Here's a first look & listen to the New SUBWAY® Bass Series with videos showcasing the Subway® D-800, the Subway® Ultra Light 1x12 and 1x15 Bass Cabs, as well as a couple of our bass playing friends from the Bay Area.
The Subway® D-800™ delivers big-gig power and tone via a simple interface and a compact package that weighs just 5.5 lbs. Offering a solid 800 watts at 2 or 4 ohms – or, 400 watts at 8 ohms, the Subway D-800 can power two 8x10s for your stadium gigs or a single 1x15 for your small club gigs, and it fits into your gig bag or over your shoulder with the included, padded carry case.
Built around a combination of Mesa circuits ranging from our classic tube models like the Bass 400+™ and more recent Bass Strategy™ 8:88™, to the mosfet powered accuracy and mid-focused definition of the Big Block™ 750 and M9 Carbine™, the new SUBWAY D-800 embodies the best qualities from the entire MESA Bass lineage and unveils a unique new voice all its own.
Combined with our new Subway Ultra-Lite 1x12 (34 lbs.) and 1x15 (36 lbs.), especially as a pair or a mix of 1x12 & 1x15, prepare yourself for giant tone and headroom in a portable package that scales to your gig needs.
Our good friends from Dumpstaphunk, Nick Daniels and Tony Hall, play through the new Subway® D-800™ Bass Amps and Ultra-Lite 1x12 and 1x15 cabs. Nick played his well known Tobias 5-string through the D-800 with a 1x12 and a 1x15 Ultra-Lite cab while Tony played a 5-string Spector Coda bass with Active EMG pickups through the Subway D-800 and two 1x15 Ultralite cabs. Nick’s rig was recorded using a Sennheiser 421 mic on the 1x12 Ultralite cab and the D-800’s DI set to Post mode with a 50% blend between the two sources. Ton’y rig was mic’d with a Sennheiser 421 on the bottom 1x15 and the D-800’s DI set to Post with a 50% blend between the two sources. Both blended bass outputs received light compression on their final bounce.
This clip features long-time Mesa friend and San Francisco Bay Area session and gigging ace Eric McCann playing his go-to Fender Jazz bass. Eric wrote this riff in the styles of Willie Weeks and the Bay Area’s own Tower of Power/Rocco Prestia, showcasing the quick responsiveness of the Subway D800 and the full, round and punchy low-end of the Ultra-Lite 1x15 Cabinets. Recorded with both the bridge and neck single-coil J pickups of a Fender J-Bass into the Subway D800 and the Subway Ultra-Lite 1x15 Cabinets. Mic'd with a Beyer-Dynamic M99 and the POST DI output of the Subway D800. Mixed 50% mic and 50% DI with and with light compression on the final output.
This clip above features our good friend and San Francisco Bay Area legend Bobby Vega playing a Fender P-Bass with EMG GZR P pickups. Bobby showcases the musical clip and grit potential the D800 offers with higher gain settings and when you dig in with a pick. Recorded with a Fender P-Bass and EMG GZR P pickups into the Subway D800 and the Subway Ultra-Lite 1x15 Cabinets. Mic'd with a Beyer-Dynamic M99 and the POST DI output of the Subway D800. Mixed 50% mic and 50% DI with and with light compression on the final output.
This last clip also features Bobby Vega playing a MusicMan Sabre bass with MusicMan Humbucking pickups. MusicMan basses deliver incredible low-end punch and detail along with outstanding high-end clarity, especially in slap styles.Recorded with the bridge humbucker pickup into the Subway D800 and the Subway Ultra-Lite 1x15 Cabinets. Mic'd with a Beyer-Dynamic M99 and the POST DI output of the Subway D800. Mixed 50% mic and 50% DI with and with light compression on the final output.
The Subway D800 and Ultra-Lite 1x15 provide a massive-yet-controlled backdrop for this dynamic bass and playing style. Click here see our entire Subway Bass Series Collection.