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Mesa/Boogie Bass Strategy Eight:88 - 465-Watt Bass Head Reviews

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  • from Colorado January 2, 2017

    Fantastic tone!

    The Mesa Boogie Strategy Eight 88 has the best tone I've ever heard. Whatever the room you are playing needs you can shape the tone to fit. It just flat sounds GREAT! Just get it. You won't be disappointed.

  • from Richmond, VA November 14, 2016Music Background:
    Bassist & Recording Engineer

    Tubes, Power, Versatility

    After playing an Ampeg for 15 years I decided it was time for an upgrade. This head is everything I've ever wanted out of an amp. Tons of headroom in terms of both power and tone. Currently running it through an SVT4x10 & SVT15 and it sounds huge, even @ 250 watts. Thank you Mesa, and thank you Sweetwater!

  • from Bluffton, SC January 8, 2016Music Background:
    Audio & Video Production, Musician, Artist


    This is my very first Mesa Boogie amplifier that I have ever owned. This thing is no joke; its the real deal. I can trim out any tone I want with this thing flawlessly, and still feel I've only scratched the surface of its capabilities. The ability to select one of three power options really allow one to push the amp properly for the situation: Studio, Live, Rehearsal. If you have the means to get this amp, don't hesitate: you will be very satisfied indeed.

  • from Kennett, MO September 8, 2015

    Mmmmmm Tubes!!!

    As a guitarist turned bassist there's one thing I've always missed, TUBES! I've always been in that rut of being a guitarist that's playing bass for now so I've never gotten serious about having an awesome bass rig, but now I've gotten to the point that I'm happy playing guitar or bass but no matter which one I'm playing I want it to sound great. Not okay, not good, I want the tone to be awesome. That's where this amp comes in, I honestly don't think you can make this amp not sound good (if you can you'd really have to work at it). I haven't even gotten down to tweaking with the graphic EQ yet and I've already got tone far better than what my previous rig ever got after endless tweaking. Between the Voice control and the BMT controls you can pretty much get whatever you're after (which is why I haven't even messed with the graphic yet) add to that 3 different input options and the graphic and you're in bass heaven. And yes it is plenty loud for anything you would need it to do. The multi-watt is a great feature as well, and even on low power this thing is still plenty loud and retains fullness. This amp has the rich full bass tone I've been wanting and lots of features that some other manufacturers (that have produced bass amps for years and are pretty much the standard for bass amplification) are lacking. If you are looking for a tube bass head you can't go wrong with this or it's little brother the prodigy.

  • from Fishers IN USA November 11, 2014Music Background:
    Everything bass guitar

    An amazing amp

    I think the one of the best features of this amp is the power selector.
    Run it at low power or half, adjust different gain structures. Lots of fun
    and plenty of tube power at full with two SVT cabinets strapped to it.
    If you use multiple cabinet configurations this amp is for you. I bought
    this amp to replace an SVT I was retiring. Completely satisfied so far.

  • from Colorado, USA February 5, 2014Music Background:
    Former pro, now a passionate hobbyist.

    Best. Bass Amp. EVER!

    Incredible - every note sounds huge. Very versatile, especially with the graphic EQ. Tons of power and volume, yet it weighs under 50 pounds. I actually like it slightly better than my Verellen Meatsmoke, and that says a lot. Less noise and better clarity than any SVT I've heard. The touch sensitivity is awesome: pick lightly, and it is clean. Dig in, and things get just as dirty as you want.

    My only complaint? I hate blue LEDs... but those are easy to change.

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