The 1x12 Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout Convertible bass combo amp delivers huge tone in one tiny rig. A pure all-tube preamp provides the tone. Tubes even drive its MOSFET power block, giving WalkAbout ... Read More
The 1x12 Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout Convertible bass combo amp delivers huge tone in one tiny rig. A pure all-tube preamp provides the tone. Tubes even drive its MOSFET power block, giving WalkAbout great Simul-State performance.
The Scout cabinet, a double breakthrough in design, provides docking for the powerful WalkAbout. In minutes, with only a screwdriver, you can convert the Walkabout from a head to an awesome combo.
And to magnify your booty, the Scout speaker cabs boast a unique down-firing Passive Radiator. This low-end down-force amplifies the cabinet volume to produce shocking hugeness. And to keep it light, it uses space-age neodymium speaker technology.
Now the Walkabout Scout's better than ever with Mesa Boogie's versatile Player Control Network, featuring selectable 3-point crossover (3k / 4k / 5k), a premium Horn Attenuator, and Instant Reset Horn Protection.
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I got this amp for a touch guitar (Warr 8 string, mono out, otherwise similar to a Chapman Stick). It's a tricky instrument to amplify because of the range but I took a chance with this amp. IT IS INCREDIBLE. If you are looking for a tube amp that will act as an extension of your instrument (by that I mean T O N E) this is it. I do kind of miss a standby switch and a foot-switchable channel which would be useful for the instrument I'm using it for but I can't imagine most bassists caring too much about these small quibbles. This amp is small, portable, sounds incredible, and puts out as much power as anybody could possibly need for anything from a small club to a medium (400-500) person venue.
I have had the 12" combo with slave cabinet for about 5 years - mine is one of the earlier units that does not have the player network but does have a attenuator for the horn. As everyone else has said, this combo will surprise the hell out of you with its ability to fill a room. I have converted mine to 8 ohms because I run the slave cabinet and even at the reduced wattage output it is loud. I have heard that the amp will handle a 2 ohm load so you could run both cabs at 4ohm but Mesa will not officially support the 2 ohm claim. You can get different sounds out of the amp by changing the tubes - it comes with Groove tubes (at least mine did) and I found some NOS Electroharmonix tubes that sounded warmer than the groove tubes. the preamp stage is real nice. The tubes start to slightly overdrive with the gain at 12:00 and gradually increase overdrive as you turn up the gain. It is a very nice smooth overdrive. I generally keep the gain at 11:00 - just under the point of overdrive - but turn the master up and drive the speakers. That creates a nice clean but crunchy tone. I have never had to adjust the parametric EQ - I just leave it flat and tweak the mid and bass, the treble I set and forget at about 1:00. This works for my Jazz basses, my Ric 4003, my Alembic and my Martin acoustic. I use a GT-10B as a front end preamp which helps tighten up the tone ( I just use the EQ and compressor) but I have run straight into the amp many times and it sounds great. The big surprise is the amount of room filling low end you get from the passive radiator and the rear firing port. But this amp before it goes up in price even more. It was $999 when I bought it now it is pushing $1500 - Somehow Mesa gets away with setting mandatory minimum prices for their retailers - something that is supposed to be illegal - but everyone sells their products for the same price - you will not find a deal, at least not if the retailer if following Mesa's policies, so GC is a good as any place to get Mesa products. Mesa has excellent customer service from my experience - you can always get someone on the phone or to call you back. They have always been very quick to resolve any issue or answer any questions.
I got this amp today and it is incredible. It has unlimited tonal abilities. The xlr output is a great feature. I will never have to buy another amp again and you won't either. BUY THIS AMP!!!
I'm writing another review of this amp after owning it for a year now. I still can't believe this amp it does everything i want it to do, record, play live, anthing! I really love this amp the more I play it!
