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Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head Black 

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The SVT-7PRO pumps out a ferocious kilowatt of pure Ampeg tone in a compact design that weighs in at just 15 pounds. The SVT-7PRO features the same p...Read More

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A small head with huge power.

The SVT-7PRO pumps out a ferocious kilowatt of pure Ampeg tone in a compact design that weighs in at just 15 pounds. The SVT-7PRO features the same professional features as the other PRO Series heads including a flexible 5-position mid tone control, remote switching FX loop and a sleek onboard variable compressor.

The tube preamp boasts a premium JJ 12AX7 that feeds the weight-defying Class-D power section. It's portable and small but can power everything from a small single PN-115HLF up to a monster Heritage SVT-810E.

FEATURES
  • RMS power output:
  • 1000 watts @ 4 ohms
  • 600 watts @ 8 ohms
  • Preamp: Tube (1 JJ 12AX7)
  • Power amp: Class D
  • Tone controls: Bass, mid, treble
  • Mid-tone control: 5-position
  • Ultra low/high boosts
  • Onboard variable compressor
  • Transformer balanced line out
Includes removable rack ears (NEW PRODUCT ONLY - RESTOCK VERSIONS DO NOT INCLUDE RACK EARS)

Pack more power into your rig. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head

  • Power supply: Switching
  • Weight: 15.5 lb./7 kg
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AmpegSVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head
 
3.8

(based on 27 reviews)

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    (17)

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    (1)

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    (5)

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    (4)

38%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

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        • Experienced (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      SVT 7 Pro

      Overall, I recommend this to anyone who is serious about playing professionally or playing the club circuit. It's everything a bassist could want or need minus a few features that can be had with...Read complete review

      Overall, I recommend this to anyone who is serious about playing professionally or playing the club circuit. It's everything a bassist could want or need minus a few features that can be had with foot pedals (i.e. tuner and graphic eq). Prior to owning the 7 pro, I used a 4 pro and while I enjoyed the tone and features, it was simply too heavy and cumbersome for weekend gigs. The 7 pro was the best solution and I think Class D amplifiers are an awesome solution for guys like me that want power, but don't have roadies to set up and tear down.
      To me, this is one of the best bass heads for under 1000 and THE best class D amplifier for gigging bassists. I get the best of both worlds with this head: ampeg tone and punch without having to break my back to lift it onto a cab. All the features I need are on this head to include a built-in compressor, DI out, and plenty of tonal control to suit whatever playing situation. I mostly play in pop/rock environment and I can swap smooth and fat for fingerstyle, gritty and slightly overdriven for pick playing, and snappy with slight compression for slap. In short, it can do it all.
      For something so light, the build is very solid. I would never want to drop this head, but I feel like it could survive a small tumble or accidental slip. I place it in a rack with a korg rackmount tuner and furman power conditioner and it's still less weight than an SVT 4 pro by itself. The single tube provides enough warmth to get the ampeg tone I love and while an all tube svt classic will have more in terms of warm tone, the 7 pro is half the price and less than one quarter of the weight.
      I still say this is a great deal.

      VS

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      LOUD (technologies) = four letter word

      IF LOUD technologies was out of the picture, this AMPEG probably wouldn't be that bad. Great design and sound (when works). But unit is poorly assembled, and warranty service requests (to...Read complete review

      IF LOUD technologies was out of the picture, this AMPEG probably wouldn't be that bad. Great design and sound (when works). But unit is poorly assembled, and warranty service requests (to LOUD) from the local authorized AMPEG repair shop take months. I'm not kidding. There's another AMPEG SVT-7 pro in for the SAME repair at ALM in Norfolk, VA, and they've been waiting for response/parts from LOUD since October (!). It's a 5 year warranty because that's the average time it takes them (LOUD) to close a trouble ticket and get the store the parts to fix your amp. I've already had to use a loaner amp from our rhythm guitarist for one gig, this will be the LAST Ampeg I ever buy. Real shame, considering this isn't a bad Bass Head for the price. And for goodness sake DON'T buy a re-stock.... I'm now convinced that my Series C head was a broken head that another buyer sent back to MF and/or Ampeg, and they didn't bother to fix the real issue and sold it to me. Go with a Hartke or Genz Benz.

