• TGP is giving away a Strat, Tele, and Jazzmaster. Click Here for full details.
    Click Here to upgrade your account and enter today!

The Mesa Fillmore 25 is really really good

Tommy_G

Member
Messages
2,239
I finally pulled the trigger for a Fillmore 25 too!
After watching all the demos available online and playing with it in a store, my heart (and ears) was convinced.

But the design is a bit boring no? So I decided to make my 25-year dream come true and get a custom version made.
Issue is to have to wait until Christmas (good timing though), but I can't wait to get that premium myrtle wood with cream black grill!

Already have a LSS head + cab, but that one is clearly different. And in the combo shape/size, it's perfect for a second amp, in the living room (LSS gets the bedroom).

I really think Mesa is getting things veryvery right these days. Maybe the only thing I would have loved in the Fillmore is the multi-watt system of the Cali Tweed.
Imagine a Fillmore 4:40 with 4 6V6 (instead of the 6L6 of the 50) and the multiwatt nob.
That would be the absolute perfect amp!

Cheers
I would 3xpect you could put TAD or JJ 6V6s in the Fillmore 50 (or a pair of each) and it would be fine. If it doesnt have an EL34 bias switch then get the hottest 6V6 you can find... or mod to adjustible bias.
 
Last edited:

mikeller

Member
Messages
1,487
Just curious... what kinds of bands do you cover? Are you talking 80s hair or more alternative stuff? Just curious how much gain is there and how it’s voiced. I was leaning toward the 50 but the 25 is very appealing for size.
Artists like Journey, Def Lep, Bon Jovi, AC/DC etc. I had zero problem dialing it in to work for me. I have a Royal Atlantic 27 extension cabinet if I ever need more, but like I said, I played at a large outdoor venue a few weeks ago that attracts several hundred people or more and it worked out quite well.
 

mikeller

Member
Messages
1,487
Are any of you using the effects loop in the FM? I was thinking a little modulation and delay in the loop with the amp's gain would cover most all of the stuff I play.
I run an Eventide H9 > Boss DD500> Neunaber Immerse > Flying Dragon Boost thru the loop on my Fillmore 25.
 
Messages
1,211
I would 3xpect you could put TAD or JJ 6V6s in the Fillmore 50 (or a pair of each) and it would be fine. If it doesnt have an EL34 bias switch then get the hottest 6V6 you can find... or mod to adjustible bias.
There are no bias switches on Fillmores. I would call Mesa tech before trying to put in 6v6.
 
Messages
1,211
I'm not falling for another Mesa ! Must resist
Don't try one then because you will most likely be buying one. Definitely my favorite amp right now. My Mark V is collecting dust. I played the cleans on the V the other day and it sounds dull and flat. The Fillmore has that vintage dynamic warm yet chimey tone.

I might just get the 25 or the 100 Fillmore to add to the 50. Maybe both. Its a good price point as well, in between boutique hand wired and the made in sweatshop grade amps.

There might be better sounding amps out there but I don't want to know...I already spent 6k on gear so far this year and we just sold my mom's house so I will have a windfall in 2 weeks. I gotta stay away from this place now..
 

Tommy_G

Member
Messages
2,239
There are no bias switches on Fillmores. I would call Mesa tech before trying to put in 6v6.

The 6v6s I listed can handle 6L6 voltages.. i put 6v6s in most of my 6L6 amps.

6V6s run very cold at 6L6 bias levels.. will not hurt anything as far as I know. Just mind the need for impedance mismatches.
 
Last edited:

kselbee

Member
Messages
2,517
Artists like Journey, Def Lep, Bon Jovi, AC/DC etc. I had zero problem dialing it in to work for me. I have a Royal Atlantic 27 extension cabinet if I ever need more, but like I said, I played at a large outdoor venue a few weeks ago that attracts several hundred people or more and it worked out quite well.
Wow... and no need for dirt pedals? The Fillmore must be more versatile than I even realized. I’m going to have to check one out.
 

mikeller

Member
Messages
1,487
Wow... and no need for dirt pedals? The Fillmore must be more versatile than I even realized. I’m going to have to check one out.
I have a few dirt pedals also - in front of the amp (Suhr Riot & J. Rockett Dude) for use depending on needs of the song The amp gain is very smooth and versatile however
 

WornFrets

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
1,774
I played these at Mesa Hollywood during NAMM and absolutely fell in love. I never owned an amp like that before; I'm used to vintage Fender or other amps of that ilk plus dirt pedals. Waiting for the right one at the right price and I will absolutely pull the trigger!
 

Senor Forum

Platinum Supporting Member
Messages
3,253
So, I ended up getting a hair up my ass and ordered the 25 head from SW. It'll be in tomorrow morning. I'm curious to see how it'll shape up against the LSC over time.
 

Ryno1331

Member
Messages
2,423
I've been playing mine lately with a 2x12 suhr cab with h75 creambacks and love it. I also really like the single c90 and think it's a great fit but the oversized cab and those speakers really give it some girth for a 25 watt amp.
 

VooDooClown

Platinum Supporting Member
Messages
1,653
I've been playing mine lately with a 2x12 suhr cab with h75 creambacks and love it. I also really like the single c90 and think it's a great fit but the oversized cab and those speakers really give it some girth for a 25 watt amp.
I agree. Those oversized 2x12's really work well with the Fillmore 25 head.
I also have my 25 watt head running through a 2x12 cab. I'm using a Germino open back cab loaded with M65 and H65 Scumbacks.
 

Pongo

Member
Messages
1,098
Anyway, i just thought I'd give it a quick shout out because I've been playing it for a month now and keep loving it more and more. BTW I use a strat and LP historic with it and the strat tones are stellar. At first I had a little tougher time with humbuckers but after I realized I just needed to push the tubes a bit more it completely changed.
Good post. Love it when people are happy with their toys.

I really really like both the 50 and 25, but wasn't willing to drop any cash, since it wasn't full on love, and I had a HRDIV that really "got the job done" at the time (albeit, with a lot less personality than the Fillmores). I know a handful of people who did take the plunge, though, and they all seem more than satisfied, and like the amp as much or more several months after making the purchase. That's a really big vote of confidence.

Your comment about humbuckers and pushing Mesas is really spot-on. They do have great master volumes, however, they have a couple models that just sound, for lack of a better term, phlemy at low volumes when using humbuckers (I own a Lone Star Classic & Recto-Verb 25, and can confirm they be that way)... But man do they sing when you turn 'em up!
 

Gallery

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
7,426
I foresee one of these in the Future. I'd really like to run it as a clean channel/pedal platform on one channel and primary dirt channel on the other. I'd much prefer the 25, but need to determine if it has enough headroom for me.
 




Trending Topics

Top