I've wanted this head for a long time, and due to it's size, weight, cost, and availability, I had to wait a lot longer than I usually do for anything!
Tone is very subjective, and no matter how many controls that an amplifier has on it, I still find that not all heads are capable of satisfying every listener.
Yes the SVT has its fan base... and I'm one of them... but I constantly wonder why the first question that everyone asks when buying head is, "can it sound like an SVT?".
It seems to me that if you want an SVT, you should go buy one... like I did.
The Mesa head isn't an SVT copy, it's a musicians tool. It's what I like to refer to as a swiss army knife head. It'll cover a very wide range of tones and it's arguably the most versatile all tube head on the market.
If you're looking for a head that can do whatever you need it to, and you want all tubes, punch, clarity, and POWER! Then look no further!
The head is so well crafted and well thought out as well... and mesa Service is among the best on the planet. All made in America, and built to endure. Join the elite!
I love it!
Mesa Strategy 88 - All tube 465 watt Bass Head
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jun 8, 2018
- Build Quality:
- + Pristine tone, features, power, and aesthetics
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- - no speakon jacks
- 465 watts
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- Full/half/low power switch (465-watt, 250-watt, 125-watt)
- Normal and vintage inputs give you a stylistic choice of voicings
- Pull Boost switch lets you add a slight overdrive to aggressive grind
- Footswitchable, assignable, or bypassable 9-band graphic EQ (Strategy footswitch optional)
- Footswitchable solo level control
- 2 tuner outputs (back panel, footswitch) with footswitchable amp mute and manual play/mute switch
- Fully buffered, footswitchable FX Loop
- Slave out with level control; fan cooling
- Fixed bias for consistent, maintenance-free performance
- External switching jack for mid-voice, EQ, solo, tuner mute, and FX loop