It's True:Mesa 5.50+

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Lef T, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. Lef T

    Lef T Member

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    Got on the ferry this morning with my Fender TRRI and trusty Strat and spent today on Vancouver Island at Long & Mcquades Music.
    I liked my TRRI,but it was just too heavy,too loud and too clean.
    It was going on the trading block today
    I had the salesman set up three amps in the iso room.
    Fender 65 DRI,Fender 68 DRI and the 68 Custom Vibrolux.
    I thought for sure the Vibrolux would win me over.
    Nope on all counts.
    None of the Fenders made me jump up and down.
    I know little about Mesas,but ended up testing a Lonestar and the 550 plus.
    I liked the Lonestar,but after a lot of playing I chose the 550 plus.
    I ended up with a really fair trade and now I'll be playing a Mesa.
    I would never have believed it.
    I have been a fender guy forever,but the 550 had everything I needed.
    Great sound with my Strat.
    Easy to lug around compared to the Twin.
    Lot's of nice, clean power,ample eq,nice overdrive,2 channels.
    Even the reverb sounded good.
    Priced within my budget.
    I'll be cranking it tonight.
    My first Mesa.
     
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    cool, have fun!
     
  4. Ilduce

    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    Congrats! I have the 5 50 non plus and love it. The whole Express series are some really awesome amps, especially considering their price point. Imho
     
  5. Dorman

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    Just went through a similar process and walked away with a mesa rectoverb 25 after being a fender guy for 20 years. The 5:50+ impressed me as well and I'd still like to add one for a different flavor! Congrats!
     
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  7. Lef T

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    Great pic nicolas.
    Forgive me,but I don,t know all the models.
    Is that a 550 head.
    What's in the cab?
     
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    That's some fine looking gear set up.
     
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    Thank you.

    Its the 5:50+ head and the cab is a 1X12 3/4 cab no longer made in that size i believe. The grill was black but i change it to how it looks now.

    PRS Custom 24 Artist that i custom refinish and a 55' conversion Goldtop Les Paul.
     
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    Wow.... yet another Fender to Mesa story. Seem to have
    seen more of these in the past month to 6 weeks than I
    can ever recall seeing on here before.

    Congrats!! :aok
     
  11. Lef T

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    Thanks,
    A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do !!!
     
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    In a similar fashion, I was dead set on getting a Fender amp, bought a used DRRI and absolutely hated it. Took it to a tech and he basically told me that is how they sound. I returned to GC and ordered a used Bassman LTD on layway, went to pick it up and it just wasn't doing it for me in the test run, not bad but not great. Salesman told me to check out this Mesa, I immediately do an internal eye roll seeing that I never bond with them, fought my Dual Rec for years. First couple of notes on the 5:25 Express and I'm completely sold. That was the sound I was looking for all along! Just got done playing it tonight, lost myself for 4 hours. 2 years later and I still love this amp.
     
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    Congrats, I owned an Express 5:50 (non plus) combo and loved it. Loved the Blues and Clean channels and the nice reverb. Bought a vintage Boogie recently, but I will miss the 5:50.
     
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    Congrats, I got a 5:50 plus combo in October and love it. Crunch and Burn modes are super and Cleans are fantastic on both channels. Strat player here as well. Solid amp, gigged several times with it and it drives my wife nuts at home when I crank it![emoji33]
     
  15. Lef T

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    If you keep doing that,do you think she might leave you...lol
     
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    That could be a possibility...especially when I start experimenting with running it in stereo with another amp!!

    How do you plan on utilizing the two channels on yours?
     
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    Mesa always gets pigeon holed because of their two main lines, the Rectifier and Mark series, having such a stereotype.

    Many of their amps outside of those sound absolutely killer though. The Express, Electra Dyne, Lonestar etc. are all fantastic.
     
  18. rck

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    I'm extremely fond of the TA series as well^
     
  19. Lef T

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    I've been playing away and think this amp is great.
    Not sure how I'll utilize the channels.
    I like them both.
    One for cleaner and one for soloing,but not decided on which channel for which.
    Been playing with the different eq options also.
    Unlike my Fender,this amp has a lot more options.
    I think once I get it out in the real world and play in a group setting,
    things will become clearer as to how I will run it.
    This amp does have some muscle and that's a good thing.
     
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    Welcome to the club! I was playing Fender Bassman RI and a 60w Supersonic. Stumbled on to a TA-30 and haven't looked back!
     

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