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Mesa Boogie Bass Prodigy

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Brand: Mesa/Boogie


The Bass Prodigy™ Four:88 is the next step in the MESA® Tube Bass Amp Bloodline! Vastly improved Tone, features, dial-ability, portability, packaging and control over the entire spectrum make the PRODIGY™ an iconic step forward in Bass amplification. With an all-new tube preamp, a 5-position Rotary VOICE Selector, Multi-Watt™ 2-Way Selectable Power, Footswitchable SOLO and VOICE control (optional footswitch required), Rear Tuner Outputs, and an all new, high output power section utilizing four KT-88s – the PRODIGY is THE tube Bass Amplifier for the new millenium.

The compact Prodigy weighs in at 29 pounds, standing 7 ½ inches tall, 16 ¼ inches wide with a depth of 9 ½”. Power comes from an all tube power amp & preamp featuring 4xKT-88 Power Tubes & 3x12AX7 Preamp Tubes

Class A/B, Multi-Watt™ Power Amp provides two power options via a Full/Half Power Switch. Choose from 4 power tubes, producing 250 Tube-Watts* (“Sounds like in excess of 500”) or 2 tubes, producing 125 Tube-Watts*

The PRODIGY is about the easiest amp on the planet to get a great sound from quickly – and with the VOICE Control – several great sounds... Just set most of the controls at noon…and enjoy! From those settings, sweep the VOICE Control from position 1 to 5 and experience what a difference the various MID voicings combined with bass and treble enhancements can provide.

The PRODIGY begins with BRIGHT, NORMAL and ACTIVE INPUT Select choices feeding an all-new tube preamp that borrows subsections from our CARBINE™ hybrid architecture. This design allows increased control over a broad spectrum of frequencies and incorporates active BASS and TREBLE controls with increased shaping power - while retaining the sweet, musical blend of our traditional passive MID control. A PULL BOOST feature on the GAIN control provides additional gain in the preamp allowing a progressive sweep from subtle fur at the middle range of the control, on up to aggressive overdrive at the maximum setting. In addition to these we’ve included a reworked-for-tubes version of the CARBINE’s 5-position rotary VOICE feature that allows notching or enhancement of specific midrange regions in addition to bass and treble frequency boosting. The VOICE feature puts you instantly in iconic stylistic realms – from elastic, mid-scooped Thumbing to articulate, mid-flat Fingerstyle, to the Classic metallic, scooped American Pick sound – with a flick of a switch. The ability to jump right to these classic “curves” makes re-voicing on the fly in performance situations a snap. This VOICE feature is also footswitchable (optional footswitch required) and adds immensely to the PRODIGY’s versatility.

Control over the Tone would be incomplete (at least in our minds) without control over the power as well. So the PRODIGY gives you two choices as to how to utilize the power section. As wattage ratings are often misleading and irrelevant to volume when it comes to describing tube power, the PRODIGY offers FULL and HALF power settings on the MULTI-WATT™ switch. Each of these choices has a distinct tonal color and persona, with FULL delivering the maximum punch, authority and headroom.

HALF can deliver some valuable and surprising mid to lower power applications for tube-driven Bass while still offering plenty of volume for a lot of live situations. An important collection of vintage-inspired sounds await you here in HALF POWER ranging from round and warm, to edgy, to clipped and growling – depending how you dish it out from the MASTER, all the sounds in HALF POWER beg to be recorded.

A MUTE/PLAY/SILENT RECORD switch allows convenient Front Panel muting for instrument changes, silent tuning or recording, or any time where signal muting is needed. An AUTO-MUTE circuit is fitted to the Speaker Jacks to protect the transformer and power tubes if no speaker is connected and is indicated by the same Front Panel LED triggered by the mini-toggle MUTE/PLAY/SILENT RECORD switch (Red LED ON = MUTE). The SILENT RECORD setting allows you to safely mute the signal at the Power Amp and use the Prodigy preamp (including processing in the EFFECTS LOOP) to record using the D.I. OUTPUT without sound from the Speaker.

The Rear Panel D.I. OUTPUT signal can be derived from either PRE (your instrument) or POST (the entire preamp) with the Front Panel D.I. Switch. The D.I. OUTPUT signal strength is controlled by the Front Panel D.I. LEVEL located at the far right side of the Chassis next to the SOLO Control. And a valuable D.I. LIFT switch can float the Circuit Ground from Chassis Ground to reduce noise into the Console when the Ground references are different.

The PRODIGY incorporates our SOLO feature (requires optional footswitch) that has become so popular on our guitar amplifiers, which gives you a pre-settable and footswitchable boost for any time you want to feature a specific part or section in a song. The SOLO control can also be used to compensate for an instrument with a lower output due to weaker pickups.

Jumping to the Rear Panel you are greeted with the EXTERNAL SWITCH jacks which make the PRODIGY compatible with virtually any switching system’s architecture. These provide for external control of the MUTE, VOICE and SOLO features with a master (usually midi) switcher or with any separate “tip to ground” latching-type switch logic.

From there we find the buffered Series EFFECTS LOOP that allows seamless interfacing of your high quality outboard processing. Remember that this sensitive point between preamp and power section is an important Tone stage.


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