Heheh. I feel like I just bought a Ferrari. Not counting the rubber feet, this gem is 19.5" high by 16.5" wide by 15" deep. If, like me, you appreciate "density" in your gadgetry and "power to weight" ratios (for all you car/bike/motor buffs), that's 2.8 cubic feet of pure hand-made Mesa engineering. Wow. No "gadgetry" here, this thing is so much fun on so many levels that I can't get it done in 1,000 words. The preamp section is articulate and versatile and the tubes driving it all keep the result... "real". No other way to describe it. You can dial in anything you are looking for and you know when you've strayed into foul territory with an extreme setting. Thoroughly usable. Perfectly playable. After playing with it, I understand why the DI level is slaved to the Master volume rather than being a discreet send... you are GOING to play with that input Gain setting for various tones (it is far from a "set it and forget it" input level control... it is, indeed, the key to it all) and that will affect your overall volume. Compensating for your Gain adjustments with the Master volume (for onstage or rehearsal settings) keeps your DI signal to the board just as consistent. How you deal with your relative volume onstage (consistent for your bandmates, right?) is how you send to the board, level-wise, even when radically altering tones. Smart. Compact. Beyond potent. Loud? I've heard some scary stage rigs and 2.8 cubic feet o' cabinet is not going to blow away Albert Hall but it shakes my practice room, k?, and sounds awesome doing it. The passive radiator fills in the sub-woof you would expect to be missing from a 12" driver and dazzles any 15" combo I've used. As a passive/reflexive unit, it's also tailorable by the input section and semi-parametric EQ. Up to you. Fit, finish, build quality? Mesa TLC and their love in hand-building is apparent on delivery. It even smells cool, like a new car. Worth every penny and just might teach you a thing or two about tone shaping (or what's intrinsically wrong with your guitar setup). I don't care what you play through live, you need to check one of these out. Me? I probably sound like a Mesa fanboy, but I've got 13 years onstage and more in reinforcement and production since. These days I noodle on bass, piano, and digital recording and I need all the practice I can get. With my recent acquisition of the Walkabout Scout (nope, no hints at what it replaced... insert anything. I've either played or mixed them all), I can't stop playing... or tweaking... or grinning. How many stars is that worth? Quit reading this drivel. Buy one. Can't? Save up. The end.
The Walkabout is just absolutely amazing. I also have a 20 watt Peavey MicroBass amp and it just doesn't compare. The EQing makes the tone editing very easy and versatile. If you turn the gain knob all the way up and the master nearly all the way down, you get a nice fuzzy tone. Along with that, with a guitar, it sounds wonderful. I can't think of anything negative to say. It's just perfect. Plus, If you need a stack, it works as a stack as well.
Seriously, you can't go wrong with this combo. Mesa has figured it all out. Tons of power and amazing tone. Very versatile controls and the speaker with the down firing radiator making the bottom thump. Pull the head out and drop it on a larger cab for bigger venues. Recently used it in the studio. Engineer wanted me to DI into the board and I said fine but let's mic the Walkabout in isolation as well. Guess which signal sounded the best? After playing for over 30 years and lugging around giant cabs and heavy amps to be able to grab two basses in a double gig bag and a Walkabout in the other hand chuck em in the trunk of my sports car and go is the best. Buy it I'm sure you will agree.
I've played and owned pretty much every brand name amp in pro bass gear, and there is nothing that compares to this amp! I play in a reggae and funk band, so needless to say, I'm used to earth shaking low end. I didn't think a lightweight combo could handle what I was used to. Boy, was I wrong! This little amp cranks! Not only is it loud, but it has tone for days. I play Fender Jazz and Precision basses and with the tone controls flat, it brings out the natural tone of the basses. I've gotten nothing but compliments from fans, band members, and sound men since I've had the Walkabout Scout. Load-ins are now a breeze. Pick one up, you wont regret it.
After two months of owning this amp and 7 gigs, I am still blown away every time I here it! I had the Gallien Krueger 700RB 2x10 Combo for a couple of years. Recently I have been playing with an Ampeg 4x10 rig for 7 years(138lbs). Two great amps. Looking for something smaller I purchased a few small markbass combos. I didn't like them at all. Bad low range, low mids had WAY to many overtones. I just felt an uncomfortable, unnatural push from the low mids. Great volume I must admit, and the highs sounded good. Asked the salesman at GC how he sold any at this price. He asked me to try out the Walkabout combo. WOW! The low end sounds compressed, balanced and full. Even on the G string. As I have walk around venues while others were playing my rig I noticed complete separation from the low frequencies and the rest of the band. I could pic out the precise tones that were coming from the kick and the bass. And the low end carries in large rooms with no P.A. I don't know about outdoors yet. I have also found that when my settings are at 95% optimal tone, I will dial in the parametric eq to, lets say get rid of 240hz -3 Db, and some other freq will pop up in its place. Thats called good well rounded tone. I could go on for days. Bottom line is, I know good sound and this the best I have ever heard from a bass amp without a full P.A. i.e. subs, nice board. Buy it! You will not regret it!
Don't let the size fool you.. all the reviews I read were right.....with 4ohms speaker this amp blows away my old yorkville 400HB 400w 15" combo and all but a few 410 head and cabs I was looking at.....I tried them all REALLY! and kept coming back to the Walkabout..love the sound just plug in( fender Jazz) and go....Played small 100 200 seaters no problem at all. I do use a Line 6 Floor pod xt( now) for just volume and some effects no modeling......run direct from amp no problem.... check out all the reviews..try and find one used! Think Mesa For Bass ...Glad I did
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