First Mesa Boogie?

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by pmac11, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    To be twice as load as the 25, you'd need 10x the wattage ...250W!
     
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  2. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Buy three?
     
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  3. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    I vote for three.
     
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  4. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    @pmac11

    when you start looking/testing please tell us about your Mesa journey :D
     
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  5. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    What? The search is over doncha know. We decided for him he’s buying three Mark V 90 1x12 for maximum effect Eh!
     
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  6. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    ok ok - but he might need to test em out 1st :p
     
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  7. guitarjesus

    guitarjesus Electromatic

    Age:
    40
    5
    Apr 5, 2020
    Menifee, CA
    I was very spoiled years ago to own a Mesa Boogie Mark IIC Coliseum head, upgraded to C+ specs, with a half power switch and simul-class mod, best Boogie I ever heard. Sold it for a mint when times were bad, and I've never heard a Boogie like that since.
     
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  8. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    There's an F50 in the local buy+sell that's reasonably priced. Still pondering. A bit more than I need for the basement. :)
     
  9. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    yeah F-50s are good imo but mainly a mid to high gain amp.
    Doesn't have the Lonestar cleans channel - cleans are good but nothin special.
    Also very loud with no variable wattage.
    Great value on used market now for a hard rock player :D

    In the F series the F-30 is better for a basement imo.
     
  10. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    There's a 5:25 Express about 80 miles away, if I can arrange a proper socially -distanced transaction with a complete stranger, I may go that route. Mostly looking for stellar cleans. Dirt is easy to buy in a box.
    I also may just bide my time a bit until I'm certain my job will hold thru this craziness. Lots of used stuff comes onto the market every day.
     
  11. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    love the Canadianism tacked on at the end of that, eh?
     
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  12. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Is this the non-plus, 1x10 version? I have the plus version with 1x12. Great amp. Performs awesome at all volume levels. This is a true bedroom to performance amp, with great sounds from pristine clean to high gain, though not metal/rectifier gain.
     
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  13. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    yeah I agree with Henry on the 5:25.
    The version 2 Plus model is better than the original.
    The Plus has graphic EQ, a solo switch and 12" Celestion Black Shadow speaker.

    Express amps are super versatile with 4 great voices on 2 channels.
    5:25 has excellent cleans and reverb, the crunch and blues voices for great low-mid gain tones and the burn voices for higher gain. While you probly will not use the burn channel I can assure you that all Boogie low-high gain tones are much better than anything you can buy in a pedal :)

    Besides for the social distancing issue it's actually now probly a great time to buy anything.
    Prices are going down big time on everything as people get desperate for $$ eh
     
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  14. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Hahaha when I was working in Winnipeg and Regina the guys in the shops asked me where I was from in Canada they couldn’t believe I wasn’t Canadian. I told them Iowa and they decided it might be a decent place. Hahahah and I know eh is only used on statements not questions. My use of it is why they thought I was form there.

    A great guitarist I know up in Vancouver has the rack 5:50 express, when he plays out he says he almost never leave 5. A great amp he’s had it a long time!

    hey @Waxhead isn't the 5:50 the precursor to the mark 5 series out now? I thought I read that somewhere.
     
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  15. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Hey thanks Henry.I hope you're doing well? It's the non plus version. Still might give it a whirl, I have two extension cabs (1x12 and 2x12) I can plug it into as well.
     
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  16. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Hey right on, eh.
     
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  17. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    well it's a precurser as in it was released I think 7 yrs before the Mark 5.
    It has some Mark tones in the crunch and burn voices plus the reverb.

    The Express series is one of the most versatile amps ever made imo..... and very under-rated.
    The Plus upgrade made it even more versatile.
    But Mark V is no 1 on that score imo eh :D
     
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  18. peter679

    peter679 Gretschie

    Age:
    50
    163
    Aug 10, 2010
    Purgatory, NJ
    I have a mesa Tremoverb 2x12 and this thing is a beast!!!! It really covers allllll ranges of music! it's incredibly versatile the more I play with the setting the more sounds I get out of it from cream cleans to that modern metal sound. I may have to sell it and that burns my butt :(
     
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  19. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
  20. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Not yet. I'd really like a LoneStar Special or a Mark V:25. Just building up my gear fund, and waiting for a used one to show up. There are a few 5:25 Express Plus combos around on the local Kijiji, but I'm looking for a head.
     
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