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The tube preamp section of the Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head re-creates the great bass tone that made the original SVT the most respected bass amp of all time. The power section is solid state with a tor... Read More

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The tube preamp section of the Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head re-creates the great bass tone that made the original SVT the most respected bass amp of all time. The power section is solid state with a toroidal transformer that generates less noise and magnetic interference. Delivers 450W @ 4 ohms and has an arsenal of tone-shaping tools: 3 bands of tone, a 5-position mid selector, 9-band graphic EQ, plus low and high boosts. Other pro features include input peak LED, input pad and bright switch, mute function, tuner out, variable line-out level, time-delayed turn on, DC-supplied filaments, and variable fan speed. 2U rackmount.

Features
  • Tube preamp section re-creates great bass tone of the original SVT
  • 450W @ 4 ohms
  • 3 bands of tone
  • 5-position mid selector
  • 9-band graphic EQ
  • Low and high boosts
  • Input peak LED
  • Input pad and bright switch
  • Mute function
  • Tuner out
  • Variable line-out level
  • Time-delayed turn on
  • DC-supplied filaments
  • Variable fan speed
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 19"W x 3-1/2"H x 15-1/2"D
  • Weight: 26 lbs.
  • RMS Power Output (8 Ohms): 275 À
  • RMS Power Output (4 Ohms): 450 À
  • RMS Power Output (2 Ohms): n/a À
  • Tone Controls: 3 band À
  • Mid Tone Control: 5 pos À
  • Graphic EQ: 9 band À
  • Ultralow/High Boosts: Yes À
  • Balanced Line Out: Yes (Transformer) À
  • Effects Loop: Yes À
  • Pre-amp Out/Power Amp In: Yes
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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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4.8

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5.0

Great with SVT-810 cab

By LISA VALENTICH

from Anaheim California

I purchased this bad boy along with the SVT-810 recently. Oh boy am I pleased. What can I say about this amp that hasn't already been reviewed? The tones you can get out of this are exceptional. It is extremely powerful and that's an understatement! It makes my Fender Jazz American Standard sound even better. I wish I had more to say, but like I said everything good about this amp has already been reviewed. Any Ampeg head will goo great with any Ampeg cab. My Svt-810 and this amp are soulmates. Together it shakes everything around you without a nasty distortion hiss. I really think I am going to stick with Ampeg the rest of my musical life. This is well worth the money, you are paying for Quality with Ampeg. Any serious bass player will do no wrong with this Amp. Powerful, sturdy.

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5.0

Ampeg has the tone

By ken talley

from Buena Vista, VA

Right out of the box, the tone was outstanding. I enjoy how quiet the amp is. I have it paired with my 410hlf cabinet. It is powerful and it gets loud for just 450 watts. In my opinion 5 tubes, 5 different mid range settings and a 9 band graphic eq (I use the in/out graphic switch for solo boost), not to forget gain, tube gain and master volume make it incredibly easy to dial in the exact sound, tone and volume. This amp is on the weightier side of things, however, in a 6 space rack with a power conditioner, tuner, effects, digital receiver and miscellaneous cords (speaker, patch,etc.) It is a nice neat bundle for intermediate venues. If you want to go larger you can connect as many slave units as needed or of course FOH. I now have a completely matched rig. Go ahead and make your day with this amp.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SVT 3 Pro Review

By Kinkaid

from Denver CO

I picked this up about 2 years ago so I've really had a chance to live with it and use it in many situations. It is definitely a superior piece of equipment. I also own and play through a 59 Fender Bassman 5o (Great tube sound but nowhere near the power of the svt), and a tuck and roll Kustom. The svt is by far my fav. I run it through an svt 4x10 up top and an svt1x15 underneath and get a great range of sound, fat, low bottoms, clear crisp highs, and plenty of punch in the middle. My biggest and really only complaint would be the occasional interception of radio signals. my fender tube dose this as well and i've experienced it in other tube amps. In practice situations any worrys of not cutting through are put right to bed, even during double bass drum blasts and obnoxious guitar players. This power makes it suitable for pretty much all gigs and for the larger ones(6-12 hundred people) it has a direct line out for the p.a. so no more little box to fool with. and on stage with the right speakers you will feel it, so monitors are not so important. Unless for what ever reason you need more power I would recommend this amp to any one. Their also tough as hell mine took a drop from the top of the stack when some sound guy decided it would be easer to just push the whole thing from the bottom I plugged it in and it started right up. So in summation. Great range of sound, plenty of power, Fat , clear, and crisp, lots of pro extras five stars.

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4.0

Great hybrid, if you don't get all-tube SVT

By Spazzmathsvt

from Washington, D.C. area

This head sounds good because it has a full 5 tube pre-amp. I especially like the fact that you can crank the "tube gain". This is a relatively warm and organic sound without a tube power amp/section. So if you don't want to get or buy (a more expensive) all tube SVT (or Orange, Hi-watt, or Fender), the Pro 3 really is not a bad option. But, all tube sound does (simply put) kill the Pro 3, can't really fake it. I do love the sharp, cutting mids and highs this amp produces regardless. The Pro 3 is really versatile tone-wise, the eq and range of this amp are really top notch. I use the Pro 3 as my back-up for my 70's SVT and have recorded with the Pro 3. I see a ton of these used by other players, and this amp sounds heads and shoulders better than any purely solid state head I've heard.

