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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by big evil robot, Apr 19, 2005.
anyone know anything about this head?
it's the predecessor of the 400 (later 400+) head. If you have one and don't mind the weight enjoy it; great amp.
yep...Boogie's first bass amp. I got my first one in 1984. That head has a cascading gain structure and can get some cool overdrive. I wish I still had it.
Others here know more than I, but I looked at one and decided that I'd rather have a 400+ for more headroom...The 180 is around 200 watts? But the big plus for it is the cascading gain channels as mentioned above. The 400 & 400+ don't have that...and if you want to overdrive the amp you can do it through the pre section. The tone stack is similar to the 400's but without the graphic EQ.
I hate to bring up an old thread but, just in case somebody reads this(this is the second or third time I've hit it); ya may want to have a look at this
There was one of these 130 amps last month on eBAY; I know some of you had to have seen it.
Unfortunately I did not save the auction and I can't remember who the seller was, but it was coming out of
Hawaii(Oahu I believe).
Oh well, a pretty cool quick read anyways.
I think the later production 180s, had the graphic EQ.
Mine did; bought it from TBer natrab, flip-flopped & sold it, now I'm looking for one in trade for my WT-400. Call me Mr. Waffle.
I just bought one of these myself from a TBer- it is a great amp, mine doesn't have the graphic EQ- which is probably my only minor gripe with it, but isn't an issue with my basses with onboard preamps (which is all but 1 now). I don't actually believe it to be 200 watts, more likely 150 or so- Mesa is kind of bad about exaggerating those numbers. It is also fantastic for guitar because of the cascading gain feature- really wicked overdrive, and I've heard of people using an A/B pedal to use channel one as a dirty channel (since the gain of channel 1 cascades through the gain of channel 2) and channel 2 as a clean channel. I have yet to try it myself.
I actually like the tone from this amp so much (very clear with good defined low end) that I just bought a Mesa 400+ so I can get the same sweet tone (and a graphic EQ), but loud enough for my ridiculously- loud metal band.
The overdrive features on this amp are so amazing- I don't understand why Mesa didn't carry them over to the 400 and 400+ amps.
All-in-all, it is a great amp, but not really loud enough for bass in any band situations I'm in- but I bought it as a backup for my SVT Classic, so it wasn't ever meant to be my main amp. As it turns out, I prefer the clarity of the D-180 over the muddy/ middy SVT, so I will likely keep the Mesa 400+ and the D-180 and sell the SVT.
Oh yeah, I searched for this amp on Google or Yahoo before I bought it and saw something about how the bassist of Van Halen or Motley Crue (can't remember which) uses one for recording!
Good luck if you find one,
I really tried to make the A/B/Y pedal work, with my D-180.
I was able to get the two Chanel, (clean/dirty) thing happening, but I didn't think either Channel, sounded as good as using this amp in the normal manner.
For me, this kinda ruled out using both chanels with an A/B/Y Box.
The D-180 manual states that "when playing through ch.2, the volume knob for ch.1, should be turned to 0, to prevent stray noise". (they're right)
The D-180 is cool for an old school type of rock sound especially.
nobody read the link I posted?!
The D-180 was not the first bass amp from
I read the link; I don't see where anyone is disputing the 130's status as 'first Mesa bass amp'(other than alembicplayer, over a year ago). BTW, I couldn't tell if the 130 was all-tube or not- anybody know?
Actually it says the Mesa 450 was the first.
I was just saying that there was a 130 on Ebay