The Mesa Boogie M3 Carbine bass amplifier packs the same ultra-fast, naturally musical Carbine preamp and Trans-Class power as its big-power siblings. This package satisfies all the tone requirements ... Click To Read More About This Product
The Mesa Boogie M3 Carbine bass amplifier packs the same ultra-fast, naturally musical Carbine preamp and Trans-Class power as its big-power siblings. This package satisfies all the tone requirements of discriminating bassists while being truly wallet-friendly.
Power-wise, the Mesa Boogie M3 bass amp weighs in at 300 watts, produced by the warm yet super responsive mosfet power block. This linear mosfet powerplant combines the best sonic attributes of tube circuits”warmth and musicality”with the immediate response, lower mass and lighter weight of solid state designs.
The M3 1x12 bass combo is based on Mesa Boogie's popular 1x12 powerhouse cabinet. Match the rack head up with 10, 12 or 15-loaded powerhouse cabs or travel light, but confidently, with the M3 combo amp. The Mesa Boogie M3 Carbine makes custom, hand-built, American-made quality accessible to any bassist who wants more from their amp.
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Rather than the M3 combo, I have an M3 short head, which I play through an Aguilar GS-112NT 1x12" cabinet. The M3 short head has exactly the same amp, power output and controls as the combo, but is the amp alone without a speaker in a cabinet the same width as the combo. This is a hybrid amp -- a 12AX7 tube preamp playing through a MOSFET solid-stage power amp. It is solidly built to high standards of quality, and the control pots operate easily but have a very solid feel. It produces excellent tone, and has highly effective controls which allow considerable tonal variety. It's expensive, but you get your money's worth in quality. It also has features such as a DI output with a pre/post control switch, a mute switch, rear-panel tuner output and effects loop output and input, which add convenience for gigs. It can also play quite loud, with lots and lots of reserves of clean overhead remaining, more so than the formal power rating (165 WRMS into 8 ohms, 300 WRMS into 4 ohms) might suggest. Played through a 1x12" cabinet, it is excellent for use with a small jazz combo, which is what I play in. Even at low master volume settings, it is loud enough that I have to be careful not to overpower the other instruments. With the "pull deep" control on the bass knob engaged, the low bass this amp puts out, even though a 1x12", has to be heard to be believed. Played through a 4x10" cabinet, and turned up a bit more, this ought to be plenty loud enough to play bass with a 4-person rock group in a medium sized club. For anybody who needs more power, Mesa also makes an M6 head with 600 WRMS and an M9 head with 900 WRMS. The M3 short head, while not overly large, is substantial, and definitely not as small or light as something like a GK MB200 or a Markbass Little Mark 250 head. You use two hands to carry this thing. It puts out enough power to need a sturdy speaker cabinet with adequate power-handling capacity, too. The Aguilar GS-112NT I use can handle 300 WRMS, but is not as small or light as its single 12" speaker might suggest. This is not the kind of gear that allows one to stroll into a gig with one's bass in one hand and the amp in the other. Multiple trips are required to cart the cabinet, the head, and the rest of one's gear in from the car. This is, in other words, a serious piece of gear -- a truly excellent and confidence-inspiring amp. While one feels its weight coming in from the car to the gig, the reward is highly musical tone, plenty of volume with additional reserves of clean overhead on tap, and heavy-duty, high-quality construction which suggest that this amp will be very durable in the long run. It's a real keeper -- the kind of amp that will still have musicians telling each other "Oh yeah, that's a really good amp!" 15 or 20 years from now. I really like mine, a lot.
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