Which Ampeg??

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Deadsleeper, Dec 10, 2013.


  1. Deadsleeper

    Deadsleeper

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    Hello fellow bass players. First post by a new member. I'm looking for help deciding between an Ampeg SVT 3PRO or an Ampeg SVT 4PRO. I need enough power to keep up in a metal band with two guitar players both playing through all tube 100 watt full stacks and a loud drummer. Any advise regarding which hybrid Ampeg would best suit my needs would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

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    Between the two choices I would say pro4. PLENTY of power there. I had an 3pro and found it loud enough for punk, but some have said it falls short for them...I don't see how.
  3. BruceBass3901

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    First, welcome to Talkbass! :)

    What amp and cab(s) are you playing through at the moment? Will PA support always be available for you?

    I am not an Ampeg owner / fan so can't help there but can try and help you overall!
  4. DRafalske

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    What cab(s) are you going to be using?
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  6. Deadsleeper

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    Currently running an Ampeg SVT Classic into an Ampeg 8x10 Classic cab. I was planning on keeping on keeping the cab.I like the tone of the head but don't like the weight or dealing with power tubes.
  7. eyeballkid

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    The 4pro isn't much lighter once it's racked...
  8. Deadsleeper

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    Gonna use a rack case on wheels. Forgot to say, yes, pa direct always available where I play.
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  10. eyeballkid

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    I say keep the tube amp, and add a second 810.
  12. Spent

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    I had an svt 3 pro and found it to be under powered and over weight. I like my PF500 much better and it was a lot less in terms of cost and weight. It's my rehearsal rig, so I never gigged with it.
  13. Deadsleeper

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    Cool. Thanks everyone.
  14. sincity

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    The SVT 3 Pro has great tone, but for your purposes I would go with the 4 Pro if that is the only option you are looking at with your style of music.

    The 4 Pro has the wattage you need, but it is not a light weight. Of course, you are moving an 8x10 cab around so weight is probably not an issue for you.

    For brute force power, I would suggest the GK 1001RBII head with The 21 VT pedal in front.
  15. johnpbass

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    How about I throw a 7PRO into the equation? Gobs of power, light, and according to many players, it sounds closest to tubes of all the hybrid PRO series.
  16. Basshappi

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    THIS
  17. tooley

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    I find it very hard to believe that your having power trouble using a svt cl through an 8x10. May I ask how you set your tone? Do you scoop the mids by any chance?
  18. eyeballkid

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    I don't think he's complaining of not enough power, just that whatever he gets has to keep up too.
  19. senp5f

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    I might suggest a GK 2001RB. I know this thread is about Ampeg, but for solid state rock amps with lots power I think GK is a pretty competitive choice. Personally I think ampeg's strength is in amps like the one he's moving away from.
  20. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

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    Go with the 4 Pro. You will have plenty of power (if set up right with Bridged Mode Speaker Cable), more flexible (with 2 amplifiers inside), and heavy enough internally to last a lifetime. Dont buy into the light weight crap. It is not built to last. The 40 pound 4 Pro I can handle with one hand. It goes everywhere with me.
  21. iamdenialNJ

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    +1 to adding another 810

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