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Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

It's the original all-tube monster bass amp, the classic of classics!

The reissue Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head brings back in all its glory a classic big stage amp that was the choice of players in the '60s. There's no question that the SVT-CL delivers 300W (to either 2 or 4 ohms). Its tube array includes 2 - 12AX7s in the preamp, 2 - 12AU7s and a 12AX7 for drivers, and six - 6550s for power. Controls include 3 bands of tone, a 5-way mid selector, plus ultralow and high boosts. Other pro features on the Ampeg SVT-CL Bass Head include normal and padded inputs, tube protection circuitry, auto-fault mode, fan cooling, slave output jack, 4/2-ohm selector, user biasing controls, and 3-position AC polarity switch. 24"W x 11-1/2"H x 13"D. 80 lb.

FEATURES
  • 300W tube power
  • 3-band tone/five-way mid selector/low and high boosts
  • Normal and padded inputs
  • Tube protection circuitry
  • Fan cooled
  • Slave output

Emulate, schmemulate. If you want REAL tube tone, you gotta get REAL tubes. Make the investment today. You'll never regret it.

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AmpegSVT-CL Classic Bass Head
 
4.8

(based on 53 reviews)

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    (3)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Performances (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Tone Available Bar None

Let's get one thing straight, this is the tone you're looking for. Every recording you love, every live band that blew you away, this is the tone they had or were trying to...Read complete review

Let's get one thing straight, this is the tone you're looking for. Every recording you love, every live band that blew you away, this is the tone they had or were trying to emulate. There isn't any higher to go, this is the last amp you will buy. I want to issue a couple warnings though. First off, this thing is HEAVY. Start doing curls and push ups after you order, you're gonna need it. Second, be prepared to replace your tubes. My power tubes went out in the first year, right around 150 hours. It's difficult to blame anybody, sometimes they're just bad. I got away with replacing them for about $160. Third, pair it with an 8x10 and don't skimp on your cable. It'll pay you back in the long run. Finally, understand the changes you're making going to an all tube amp. It will be worth it but it requires some extra care and consideration when using and transporting. If you're just a hobbyist or play small venues, this amp is too much for 95% of you. It's huge and loud. But it is the best amp on the market, end of story.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Be very careful

I have played this amp since 1999 and due to the fact that its at least an all tube pathway-you do get warmth and fluid low end. However, it still amazes me how few...Read complete review

I have played this amp since 1999 and due to the fact that its at least an all tube pathway-you do get warmth and fluid low end. However, it still amazes me how few understand that this is not your 60's or 70's or even 80's SVT for that matter. When SLM took over Ampeg they redesigned the SVT's preamp radically from the original. It simple english thats exactly where most of your tone comes from. The new SVT-VR came into being because there was a demand for that original 'sound'. I promise you that if you place a SVT-CL next to a blue face SVT from the early 70's they aren't even in the same universe sonically. That original bad boy will destroy this sterile cousin. If you don't really care about sound than ignore this and continue to play this ok amp. If your going to bother spending over $1500 on a tube bass amp pay attention and listen to the real mccoy or the new VR...its no accident why they made it...word to the wise...do your homework.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Tone Available Bar None

By hommytoffman-Jdim1

from Iowa

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Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

Let's get one thing straight, this is the tone you're looking for. Every recording you love, every live band that blew you away, this is the tone they had or were trying to emulate. There isn't any higher to go, this is the last amp you will buy. I want to issue a couple warnings though. First off, this thing is HEAVY. Start doing curls and push ups after you order, you're gonna need it. Second, be prepared to replace your tubes. My power tubes went out in the first year, right around 150 hours. It's difficult to blame anybody, sometimes they're just bad. I got away with replacing them for about $160. Third, pair it with an 8x10 and don't skimp on your cable. It'll pay you back in the long run. Finally, understand the changes you're making going to an all tube amp. It will be worth it but it requires some extra care and consideration when using and transporting. If you're just a hobbyist or play small venues, this amp is too much for 95% of you. It's huge and loud. But it is the best amp on the market, end of story.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfection

By tube lover

from Canada

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Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

Of all the bass amps I have used over the years nothing compairs to the sound of an all tube ampeg. The simplicity of the new classic makes it even better. I have owned the original blue line back in the seventies and it is highly over rated. Shure, the new classic sounds a bit different but I find all the changes for the better. They finnaly got rid of the useless second channel and gave the one channel more flexibility with a five position mid range. I found the blue line to have nice tone but was alot mushier in the bottom end and just not nearly as tight or punchy. The new VR isnt supposed to be as mushy in the low end as the original but I wouldnt waste the extra money for an extra usless channel and a less versatile midrange. Try a new classic out and form your own opinion. I am speaking from experience and I love this amp. I know my review will not be popular with those that still own the old one but young players deserve to know the truth about equipment and not just hype that is popular on the net. This whole vintage thing has gotten so overated but being a bass player who has used alot of vintage equipment for many years i welcome the improvments. Trust your own ears.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's not the VR

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

I have played both the SVT CL and the SVT VR thru an SVT 8x10 cab and there is a big difference sonically. The "vintage" tone pumped out by the SVT-VR is something the SVT-CL comes close but does not deliver. The price point on both of these amps suck unfortunately, so my advice would be to shop for either of them used. SVT-CL is a good amp don't get me wrong, I just think it's priced rather high for what you get. If you're about to spend that much on an amp, save a little more and get an SVT-VR or get a real vintage 69 to early '70's SVT

