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Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head

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A vintage reissue of the highly sought-after 1970s blue-line SVT head.

With the new SVT-VR, the Ampeg engineering and product development teams had one primary goal--get as close to the coveted tone of the classic SVT as possible. As a result, the preamp stage, power section, and even the rocker switches of the new SVT-VR emulate the exact signal path, tone, and vibe of the original.

The all-tube, 300W SVT-VR amplifier is driven by a total of 6 - 6550 power tubes for massive power and tone. In addition to the '70s style dials and rocker switches, the SVT-VR's preamp circuitry has been faithfully re-created to match the original.

FEATURES
  • 300W
  • 2-channel preamp
  • 6 - 6550 power tubes
  • Original power amp output spec and tube complement
  • Original preamp signal path
  • Original blue-line graphics and cosmetics
  • Original EQ rocker switches
  • XLR output
  • Slave out

The signature sonics and looks of the original. Order now!

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AmpegSVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good sound, heavy price

Overall I love this amp. The old school vintage vibe, the basic, no-nonsense controls and the power. I've played a bunch of bars and a couple of hockey rinks with this and a...Read complete review

Overall I love this amp. The old school vintage vibe, the basic, no-nonsense controls and the power. I've played a bunch of bars and a couple of hockey rinks with this and a fifteen inch cab. I've never needed to use anything else and it's never been over a third volume. My friend who has a peavy amp and a 4x10 stack for his guitar can't believe I can still play along with him without a bigger cabinet.
This past summer I was lucky enough to open for the classic rock bands that my city had brought in. Being the curtain jerkers, take your instruments and plug in here and here. I used their bassist's backup rig and it was a vintage SVT. In my mind, there was no difference in sound. If you're determined to spend money, put it here.
Simple, straight forward and not a whole lot of bells and whistles. You plug this thing in and get a great sound, no matter what.
Had mine for over a year and it is a tough rig. Nothing loose, nothing peeling or buzzing, sounds as good as it did the day I bought it.
I'm cheap and I didn't like the price. Still bought one and it doubles the value of the vehicle I cart it around in LoL

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The new imports are crap

We ordered one for the studio for bands who dont like recording direct and to give use more versatilty recording bass. Buyer beware, the new imports from the far east pale in comparison to...Read complete review

We ordered one for the studio for bands who dont like recording direct and to give use more versatilty recording bass. Buyer beware, the new imports from the far east pale in comparison to the old ones made in the USA. The soldering inside the unit was an absolute joke. The unit was "buzzy/noisy" Within 3 weeks the power switch literally "fell" into the unit. (thats when we discovered the horrible soldering) Considering prices were supposed to come down with the move to the far east, not the QA, I would not buy another.

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(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

The new imports are crap

By A concerned FORMER loyal ampeg buyer

from LA

Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

We ordered one for the studio for bands who dont like recording direct and to give use more versatilty recording bass. Buyer beware, the new imports from the far east pale in comparison to the old ones made in the USA. The soldering inside the unit was an absolute joke. The unit was "buzzy/noisy" Within 3 weeks the power switch literally "fell" into the unit. (thats when we discovered the horrible soldering) Considering prices were supposed to come down with the move to the far east, not the QA, I would not buy another.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tone

By SiafuBurling-ke6NS

from Chicago

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Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

I was in the market for a new tube amp head and I kept seeing the EVT-VR pop up during my research. After taking in all the reviews, I set out to try one at Guitar Center. I was blown away from the first note I played. I have only owned solid state bass amps until now, and there really is no comparison. This amp sounds incredibly warm and full, and has a growl to it that is second to none. Not a ton of knobs to tweak on this amp, but I've found that the controls are more than adequite to find almost any tone you may be looking for. Only two drawbacks to this amp (both are similar, actually). 1) EXPENSIVE! No way around it, this is a pricey amp. Luckily for me I managed to get quite a good price (I may not have purchased it otherwise). 2) Seeing as how this thing has 14 tubes! 4x12AX7, 4x12AU7 and 6x6550. So when it comes time for a retube, it will not be cheap. Other than the monitary concerns, there is no reason not to buy this amp.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good sound, heavy price

By James Shearer

from Alberta

Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

Overall I love this amp. The old school vintage vibe, the basic, no-nonsense controls and the power. I've played a bunch of bars and a couple of hockey rinks with this and a fifteen inch cab. I've never needed to use anything else and it's never been over a third volume. My friend who has a peavy amp and a 4x10 stack for his guitar can't believe I can still play along with him without a bigger cabinet.
This past summer I was lucky enough to open for the classic rock bands that my city had brought in. Being the curtain jerkers, take your instruments and plug in here and here. I used their bassist's backup rig and it was a vintage SVT. In my mind, there was no difference in sound. If you're determined to spend money, put it here.
Simple, straight forward and not a whole lot of bells and whistles. You plug this thing in and get a great sound, no matter what.
Had mine for over a year and it is a tough rig. Nothing loose, nothing peeling or buzzing, sounds as good as it did the day I bought it.
I'm cheap and I didn't like the price. Still bought one and it doubles the value of the vehicle I cart it around in LoL

