Mesa Boogie 5:50+ Express 1x12 Combo
Manufacturer's ID: 1.501PX.BB.CO
What we say:
Mesa/Boogie is the lifelong work of Randall Smith, a drummer, saxophonist and amp repairman who, in the late 60s San Francisco in the midst of the hippy scene, worked away in his mountain shack perfecting what became the world’s first cascading gain guitar combo. After showing it to Carlos Santana and receiving the comment ‘Man, this thing really Boogies!’, Smith released the first Mesa/Boogie amp, the Mark I. Always the innovator, he also invented the world’s first channel switching amp (the Mark II in 1980) and redefined high gain distortion for everyone in 1991 with the game-changing Dual Rectifier.
Since then Smith and his team at Petaluma, California have continued to innovate and produce completely hand-made amps-as-instruments that lead the way in terms of tone, build quality, vision and possibility.
Mesa’s Express range has always been a killer buy: you get an extremely well put together all-valve combo that has two footswitchable channels, valve reverb and a 5-band graphic EQ, all hand made and coming in a price that’s more attainable that Mesa’s top range Mark V amps whilst sharing a lot of that amp’s functionality.
The channels themselves have mini-switches to change their character: the clean channel can also be ‘Crunch’ whilst the drive channel can be set to either ‘Blues’ or ‘Burn’. Each channel has it’s own set of controls with gain, EQ and reverb knobs plus there is the footswitchable 5 Band graphic EQ (this is global) that can powerfully sculpt your tone.
A Power switch can set the power from 50watts down to 25w and even 5w for low power recording/lower headroom for the drive sounds. This amount of control is extremely impressive and the resulting tones, fed through a 12” Celestion Custom 90 speaker are deep, complex, three dimensional and very impressive. This amp could be the one-box solution for a lot of guitarists.
All-Tube and Hand-Built in Mesa's only shop in Petaluma, CA, the Express Plus offers genre-defining sounds, near-limitless versatility and unbeatable value that others can only imitate. How do they do it? Well, they've been doing this for 44 years with all the same people…it’s their Experience – and there are no shortcuts to that. The new Express Plus amplifiers feature four exciting new features that bring them even closer to the flagship status of the award-winning MARK FIVE.Great Boogie tube tones for all kinds of players
Wouldn't it be great to be able to use the same amazing-sounding amp for stadium gigs, club dates, and in the studio? Thanks to Mesa/Boogie, you can! The Express 5:50+ combo features three completely different power configurations, spread across two fully independent channels. Are you a tonal traditionalist? Select Clean and Blues for your two footswitchable sounds. If you're addicted to gain, choose Crunch and Burn. Then stand back as the mild-mannered Dr. Jeckyll morphs into the maniacal hardcore beast, Mr. Hyde. Most important is the classic authenticity of all these iconic tones. No matter what your stylistic destination, the Express will get you there - fast!
Choose you power section
Up front, that number "5" indicates the low power, single-ended magic of pure Class A. The "25" setting gives you medium Class A push-pull output that's ideal for club work. Got an arena gig? Move serious air with the Express 5:50+'s 50-watt Class A/B setting. This impressive tonal and volume flexibility is made possible by Mesa/Boogie's Duo-Class and Dyna-Watt technologies that deliver multiple wattages and both single-ended and push-pull configurations in the same amplifier. Very cool.
A tone-shaping, air-moving beast, packed into a convenient combo
Each channel of the Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50+ is further 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, which is tight, huge and menacing. Don't be fooled by the compact size of the Express 5:50+ combo; it's more than capable of the kind of volume that can keep up with a live band while providing the tonality, nuance, and flexibility you need in the studio.
Mesa/Boogie's hi-gain heritage
Mesa/Boogie founder Randall Smith started out modding amps for Bay Area bands in the late 1960s. His clients? The heavies of the San Francisco scene - the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver, Big Brother, Santana, Steve Miller, Country Joe and the Fish, and many more. Randall's (in)famous hot-rodded Fender Princetons from this era are the stuff of legend: how could a little 15-watt combo get so LOUD? Ever since Randall handbuilt the first Mark I amps in a Northern California mountain shack in in 1971, the name Mesa/Boogie has been a standard-setter in high-gain guitar amplification. Today, guitar greats such as Carlos Santana, Al Di Meola, John Petrucci, Andy Timmons, and Kirk Hammett use the distinctive, versatile voice of Boogie amplifiers to forge their signature sounds. And you can too.
- Open-back all-tube 1 x 12" combo, custom designed and handcrafted in Petaluma, California
- All-tube: five 12AX7 preamp tubes; two 6L6 power tubes
- 50-watt Class A/B, 25-watt Class A push-pull, and 5-watt single-ended Class A operation
- Fixed bias for consistent, maintenance-free performance
- Two fully independent channels with four style modes
- 5-band graphic EQ or preset "V-Curve" Contour controls (footswitchable or channel assignable)
- All-tube long-spring reverb with independent channel controls
- Fully buffered effects loop
- 4-button footswitch and slipcover included
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