Ampeg SVT-VR 300-Watt Vintage Reissue Tube Bass Head

300-watt Vintage Reissue All-tube Bass Amp Head
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Classic Ampeg Tube Tone!

Tubes, tubes, and more tubes! The new Ampeg SVT-VR is a vintage reissue of an early 1970s Blueline SVT head. The preamp stage, power section, and even rocker switches emulate the exact signal path, tone, and vibe of the original rock 'n' roll workhorse. Authentic from its input jack all the way to its six 6550 output tubes, the SVT-VR is a must-have for rockers seeking that in-your-face Ampeg bass tone.

Ampeg SVT-VR Features:
  • Tube preamp and power amp
  • 300 watts at 2 or 4 ohms
  • 2 discrete channels
  • Neutrik speakON and 1/4" output
  • 2 x 12AX7 and 1 x 12AU7 preamp tubes
  • 1 x 12AX7 and 2 x 12AU7 driver tubes
  • 6 x 6550 power amp tubes
  • Bass, mid, and treble tone controls
  • 3-position rocker switch for mid-tone control
  • Ultra-low and ultra-high boosts
  • Balanced line-out
Ampeg SVT-VR - the head by which all others are judged!

Additional Media

Bass Guitar Amp Buying Guide
SVT-VR 300-Watt Vintage Reissue Tube Bass Head User Manual
Musikmesse International Press Awards 2007
New in Stock at Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 300W
EQ 3-band (Channel 1), 2-band (Channel 2)
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7, 2 x 12AU7
Power Tubes 6 x 6550
Inputs 4 x Instrument, 1 x Power Amp
Outputs 1 x speakON, 2 x Speaker (1/4"), 1 x XLR, 1 x Preamp, 1 x Slave
Height 11.5"
Width 24"
Depth 12.75"
Weight 85 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2039928-00

Customer Reviews

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Amazing tube power, sound, and feel

Sounds amazing! My band plays blues rock with a bit of soul thrown in. This thing is super responsive to touch and can really get gritty but that being said has tons of headroom. We paired it with the Ampeg 6x10 and life is good! That low b string sings!
Music background: Drums, bass, professional audio engineer/live sound engineer

SVT-VR aka Beast

I have been playing for Ten plus years. I finally got a Pro Bass last year (pedulla) and have been playing through a Hartke Amp, I was very happy with the sound I was getting, because I didn't know any better. The SVT-VR is a BEAST! The sounds I get out of it are so clear I can hear faults in my playing I didnt even know were there.Its expensive and heavy as was stated before but so is anything that has this kind of quality.Looking forward to recording our next cd with it.

You ask if I like my new gear

So recently purchased an SVT VR from you guys and what I can tell you is that I don't like it, I absolutely LOVE it! Best amp I've ever owned and of course, you guys were top notch in service as usual. Thank you so very much.
Music background: Bass player for 10 years

Worth Every Penny

Apparently Ampeg has finally worked out the kinks that allegedly plagued the first few years of production with this amp, because mine is every bit the F1 car of bass heads I anticipated it to be. Purpose built for the unmistakable roar of nearly every classic rock backline, I have been surprised at how versatile this unit actually is. Working with the different inputs and channels (including bridging them) gives a huge array of tonal options, even with my trusty-if-not-boring P-bass. Not as loud as the SVT Classic in terms of pure decibel output, but the SVT-VR certainly has a more organic feel and way, way more overdrive. And it's certainly more than loud enough.Yes, it weighs a ton. Yes, it's expensive. And yes, it's going to cost half a paycheck to re-tube it. But plug into one of these through an 8x10 cab and watch your SVT4 start gathering dust. Big thanks to my sales engineer Mike Bonaldino for the advice and help on this purchase!
See also: Bass Amp Heads, Ampeg, Ampeg Bass Guitar Amp Heads