Ampeg SVT-4 or MESA M-Pulse 600 ??????

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by afroman, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. afroman


    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I'm currently deciding on which amp to purchase to pair up with my two GS112's. I want a great amp for rock that can get that grindy growly tone and also a more cleaner punch`y sound. After days of reading reviews and TB forums I've narrowed them to these two amps.

    I found a new SVT-4 for $995 and a near mint M-Pulse 600 for about $1000. I've tried the SVT-4 and liked it a lot, but I can't try the MESA.
    I've read some good comparisons between these two amps including BP reviews of both amps (the MESA gets the vote).

    I really need you to help me decide. I know I should hear stuff before buying; but I bought my Lakland Skyline and Aguilar GS112s' without doing so and I don't regret it for one sec.

    Which amp would you choose for $1000?? Is the MESA worth the risk or is the "sure thing" Ampeg the way too go.

    Thanks and sorry for the lenght of my post.
  2. afroman


    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I'll ask another question.
    Will a SVP-Pro pre-amp and a ss power amp sound more tube-like (more growl and punch)than an SVT-4 Pro????

    I really dig the tube sound but I'm not willing to carry an 80 lb. monster amp to get that sound.

  3. get the mesa
  4. Get the Ampeg, twice the wattage, cheaper too.
  5. XxBassmanxX


    Nov 21, 2001
    Rosman NC
    They are both good amps, but the Mpulse has a better tube sound to me. If you can find a guitar center you should go play test them. Its worth a long drive... I know I wouldnt spend a grand on an amp that i havent tryed.

  6. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Mesa! I have the M-Pulse 600's littlest brother, the Walkabout, and this dude is great! In fact, I may prefer its tone to my Eden Navigator/PLX 3002 rig. The M-Pulse line is underrated in the wattage department, from what I can tell. For instance, the Walkabout sounds very noticeably louder at a 300w rating (at 4 ohm) than the Eden Time Traveler does into the same load with a 330w rating. Not sure why, but it does.

    Go for the Boogie!

  7. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Anyone know how much the M-Pulse weighs? I just tried one today at a local shop and I A/B it with the Ampeg for you. I have to say in my Opinion, you can't beat Mesas. I Compared them with Eden as well. I'm in the market for a Pre-Amp/Power amp, and I was expecting to walk out of there getting the Navigator, but after spending about 3 hours in Gelb Music, I have to really do some re thinking. I have aguilar cabs now too and I only played each amp through Either the GS410 or the GS112. I have to say in every case (with my peavey cirrus 5, an MTD 535, and a Zon Sonus Custom 5), the Mesa beat out the Eden, Ampeg, and SWR. The Aguilar Amps sounded just as good, but I couldn't afford them. Take my 2 cents for what it is worth...2 cents. :D
    Hope that helps.
  8. Sam V

    Sam V Guest

    Aug 3, 2002
    Canada - Calgary AB
    Well I had the same dilema last winter except the two amps were the Mpulse vs. the SVt-5. I also had the luxury of playing both side by side and pairing them with different cabinets. In the end I chose the Mpulse because it was richer sounding (the parametric on it is amazing!) and tighter sounding with a matching mesa cab, but thats the thing- they're two different sounds. if you like dirtier toned rock sounds I'd check out the ampeg seriously.. their definitly 2 different flavors but theres just my 2cents.

    Play them both! and unless your good with recognizing smaller differences in tone by memory (I know I'm not) as someone already said, its definitly worth your while two play them both side by side and get a feel for their controls.

    good luck!