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Ampeg SVT-III Pro Question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by IdealWay, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. IdealWay


    Oct 18, 2006
    Asheville, NC
    I just got this older SVT-III pro (which needs a new input jack) from a friend who doesn't need it. I've searched around the net but couldn't find any info on it (when/where it was made, how it sounds, what it's worth (fixed), etc.). If anyone has experience with this head and could compare it to the newer SVT-III pros or just comment on it, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks for the help!






  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'm reasonably sure it's the exact same amp as what they've made for years, the only difference being the plate voltage knob being called tube gain now. It's a super early one, probably from the first year made, which I think is 92. Manual's online at ampeg.com. You can find out the exact year by going to www.unofficialampeg.com/dating .
  3. Hopefully Jerrold Tiers will chime in on this- he posted in an earlier thread about the power amp on these being different/preferable. Can't remember the details now but... buy it! I love the tone of the 3 Pro.
  4. Jerrold Tiers

    Jerrold Tiers

    Nov 14, 2003
    St Louis
    The 3PRO are pretty similar at all ages. The III (no pro) is different, with an all SS power amp.

    As far as age, serial number tells the story for most units after 1988 or so. The SVT-III (non-pro) was about 1991, the SVT-3PRO 1993.
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Go to Harmony Central for reviews and all sorts of info.
  6. IdealWay


    Oct 18, 2006
    Asheville, NC
    thanks guys. I couldn't find much on HC for this early model. Anyone have a ballpark estimate of its value?
  7. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Around $350.
  8. Right on the money IMO.
  9. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Yep. I have the SVT-III (non pro) and thats what I paid for it. They are great amps.
  10. RobertPaulson


    Dec 11, 2008
    Des Moines
    I have that same one, I think I paid 350-400, or somewhere in that ballpark - it was 3 or 4 years ago. Solid little amp.

    edit: if you find much info on it I'd like to see it, I looked (albeit not very hard) for info about these ones and couldn't come up with a whole lot.
  11. IdealWay


    Oct 18, 2006
    Asheville, NC
    As far as where and when it was made, the serial # tells it all. Check out JimmyM's first post. Other than that, I'm still researching
  12. meatwad

    meatwad Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    I bought mine over a year ago, and gave around $400.00 for it and a Boss CEB-3. Mine is an early 90's just like the op's, and is in mint condition. In a direct side-by-side comparison (same cab, cables, and bass) with one just a couple of years old, they sounded exactly the same. Banana plugs vs. Speakon jacks for speaker outputs are the biggest difference between old/new, besides cosmetics.

    As far as tone, I love mine! It has became my all-time favorite amp, and sees lots more action than my SVT-CL.

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