Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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Ampeg's GVT15H guitar head delivers all-tube tone in a portable design with a vintage Ampeg '70s vibe. Premium 12AX7 and 6V6 tubes push out flexible American tone thanks to Ampeg's wide-bandwidth Baxandall EQ. With dual power modes (15W/7.5W) and features like smooth spring reverb you get straight up Ampeg guitar tone every time.

Before you take the stage, you go to great lengths to make sure everything is just right. And your tone is certainly no exception. The new all-tube Ampeg GVT guitar amps deliver the kind of great-sounding, flexible tone that working guitarists demand. With a variety of tones from clean to crunch, it's one less thing you need to worry about.

Features
  • Dual power modes: 15W/7.5W
  • 2 - 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • 2 - 6V6GT power tubes
  • Solid state rectifier
  • Baxandall treble, mid, bass tone controls
  • Footswitchable spring reverb and FX loop (with optional GVT-FS2 footswitch)
  • Speaker outputs: 1 x 16 ohm, 2 x 8 ohm and 2 x 4 ohm
Specifications
  • 18"W x 10"H x 10"D
  • 27 lb.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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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AmpegGVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ampeg GVT15H = Pure Tube Tone

I was looking for an amp that was under 25 watts, with a lot of headroom, spring reverb, and accurately represented what was going into it. This amp does exactly that. I...Read complete review

I was looking for an amp that was under 25 watts, with a lot of headroom, spring reverb, and accurately represented what was going into it. This amp does exactly that. I has great tube tone and definition while staying far away from fizz that plagues most modern tube amps. This amp justifies having many guitars because you'll hear the differences between them.

Live, I run the amp on the edge of breakup and use pedals to take it over the top. In studio situations, I'll skip the pedals and let the amp do the work. I has a fantastic classic character when cranked. The breakup/overdrive stays tight, not spongey. Also, this amp is plenty loud when cranked.

The Baxandall EQ is great too. If you read how it works and have a basic understanding of the principals behind it, you'll have no trouble dialing in your sound.

The spring reverb has a great character and is very useful. If you looking for a verb soaked surf tone this falls short. It could work, but a Reverb Deluxe would be a better choice.

I run this into a 2X12 with Vintage 30's.

I've owned this amp for 4 months now and I'm satisfied with my purchase.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for me

Had fairly high hopes but never did warm up to it. Actually, I found it brittle and not particularly warm. Best tones were on the 15 watt setting with all knobs maxed, which...Read complete review

Had fairly high hopes but never did warm up to it. Actually, I found it brittle and not particularly warm. Best tones were on the 15 watt setting with all knobs maxed, which was way too loud for my use.

Seemed rock solid.

Your mileage may vary.

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4.0

nicer for the price

By guitarman

from rhode island

About Me Experienced

Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

this is an addendum to my prior review. As I noted in my prior review my amp has an odd buzz that got louder when the reverb was increased. I switched the reverb pan wires and the buzz went away. Now the amp and the reverb sounds so much better. This was also noted as an issue by another reviewer otherwise I would never have thought to do this. strange but seems to be a potential issue with these amps. An easy fix if you have the problem but disconcerting that this would get through the factory this way. Now a great amp for the price

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

nice for the price

By guitarman

from rhode island

About Me Experienced

Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This review is based on 30 years playing experience during which I have owned numerous amps including those by gibson, fender, peavey, Sunn, Carvin, Kustom and others.
This is a very solidly built head with top notch components. The sound is different than the usual fare. Not as glassy as fender. very compressed sounding. It is clean until 2 or so on the volume dial at which time it begins to break up. The clean is a different sound and hard to describe. Leans towards marshall clean but a better sounding clean than I find most marshall amps have. reverb is usable but not as lush as others. there is some low level hum as the reverb is turned up. Otherwise the amp is dead quiet.
I own the 50 watt combo and the 5 watt head. The 15 watt head is my least favorite flavor but still a solid sounding amp
One note is that the bandaxial tone controls are different. The amp will not sound good if you just put the in the usual treb 1-2, bass 1-2 and mids 11. I found it best to turn them all up and then back down to best shape the tone. I ended up with the bass all the way up and the mids and treb at around 3 oclock
good value for the sale price I bought the amp at. I would recommend for someone looking for a nice clean sound that they can shape with pedals and effects which it does seem to respond nicely to

 
5.0

Tube sweetness

By SGguy

from Las Vegas, NV

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This amp has everything I was looking for in a smallish head.
1. Great tube amp warmth
2. Built in spring reverb (more on that)
3. An effects loop.
4. Fairly compact size (but bigger than most in its class)

Great sounding Tube amp with lots of head room. It sounds great at higher gain settings although it needs to get a bit too loud for my wife. Just get an attenuator.

Back to the spring reverb. When the amp arrived the reverb made a buzz hum that got louder as you turned it up. I was about to return the amp but was told by Ampeg to take it to a warranty approved repair company here in Las Vegas. Since I didn't have to ship it and still loved the amp, I took it in.

A couple of days later it was fixed and now sounds perfect. Apparently, the reverb unit was installed in reverse causing it to hum/buzz. A simple fix.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tube tone-just let it break in.