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply the Best

By Todd-H0mnV

from PA

Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

I have been an ampeg user for years. I have done like many, tried all kinds of pro series. I've owned a II, a IV, a III, a V , a CL etc etc.... All of these heads were basically trying to mimic the sound of the 70's classic. I've even experimented with the modeling amps and solid state tube emulation technologies from folks like eden and line 6. Finally I bit the bullet and went after the real deal. NOTHING sounds like the real thing, NOTHING sounds more like tubes than well... TUBES. I have always fought with midrange. I don't like to sacrifice any bottom end, and that has always required me to live with a muddy midrange. This is the first amp that has more than enough power to rip the bottom end (even without a bass boost) and lets the midrange rip through the mix. I don't know what else to say.... Stop pretending, don't make a pitstop with SVTCL or the Pros, buy THE REAL DEAL the SVT-VR.

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

BUYER BEWARE

By The Sniz Hammer

from Venice, CA

Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

After using the SVT-3PRO for a few years, I decided to step up to the big leagues & purchase my first all-tube Ampeg. Nothing beats the pure, meaty tone that this head, coupled with an Ampeg 410-HLF cab, provides.BUT!!!! Buyer beware! The Tubes are made overseas and are very very low quality. I have had mine for almost 2 years, and they just crapped out finally. The buyer guide recommends you retubing your amp every year, but if you get it done by someone who really knows what they're doing, you can get away with every two years. Like I said, the tone is unbeatable, but this is a serious, & constant investment.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

God is talking to u!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

This is the best amp for every type of music. i just got i 3 months ago, and i'm telling u, its like the voice of god. it's like taking your ear plugs out and go " aaah, so this is how bass is supposed to sound like". I've played all kinds of amps, always very fond of ampeg, played their rockbass series, the classic but i never really was fully satisfied! Now i can play every type of music just the way i want to!! Buy it boys, it's worth it!

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

And HE did move Air!!!!!!!

By Michael A. White

from Albuqerque, NM

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Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

To stand on stage in front of a 8-10 cab and feel your-self engulfed in sound from the Monster!!!There is no other feeling in the world ,cause you controling that WORLD with the VT!!! If like the other reviews don't play with your heart get one!And YOU to can sing God gave Rock&Roll to ya!!!

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nothing else Compares !!!!!

By Bobby Tessier

from Cornwall ont Canada

Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

July 2006 I trade in my svt Av for a Brand new Ampeg Svt Vr. Wow I'll never go back to any other Bass Head The Mid range tonal clarity is by far the sweetest tones I ever heard .24 years of playing and way to many bass amps I have tried .The Vr is the ultimate Rock Bass amp .Over 2 years of shows @ Gigs .The best money ever spent.There are many different Brand of bass Amps.The Ampeg Svt power @ tone is the reason why you see so many bass players loving these amps .I truely believe Ampeg Svt is the greatest Bass Amp ever !!!!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ampeg SVT-VR

By johnk-9GyLV

from LA, CA

Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

I own both an original '69 SVT and the new VR and I must say that the SVT-VR sounds and feels just like the original. There's a reason that all the other amps compare themselves to the SVT, and that's because it is undeniably the best bass amp ever produced. All of the other new Ampeg models pale by comparison. If you're really serious about playing bass, eventually, you'll end up with one of these, so my advise is to just cut to the chase and buy one instead wasting time and money, or compromising. No one was ever sorry that the bought the best. You won't regret it, and your bandmates with thank you.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Let There Be Bass

By FingerMan420

from Huntsville, AL

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Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

WOW! That about sums up my thoughts and feelings about this wonderful head. I first played this head (original 70s Blue Line) at a gig, the whole "using someone elses equipment thing"... you know how that goes. I was a little worried about this monster. It sounded great. I had never heard my bass sound so good, even with the EMGhz pickups and Aguliar OBP3. I had to get one. I have used (and own) SWR, Carvin BX1200, Kustom, and Hartke. I liked the SWR sound, but it seemed to be missing something. I like the power of the Carvin BX1200, but it was missing something... same with the Hartke and Kustom. Well, I have to say... everything that was missing I finally found with my Ampeg SVT-VR head. I plugged it in and set everything to flat. I run it through my Ampeg 8x10 cab. Now I know what bass is supposed to sound like. I realize this head is very expensive, but hey... if it was any cheaper then EVERYONE would own it! This is the head that will set you apart from the rest. Real PRO gear! THANK YOU AMPEG for reissuing this gem!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding amp!

