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Ampeg SVT-VR anyone play one? opinions?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by amazingest, Apr 26, 2009.


  1. amazingest

    amazingest

    Apr 25, 2009
    philadelphia
    I just bought one of these brand new and i am in love. Anyone else play a reissue? Any problems or glitches i should be expecting? I have been trying to get my hands on an original but ended up settling for a reissue. im touring pretty extensively with it and was just wondering if there are any problems i should look out for.
     
  2. I'm not a huge SVT guy but I played one of these through an 810AV and was absolutely floored. Tone for daaaaays!
     
  3. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Roselle, IL
    If you use the amp on a an outlet that does not put out enough voltage, the head will not function. I am pretty sure that was discovered in a previous thread - this explains why two brand new SVT VR's at Guitar Center ceased to function after nothing being done to them. Since you are touring, I am assuming you will be playing on good stages with TONS of power/voltage at your disposal. Should not be an issue!
     
  4. amazingest

    amazingest

    Apr 25, 2009
    philadelphia
    yeah i had the voltage problem at our practice space. i bought an extra heavy duty extension cord just incase i needed to find another outlet. i haven't had an issue with it yet.
     
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You will again experience it if it's happened once, and a long heavy extension cord won't make a difference in a bar that only gives you one circuit for everything. There's a startup relay in there that needs to be bypassed because it puts the amp into standby at 112 volts or lower. Once you get that done, it will work even with lower voltages. Major mistake on the part of LOUD to include that relay, but it's easily bypassed. Instructions are in this thread:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=446053

    WARNING: You can kill yourself if you go poking around in it and don't know what you're doing, even if it's unplugged. Best to take it to a repair shop if you're inexperienced. Shouldn't cost more than $40-50 to get it done, and it's well worth it.
     
  6. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    +1 on the mod, and a BIG +1 on safety!
     
  7. amazingest

    amazingest

    Apr 25, 2009
    philadelphia
    i normally play venues with more than adequate power on stage, however the practice space is still an issue and we occasionally play the smaller bar venue or college show where stage power can be a little sketchy. im definitely going to make this mod. thanks!
     

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