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Upgrade

By Jimmy Two Fingers

from The Milky Way

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Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

There is no substitute for tube sound. Period. I have used many high-end solid state heads and tube preamps to power an 80's model Ampeg 8x10 cabinet over the years but my sound was always been lacking a certain something. I finally found what it was lacking with the SVT-CL.Tube compression and depth is where its at. No solid state amp will ever come close, ever. I used to fidget with a 31-band eq, compressor, etc looking for that sound so easily found just turning on the CL. They now have found a home in the junk box, I dont need them anymore.I play weekly in different venues, and it takes me about a minute to dial in the sound I want based on the easy controls; the mid switch makes it so easy... bottom end is tight and slapping sounds awesome. D.I. box, dont need it anymore either, I plug direct into the head and just smile. Its so easy to get a great tone from this monster. I jump from an 80's model fretted P-Bass with active P-J electronics to a Fretless Jaco Jazz during the sets and they both sound great.This amp just rocks. Funk, Country, Rock, it does it all with more headroom than I will ever need. Turn up the preamp and it growls sooo good. Best piece of equipment I have bought in 20 some years. It will be the last amp I ever buy. Pricey, but I'd be throwing my money away if I bought anything else. Its worth the money if you are serious about having a great bass tone.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head

By SteelAngelOpera

from Arizona

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Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

It's an Ampeg so it has to be good,right? Well it ain't good.....it's awesome . I play though a SVT410 HLF, best sounding set up anywhere.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best amp for rock and roll

By ElectricAlchemy

from Virginia

Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

Before buying the Ampeg SVT-CL I did a lot of research. There area many reviews out in the internet that give the impression that the SVT-CL is somehow inferior to the SVT-VR reissue and that it doesn't have the tone of the reissue. I believed the hype and purchased the VR - I ended up returning it and exchanging it for a CL in a few days. The VR was all growl, but the CL is simply a more versatile, prettier amp. I wish I had read a review like this when I bought the VR. If all you want to do it old school rock, then go with the VR. But if you want to play jazz, funk, pop as well as rock, stick with the CL. It will give you all the growl you need and then more. It is a really, beautiful amp and I am very happy with my purchase. Nothing beats the sound of a tube amp.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

LAST ONE STANDING

By SUNN-MON-nq6Ms

from Antelope, California

Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

IN 1972 THERE WERE ONLY 3 BASS AMPS FOR THE PRO:Ampeg SVT, Acoustic 370 and Sunn Coliseum Bass, I played through them all. Great amps, I went with Sunn. No Regrets. Only the SVT is still made and in "Cream" Jack Bruce never used Hartke. He used MARSHALL. Stop whining, wasting time and making excuses. Boom Boom out go the lights. Buy it. Don't make the mistake of buying G-k. Eden, Hertke and Trace Elliot. We voted with our wallets and the SVT is the last man standing.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best

By nada

from KC

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Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

I had to purchase a back up for my american made and compared it to the new vietnam version, which I've had for about 6 months now. No noticable distinction. These have always been awesome and still are. The tone is simply excellent.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dream Amp--Look No Further

By DrewDog

from L.os Angeles, CA

Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

After spending weeks reading reviews on top-quality bass heads/cabs and then finally playing those same heads, I went where my ears told me to go and parted with no small chunk of change for my dream rig (SVT-CL and SVT810E). I tried high-end Aguilars, Edens, GKs, Ashdowns, SWRs...then I plugged into the SVT-CL and knew instantly that this was my sound. Just tonight we played with it for the first time. My drummer, guitarist, and I knew after the first song that we now sound like we SHOULD sound. No question! Anyway, it all boils down to taste and purpose. Certain genres "require" specific sounds--we prefer that Cream/Zeppelin/Hendrix sound: lotsa tubes. Those solid state or hybrid "boutique" amps were nice to look at, but they are less organic, round, and complex in tone than the Ampeg is. For me, the difference was similar to that between ripple and fine wine. The "boutique" amps lacked personality; they didn't really speak to me in that warm and creamy yet punchy and clear tube voice that has rich lows, penetrating mids, and non-abrasive highs. But those lows! My very hard-hitting drummer now thinks his kick drum sounds like paper. Of course, the 810s are perfect with it. The rig really brings out the best in my already cool Jazz Bass (Geddy Lee). It's loud, it's heavy, it's everything all these mad reviews say...and more. Don't mess around. Get one now. You'll think your bass is the voice of god.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

In a category all it's own

By Buildcity

from DFW, TX

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Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

Resonant, deep, full, mellifluous, mellow, rich; loud, powerful, stentorian, thundering, thunderous. Resonates your whole body, makes the difference! Gets the people moving with you.I like to call it Velvet Thunder. The ancient Hammond B3 tube organs can make thunder like this also. Ampeg set the standard and no one has equaled it yet. One thing tho', don't drop it, the 5881 tubes hate that, makes em arc internally and make popping noises. My tube tester doesn't check for this so it's a bear to swap and check tubes. This head is heavier than most 2-15 PA Cabs! So be careful. If you want to be in demand, get this.

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