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Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Amplifier Head (300 Watts)

With 300 watts of tube power, this SVT head is the king of tone and volume! Shape your sound with a 3-band EQ, Ultra Hi/Lo switch, and 2 or 4 ohm impedance. (67) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Ampeg SVT-CL bass amplifier head is where you go for a truly vintage, classic bass tone. Power it on, give the tubes a moment to warm up, and you'll hear the sound you've heard on countless recordings and radio hits. The SVT-CL owes this legendary tone to its all-tube complement, featuring 11 tubes in all! The controls are straightforward and no nonsense. This baby is built for one thing: crafting a great bass sound.

300 Watts of All-Tube Awe

The mighty 300-watt output of the Ampeg SVT-CL comes from the six 6550 power tubes. This drives the sweet, sweet tone generated by the 2 x 12AX7s in the preamp section, and the 2 x 12AU7s and 1 x 12AX7 in the driver section.

3-Band EQ and Ultra Hi/Lo Boost

The front control panel gives you a Normal and a -15 dB input jack for this single-channel amp. Here you'll also find the Ultra Hi/Lo boost switch, along with Bass, Midrange, and Treble EQ knobs. A Standby switch at far right lets you cut the signal momentarily when needed. This amp is not about bells and whistles -- it's about consistently great sound.

Output Options

Via the rear panel, you'll be able to adjust the SVT-CL's Biasing controls, and select 2-ohm or 4-ohm output. You've also got a Preamp Out/Power Amp In and a Slave output here. The latter allows you to push the front end on another amp, or run direct into a PA or mixer. A single balanced XLR output is here as well. A Ground Lift switch helps you cut buzz if it arises.

Features:

- 2 x 12AU7s and 1 x 12AX7 (Driver section)
- 6 x 6550s (Power Amp section)
- 2 x 12AX7s (Preamp section)
- Normal and -15 dB Padded Input
- Bass, Mid, and Treble EQ Knobs
- Ultra Low/High Boost
- Separate Gain and Master Volume Knobs
- Standby Switch
- Tube Protection Circuitry
- Auto-fault Mode
- Slave Output Jack
- Balanced XLR Output
- 4/2 Ohm Impedance Selector
- User Biasing Controls
- 3-Position AC Polarity Switch

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Dimensions: 24 x 11.5 x 13 in.

Weight: 80 lbs.

Balanced Line Out: Yes

Driver Tubes: 2 x 12AU7, 12AX7

Effects Loop: No

Graphic EQ: N/A

Mid Tone Control: 5 pos

Power Amp (Tube or MOSFET): T (6 x 6550)

Preamp (Tube or Solid State): T (2 x 12AX7)

RMS Power Output (2 ohms): 300

RMS Power Output (4 ohms): 300

RMS Power Output (8 ohms): N/A

Tone Controls: 3-band

Ultra Low/High Boosts: Yes
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 86 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 29 x 17 x 16 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 866-858-5832

Product Description

Other companies keep trying to recreate the classic all-tube sound of the '60s and '70s Ampeg heads, but it's just not the same as the real deal. Ampeg is the only bass amp company that can make that claim. When you specify a Classic Series SVT head, it's not like an Ampeg -- it is an Ampeg.

The Classic Series heads are designed for players who are looking for the authentic, vintage Ampeg tube sound that has earned the respect of the industry. For the ultimate experience, it's the SVT-CL -- the Classic, as it's known in the business. There is no equivalent to its 300-watt output courtesy of six 6550 power tubes.

Features:

- Normal and Padded Input
- Tube Protection Circuitry
- Auto-fault Mode
- Fan Cooled
- Slave Output Jack
- 4/2 Ohm Impedance Selection
- User Biasing Controls
- 3 Position AC Polarity Switch
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (67 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Classic Tone In A Classic Package"
Sound: The SVT has something that a SS bass amp will never have. The true sound of big tube power. That means great warm fat tone, rich with even order harmonics. When pushed the all tube front end will give you the sound that you have heard over and over again on recordings and live performances. A big sound with bite thats never sounds harsh and gets just the right amount of grit when you dig in with the pick or your fingers and the guitar volume full on. Back off your attack or roll back the volume and it cleans right up. Feature: You don't get a lot of fancy stuff like compressors or limiters. What you do get is the famous Ampeg bass tone stack that other makers have tried to copy. Two inputs (one padded) bass, mids (selectable freq), treble with ultra high and low boost switches. An effects loop would be nice but I think once you play through one of these SVT heads you won't want or need effects. The sound is just that good. Ease of Use: The SVT will fight you every step of the way at first while you fuss with the gain and master volume. Forget the useless (for me) ultra low and hi switches. I set it pretty much flat and get the gain where where I like it, tweak the tone settings and fiddle with the gain again and then I set it where it breaks up a little and roll up the master. It will take some time to dial it in.... but when you do, it's a great sound that never overpowers and sits in the mix just right. You get the sense that its there and you don't have to worry about it. You just have fun and play. Quality: It's an Ampeg! This ones still made in the USA. Built like a tank and weighs almost as much (85 lbs). Every part of the amp looks like it's made from the best that could be had for what it needs to do. The STV over the years has a proven track record on the road and on stages all over the world. Provided parts are available, the thing could be used forever. No backup amp need although keep a backup set of tubes. Just in case. Value: The SVT is at the top end of the price scale for a 300 watt amp. However we are talking about a tube amp here. Manufacturer Support: Unsure never had to call. Ampeg is now owned by Loud Tech. so support still remains to be seen as far as Loud goes. The Wow Factor: Excuse Me! This is an SVT! Who doesn't want one. Overall: I will keep it forever. Its "the" bass sound. Great classic tone for rock or blues.
Style of Music: rock blues
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Sound: This is the thing that has defined my playing. the sonic quality is unbelievible. I have played many other rigs in my time but nothing has compaired to the SVT. things have come close but they always end up leaving a little to be desired. the only thing I can think might be better is the aquilar 680 and you still need a power amp with that and it costs just as much. Feature: everything a tube head should have and more. Quality: This thing is reliable. hasnt failed me in the 5 years I have owned it. Value: for the money you cant get a better deal. as I said before aguilar might be better but you have to pay %250 more to get what this amp does. Manufacturer Support: Havent had a problem yet but with other things ampeg has been great. The Wow Factor: come on its ampeg and its a classic. Overall: VERY satisfied with this. Been playing with it for years and it just keeps on pumping out the gloryious tube tone that is unatainable but solidstate anything.
Style of Music: Rock Alternative Experimental
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