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inquiry : how much is a mesa boogie bass 400 worth?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by john turner, Apr 16, 2009.


  1. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    heya folks

    i have a mesa bass 400 and am curious as to how much it's worth. it's an old head, probably late 80's/early 90s at least (i've had it since '92).

    what's a ball park estimate of what these go for, and is there any real interest in them?

    thanks.
     
  2. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    Think I paid in the neighborhood of $600 for mine a year or so ago.
     
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    was that a bass 400, or a 400+? i have the regular 400 model.
     
  4. Knifedge

    Knifedge

    Jan 24, 2009
    Around $15 per pound *massages aching back*

    Seriously though, I just got rid of my 400+ for $1200. Great amp, great tone, way too much for what I need, and I got tired of lifting it, because it is quite heavy.
     
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    heh. everything in my rig is heavy, so i'm sorta ok with weight. (well, not really, but i can't really avoid it :D).
     
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    IIRC, the 400 goes for a few hundred less than the 400+. Usually in the 700 to eight-something range. This could have changed recently as I don't see many of them coming up.
     
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    wow, thanks guys. i may need to unload this, could certainly use the dough.

    plugging it in now, sounds awesome. gotta clean it up some, haven't played it in 15 years.
     
  8. uaudio

    uaudio

    Apr 11, 2008
    Arizona
    I think the real question is: how much is JOHN TURNER'S Bass 400 worth? ;)

    I saw one on Craigslist for $700 a few months ago and it was gone minutes later.
     
  9. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    wow. 700 bucks.

    plugged it in and set it up after not playing it in 14+ years and it sounds righteous heh.

    is there a way to tell the year on these things? the stamp on the back says "copyright 1982".
     
  10. Zombbg4

    Zombbg4

    Jul 15, 2008
    Olympia,Wa
    Curious as to how much you paid for it all those years ago?
     
  11. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    it's funny, i spent about the same amount of money for every piece of my pre-conklin gear - around $350 a piece. got a fender bxr dual bass 400, this mesa head, my 77 jazz bass, my ric (first "real" bass, i got it in '86), a peavey cab (long gone) and an ev cab, and all were within 10 or 20 bucks of $350 when i first bought em. this was all done in the period of '87 to '92, or thereabouts.

    of course, those days are long gone heh.
     
  12. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Well, they all say 82 on the back. I'd open it up. They usually hand write a date on the caps inside. Otherwise, I'm sure that Mesa would be happy to let you know.
     
  13. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    thank you sir. i shall do that presently.
     
  14. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    heh. it looks like it's serial number b668. the neighbor of the beast! :bag:
     
  15. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Well, we know it's between 1985 and 1989, which are the production years of the 400. Did it come with 6L6's or 6550's? The 6L6 would suggest a later one.
     
  16. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    the tubes say "sovtek 5881" so i guess those are 6L6's.

    cool, 20+ year old amp.
     
  17. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The regular 400 is my favorite model.
    I've been rockin mine since '91. Over the years I picked up three backup Mesa's, but evetually sold them off because I didn't need 'backups'! :eek:

    FTR, mine is serial B559 and is dated early '88.
     
  18. lorenk

    lorenk

    Apr 8, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    Well, I just bought a 400+ for $895, not sure about the year it was made, I'm picking it up Sunday so I can let you know then if you're curious...
     
  19. isomela

    isomela

    Jun 28, 2007
    Finland
    I bought Mesa bass 400 last year and price was 1500 euros with an mesa diesel 4x10 cab. These are very rare nowadays so donĀ“t sell it!
    there have been "basstalk" about how much watts bass 400 have and so a bass-friend contact mesa and this is what they said:
    "Bass 400? That is the original Bass 400 model - The "Plus" came later. The
    Bass 400 is the one McCartney always used, although he did have a Plus model
    too. Michael Anthony (Van Halen) was also a B400 user and I think he also
    did an ad for us. The 400 had a Switchable 6 Band Graphic EQ (Later replaced
    in the 400+ by a 7 band Graphic) and was rated at 400 Watts. Instead of a 12
    x 6L6 tubes that you get in a 400+ (for 500 Watts), the 400 used 6550's.

    I have an old owner's manual I can get sent to you - I will see if the
    factory have any new ones as mine is a little tatty. If the customer doesn't
    mind that then I can fax it over. Back then our manuals weren't as complete
    as they are today; In fact all were simply done on an electric typewriter.
    This one your man has is pretty early - #34. Very cool! Only 1200 were made
    since the 400 was only out for a year before it was replaced by the 400+.
    The first 400 would have been rolling off the line some time in August 1989,
    so I would assume that the one your guy has was made around then. It was in
    itself a replacement for the old D-180, and is a great amp for guys who are
    into traditional tube tone. You can get it to growl very nicely and it's
    very loud."
     
  20. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    That doesn't make much sense, since production was well over a year for the 400.
     

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