Mesa Boogie Boogie Express 5:50 1x12 Combo by floaty83
I have had my Express 5:50 for about 4 years now. I will never need another guitar amp.
The Express series could be considered an entry into Mesa's product line, but they still sound amazing.
The two channels have completely different characters and tones. Each channel has two modes with different flavors.
Channel 1's first mode is "Clean" which is just like it sounds, CLEAN. Channel 1, both modes included, has to be my favorite channel on this amp. The clean tones are some of the sweetest on any amplifier I've ever heard. Very full and rich with a detailed top end, but never too bright. The 2nd mode on the channel is "Crunch". This mode has got some amazing overdrive tones. Great for rhythm chunking and even lower gain leads.
Channel 2's first mode is "Blues". I actually like to use Blues as an alternative clean sound with the gain turned down and the master turned up. You can get some great jangly tones in this mode, sounds great with single coils. The 2nd mode, "Burn" is where all the high gain sounds reside. When used properly along with the contour knob, you can get close to Recto amounts of gain. A great sounding mode.
The biggest advantage of this amp is the two different wattage modes. The amp has a 5 watt Class A single-ended mode, and a 50 watt Class A/B push-pull mode.
The 5 watt mode is perfect for bedroom playing and for recording. The class A single-single ended circuit gets great harmonics and is easy to saturate the power section without the amp being overwhelmingly loud. It's probably too quiet for playing with a band unless the amp was miced. If you need some real volume, the 50 watt mode is where it's at. This thing gets LOUD in 50 watt mode. Holy crap...
Overall, a fantastic amp. I have a '95 Fender Japanese Strat with a Dimarzio humbucker in the bridge, and a '05 Gibson Explorer. Both guitars sound phenomenal through this amp. Thanks Mesa!!!