By Toomanyguitars

from Long Island,New York

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I bought this amp for 2 reasons-#1:I always wanted an Ampeg guitar amp(and it was on sale).#2:I wanted an amp for recording where I would not have to blast the volume to get a good drive tone;and oh boy does this deliver that in spades.One reviewer said that it sounded "brittle",and to be fair I was not overly impressed with this head at first,then I noticed every time I used it it it was sounding better and better and even louder in general-which tells me that it requires a short break in or "burn in" period after you buy it.I wish Ampeg would do more of this stuff at the factory,but whatever.After that I was very impressed with how GOOD this amp sounds with the gain turned up a little(or a lot).The EQ is a Baxandall circuit which is of a higher quality then most others in this price range-also impressive to me.The spring reverb sounds good(if you like spring reverb)it is not as subtle,as many "integrated" or digital varieties and can quickly get "surfy" and annoying.But when you turn the knob all the way to the left it's OFF.The 6V6 tubes are very punchy and percussive and sound good when you hit them with an overdrive pedal-not so much though with heavier gain pedals or "fuzz" pedals.Which means that you'll want to be getting your gain from the gain knob-which works so good you will be surprised.For that classic rock tone and crunch,this amp just cannot be beat.It is not a "metal" amplifier,and is not marketed as such.Being primarily a 6L6-EL34 amplifier owner I am used to more headroom,and getting all my gain sounds from my pedals-a clean platform so to speak,and build from there.That's not what this little 15 watt amp is about.This dog wants to hunt,and run on the beach,and catch frisbees etc...this amp wants you to turn up the gain knob and it says "look what I can do!!" That's what this amp is about.The 7.5 watt setting is perfect for bedroom level playing,but for recording I'm gonna let her rip at full power(which is just exactly what she wants to do)and rock out man.Will it keep up with a drummer?Eh,maybe not so much....Will it totally sound awesome for practicing and recording?Yeah it will.This amplifier "is what it is" and if you use it for what it's made for(classic rock crunch)you just can't go wrong.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not quite as advertised

By Pops

from Snohomish,wa

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Can't dial in heavy overdrive sound at low vol. Works best with boost pedal in front of amp. Reverb weak.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

for cleans, and effect boxes

By chimi

from massachusetts

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • CLEAN
  • Easy To Use
  • Effects loop
  • Flexible

Cons

  • heavy
  • Idle Noise

Best Uses

  • Country
  • Funk
  • Home Studio
  • Indie
  • Performances

Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I wanted a single channel amp for clean tones, with spring reverb and an effects loop. I also wanted a transformer with multiple ohm taps for different cabinets. this amp fits the bill, and while it is not perfect for everything it fits my needs nicely. I use a Hovercraft amp for dirty and a A/B box so I can have the performance of single channel wiring and have a channel switching effect.

This amp has a very flexible eq, and can go from a jazz clean tone to a medium gain blues tone. to get any real distortion, you have to crank the mids as they control a separate gain boost as well as a mid boost. it takes some getting used to the eq, and you are not going to get any of those high powered "scooped" mid tones. cabinet selection makes a big difference (i am using a weber 2x12 with british style blue and silver ceramic speakers, closed back)

reverb is good, but not as extreme as a bandmaster or Princeton. it takes pedals well. there is a little more noise than I would like at idle but it is not so loud as to be a deal breaker. also, the amp is very solid and well built, and thus heavy for its power rating. Sounds real good with a p-90 or filtertron style pickup.

 
5.0

Little Giant

By JmEddie

from Midwest

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Natural Crunch
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This line of Ampeg guitar amplifiers is fantastic, and lately prices have been astonishing! I own all three variants, the 15w and 50w combo, plust this 15w head version of the combo. It does have to be dialed up a bit to get the volume and tone, but it is plenty loud and has a wondeful natural sounding break-up. I am proud to have it next to my Marshall, Fender and Mesa amps. The only sad thing is, MF no longer has the 1-12" cabinets that go with this head. So that means you need to match to some other speaker. I bought this with two of the ampeg speaker cabinets, and it sounds great together.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not for me

    By NKBC

    from Treasure Coast, FL

    Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Had fairly high hopes but never did warm up to it. Actually, I found it brittle and not particularly warm. Best tones were on the 15 watt setting with all knobs maxed, which was way too loud for my use.

    Seemed rock solid.

    Your mileage may vary.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ampeg GVT15H = Pure Tube Tone

    By Normal Human

    from Chicago

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

    • None Yet

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I was looking for an amp that was under 25 watts, with a lot of headroom, spring reverb, and accurately represented what was going into it. This amp does exactly that. I has great tube tone and definition while staying far away from fizz that plagues most modern tube amps. This amp justifies having many guitars because you'll hear the differences between them.

    Live, I run the amp on the edge of breakup and use pedals to take it over the top. In studio situations, I'll skip the pedals and let the amp do the work. I has a fantastic classic character when cranked. The breakup/overdrive stays tight, not spongey. Also, this amp is plenty loud when cranked.

    The Baxandall EQ is great too. If you read how it works and have a basic understanding of the principals behind it, you'll have no trouble dialing in your sound.

    The spring reverb has a great character and is very useful. If you looking for a verb soaked surf tone this falls short. It could work, but a Reverb Deluxe would be a better choice.

    I run this into a 2X12 with Vintage 30's.

    I've owned this amp for 4 months now and I'm satisfied with my purchase.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Tone, But Bugs!

    By Daniel Dockery _ _

    from Fort Collins

    Comments about Ampeg GVT15H 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I love the tone. This Head has it's own thing going on for sure and it's cool. It has soom hints of Fender and Marshall in there and does the clean to slight break-up thing great with a Telecaster. Looks nice and is put together well. Mine came with Ruby power tubes and JJ preamps that sound great. Now, why I am taking mine back. When you turn up the Reverb it begins to buzz. The more reverb the more buzz. The volume pot is also very scratcy. I called Ampeg and before I could even finish telling them the problems they said take it back. They know about these issues and claim it was just some of the first run that have issues with the reverb tank and pots. They also claim they have taken care of the problems. I will get another for sure.

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