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The big stage amp of choice in the '60s is brought back in the Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head with 300W (to either 2 or 4 ohms). Tube array includes 2 - 12AX7s in the preamp, 2 - 12AU7s and a 12AX7 fo... Click To Read More About This Product

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The big stage amp of choice in the '60s is brought back in the Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head with 300W (to either 2 or 4 ohms). Tube array includes 2 - 12AX7s in the preamp, 2 - 12AU7s and a 12AX7 for drivers, and 6 - 6550s for power. Controls include 3 bands of tone, 5-way mid selector, plus ultralow and high boosts. 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.

Features
  • 300W tube power
  • Three-band tone/five-way mid selector/low and high boosts
  • Normal and padded inputs
  • Tube protection circuitry
  • Fan cooled
  • Slave output
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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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AmpegSVT-CL Classic Bass Head
 
4.7

(based on 61 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ampeg SVT CL delivers wicked crisp low end

If you are in the market for a top-of-the-line bass rig than you shouldn't look any further without trying out the Ampeg SVT-CL. The clarity at high volumes (given that the speaker cabinet is...Read complete review

If you are in the market for a top-of-the-line bass rig than you shouldn't look any further without trying out the Ampeg SVT-CL. The clarity at high volumes (given that the speaker cabinet is quality) will make the little hairs stand up all over your neck. It seems these days that the tube driven bass amp is a dying breed and it may be the weight of the amp (this one runs nearly 80 lbs) or the fear of maintenance costs including tube replacement. Either way, I'm not convinced to trade in my Ampeg. There is plenty of head room with this amp as well; in the band we've got three guitars, one of which is a vintage Vox 30 watt that really cuts through the mix, and I've yet to have to turn the volume past 3! There are tone knobs for bass, mid and treble, so there aren't a lot of effects built in, but if it's your bass you want to hear, you'll get wicked crisp, pure tone with this amp!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No Luck with the Ampeg SVT CL

Waited 4 months to recieve the Ampeg SVT CL. Looked forward to matching it up with a new 810E cabinet. After proper warm up on day one the Amp preformed well, however on...Read complete review

Waited 4 months to recieve the Ampeg SVT CL. Looked forward to matching it up with a new 810E cabinet. After proper warm up on day one the Amp preformed well, however on day 2, a far different story! The power switch warms the Amp up in a standby mode, the accompanied standby switch then allows the Amp up to play. When taking the Amp out of standby, I'd get a loud almost feedback type hum. I went right to the troubleshooting section of the manual and ran a check to make sure everything was hooked up properly... I got the rig to play again, however I wasn't convinced the Amp was now working properly. Day 3 same story, an annoying hum, so I brought it back to GC. The positive here is that Guitar Center checked it out and acknowledged there was a big time problem with the Amp, giving me a bunch of options on its replacement. In this case 5 stars to GC. I'm a little concerned with Ampeg quality and at this point I don't think I'll order another SVT CL to replace it. Hopefully for Ampeg this was just an isolated incident.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BOOM!!

By Taylor

from Ny

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    Just an amazing amp, clean, clear, you don't just listen to this amp, you feel it. Hands down this is the best sounding amp I've ever played on. Q. The amp sounds great live but how about recorded? I went direct an through a mic (C414), all that warmth shows up on the recording. My advice, save up your nickels and eat your Wheaties (the beast is heavy) treat yourself right an get yourself one.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best for a reason

    By Hellraiser

    from Ontario, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Expensive Maintenance
    • heavy

    Best Uses

    • Causing Earthquakes
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    I never knew how great these things were until I got to use one at my bands last rehearsal. This is the best amp I've ever heard or played through, and now I understand what all the praise for it is about. This thing is LOUD, but also the clearest I've ever heard my bass sound, even while playing a 5 string tuned to drop A with distortion, while also competing with two ENGL half stacks (guitarists). I bought a Hartke Kilo a while back, and for about the same price I could have gotten one of these used. Wish I did that instead. This thing sounded great right from the get go, hardly any tweaking or knob turning needed. Even people walking by our rehearsal room through the hallway were commenting afterwards on how clear my bass sounded from outside the door!!

    Now a couple major setbacks, this thing is very heavy and also very expensive to maintain. There are usually alot of them used for great prices, however, the cost of new tubes when the time comes can be an issue.

    Either way, despite being pretty pricy brand new, I think you will quickly put that behind you once you hear this thing in action.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great tone, HUGE weight

    By Bradley Burchette

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    This thing is a pain to lug around but it's worth it. Before you take it anywhere, get an ATA (safecase) case for it. I've had this thing take 5 foot falls before and it would have been a goner without the case. Although they are all made in China now, I am one of the lucky ones who got a USA model right before they stopped making them here. Now to talk about tone. This amp is incredibly warm and punchy. Depending on what cab you have it running into can also make a huge difference. I currently run it through an svt410hlf and the sound is huge. I started off running it through an 810 swr goliath and it gave me a super warm sound. The low end is almost overbearing with the low boost on. I tend to keep the high boost on and the low boost off. Once I find my sound (which is pretty easy) I just leave it and make smaller adjustments with my SansAmp and compressor. If you have the money, buy it. There's a reason professional bassists use it all around the world. I would suggest buying a used American SVT-CL. Look hard and you can find a good deal.

