Hey all, Has anyone owned both the Express 5:25 and the 5:25 plus? How different do they sound? I played an older Express 5:25 yesterday and really liked all the settings. I played a 5:25+ about a year ago and was less impressed with Burn channel, but I think I may have been in the wrong headspace at the time. Allow me to explain: So I went to Guitar Center yesterday on my lunch with the purpose of trying out some Fender amps. My typical amps are BFG / Friedman / Marshall / Mesa kind of master volume high-gain stuff, so I am doing my best to learn about Fender. I have been at it for a few months, trying Blues Jr's, Deluxe Reverbs, etc. So why am I talking about Fender in a Mesa thread? Well, I really like Fender cleans, and I love the different crunchy, spongy, mid/higher gain sounds you can get wit ha Fender. I brought a '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb into the quiet room so I could turn it up and hear the overdrive sounds (I got a talking to last time I did that on the main floor). The cleans sounded great, but this time I didn't feel like I was dialing in a good dirty tone. I was having to turn the amp up to 8, and it was not really doing it for me - I have never had much luck getting good tones from power tube distortion. There was also a used '59 reissue Bassman in the room - it sounded good clean as well, but I wasn't in the mood to crank a 40 watt amp in a small enclosed space. Just as I was leaving, I noticed a used Mesa Express 5:25 1x10 combo - the old one, not the plus model. I tried the 5:25 plus a while back, and decided it didn't have a good enough high gain sound for me, but I loved the "Fendery" cleans. I fired it up, and the cleans were very good, but all the other sounds were good too. The "Blues" setting was great with low gain for edge-of-breakup stuff, and with the gain rolled up it gave up a wonderful crunch. The burn setting sounded amazing with a SSS Strat - just good, crunchy, distortion for days. Not metal, but just tasty. I know I will piss off the Fender guys for saying this, but for ME, it did all the things I want a Fender amp to do. And for me, it did them better and more intuitively, at a more reasonable range of volumes. I will grant that a lot of this is probably due to my inexperience with Fender amps, but we all like what we like, and I liked the Express. I just had to be in that "Fender" mindset to really appreciate it. It's strange how something as simple as perspective can change how much you like something.