Mesa Boogie Subway Rocket 1x12 Combo
Mesa Boogie Subway Rocket 1x12 Combo

Subway Rocket 1x12 Combo, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Mesa Boogie in the Subway series.

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iamqman 07/11/2011

Mesa Boogie Subway Rocket 1x12 Combo : iamqman's user review

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A solid little amp from the genius of Mesa Boogie. these amps were designed for the small space jamming sessions and the person who needed a compact amp for home use and light gigging. These amps have a familiar Mesa Boogie tone that is easily recognizable. You get a few different models and all of the had their place in the series line of amps.

20 Watts, Dyna-Watt Power: 2xEL84, 4x12AX7

2 Channels, 3 Footswitching Sounds (Rhythm, Lead & Contour)

Contur Switch

Independent Gain & Master Controls per Channel

Bass, Mid, Treble & Reverb Control (universal)

Spring Reverb

Parallel FX Loop w/Mix Control

Record/Headphone Out

Silent Record Mute Switch

3 Button Footswitch (Channel, Reverb & Contour)



* 2 Channels: Rhythm and Lead+Switchable Contour
* 3 Band Shared EQ
* 22 Watts: 4x12AX7 Preamp Tubes & 2xEL84 Power Tubes
* Parallel Effects Loop with Mix Control
* 8-4-4 OHM Outputs
* Eminence 10″ 50 Watt 8 OHM Speaker (Labeled as Vintage Black Shadow)


These amps have reverb and some of them varied in different wattage. The had single channel ones and they had two channels amps. Each of them had that natural Mesa Boogie tone and rhythm to the distortion. They also have a fantastic clean tone within the amp.

To me the distortion of these amps were amazing. It has a tone of the Mesa Boogie Mark lll amps. I immediately recognized a similar voicing to these amps. This isn't a Dual Rectifier tone with the over saturated preamp gain. It has a good interaction between the power section and the preamp section. That is what reminded me of the Mark 111 much more.


These amps were amazing when they were in production. Mesa Boogie still has fantastic amps that have a similar character to these amps. You ca find these on the used market pretty cheaply. Not sure the going rate for these amps as thy vary from model to model. If you get a chance to play one you may come out of the store with a new amp day. They are great little practice amps and nice tone machines.