Ampeg SVT-VR Bass Amplifier Head (300 Watts)

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Plug into Ampeg's reissue of the vintage 1970s all-tube monster! The SVT-VR is authentic from tube preamp to tube power section -- with all SIX 6550 tubes.

Tubes, tubes, and more tubes! The Ampeg SVT-VR is a vintage reissue of an early 1970s "Blue-Line" SVT head. The preamp stage, power section, and even rocker switches emulate the exact signal path, tone, and vibe of the original rock 'n' roll workhorse. Authentic from its input jack all the way to its six 6550 output tubes, the SVT-VR is a must-have for rockers seeking that in-your-face Ampeg bass tone.

Check out our exclusive run-down of the Ampeg SVT-VR Bass Amplifier Head:


- Tube preamp and power amp
- 300-watts RMS @ 2 or 4 ohms
- 2 discrete channels
- Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" output

- Preamp: Tube (2 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AU7)
- Driver Tubes: (1 x 12AX7, 2 x 12AU7)
- Power Amp Tube (6 x 6550)
- RMS Power Output: 300-watts @ 2 ohms
- RMS Power Output: 300-watts @ 4 ohms
- Tone Controls: Bass, Mid, Treble
- Mid Tone Control: 3-position rocker switch
- Ultra Low/High Boosts: Yes
- Speaker Connections: Neutrik Speakon and 1/4"
- Balanced Line Out: Yes (transformer)
- Preamp Out/Power Amp In: Yes
- Dimensions (W x H x D inches): 24 x 11.5 x 12.75
- Weight: 85 lbs.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 818-575-3600

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (9 ratings)
Submitted July 29, 2012 by M J
"Harmonious, sweet and thunderous"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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This is THE bass guitar amplifier. From sweet, musical ringing resonance, crystal clear yet mellow highs, unmatched mids on command at three frequency ranges, to incredible thunderous presence when cranked, there has never been an amp that matched the original SVT until now - the vintage reissue. I have had mine a week and I am still gobsmacked. If you are looking at spending serious dollars on a bass head, there is absolutely nothing else worth looking at.

Even at quiet settings the rich yet restrained harmonies from the 4-valve preamp are alive. This amp has the most incredible musical sounds that a bass amp can give. And when cranked it sounds thunderous, no other word for it. Even at its most heavily distorted it is pleasing on the ears. Yet the beast can also play the cleanest, sweetest sounds with incredible accuracy.

2 channels can be blended for even thicker tube sound and greater tonal control. The rocker switches give instant tonal changes on the fly, great for gigging, while keeping it all very simple.

Ease of Use
Turn it on, get incredible sounds. Only a handful of knobs and switches means that any player can access the right tone with little effort.

Great quality, the thing will last for ever. However as with most new tube amps it ships with fairy average sounding tubes. The tubes are where the sound is made, read more so do yourself a favour and get some good quality preamp and power tubes. You'll need 14 tubes in total!!

This amp is worth whatever they decide to charge for it. It is simply incredible. By all accounts it sounds exactly like the original, and that is something that has never been beaten.

Manufacturer Support
I sent them a technical question on retubing but didn't receive an answer that day; however I haven't had any real problems to deal with them.

The Wow Factor
This is like being invited into the real musician's club. Or having your first beer. Or like hearing music from your bass for the first time.

Musical Background:
Bass guitar (20 years), guitar (bit longer)

Musical Style:
Rock and/or roll
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