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      5.0

      Awesome Amp but be careful

      By g53

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Light weight
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Some Poor Models

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

      So here's the thing.. I believe Ampeg has worked out all of the issues with this amp. When it works, it is awesome. Classic Ampeg sound with great tone control and a ton of power. I run it through a SVT 410hlf, and this rig thunders. It has multiple functions which make it great for practice, performance, and even DJ outings. It's also small, lightweight, portable, and compatible with even smaller rack-mounts.

      However, this amp has a history of having some issues. The main issue is that it had an oversensitive preamp. With my first amp, I blew out the tube after using it a month or two. After this happened, Ampeg customer service responded great. They acknowledged the issues with the SVT 7 Pro and sent me a new one with no charge. Since then, I've had no problems and the amp has been AWESOME.

      I'd recommend purchasing a new one. Stay away from used or restocked amps. Also, keep an eye on the red peak light. Make sure it stays off for the most part. Use the -15db switch to limit potential damage to your preamp. The amp has a ton of power, so there's no reason to overload the preamp.

      So with all of that said, I'd definitely purchase another SVT 7 Pro, and I'd recommend it for others also. It's definitely worth the money. Just make sure it's the latest model from Ampeg.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      2 years with the SVT7Pro

      By carbondale bass

      from colorado

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      Pros

      • Portable

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

        Had to send back the first head due to lots of static in the knobs. They were great and sent a new head (version C) as soon as they were in stock. After a few months of use it started clipping out last summer at one gig. Most recent gig it started again. Some line out issues too - the sound man has issues with it being too hot. Anyhow, it's in a local repair shop. We'll have to see how it pans out.
        Just an FYI, I'm running through pro neo 15 and 2x10 cabs. Not a lot of head room. I'm often running the gain between 11:00 and 1:00 and master at 3:00 and the drummer still complains that I'm not loud enough. The midrange frequencies setting are a bit subjective and not a huge difference on tone.

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        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Didn't work

        By Blister

        from Barry Il

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Don't Have Any

        Cons

        • Didn't Work

        Best Uses

        • Don't Know It Doing Work

        Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

        I'm sure I would have liked it, but the one I got didn't work. I sent it back and haven't decided if I want to get another one

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Really Bummed

        By Wilderness Bass Player

        from Eastern U.S.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Ampeg Tone

        Cons

        • Poor quality control

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

          I have always loved the Ampeg sound. I have, over the years drifted from Ampeg to other brands of amps but always wanted another Ampeg. I am very disappointed with this amplifier the workmanship is sub par and I'm afraid it has soured me from buying another Ampeg amp. The amp would randomly cut out, which is unacceptable for a working musician. Sad. By the way, this is the second consecutive amp I have sent back.

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          5.0

          Surprising Tone and Power

          By Christos

          from Sacramento

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

                I'm not sure about all the reliability issues that have been reported, I played it through the 610 cabinet and it is sweet. Not really had a chance to push the power though. I really wonder what a Class D can do compared to the massive toroid in classic analog SS Class AB amps but it should be fine. I used to have an all tube SVT classic. That was too heavy. One tip... Buy the one off the show room floor. It probably has been broken in and gone past the problems. This is a comment for all Ampeg (also for cabinets).

                If you are looking for power at a price and weight class that is unbelievable, this is you unit.

                That said.. I'm trading for SVT6 Pro because I used to have one and rue the day I sold it. I just want the tone controls back... However... There is nothing wrong with the flat tone on this unit. I mean it... Sound great...

                One must understand.. There are bass players that are simply tuned to Ampeg and nothing else will do. Save yourself some money... I've been around and back... If you like Ampeg, nothing else will do... CJK

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Buyer Beware - Sounds GREAT BUT....

