Mesa/Boogie Unveils TransAtlantic TA-15 “Lunchbox” Head. And It’s Pretty…

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High-end American amp manufacturer Mesa/Boogie has unveiled its own version of the 'lunchbox' head, the TransAtlantic TA-15 (

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for a closer look), and it seems to be one of the most versatile available.

Not only does the thing look nice enough to bring home and show to your mother, it´s also capable of being nasty when the lights are out. Or even when they´re on, thanks to the two EL84 and four 12AX7 tubes hidden inside.

According to Mesa, the TA-15 can operate at five, 15 or 25 watts allowing players to crank out overdriven tones at lower volumes, or to roll off the crunch at higher volumes. The ‘TransAtlantic´ moniker refers to the five Style Modes (two clean, three overdriven) based on classic British and American amplifier sounds.

The Transatlantic TA-15 is set to retail at around £1,099 and it should see UK distribution around May/June. That´s four months to save up, failing that you´ll find TG down the nearest branch of HSBC armed with nothing but a water pistol and a slightly crazed look in our eye(s).

The Mesa/Boogie TransAtlantic TA-15 features in our Hot 10 For 2010 in TG199 (on-sale now).

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.