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"You're going to amplify this crap?!?!?!" -Triumph the insult comic dog
I got mine refurbished with all new glass for a steal. I wasn't necessarily committed to an Ampeg for my first tube head, but I dig this kool-aid everyone has been drinking. I get it. It gets me. Does anything and everything well. It likes for you to really lean into your playing, and rewards you richly for it. It amplifies with feeling. I've never had a problem with it, if it ever cratered I would buy another immediately.
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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.
Great tone, Enough power to rock a stadium!
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.