vt bass or zoom B3?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by guylewis, Feb 21, 2014.


  1. guylewis

    guylewis

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    Apologies if this has already been asked.

    Based purely on Ampeg SVT sounds, which is the most authentic sounding?

    B3 or VT Bass?
  2. johnbegone

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    Those are radically different pedals. If all you want is an Ampeg emulator I would encourage you to look at the VT, SFT, Flipster, and the Swell B-Peg.

    If you want a multi effect anyway, the B3 can't be beat and has pretty good modeling as well.
  3. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

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    I've had both and IMO, the Zoom B3 nails the Ampeg sound is is the better value.
  4. AlexBassMP

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    As johnbegone says , they are two different pedals.

    I have a Zoom MS60B which has the same B3's SVT emulation... It sounds good.. I don't know how close VT bass is...
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  6. CharlieC

    CharlieC Supporting Member

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    I have the VT Bass, Zoom B3, and Zoom MS-60B

    IMHO, the MS-60B will get you there for under $100 and in a single-pedal form factor, with dozens of other effect models and a tuner included.

    Cheers!
  7. Swift713

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    I've never played through an actual Ampeg so I don't know which is "closer" to the real deal but here goes.

    I had the VT briefly, I couldn't get much that I liked out if it. I probably didn't give it enough time.

    I had the SFT for a while and I really liked it. It took a little while to find the sound I liked but then I really liked it a lot. It has that touch response.

    I still have the B3 because it pretty much gets the sound I liked from the SFT plus a whole lot more. My main goto sound is the fliptop model (which doesn't break up) and I use a separate overdrive pedal for dirt. However, the SVT model is quite nice and Ive used that quite a bit as well.
  8. guylewis

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    Thanks everyone - food for thought.
  9. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

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    When considering between the 60B or the B3 .. think of the B3 as 3 60Bs bolted together in one box.. with a bit more features..
  10. oldcatfish

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    I have an MS60b and a VT. I also have played through Ampeg amps. The VT is closer. But, if you could only have one, get the MS60b. It gets fairly close and has a ton of other useful sounds, plus a decent tuner.
  11. Rocksolid

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    I have a VT bass deluxe, B3, and MS-60B. Love all 3. Based on just getting the Ampeg sound, I think the VT gets there easier and better. However, the B3 is so much more.. my fave set up currently is VT bass deluxe, with the MS-60B in the effects loop. You seriously don't need anything else.

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