In this interview from Bassplayer, Jared Followill is asked about his amp setup. He says, "I have my live sound pretty much dialed in, but when we get into the studio and the engineers bring out some sort of new rig, I get totally sucked into it. I basically try to get the crunchy sound I get with my live rig, an Ampeg SVT Classic with two 8x10 cabs."more
"Gotta roll with the Rick again. The 72 SVT and Emperor 8x10 Balances out the Hex rig. Warm fuzzy and gnarls grind without the Harsh. @aaronriese inspired and next will be the Rick O sound pickup split. Thanks brother for your experience and support. @hexcabs really breaking in very well." - Shriner about his setup, in which he also included his Rickenbacker again.more
Bass tech Robert “Bucky” Huck says that bassist Jay DeMarcus’ rig comprises an Avalon 737 through a Distressor EL8-X comp and an Ampeg SVT Classic through a Distressor EL8-X comp and a Palmer PDI-03 direct box. “It starts with three Shure UR4D dual wirelesses into an Amp Gizmo custom splitter I had them design with eight ins and four outs,” Huck says. “One out goes to the Ampeg side and one out goes to the Avalon side. I also have a second rig built in the rack for our pedal-steel player, Travis Toy. He plays bass when Jay is on keyboards. His rig is completely separate on the Avalon side, but they both share the Ampeg side with the use of a Tour Supply Amp Selector.”more
Steve Jones actually recorded most of the bass parts on Nevermind the Bollocks. Glen Matlock was the original bassist & is often credited with writing many of the songs, but he only recorded the bass part for "Anarchy in the UK." Sid Vicious only recorded bass for "Bodies." There's an interview with Ultimate Guitar where Steve Jones mentions using a Fender Precision and Ampeg amp, so it's pretty likely the Ampeg was an SVT. In this article from Premier Guitar, it states Sid Vicious was using an Ampeg SVT-CL since he was trying to emulate Dee Dee Ramone's rig. I'm assuming that Ampeg SVT was the same Ampeg that was used to record Nevermind the Bollocks.more
"For amplifiers, it depends on the room. I usually use Ampeg SVT. If it’s a big space I use heads and four cabinets. If it’s a small space, I usually use two heads anyways and two cabinets. I have the big SVT-215E Folded Horn bass cabinet and the big SVT-810E with 10-inch speakers in it."more
In this rig rundown (5:15) from premier guitar in 2013, Doyle says he has been using svt heads since his buddy suggested it a long time in The misfits, danzig and his solo project because "it has so much bottom in it", "I dont like mid range, I want The bottom and the High end, i wanna feel it" he's definitely not a marshall guy.more
Nick Avila, front-man and bass guitarist of video-game remix metal band PowerGlove, is briefly interviewed at the beginning of this video. He stands in front of his bass rig while talking to the camera man and in front of him is an Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head. The amp is in view from 0:06 - 0:12.more
I got it brand new in the box for half price. Was hoping to hold out to get the Heritage series one but this was too good of a deal to pass up. Has yet to disappoint and I doubt it ever will.
I've always stayed away from tube amps; Partly because of the price but also because of the hassle of tubes. I'm used to playing through a 1000 watt hybrid amp (LH1000) and the differences between the Hartke and this Ampeg were huge. The tone set flat is super, super low and full. Over-saturated with bass. For my personal taste of tone, I had to nearly dime out the Treble and turn the Bass down to around 3.
I picked up mine used from a Guitar Center in Austin. Price jumped down to $1000 and it was in nice condition, so I jumped on it and bought the 2 year warranty. I was playing a week long gig for a camp nearby and wanted to switch it out with my Fender Rumble 500 stack. When I got back to the camp, I plugged it into my Fender 410 V3 and got a good thirty minutes of playing it with before a power tube popped. I never got to use it at the camp gig. Guitar Center's warranty covers things you wouldn't think it would, but it does not cover vacuum tubes. Lame.
The weight is pretty hefty. I haven't looked yet to see how much exactly, but it's got to be close to 100 lbs. The size of this amp is pretty fat as well. Not super ideal when travelling across Texas and sharing a hatchback with your guitarist. We were barely able to fit it all in the car after some tetris exercises.
The volume is insane. Much louder than my 1000 Watt. I can see why people can play stadiums without a PA with one of these. I pushed the volume to 3 and it was blowing everyone out in practice. You couldn't hear the drums hardly, you could feel the air moving around you, and the volume was just way too much for where I was playing, which was about half the size of an arena.
This is my first tube amp. The tubes dying when they did put a bad taste in my mouth and due to that possible finickiness and the size/weight, I may not take it on the road much.
I have been playing bass for over 20 years and this is the first tube head I have ever owned. It was well worth the money. It has the great Ampeg tone. Very clear and punchy and you can get some good grit by diming the master volume and controlling the volume with the gain knob. It is not the old school SVT sound but it is definitely a great Ampeg tube tone. It has more power than you will ever need at 300 tube watts. The only negative I have for this head is the 80+ pounds that it weighs lol. More than happy with this head though.