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Anyone here used an Ampeg SVT Classic for guitar?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Cosmic Cowboy, Apr 23, 2021.

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  1. Cosmic Cowboy

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    Was at a jam session yesterday in my buddie's garage. He is a few years older than me and was a big player in the Tex-Mex circuit around the southwest. He had an SVT classic 300w head in the corner.

    I said "wow and old Ampeg. You play bass too?"

    "Nope", he said. "I toured that thing as a guitar player for about 10 years."

    I had never seen a guitar player using one before and asked if it was loud. He laughed and said he's basically deaf because of that fire-breathing beast.

    Has anyone else tried an SVT for guitar?
     
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    Nope, but Fender Bassman head or combo is a pretty well regarded guitar amp through a reasonable set of speakers.

    I wouldn't be surprised if you could make an SVT work.

    When we used to get in the van and tour back in the day, the guitarist and I shared a backup amp- my Silverface Fender Bassman head. If his amp munged, we had the bassman, if my GK head got weird, we had the bassman. Some nights, one of us would just use it to make sure it was still good to go.

    Sounded great guitar or bass.
     
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    I haven't done that, but I know Doyle, the ex-Misfits guitarist does. But his tone and playing are god awful, I don't know that thats the amp's fault though.
     
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    A dude I know ran one in mono with the 8x10 and some other speakers as a PA for vox in a pinch for a show we were doing once. It actually sounds better than most PA's. Rich, deep, powerful. What do you expect, an SVT is probably one of the greatest pieces of musical gear ever turned out.
     
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    Ampeg V4 think SVT..weight about 1000 lbs lol.
    Think kt88
    into ampeg 4x10 bottom...great times
     
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    The Rolling Stones did a couple of US tours where the entire backline, guitars and bass, were SVTs.
     
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    A lot of those beautiful Stones edge/overdriven tones are ungodly loud Ampegs, right? Maybe even SVTs if memory serves.
     
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    I played with a guitar player in the 70's that played through an Ampeg SVT and two V4 cabinets. It was awesome, but waaaay too loud.
     
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    Ampeg could not build them fast enough for the Stones/Tours and I think the Dead lent ( rented) them some big Fenders to them...

    Our bass player back in the '90's used an SVT with a 1X15" JBL cab
    That head is 90 lbs.

    Now he uses a 2X10" ( vertical speaker mount) Ampeg combo with telescopic handle and built in wheels, like a big suitcase!
     
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    I used an SVT head for bass back when I was playing bass for a few years.

    Imagine an original SVT in an Anvil road case. Now imagine trying to lift it. Lucky for me we had a road crew, so the only thing I had to lift was my bass when I got on stage. :D

    I didn't use the original SVT cab with it, though. Ampeg used to make a guitar cabinet called a G-60. Same idea as the SVT cab - deep reflex cabinet, only with 6 10" speakers instead of 8. I could fit that one in the back seat of my Mustang if I had to.

    [​IMG]

    (That one's not the one I had. I had just boring old black Tolex.)

    - D
     
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    I think I just read that the lead for Reelin in the Years was a strat, straight into an SVT.
     
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    Big Sugar = God Like Tone = Gibson + Garnet Herzog + Ampeg SVT + Marshall/Traynor 4x10"
     
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    Yes Elliot Randall play ed through an SVT and reeling in years
     
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    Which reminds me of the rare 9x10 cabinet ampeg made back in the day to pair with the SVT. Didn't believe it until I saw one in person.
     
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    That's the cabinet for the Ampeg V9.

    Jucifer has a couple of those:

    [​IMG]
     
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    I got to experience Gordie's SVT attack at Vanier Hall in Prince George, BC about 20 years ago.
    Unforgettable!
     
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    I've seen Gordie a few times, but my favourite was leaving O'Brian's and listening at Flint through three or four brick walls a few doors down the street. It was still loud and still had punch and clarity. Dragster loud
     
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    I use something similar.:cool:
     
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    They are great guitar amps, if tons of clean headroom (which you might or might not want to alter with dirt boxes) is your thing. And with the older models with rocker switches, you get top-notch e.q. control, not available on most guitar amps, especially at the time.

    Ampeg made a Guitar version, with reverb, and a 9-speaker cabinet, in the '70s. The Stones played through them (in the mid to late '70s, I believe).

    The famous Steely Dan solo on "Reelin' in the Years" was played through an SVT.

    Bottom line, IMO, they can easily be better guitar amps than most guitar amps are. That said, considering the V-4 the greatest sounding guitar amp of all time, and having been brought up with one in the house (and still owning it), I am biased.
     
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