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      Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head (487836)
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It's the original all-tube monster bass amp, the classic of classics!

The reissue Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head brings back in all its glory a classic big stage amp that was the choice of players in the '60s. There's no question that the SVT-CL delivers 300W (to either 2 or 4 ohms). Its tube array includes 2 - 12AX7s in the preamp, 2 - 12AU7s and a 12AX7 for drivers, and six - 6550s for power. Controls include 3 bands of tone, a 5-way mid selector, plus ultralow and high boosts. Other pro features on the Ampeg SVT-CL Bass Head include normal and padded inputs, tube protection circuitry, auto-fault mode, fan cooling, slave output jack, 4/2-ohm selector, user biasing controls, and 3-position AC polarity switch. 24"W x 11-1/2"H x 13"D. 80 lb.

Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head Features:

  • 300W tube power
    3-band tone/five-way mid selector/low and high boosts
    Normal and padded inputs
    Tube protection circuitry
    Fan cooled
    Slave output




Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head

On May 1st, 2009, the Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg websites will be updated with the addition of warranty URLs (e.g. www.mackie.com/warranty) expressing new A Stock warranty terms. These warranty URLs will go live on May 1st, 2009. Formerly, warranty periods for these LOUD brands appeared in a variety of locations – in product manuals (for Mackie and TAPCO) and on warranty cards and hang tags (for Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg). In order to streamline and clarify this process, Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg warranty periods and terms will be communicated in full on the warranty pages. Any LOUD products purchased prior to May 1st will bear with them the manufacturer’s warranty as predates the new policy. Moving through this transition, in order for customers to obtain warranty service, both the sales receipt and a physical copy of the (older) warranty statement will be required by our Service and Support departments in order to issue Service Requests, etc. If the product was purchased on or after May 1st, 2009, but a physical copy of the older warranty terms is not presented, the new warranty terms and periods will apply. Meanwhile, the products that bear with them the new warranty periods (as reflected in the box contents of each product) are being tracked by serial #, and contain new warranty content referring customers to the appropriate brand website. The information below reflects the product warranty periods that will be effective on May 1st, 2009 for the Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg brands: Mackie: A 3-year, nontransferable, inclusive warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable, inclusive warranty on drivers (where applicable) apply to loudspeakers (active and passive), power amps, powered mixers, and HR studio monitors. Specific models under this warranty include all SRM, HD, SA, C and S Series Speakers, all FRS Amplifiers, all HRmk2 Studio Monitors. A 1-year, all inclusive, nontransferable warranty applies to all mixers, MR Studio Monitors, Control Surfaces, Processors (digital), MR Studio Monitors, Control Surfaces, Audio/MIDI Interfaces, other SR & Recording Products. Specific product models under this warranty include all Onyx Compact, 4-bus and 8-bus, all VLZ3, all PPM, all ProFX, all CFXmk2 Mixers, all MR Studio Monitors, Big Knob, Onyx 800R, all MCU Pro family. Tapco: A 1-year, all inclusive, nontransferable warranty applies to all products and all models. Crate: A 1-year, nontransferable warranty applies to electronics and speakers on all models of MI amps, cabinets, and combos. 90-day warranty on all tubes Blackheart: A 1-year, nontransferable warranty applies to electronics and speakers on all models of MI amps, cabinets, and combos. 90-day warranty on tubes. Ampeg: A 5-year, nontransferable warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable warranty on speakers apply to all SVT Classic and Pro Series, MI amps and cabinets. A 2-year, nontransferable warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable warranty on speakers apply to all B Series, all Diamond Blue, and all BA combo amps. 90-day warranty on tubes.

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  • Warm, powerful, versatile

    As reviewed by Josh on 6/30/2009

    You'll find in reviews around the web that there's a general consensus with bass players and this amp. "It has 1 sound which it does very well". I've come to disagree having owned this amp with an ampeg 410-HLF classic for 6 months now. This amp would have a shallow tone range *if* it weren't for the Ultra high and Ultra low settings. Those are the two white buttons you can see in the picture. Example: Let's say you want a jazz/funk setting so you do Gain: 8 bass: 5 midrange:8 treble: 6. You play a riff but something is still missing...so you hit the Ultra high button, switch to the bridge pickup, and slap a few notes. It becomes funk. If your more into rock tones then you can back off the high end and hit the ultra low button and your good to go. One thing to keep in mind is *THESE AREN"T AMERICAN-MADE ANYMORE* Still it?s an incredible amp, but this might be a deterant for some. Also, if you have a 5 string the low B gets kinda muddy. This can be fixed with a compressor or a BBE sonic maximizer pedal which is a must have for any bass player who gigs regularly or plays in a room with poor bass freq acoustics IMO. Lastly, if you buy an Ampeg bass head, pair it with a ampeg cabinent (if you got the $$). They are made to sound good together. This amp pairs incredibly well with an American P-bass, Rickenbacker 4003, or Stingray.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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  • Unbelieveable sound, crystal clear highs and roaring lows!!

    As reviewed by Jacob locke on 9/10/2009

    I received this head as a gift for my 15th birthday a few months ago. I plugged in my bass and I was amazed by the clarity at such high volumes and how the highs cut through the band and how the lows gave a wicked bottom end that the whole band could ride on. I especially liked the high and low boost switches which came in handy. They could provide extra highs for slapping, and lows for more bottom end. I am running this head through an Ampeg 610HLF cab and am VERY pleased with the reliability and sound of the head.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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  • It's a classic for a reason

    As reviewed by Hunter on 12/17/2010

    I bought this used from my local guitar center and it is definitely a great buy. I play genre's stupidly deemed, "Metalcore," or "Hardcore," or whatever and when paired with a sansamp bass driver pedal you can get that really round but controlled rattly tone most bands like that get, even in tunings like drop C. I outpower my band with the master vol. at 2 when combined with my 8x10 cab so volume isn't an issue. it isn't very versatile but it definitely doesn't need to be, and the high end and low end boosts (white buttons ) make a huge difference. Definitely get this if you can

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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