Mesa/Boogie Subway D-800 Head & Ultra-Lite Cabs review

One of the best lightweight bass amp heads you can buy

Mesa/Boogie Subway D-800 Head
(Image: © Mesa/Boogie)

Guitar World Verdict

The latest in an emerging trend of no-compromise lightweight heads, the Subway D-800 offers tons of headroom, volume, and flexibility, with grit for rockers and clean punch for the rest.


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    No-nonsense, thoughtful design; extreme headroom and volume capability; versatile; light and relatively affordable


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Rare is the big amplifier company whose bass products are as worthy of serious consideration as its guitar offerings. Given how different the sonic and technological needs of the two cohorts are, the manufacturing and engineering breadth to mass-produce high-quality guitar and bass amps is just beyond most amp builders’ MO.

Mesa/Boogie has always been an interesting exception, though. Although the company made its name with its compact and flexible tube guitar amps (and later with its ultra-aggressive Triple Rectifier half-stacks), its bass amps have always been solid performers, or in some cases, downright legendary, like the all-tube Bass 400+.

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