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First Look: Mesa Boogie Prodigy and Strategy All-Tube Bass Amps

Mesa Boogie unveiled some sweet new gear at Musikmesse this year, including a pair of new all-tube bass amps called the Prodigy and the Strategy. Rated at 120 watts and 300 watts respectively, the pair are both equipped with three 12AX7 preamp tubes and a class A/B multi-watt power amp.

Mesa Boogie's All-Tube Strategy and Prodigy Bass Amps Atop New Bass Cabs

The Prodigy’s power amp section allows for running all four 6L6 power tubes for full power or 2 for half power resulting in 60 watts, while the Strategy offers Full, Half, and Low switching producing all 300 watts, 150 watts, or 60 watts.

Both of the new amps will have Normal and Vintage inputs. Controls will include Gain, Bass, Mid, and Treble with a 5-position active mid-voicing switch. The Strategy beefs things up further with footswitchable, assignable and by-passable 9-band graphic EQ. Other common features include a balanced XLR Line Out with Ground lift, Pre/Post, and level control, a fully buffered FX loop, and slave outs.

The Mesa Boogie Prodigy and Strategy bass amps are expected out this year with prices around $1,499 and $2,299. They’re currently finishing up final tweaks on the final products, so some details are subject to change.

Mesa Boogie Prodigy Specs:

  • 120-watt all-tube bass amp
  • Preamp tubes: 3 x 12AX7
  • Power amp tubes: 4 x 6L6
  • Normal & Vintage Inputs for stylistic voice/feel
  • Controls: Gain, Active Bass, Passive Mids, Active Treble, 5-Position Active Mid-Voicing Switch & Master Volume
  • Footswitchable Solo Level Control
  • 2 Tuner Outputs w/ Footswitchable Amp Mute & Manual Play/Mute Switch
  • Fully Buffered, Footswitchable FX Loop
  • Balanced XLR Line Out w/ Ground Lift, Pre/Post Switch & D.I. Level Control
  • 3×1/4˝ Speaker Output Jacks (1×8 & 2×4 Ohm)
  • Slave Out
  • Fan Cooled
  • External Switching Jack for: Mid Voice, Solo, FX Loop & Tuner Mute
  • 4 Button Footswitch (Mid voice, Solo, FX Loop & Mute) w/ Alternate 1/4˝ Tuner-Out Jack
  • Slip cover

Mesa Boogie Strategy Specs:

  • 300-watt all-tube bass amp
  • Preamp tubes: 3 x 12AX7
  • Power amp tubes: 12 x 6L6
  • Normal & Vintage Inputs for stylistic voice/feel
  • Controls: Gain, Active Bass, Passive Mids, Active Treble, 5-Position Active Mid-Voicing Switch & Master Volume
  • Footswitchable, Assignable or Bypassable 9-Band Graphic EQ
  • Footswitchable Solo Level Control
  • 2 Tuner Outputs w/ Footswitchable Amp Mute & Manual Play/Mute Switch
  • Fully Buffered, Footswitchable FX Loop
  • Balanced XLR Line Out w/ Ground Lift, Pre/Post Switch & D.I. Level Control
  • 5 Combination Speakon-1/4˝ Speaker Output Jacks (1×8, 2×4, &2×2 Ohm)
  • Slave Out w/ Level Control
  • Fan Cooled
  • External Switching Jack for: Mid Voice, EQ, Solo, Tuner Mute & FX Loop
  • New 2×3 5-Button Footswitch (Bottom Row: Mid Voice, EQ, Solo – Top Row: Mute & FX Loop w/ Alternate 1/4˝ Tuner-Out Jack