Strategy 400 review by Mesa Boogie

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 5.5 (2 votes)

Price paid: $ 1500

Purchased from: Scottsdale Guitars

Sound — 10
It is difficult to overdrive this amp. I tried many different distortion devices and preamp combos. Finally, I found a preamp that has enough distortion to make the beast scream (a Peavy, believe it or not). The combo is brutal and deadly, giving you the perfect hardcore/metal tone that rips through no matter what environment you are in. I never needed to be miked at any show no matter how big the venue. The only downside is I can never seem to get a decent clean tone. Very thin and harsh. Still, if you are getting this type of amp, you obviosuly are going to have more than one amp (and not be playing in your room). Just buy one you like the clean tone of and use this baby for the God-tone it was designed to pump out.

Overall Impression — 10
What can I say? Bravo, Mesa Boogie! If you are a working musician, and need lots of power, here's your beast.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've used almost every kind of amp out there, and this is the only one that always sounds just right and doesn't take fiddling to get a sound I like. Plus, it's not temperamental with the weather. I actually got rid of the rest of my amps, because this is all I need. Never had a problem, handled every situation. Couldn't be a better amp out there.

Features — 10
Two channel (right and left), power amp only. Rack mounted, tube, monster beast! More power than humanly needed! Either 200 watts per (L/R) or 400 watts bridged. Don't know if it's recommended, but I have used all the speaker outputs and powered a wall of cabinets. No problem, nothing, but sound!

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    ^ think of it as 1/2 of an amp head. amp heads have a preamp and power amp section. this is just the power amp part.
    oh, so its just for power? doesnt do anything to the tone or anything?