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Ampeg V4 for bass

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mosfed, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. Mosfed


    Apr 21, 2013
    Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    Hey guys

    I have found an Ampeg V4 (not a V4B) semi-locally (i.e. Local enough to pick up but not local enough that I can try it out).

    I know that they added reverb, but other than that, do they work well for bass? I really need a 100w amp for gigging. It would be perfect for our setup. Plus it's much cheaper than the reissue V4B at thomann.

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2016
  2. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
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  3. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Do you like sounding awesome? Then yes.
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  4. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Not trying the amp is a risk. It could have a lot of issues which would add to the purchase price. Otherwise, a great sounding amp with the right cab.

    There are a couple of minor component differences at the input and the reverb that you mentioned. A lot of people use them for bass.
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Assuming it works well, it will sound nothing short of glorious. And I don't throw around words like that often.

    I have gear ADD. So I swap out stuff for no other reason than I just want to try something else. I have no regrets letting gear go......except the V4 I sold a couple years ago.

    Don't expect an SVT sound out of it. It is different and yet great in its own way. And for 100W it is just stupid loud.

    Go for it!
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  6. Bodeeni

    Bodeeni Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    I had one back in the day and I remember gigging with Mahogany Rush and the bass play only used one against a wall of Marshalls. He did have about 8 Cabs but it was a loud mf amp.
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  7. If it works it will sound excellent.
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  8. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Man, could those guys ever play. I remember bass was through a pair of acoustic amps at one point. Guitar was through a wall of Fender amps.
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  9. anderbass


    Dec 20, 2005
    Phoenix. Az.
    I love the tone of my V4 for bass or guitar, only downside is it's nearly 27" wide so it overhangs most of my cabs by several inches.
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  10. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I've had two, used both for bass.

    My previous V4 had the 6550 conversion, sounded great but ran very hot. Maybe had a little more bottom than the 7027A models, but it could also have just been some component drift on that amp. The amp I currently have still uses 7027As. I've done the coupling cap mods like mentioned here on channel 1 (C3 and C7 0.01uf to 0.1uf). The change wasn't dramatic enough to really recommend doing this unless you're in there making other changes.
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  11. Mosfed


    Apr 21, 2013
    Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    Thanks guys.

    I am going to see if I can negotiate a deal. I have a 1972 SVT as my main tube amp but I find myself gigging with my genz Benz because it's just so much easier. Plus the SVT blows the fuses at two of our places (yes we deal with that level of shoddy ass electricity in mountain bars). So a v4b would be perfect.

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