Ampeg bass tone songs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by A_E_A, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Hey I was just wondering what songs people think show off the ampeg tube tone. Even what model the recordings represent or what was used if known..
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Beck's "Sea Change" album was almost entirely done on a B-15R with a P and a Guild Starfire. KISS' live albums have some pretty massive SVT tone even if you don't like the music. The problem with trying to narrow that sound down on records, though, is a lot of people still used DI and blended it with mic'ed amp even if they used an amp.
  3. im just trying to get an idea of what is consdered the ampeg tone.
    ive never really listened to different bass players tones ive always just found what was right for my sound and the bands ive been working with.
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Well bassists will always sound like themselves no matter what equipment they use, so there's not what I'd call a "typical" Ampeg sound.
  5. "Light up the Sky" from Van Halen II

    Might want put on the headphones tho;)
  6. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    George Porter Jr...... P bass through Ampeg. Even his Meters stuff.

    About as "P bass" as it gets.
  7. Waspinators


    Jul 22, 2007
    South Florida
    Anything from Pantera, really. Rex always had a really great overdriven SVT tone, although it's possible that he used a Sansamp or something.
  8. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Willie Weeks on a P with flats through an old Ampeg SVT and 810 on 'Donny Hathaway Live' is one very fine definition.
  9. Basslice

    Basslice Supporting Member

    May 11, 2008
    Western Massachusetts
    I'm pretty sure that Anthony from Van Halen used ampeg SVTs. Listen to the growling tone of Van Halen 1. I think it is pretty representative of the SVT driving sound.
  10. godspeed68

    godspeed68 i'm here for the sound

    Mar 24, 2004
    Chicago, IL
  11. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Denver, CO

    I thought he was a Mesa guy- used a Bass 400 live and an old D-180 in the studio? Could be wrong...

  12. ben604


    Sep 5, 2007
    The 1st Queens of the Stone Age album, especially "Mexicola", "You can't quit me baby" and "Give the mule what he wants". Excellent examples of the classic driven SVT tone!

  13. AndyMan

    AndyMan Commercial User

    Jun 17, 2000
    Columbus, Ohio
    Boston's first 2 albums, SVT. That's THE classic rock SVT tone.
  14. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    If I could only own 36 basses what would they be?
    Exit stage left ... Geddy's bass sound ... through an ampeg.
  15. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    John Mayer "Where The Light Is"

    Ampeg on all electric songs.
  16. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    That's true.

    Waiting for the World to Change is a really good example of classic Ampeg tone. Pino playing a Fender bass through his Ampeg rig.
  17. sedan_dad


    Feb 5, 2006
    Well lets go back to the first use of SVT's .
    The Rolling Stones "Get Your Ya Ya's Out".
    Wonderful early 6146 SVT tone.
    Those early Motown recordings used a B-15.
  18. MotorTed


    Apr 16, 2006
    CT, USA
    "Don't look back" has captured THAT sound. I don't think the bass on the first Boston album sounded as good.IMO


    Michael Anthony was an Ampeg guy early in '80's Van Halen and later switched to Mesa. I remember the MESA ads - Something about not having your bass sound like a well executed fart.
    Words to live by.
  19. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Yeah, Boogie's got a tight bottom.
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