View Full Version : Mesa Boogie Reliability? 5:50 Express

10-28-2013, 07:54 PM
I have been checking out the 5:50 express plus and it looks really cool. I am used to having really simple, typically one channel amps.

So, do all the features make an amp like the 5:50 more prone to problems than a more simple amp? More difficult or expensive to work on?


10-28-2013, 08:15 PM
The 5:50 is a solid amp, built like a tank. they come with a 5 year warranty.

10-28-2013, 08:51 PM
Mesas are built really well. Their warranty and customer service is very good.

10-28-2013, 09:30 PM
Channel 1 on mine died after a month, it was not just a tube issue. Returned it for a full refund. I do think I am in the severe minority but it soured me a bit on Mesa. Conversely a band mate has had a single recto going strong since 2005 and hasn't even had to change a single tube .

Steve Hotra
10-28-2013, 09:31 PM
I don't have a 5:50 express plus..
But a 5:25.
No problems at all. Very reliable amp.

10-29-2013, 05:54 AM
I've owned an original Mark 1 for 10 years, Maverick for 6 years, and Roadking II for 6 years.
Maverick and Roadking never had any problems whatsoever. Both great amps.
The Mark 1 had a hard life but was flawless until it shut down in a puff of smoke at a gig in the eighties.

Mesa's are solid, well built amps. I wouldn't worry about reliability.

10-29-2013, 06:55 AM
Dive in. My Mesas have been the most solidly built and reliable amps I've used. Usually, any issue is going to be tube related. Certainly there will be exceptions, as with any amp. But their support by phone is top notch and with a 5 year warranty, you can't go wrong.

The Express Plus is a really nice amp, especially as a pedal platform. Clean channel is to die for.

10-29-2013, 09:20 AM
I've owned Mesa amps for 20 years. I presently have 4 Mesa Mark combos (IIC, III, IV, V). The only Mesa that I ever had a problem with that wasn't tube related, was a bad ribbon cable in a Triaxis about 10 years ago. Mesa builds very reliable amps.