Ampeg came into existence in 1949 with the goal of creating distinct products for bassists worldwide. With a plethora of unique performance capabilities and features, Ampeg quickly became a revered name in the music world, and they continue to leave their mark on the history of the bass guitar, allowing musicians to seriously rattle the walls every time they step on the stage.
Arguably Ampeg’s greatest contribution to bass guitar amplification was born in 1969, when designers Bill Hughes and Roger Cox, along with Bob Rufkahr and Dan Armstrong set to work with a simple goal in mind: to create “the biggest, nastiest bass amplifier the world had ever seen.” Most amps at this time were 50-watts and considered more than capable for large venues, but Ampeg wanted this new design to truly stand out, and they quickly developed what would become the 300-watt SVT, or Super Vacuum Tube. This massive, all-tube powerhouse was so loud that it actually came with a warning label which read: ""This amp is capable of delivering sound pressure levels that may cause permanent hearing damage."" This warning was enough to catch the attention of the Rolling Stones, and during the American leg of their infamous ’69 world tour, the Stones were plugged into these behemoths. Do you want to hear the sound of a legend roaring to life? Look no further than the Stones live record Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out, cut while the band was using the SVT prototype heads.
Over the years Ampeg has continued to refine their amps, producing combos, heads and cabinets for use on the stage and in the studio. Whether you’re looking for the American tone provided by the GVT series, the classic styling of the Heritage series, or the road ready, massive low end of the Pro Neo series, there is an Ampeg that is ready to serve you.
Ampeg is the company bassists trust to ensure they stand out on stage. Looking at the roster of artists who plug into Ampeg gear is like reading a who’s who list of bassists throughout popular music. Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Gene Simmons of KISS, Este Haim of HAIM, Owen Biddle of the Roots, Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 and more help make Ampeg amps the most respected brand in the world for bassists who love it loud.