Mesa Boogie introduces M3 Carbine bass amps

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-01-28)

Mesa Boogie introduces M3 Carbine bass amps

Mesa Boogie burst on the scene in 1970 with powerhouse, hand-built guitar amplifiers that packed tons of tone and wattage into small packages meant to carry a lot less. Company founder Randall Smith says the first Boogie was built as a practical joke -- a new product housed in a small Fender Princeton was a hot-rodded circuit based on the 4x10 tweed Bassman. Since then, Mesa has been favored by fans of vintage tone in more powerful packages.

Although initially noted for its all-tube guitar and bass amps, Mesa Boogie branched out into solid state bass amps some time ago. The new Mesa M3 Carbine™ is based on the more powerful Carbine M6 and M9.


* 300 Watts @ 4 Ohms (165 @ 8), Trans-Class™ Power / 8 Power MOSFET’s, 1x12AX7
* Vacuum Tube Preamplifier featuring: Gain, Active Bass w/Pull Deep, Passive Mids, Active Treble and Master Volume w/Pull Mute
* FX Loop w/True “Hard” Bypass Switch
* Balanced XLR Line Out with Ground Lift & Front Panel Level Control with Pre/Post Pull Switch
* 2 - 1/4” Speaker Output Jacks
* Tuner Output
* Fan Cooled

The M3 is available as a Two-rackspace chassis or a 1x12 Combo based on Mesa's popular 1x12 POWERHOUSE™ cabinet. The M3 head can be matched with one of Mesa's 110. 112 or 115 POWERHOUSE cabninets .

MSRP: Combo -- about $1999 USD; M3 head only, Street: $799 USD

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