                By stv

                from HH, NJ

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Ampeg Sound Captured
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Cuts Out Repeatedly

                Best Uses

                • Paperweight

                Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

                Bought this amp new from here about a year ago. Thankfully bought the extended warranty as well. I got through one show (ONE) with no issues, and at every other situation since the amp continually cuts out. It is NOT a power, heat, volume, stress issue. Its a poor production issue. MF ended up paying off the entire purchase price which i put toward an Orange TT 1000. which sounds great and is more portable. Miss the rackmountability of the ampeg, but it is just too unreliable to trust for any gig of importance. Read the forums out there, this is a known quality issue with ampeg.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                LOUD (technologies) = four letter word

                By Joe Cool

                from Hampton Roads, VA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Lousy Warranty Service
                • Poorly Assembled

                Best Uses

                • Great Amp When Works
                • Paperweight When Not Work

                Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

                IF LOUD technologies was out of the picture, this AMPEG probably wouldn't be that bad. Great design and sound (when works). But unit is poorly assembled, and warranty service requests (to LOUD) from the local authorized AMPEG repair shop take months. I'm not kidding. There's another AMPEG SVT-7 pro in for the SAME repair at ALM in Norfolk, VA, and they've been waiting for response/parts from LOUD since October (!). It's a 5 year warranty because that's the average time it takes them (LOUD) to close a trouble ticket and get the store the parts to fix your amp. I've already had to use a loaner amp from our rhythm guitarist for one gig, this will be the LAST Ampeg I ever buy. Real shame, considering this isn't a bad Bass Head for the price. And for goodness sake DON'T buy a re-stock.... I'm now convinced that my Series C head was a broken head that another buyer sent back to MF and/or Ampeg, and they didn't bother to fix the real issue and sold it to me. Go with a Hartke or Genz Benz.

                Comment on this review

                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Run away, as quick as possible

                By Former Ampeg SVT 7 & Owner

                from New York

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

                      Do your research before buying. There is tons of data documenting the problems with the SVT 7. Not just Rev A, but all. I took a chance and am so sorry. I read about many of the issues and thought with a Rev C I'd be ok but, couldn't get through one show. It cuts out constantly due to an oversensitive limiter. It's a common problem and Ampeg doesn't have a fix. This sound is great but, don't even think about this amp unless you don't mind not being heard.

                      Stick with a proven Ampeg model or look elsewhere.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Power, Tone, Features, lightweight. wow

                      By Trickster

                      from Montreal, P.Q., Canada

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

                        Got a restock b0 rev, most probably with the c0 upgrade since it went back to Ampeg and all the way to the top of my cab with no issue and mint condition. Believe me this is a Black Magic Box. All features you may need are there. Tons of Power. Best punchy tone from an hybrid amp in my opinion. Built in compressor, great Mid frequencies tweaking possibilities, blendable fx loop... Wont need it anyways since I stowed all my pedals and effects. Just need to plug your bass straight in this thing of beauty(unless an highly modified signal is your thing). Buy this in a heartbeat, best bang for the buck period, especially with restocks...

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great amp

                        By tube lover

                        from Canada

                        Comments about Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head:

                        I feel you cant go wrong with this amp. I was worried about problems others have reported but this was a revision C00 and seems problem free. The restock unit I got is the best amp deal Ive had so far and worth every penny.
                        This is a great amp with beautiful tone. Sounds very similar to my old svt classic. I didnt expect it to sound as tube like as it did. I run it through an SWR Golliath IV 8ohm and it has more power than i will ever use even at 8 ohms. It has all the typical Ampeg controls and all the features i need without etra crap I dont need.
                        I got the restock unit. I was expecting it to look used or a little worn but it came packaged like a new one and in perfect shape. It could fool me that it isnt a new one. Have used it for a few band practices so far and it has performed flawlessly.
                        I think it is a good deal. I was using an ampeg pf500 before this which is the best deal out there and it also worked flawlessly. As much as i liked the pf500 this has a warmer sound and feels very dynamic and touch sensative like an all tube amp. The power is also incredable.

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