    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Tone Available Bar None

    By hommytoffman-Jdim1

    from Iowa

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    Let's get one thing straight, this is the tone you're looking for. Every recording you love, every live band that blew you away, this is the tone they had or were trying to emulate. There isn't any higher to go, this is the last amp you will buy. I want to issue a couple warnings though. First off, this thing is HEAVY. Start doing curls and push ups after you order, you're gonna need it. Second, be prepared to replace your tubes. My power tubes went out in the first year, right around 150 hours. It's difficult to blame anybody, sometimes they're just bad. I got away with replacing them for about $160. Third, pair it with an 8x10 and don't skimp on your cable. It'll pay you back in the long run. Finally, understand the changes you're making going to an all tube amp. It will be worth it but it requires some extra care and consideration when using and transporting. If you're just a hobbyist or play small venues, this amp is too much for 95% of you. It's huge and loud. But it is the best amp on the market, end of story.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's a classic for a reason

    By Hunter

    from Bakersfield California

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    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

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Upgrade

    By Jimmy Two Fingers

    from Midwest

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    There is no substitute for tube sound. Period. I have used many high-end solid state heads and tube preamps to power an 80's model Ampeg 8x10 cabinet over the years but my sound was always been lacking a certain something. I finally found what it was lacking with the SVT-CL.Tube compression and depth is where its at. No solid state amp will ever come close, ever. I used to fidget with a 31-band eq, compressor, etc looking for that sound so easily found just turning on the CL. They now have found a home in the junk box, I dont need them anymore.I play weekly in different venues, and it takes me about a minute to dial in the sound I want based on the easy controls; the mid switch makes it so easy... bottom end is tight and slapping sounds awesome. D.I. box, dont need it anymore either, I plug direct into the head and just smile. Its so easy to get a great tone from this monster. I jump from an 80's model fretted P-Bass with active P-J electronics to a Fretless Jaco Jazz during the sets and they both sound great.This amp just rocks. Funk, Country, Rock, it does it all with more headroom than I will ever need. Turn up the preamp and it growls sooo good. Best piece of equipment I have bought in 20 some years. It will be the last amp I ever buy. Pricey, but I'd be throwing my money away if I bought anything else. Its worth the money if you are serious about having a great bass tone.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    It's not the VR

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    I have played both the SVT CL and the SVT VR thru an SVT 8x10 cab and there is a big difference sonically. The "vintage" tone pumped out by the SVT-VR is something the SVT-CL comes close but does not deliver. The price point on both of these amps suck unfortunately, so my advice would be to shop for either of them used. SVT-CL is a good amp don't get me wrong, I just think it's priced rather high for what you get. If you're about to spend that much on an amp, save a little more and get an SVT-VR or get a real vintage 69 to early '70's SVT

    (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    No Luck with the Ampeg SVT CL

    By Ken Veary

    from Massachusetts

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    Waited 4 months to recieve the Ampeg SVT CL. Looked forward to matching it up with a new 810E cabinet. After proper warm up on day one the Amp preformed well, however on day 2, a far different story! The power switch warms the Amp up in a standby mode, the accompanied standby switch then allows the Amp up to play. When taking the Amp out of standby, I'd get a loud almost feedback type hum. I went right to the troubleshooting section of the manual and ran a check to make sure everything was hooked up properly... I got the rig to play again, however I wasn't convinced the Amp was now working properly. Day 3 same story, an annoying hum, so I brought it back to GC. The positive here is that Guitar Center checked it out and acknowledged there was a big time problem with the Amp, giving me a bunch of options on its replacement. In this case 5 stars to GC. I'm a little concerned with Ampeg quality and at this point I don't think I'll order another SVT CL to replace it. Hopefully for Ampeg this was just an isolated incident.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    amazing amp, a great buy!

    By Hate it!

    from Canada

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    I just got this amp (used) and i must say, it IS the perfect amp/cab. I got it home and a literally smile ear to ear when i hear the tone it creates. Its so warm, and bassy, yet so punchy and clear, its amazing. I've been trying to find this tone for a long time, and now i finally have it.and if you don't like the weight, just picture everytime you move it as a workout :P

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No regrets. Worth the cash

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ampeg SVT-CL Classic Bass Head:

    I spent 5 months saving up for this head as well as the ampeg 8X10 cab. I got it home dailed it in and hit one note on my fender bass and the entire house rattled and the master was on 3!. The tone is so warm rich and clear and it makes my presence on stage far more heard. I loved ampegs when I played them at music stores and most of my favorite bassists use ampeg. But after owning this rig, Im set for life as far as choice of amplification goes.

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