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5.0

Can't Go Wrong

By Kyle

from Kansas City, KS

I recently got this amp as an upgrade from my Ampeg BA115 combo because I kept getting drowned out in practice. It sounds incredible through my SVT 4x10 Classic cab with a Fender Jazz bass. The tube preamp gives it the warm rich tube tone that serious bass players are looking for and the 450W solid state power amp will make sure that no one will be able to drown you out. This thing is a beast! There is also an insane number of features so you can dial in the exact tone you are looking for to get the perfect sound for your situation and style. The graphic EQ allows you to shape the exact sound you want which I love. The possibilities with this amp are almost endless. You really can't go wrong with this amp for the money. Its a serious rig for those players that want great tone, power, and features but don't want to break the bank on an all tube SVT Classic. Ampeg is the only brand of bass amps I will ever buy again because their tone is unmatchable.

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5.0

Great bass head

By Cody Foster

from South Dakota

this is the best bass head i have ever used. it is great for just about any kind of music, especially rock and r&b. it has an amazing amount of thump to it and really just sounds great in general. well worth the money. can't go wrong with ampegs.

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4.0

Great amp but

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is really an awesome amp for any rock artist and even works great with jazz but just let me say that it cannot get a classic svt sound. In features I gave it a 4 because the mid selector is just that, only mids. It would be better if they had put in an overall frequency switch.

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5.0

The bass sound I've always wanted

By Dave from Hayward

from Hayward, Ca

I've had some decent amps in the past, including my original SVT from the early 70's, Sunn, Fender, and GK. I had been looking for a serious upgrade and was looking at the SVT4PRO and the Ampeg 810. But when I tried it out, even the guys that worked there had trouble getting it all hooked up right and then trying to get a good sound from it. I decided right then that it wasn't the head for me, because I'm not too great at playing with all the electronics and everything - I just want to hook up, make a few adjustments and then play away. So I went to the bigger store in San Jose and plugged into the SVT3PRO with the 610 cab. Without making any adjustments at all, it was the bass sound of my dreams and I joked with the sales guy, who plays bass, by the way, that I'd take it after just 5 or 6 notes played. We still tried out the Mark Bass amp that he said was just as good or better than Ampeg but with very light cabs. The Mark Bass sounded pretty good, but he had to fool around with the controls a lot and the cabs were ugly, with bright yellow logos that really turned me off. I know it's supposed to be just the sound, but I like equipment that doesn't stand out too much - only sounds killer. So I went back to the Ampeg setup and that was it. I read one of the other reviews where this guy said the 3PRO and the 610hlf was a match made in heaven, and I agree. The 3PRO has all the tone control of the 4PRO but with much less hassle to get that sound. The only advantage I see with the 4PRO is that you have the power to add cabs later, where with the 3PRO you're pretty much stuck with your first choice of cabs if you pick one like the 610hlf that takes 600w. But seriously, it is way more than enough for any small to medium show, and the larger shows almost always have huge PA to run through. I can't stop practicing now and the main thing I noticed right away was that every single note on my bass has that same great bassy tone, a consistent tone, instead of giving up a bit of tone if you play high on the neck or want to pound the low E - it's all very clear and bassy. It's like I sound twice as good on the same old lines I've been playing. By now you figure I work there or something, but I just wanted to get my opinion in and did I say I'm thrilled with my new amp? I even got a nice deal on it so get to it and don't buy before you try out this combo!

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5.0

FINALLY, Tone acheived!!!!

By B J.

from Green Bay, WI

I had been setting my sites on one of these for about a year, and finally got one! WOW!!!! It's a behemouth of power and tone!! I originally played SWR, but needed to upgrade. If you want the best, AMPEG IS IT!!! I play it with a Warwick Corvette through two SWR 4x10 and i noticed an immediate difference. My bandmates are exstatic about this purchase. It's very easy to set up and gives you a very good range of tone options, which with the 5 tone style choices, Bass, Mid, and Treble knobs, AND an EQ, and the ability to bring the EQ effect down or up! It's awesome!!!

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

-A Perfect Amp-

By Tjones

from Nashville, TN

I, like most bassists, have gotten to the point of upgrading from the mid-range equipment to the high end stuff. I purchased the Ampeg SVT 4x10 cab and have been looking to get rid of my weak Hartke 3500. I thought long and hard about getting an expensive SVT Classic but someone talked me into the SVT-3. Hands down, this amp is amazing. I swear this amp will blow down a house. I am battling "2" Mesa Triple Rectifiers and this amp pushes right through them. Simply amazing. The tone is great, my bank account isn't depleated and I couldn't be happier with this product. If you don't want to lug around an 8x10 cab but want raw low end power, the SVT-3 with the SVT 4x10 is the answer. I highly recommend it.

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