By Suekey

from Westerly, RI

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

    I put about 9 hours on this amp, rehearsing at home. Very impressed. Then I took it out to the gig,and got to turn it up. Extremely impressed! A good sound is easy to dial in, and the controls are very responsive. Can get lots of different cool tone, with small movements of the dials.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Amp with a Massive Sound

    By joe_atx

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Bulkyheavy
    • Cut Corners On Soldering

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

    I have been a proud owner of this amp for three years. This amp is hands down the best amplifier I have ever played on. It has a massive sound that I have simply not been able to replicate on any other amp that I have tried, and I have tried several (Fenders, Markbass, Behringer, even other Ampegs - solid state and tubed). It has lasted 4 tours, hundreds of shows and practices and has only broken down on me twice (the first being tube issues - not the amp's fault, the second being a blown transistor). With as much action as that amp sees and the amount of abuse I put it through, trust me when I say that is a good track record for a tube amp. The only downsides I can point out are the amp is extremely heavy (which if you have played on SVTs before, this should not be a new concept - however it is something to consider for the novice who wants to casually gig or practice), uses LOTS of tubes and can therefore be expensive for upkeep from time to time, and that there are indeed some bad wiring and soldering jobs on the inside as some other reviews have said. I have not had issues with the last item (perhaps I'm lucky), but I was not impressed with a couple of soldered areas in the amp. That being said, I have not experienced major issues with this amp and have found it to be very dependable. If you are looking for a high quality amplifier that will shake the rafters, this is definitely the amp for you.

    Used for playing Doom, Sludge, Black Metal.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A true classic sound

    By XXBluesmasterXX

    from Boston MA

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

    I've owned SVT's since the 70's. Both the 70's versions and this one sound exactly the same! Also the same 85lb weight!!! Yep you still need a roadie to own this amp but there is no better sound in the world for bass guitar! I'd buy it again if I didnt already own one...

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THAT IS THE AMPEG SOUND

    By miami

    from canada

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    Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

    I tried many Ampeg for the past year...nothing sounded as good as those 70's Ampeg...until I played the SVT-VR. That is what I'm talking about!! all the other SVT felt so cheap..the front panel felt like plastic, the sound was good but not that great for the name SVT...until this one..the best value on the market right now, from the look, the feel, THE SOUND, everything is like the original..don't get an old one, get this one and keep it clean FOREVER !!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    happy camper

    By robert mcdaniel

    from purdy, okla

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

    overall this is da beast from da bottom...
    i recently purchased the svt-vr and could'nt be happier. i have an old b15, and an svt classic. the vr is unbelievable. i used to take the old b for smaller gigs but now i dont care where im playin itake the vr with 810 cab. take it from a long time ampeg user this beast is da real deal. just try to have someone handy when its time to set it on top.. man up peeps, its worth every ounce..
    this is a pricey amp but you look around you find one around half original price. well worth da effort..

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best amp I've tried so far.

    By Pierre-SMUvg

    from Cary, NC

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    Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

    I've tried this one with its special 70' SVT 810 cabinet. Awesome! Get a good sound right of the box. I like it natural and I like the dark sound when the mids are cut off. A must try before buying anything else. Beautiful sound, round, well defined. Beautiful mid texture. Not as dirty as SVT Classic. More clean. If you're into the Early Chicago bass sound or any kind of classic 60'-70'. That's as close as it could be. Bravo Ampeg.

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm Getting another ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Michael A. White

    from Albuqerque, NM

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

    Well my friends I am going to be the PROUD owner of a 1971 Ampeg SVT(orignal) soon. I would like to see and hear the new one cause there are some different items on it. But if it is true to the core than it should Rock the World!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I'll let you know.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ampeg best sound in the world!

    By Bruce Lee

    from Salinas, Ca

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    Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

    I owned my first Ampeg Blue Line SVT in 1979 and I kick myself for selling it in the eighties. In 2004 I purchased and still own a SVT-CL head which I love and it's made in the "USA" which I feel is important to me. I just purchased my SVT-VR and am extremely excited to own one again. The sound of these two amps is incredible through my Classic 410HLF and 410HE Cabinets. My only disappointment is the SVT-VR is built in another country. But if your playing Rock or Blues you gotta get four or eight tens and this amp! No if's and's or but's about it! These amps Rock!

     
    5.0

    Killer Deal

    By Griz

    from Illinois

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

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      Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

      Best bass amp there is. I saved gig money for a long time, it was worth it.

       
      4.0

      Good classic sound

      By Sky carp

      from Iowa

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good classic tone, nice wall of bass switch on
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

      • Super heavy, need more gear to get a modern tone

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-VR Vintage Reissue 300 Watt SVT Amp Head:

      I use this amp mostly for a classic rock cover band I'm in where it seems to work pretty well. I like it but I'm not sure it's worth the price. I use a di box out to the huge pa we have so basically I have a nice 250 lb rig as my monitor now. I played a GK 2001rb before this which I liked but something went wrong on two different heads so they didn't sound good very long. Although, it seems the solid state is more articulate and has more modern tones. The 810e cab I use now doesn't have horns so some tone types are limited. For weighing 85lbs I was suprised it wasn't louder than the gk. I'm guessing someone with skills on tone achievement via pedals and rack could make this amp do whatever but I' don't use much of that. Good classic tone is what this amp has.

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