps. I've played numerous amps in Guitar Center from Fenders, Egnaters, Bogners, etc...and this is incomparable to those amplifiers. To describe the sound, you can get a wide variety of tones from Clapton's Bassman vintage cleans to John Mayer's clear and thick modern cleans. So this amp can basically do it all. But it's not over there; the second channel which consists of the burn and crunch blues channel, may not be the most articulate in OD tones, but the tube grit truly makes notes sing and sustain. I also love to add OD to my 2nd Channel to make it a heavily distorted tube sound. The spring reverb also really gives ambiance and thickness to the tone. I could write pages about this amp but in conclusion, this amp is one of the best amps you will ever play with the perfect combination of modern and vintage. I will guarantee that countless people will fall in love with this amp immediately.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Very good. Still looking for the ideal

By RudyH

from Minnesota

This is an excellent amp of excellent quality. The important thing is that getting the tone you want requires tweaking. If you are willing to take some time to "dial in" the sound you want, this is a very versatile amp. For my playing style I use both a clean channel and a blues channel. I really appreciate being able to independently adjust these channels. Once adjusted I can toggle between the channels and leave the knobs alone. I bought the amp because it is low wattage and I wanted it for playing at home. Even the 5 watt setting is way too loud unless you turn the master way down to near zero. This works, but I would like to be able to control the volume without such intricate adjustment at low volumes. I would rate it 5 except for this loud volume issue. Consequently I am considering replacing it with a Fender Princeton Recording amp, which has a built in attenuator.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



By Parker

from WA

This is an astonishing amp. There is thick, fat clean tone, and a great bluesy, and crunch tone. I don't see how that other guy rated this 2 stars. He obviously has no taste in tone. This amp can't handle the intense chug-chug like the rectifier, but it's the next gain-iest thing. This amp is also powerful. I played for a thousand people with the volume on 25% on 5 watt mode. Definitely worth the money.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Not Much To It

By Ken

from St. Louis, MO

I was really looking forward to 'trying and buyng' this little Mesa. I liked the 5/25 selection and had high expectations because it's a Mesa/Boogie. I went to GC, plugged in my Gibson LP and, wow, I was really disappointed. There is nothing to it when it comes to tone. It sounds extremely sterile. It's nothing like the double-priced Mesa/Boogies. In fact, I have a Double Rectifier that sounds fantastic and has plenty of tone. As far as build quality, Mesas are built like a brick (but many other amps are too). I'm sure it will last a long time. The GC associate then introduced me to the Blackstar HT-5 Stack and I was amazed. The Blackstar has tons of versatality and lots of tone. I bought it instantly and I love it. Not only is the Blackstar an awesome rig, it's half the price - underpriced in my opinion. Before you buy this Mesa, compare it to the Blackstar HT-5S. You'll be amazed at the difference!

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