Former Lyricist for Calhoun Tubbs
Gold Supporting Member
Having owned a 5:25 and now a Mark V, I would not recommend the 5:25 if you want a nice clean channel and a classic rock type crunch channel due to them being on the same channel where you cannot easily switch between the two. That is why I got rid of mine. The Fillmore will allow a clean on one channel and crunch on the other and so will the Mark V but the 5:25 won't.
The 5:25 is a great little amp with that one achilles heal for some of us.
Extreme channel with the gain down does crunch just fine. Most people don’t think to try it because of it’s name, but it’s more open, less compressed than either of the “Mark” modes on Channel 2.