Ampeg GVT guitars amps - your thoughts.

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  1. SirJackdeFuzz

    SirJackdeFuzz Friend of Leo's

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    Need some amp advice please.

    We all know (and love) the older 70's Ampeg bass amps :twisted:
    I would love to have a V4 (for guitar) but they are not available on this side of the world.

    Does anyone have any experience with the much newer Apmeg GVT guitar amps. More spesifically, the 50watt model/unit ?

    Anyone here own one ? Tested one ? Know any one who own)ed one ?


    http://medias.audiofanzine.com/images/normal/ampeg-gvt52-112-290856.jpg


    For now, i can only go on YouTube clips.

    What do you think of this amp ?

    All info, much appreciated
     
  2. Del Pickup

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    I have the GVT 15 head and matching 1 x 12 cab and have been well impressed with it. I bought it about 3 years ago and it's never missed a beat (touch wood).

    People complain about different aspects of these amps - in particular the stock speaker and reverb not working - but I think the stock speaker sounds perfectly good and the reverb is everything I want from reverb - and much more useable on a gig than the reverb on my old DRRI which would clang around like mad if someone so much as moved on stage.

    The amp can give good Fender-ish cleans and head into Stones 70's era grind and works well with a variety of pedals.

    I would certainly recommend these amps to anyone.
     
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    I have two of them. The stock speaker sucks IMO. Swapped it out for a Cannabis Rex and some decent tubes and it has performed well for me. The thing with this amp is that it really isn't going to do much for you if you need real glassy clean sound. It is usually plenty loud but sometimes I need to cart both of them if I need cleaner sound. I use these amps almost exclusively. The real trick is to learn how to work the tone controls ... it took me a while to get used to it. All in all they are built like tanks ... the one that I use needs tubes it is obvious by the the sound. If you use it a lot you probably will need to retube it every 12 - 18 months. In my case it gets driven hard so I need to retube it more often. If you are looking for an amp for C&W or clean jazz I would liik elsewhere. I use it for R&B and classic rock. Once again the speaker change made a big difference in how the amp sounds. I hate those Celestion 70/80 speakers.
     
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    I got the 15 w combo version, I also dropped a CRex speaker in mine.
    At a recent recording session the engineer was very complimentary about the tones I was getting and especially being able to switch to half power.
    Great amps at a reasonable price.
     
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    the clips I've heard sound decent, but never tried or even seen one in person. the clips don;t sound like the old ones from what I can tell. How's the build quality?

    I own a '73 VT-22 which is just a beast. you don't want to have to move the thing. but it's a glorious tone!
     
  6. SirJackdeFuzz

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    Thank you all for your valuable input thus far.

    Here is my needs :

    50 watt all tube power = GREAT.

    Fender Twin Reverb glassy cleans - No Thanks - not even close.

    What i do want is an amp that can faithfully / authentically reproduce the gritty sounds of 70's underground hard rock.
    Something that, when you open it up, it almost want to explode.
    Kinda like a wide open 5E3, Neil Young style, but bigger sounding.

    I want to take that 70's ethos and bring it up to date - if that makes any sense.

    What i do not want is a cold sounding / treble'y-by-nature, amp.

    I will try and post some tone samples.
     
  7. Del Pickup

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    "Something that, when you open it up, it almost want to explode.
    Kinda like a wide open 5E3, Neil Young style, but bigger sounding."

    If that's what you're looking for then I don't think a GVT is what you're looking for. It can do grind but not that sort of grind. It's more Keith Richards grind - just beyond the edge of breakup if you know what I mean.
     
  8. halouis

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    The amps in your signature should cover what you want. Especially the Bassman. My '68 Bassman is a gnarly beast.

    You haven't mentioned if you want to use pedals too.

    You could get a tweed style pedal or one of those catalinbred ampeg style pedals. Would sound killer in from of the Bassman or the Orange.
     
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    I had the GVT52. The "clean" channel can nail 70's rock tones with the gain up and the mids boosted. Good faces style crunch. Lead channel is a little fizzy, so I kept it at lower gain settings.
     
  10. SirJackdeFuzz

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    Thanks bluescube

    Great to know about those 70's Rock tones - very good starting point.



    With your experience, do you think (with the right speaker) the amp can get the sound of 0m40sec ?

    I want to take the 70's tone and make it ''more so''.

    Also see 1m10sec about the description of the music.

    Does the amp have a decent (((LOW))) end ?
    I do not want a tight bottom end.
     
  11. SirJackdeFuzz

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    Thanks halouis

    Yes the Bassman is great, but it is also 'old' and i do not want to push it too hard on a regular basis.
    And my other amps sound too modern.

    I know for a fact the (now discontinued) Orange Retro 50 can get the sound i am so desperately looking for, but i NEVER could afford one.
    Even less so now :cry:





    . . . see 4m10sec :twisted:

    Sadly, my Orange can NOT get that sound.
    The Thunderverb is too tight and modern sounding.

    But this is the tone i am going for.
    Maybe with a some more low end added.
     
  12. halouis

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    The retro50 is a sweet amp. I've seen 2 players using it live before.

    As far as the bassman goes... If it's been serviced properly, I'd not hesitate to take it on the road. Very robust piece of gear. But that's just me.
     
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    I have the GVT15H head which was demo'd in the previous post. I am still in the honeymoon phase, but I am really digging mine. Awesome clean tones and I love the Baxandall tone stack. Since it is single channel I am using pedals for dirt and distortion, so I can't give any opinions on the combos. However, it takes pedals just fine and is very quiet with single coils. Built like a tank with big iron and a plywood cab to boot. The reverb is more than adequate. I play mine through a 212 cab with a Vintage 30 and a WGS Retro 30 and it is very punchy and seems to compress some. What's not to like about a 6L6/6V6 amp?
     
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    If you've already got some nice tube amps, you might seriously consider the Catalin Bread SFT. I've been pretty impressed with the videos I've seen on it--

     
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    Thanks for posting . . . the SFT is very CRUNCHY indeed ;)
     
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    I'm an Ampeg fanboy. My main amp is a '68 Gemini V.

    I was really excited when these first came out. When I finally played one, I hated the way they sounded. But, even worse. I hated how cheap they are.

    The bottom line is, Loud Technologies sucks. They have ruined Ampeg and Mackie. It's too bad.

    (Seconding the SFT. It's my main OD pedal. Yes I use it with the Gemini.)
     
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    Bassman, the right Big Muff, the right cabinet(s) should get you most of the way to where you want to go. Lots of different ways to skin a cat as far as the stoner-desert rock sounds go but IMO with the Bassman you've got a lot of options with pedals to get a good thick sound.
     
  20. SirJackdeFuzz

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    Thanks lowbassnotes.
     
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