Dating an Ampeg V4

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  1. BassSurfer

    BassSurfer Supporting Member

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    Hey guys,

    Now before some of you MAY suggest or say, or scream, :D "there are tons of threads on this subject already, or check out that cool Ampeg V4 website" I was just wondering if some of you experts could somehow date/estimate this for me just by giving it a quick look.

    I just purchased this yesterday and it did obviously not arrive yet, but the seller has agreed in letting me use his pictures of the amp to post on here. I know I could just be patient and wait for the amp to arrive, but where is the fun in that?! :bag:

    Any other information would be greatly appreciated, and as always, any input or comments are more than welcome! Thanks!

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  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    My guess is 73 or 74, and wow, what a cherry looking head!
  3. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

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    72-75 is the best I can do. Looks minty fresh though. Those cap cans look like they could be original in the back there, try seeing if one of them has a date/date code on it.
  4. BassSurfer

    BassSurfer Supporting Member

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    Gentlemen, thank you very much. When it arrives here tomorrow or the day after, I will be able to do a full inspection on it. The thing is, I have always wanted one of these things and finally tracked one down. The anticipation is killing me! Funny, the two guys I was hoping for to comment, did!
  5. Alex1984

    Alex1984

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    Great condition, early 70s for sure.
  6. capncal

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    i've been dating my Ampeg SVT 200t for a few months now. she's great. no back talk and she unleashed plenty of thunder on my command. i say go for it! she may be a bit older, but them older dames sure know how to rock!
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    that's a beauty! congrats.
    my guess is a '71 or '72.
  8. PWV

    PWV Gold Supporting Member

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    Beat me to it! :D
  9. BassSurfer

    BassSurfer Supporting Member

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    Hahaha, you guys are great :p

    Thanks for all of the comments and clarifications guys!

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