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mesa walkabout 3rd generation

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Mr. BassmanPT, Jan 30, 2013.


  1. Mr. BassmanPT

    Mr. BassmanPT

    Aug 15, 2009
    Europe
    i believe this is a 3rd generation walkabout..

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    correct me if i am wrong...

    i am probably going to buy it but would like to know if there are any common issues with this generation in particular since i have read about the effects loop problem on some units, do not know which though.

    so, is this model vulnerable to the effects loop problem?

    what other problems can it potentially have?

    i am still trying to decide if i get this model (used) for about half the price of a new one (considering the new is a black model, probably 5th generation)

    so, having that said, any advantages on the 3rd gen vs 5th gen or even 4th?

    regards
     
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    The FX loop "problem" exists with all of them. This unit has an FX loop bypass though, so it's not really an issue.
     
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  4. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    That's second gen.
    First gen looked the same, but the powder coat was red.
    3rd, or current, is the all black unit.
     
  5. Mr. BassmanPT

    Mr. BassmanPT

    Aug 15, 2009
    Europe
    thanks, i thought there were more gens
     
  6. jaywa

    jaywa

    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    For my money, that particular head is still just about perfection in terms of industrial design and user interface.

    Chef -- I know you're the resident expert on these little beauties... I've seen some that have the Active/Passive toggle and others with separate inputs... do those define different "generations" or is it more of a 2a / 2b type of thing?
     
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I believe it's 2a/2b, and that was an revision to 2nd gen.
    I could be wrong.
     
  8. Mr. BassmanPT

    Mr. BassmanPT

    Aug 15, 2009
    Europe
    i will quote rodl2005, post#13 in the walkabout mega thread part 8

    this is the reason i said the model in the picture is a 3rd gen..
     
  9. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    ok
    i'd call those revisions on three models, but, whichever :)
     
  10. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    NE US/CAN line

    Not to mention tone :)
     
  11. I've not listed the FX bypass mod neither:rolleyes:
    I agree with ya there Chef. 3 models really. I do seem to recall seeing changes inside (guts) iirc too. Was back when I had 2 Walkabouts. Different trannies??:confused:
     
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    different mosfets and heat sink.
     
  13. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I have the same one as pictured in the op, and agree with Chef, it's 2nd gen mk2. Mines been going strong and soundiong beautiful for almost 7 yrs, trouble-free. Absolutely awesome amp.
     
  14. aetheldrea

    aetheldrea Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    Santa Paula, CA
    I believe the earliest models were actually silver with brown lettering. And I know they added the effects bypass switch before they went to a single input because that's what mine had. The advantages of a new one would be the warranty (not much use for the op in Europe, though) and the better venting, especially if you were planning on running it at 2 ohms. If those things didn't matter, I'd go for the used one.
     
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    red...brown...same thing, differing nomenclature.
    there's three basic versions, the black and aluminum got the fx bypass, and active/passive switch, the biggest upgrade in production spec.
     
  16. aetheldrea

    aetheldrea Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    Santa Paula, CA
    Okay, first there was red that is brown, then there was red that is red, but these are the same :)
     
  17. Crabby

    Crabby

    Dec 22, 2004
    I honestly wouldn't hesitate to own any of the versions. I like having the effects loop bypassed though because I won't likely ever use it and I can forget its there. I never ever use the amp in "active" mode even with my 18v active Bongo5, so really doesn't matter if there is a passive/active switch or two separate jacks. And finally the latest venting is nice to have but unless you are cranking hard at 2 ohms, you wont likely overheat a Walkabout. Mine has been flawless and is my all time favorite amp!
     
  18. Mr. BassmanPT

    Mr. BassmanPT

    Aug 15, 2009
    Europe
    some of you mentioned heat. Is the 2nd gen prone to overheating or is this something i can relax? Not interested in running at 2 ohm, only 8 and 4 ohm.
     
  19. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I have a 2nd gen Mk1. It doesn't overheat at all.

    Oh, and to further confuse, you can have the 2 gen Mk1 upgraded with an FX loop bypass and active/passive switch. Like mine...
     
  20. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    heat really shouldn't be an issue, even at 2 ohms; or, at least, it never has been for me and I've owned all three gen's.

    keep one thing in mind: USA versions are 120 volt. If you need 240, make sure that's what you get, changing to 240 either isn't possible, or, it's hideously expensive requiring a new transformer; I forget which. Either way, you don't want the wrong one.
     
  21. I think it's one of the most reliable amps made ever, any version
     



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