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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mario Lewis, Feb 27, 2004.
Go here: Mesa Strategy 500
Can this be used for Bass?
it says you can in his descriptionk so i Believe you can.
You'll need a preamp of some sort to drive it. Actually it looks more like it was designed for guitar. Time to hit google Mario.
How exactly can a power amp be specifically for guitar?
Curious . . . .
Mesa does not seem to list this in the out-of-production products area, but there was a manual listed:
http://www.mesaboogie.com/manuals/Strategy 500 Stereo.pdf
Very interesting design.
It will work, BUT because it has smaller output transformers than dedicated bass amps, it will roll off frequencies below 80 Hz considerably. It will still have punch, but if you play five strings or like big bottom, you'll notice it missing.
I know several guitarists who use marshall power amps dedicated for guitar. As Psycho points out, they don't handle bass frequencies real well.
Check this thread out
SoComSurfing has one, and he said BassTriaxis has a 400.
They should be able to give you a lead on how it sounds and if there are any things you need to take into consideration.
A Mesa M-180 may be a bit better choice. It is a D-180, minus the preamp. Looks like it will go fairly cheap, too. I have no financial interest in this auction, just passing on information.