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Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head Black  (Open Box)
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Product# 423430
OVERVIEW

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 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

45%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9)

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

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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2.0

Great sounding amp .... until the warranty expires

By 

from Slovakia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • When It Works Great Amp

Cons

  • Hard-to-repair
  • Unexceptable Behavior
  • Warranty

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

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

I was using this head 2 + 1/2 year without any problems. With lot of pedals, high gain, in combination with SVT410HLF one of the best sounding bass rig.
But after warranty ending first problem :
- some microchips burned down - 2 weaks without amp
Two months later :
- overheating and restarting after hour of playing.
- very bad situation when you play with band and 5 seconds is bass silent and long hair guy headbangs and torture his fingers with silent bass guitar.
- 2 MONTHS is head still in service. Guys can't detect problem because this hybrid is full of electronic.

punch line : never more hybrid head again. They are cheaper, lightweight and some models sounding very similar than all-tube. But all-tube heads using primitive years-confirmed technology.

Anyone who has graduated from the University of Electrical Engineering shows to a couple of days to repair any All-Tube head.

Be aware, do not be fooled cheap and well sounding hybrids. Buy all-tube heads.

If you don't have money for Ampeg SVT or Bassman, economise your self !

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5.0

Good amp,but.....

By 

from Ridgecrest Ca.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Gets Very Hot

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

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

Ive played through many different amps over the years but always wanted an Ampeg.I finally got one and was super excited.Whe used with the PNHLF 410 cab,this thing will rock the roof of!It has a small problem however,its gets fairly hot pretty quick.It has a fan on the side but that only helps for a little while.Ive had mine for a year as of Feb 2015,and it overheated,(in the studio)and literally smoked.Loud Tech told me some of the newer models have had this issue.The only other drawback is that it is heavy to lug around.Over all tho,Its always given me the sound Im after.I gig a lot so its payed for itself already.Not a bad head.

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5.0

Big thumpy growl.

By 

from St. Louis

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Great tone
  • Plenty Of Headroom
  • Rackmount-able

Cons

  • 3-band Eq Too Simple

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

I recently grew tired of my peavey TNT combo and wanted a bass amp with tubes. After doing a little research, I was almost set on an Orange hybrid of some kind (I forget the exact model but it was a similar power rating and also a tube hybrid). I went to the local guitar center (I can say that here, right? Musician's friend has been owned by the same company for years) to try one out and they didn't have one in stock. I instead tried out a few other hybrid bass heads, all 500-1000 watts, all tube-class D hybrids. This beat out the Markbass head, the GK, and the Hartke I compared it to, all using the same speaker cabs (acoustic 115 and ampeg 410). I admit that I didn't do a side by side against the orange, but I felt the ampeg was so far ahead of the pack and at such a better deal that I didn't need to hear the Orange.

This head has a very warm, growling distortion, which is what I was looking for. It also has plenty of headroom as well as a built-in compressor, which cleans up very nicely. It also has, for the most part, very simple and straight-forward controls, which are very responsive and feel solid. I do wish it had more than a 3-band eq though, as my band plays in drop C# or B and it's difficult to cut through the mix on the mids and highs. I suppose the (IMO useless) "mid frequency" switch might remedy that issue, but I preferred to simply add an outboard eq to my effects loop and now it sounds great no matter what key or tuning I'm in.

The construction feels sturdy. The rackmount ears hold up just fine and the chassis feels rugged enough. I have read reviews that complain about this model overheating, especially when mounted in a rack case, so I might recommend mounting an extra fan in your case or leaving the space above it empty. There have also been complaints that a design flaw in the circuitry has been blowing out peoples' preamp tubes. I've also heard that Ampeg has corrected the problem on recent models, so I feel good about mine still. I've only owned this unit for a couple weeks and haven't even gigged with it yet, so I don't really have much to say first-hand about reliability. I will say however that I immediately bought a rackmount case for it just in case, as well as a power conditioner.

This amp is almost perfect. The mid frequency knob is kind of weird but other than that, it's an incredible piece of gear. 99/100. Heck, 99.9/100.

(For those wondering, the speakers I use are an acoustic 115 and an acoustic 810. I use an Art 351 eq in the effects loop and mainline an electro-harmonics bass big muph pi. The bass is a p-bass style partscaster with a basswood body, dimarzio pickup and a badash 2 bridge [also, musiciansfriend censors products they sell, hence big muph and badash])

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5.0

Awesome Amp but be careful

By 

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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2.0

2 years with the SVT7Pro

By 

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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    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Didn't work

    By 

    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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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Really Bummed

    By 

    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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Surprising Tone and Power

      By 

      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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            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Buyer Beware - Sounds GREAT BUT....

            By 

            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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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            LOUD (technologies) = four letter word

            By 

            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.

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