Gigging with an Ampeg.....

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Obsolex, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Ok, I just picked up my Ampeg PR-410hlf (from LowRanger on TB), and I must say, it came with a custom cover, casters, and in mint condition for $400 :):).
    Anyway, I went to Guitar Center on Saturday, and had high hopes of buying an amp, and I found the SVT-3 Pro, and this amp kicked ass!!
    I was wondering, I know it is underrated, wattage wise... But I was wondering if I could gig with this. I know Les Claypool uses this amp, so does he just run it through the P.A?
  2. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    I would suspect that the average bass player with a 410 or less and 400-500watts or less, will always plug into the p.a. unless someplace doesn't have one.

    I was at a small bar the other day listening to my friends band and there was maybe 300 people and they had a p.a. and my friend had a 410 with 2000watts into 4ohms. I don't think he was pushing his peavey 410, but I couldn't hear the 410 even when I was standing at the edge of the stage!
  3. Dude if theres a PA everyone goes into it unless for some ungodly reason they have tons of cabs. Bass amps lose alot of punch in a big room crowd setting. Congrats on the SVT 3 i got one and love it and damn you for the 4x10hlf ive wanted one forever but i got a 8x8 SWR and a 6x10 so i think its goin ok:D
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    2000W or 200W? :confused: I think he might of needed to re-eq his settings either way.

    I think you'll be fine withthat set up. I used the same rig for a while with no problems of not being heard. I did get, "You're too loud" often. :) It all depends on how you EQ the amp.
  5. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    no you heard me correctly 2-0-0-0 watts. I was trying to make the point that even in such a small bar, wall to wall you could cram 500, they had a big p.a to carry the bass guitar. and obsolex shouldn't have to worry about carrying ALL the bass himself with his rig! Its more of an on stage monitor for him. that was the point.

    My friend even said he couldn't hear himself, but felt the bass a little coming from behind him. I think he said he was only using 300-400 watts from his 2000.

    I would assume in most 'gig' situations, where you are getting paid to play in a bar or ballroom, will have a p.a. big enough to handle the bass. if you play alot of house parties and backyard BBQs then you will need at least a coupld of big speakers and 400+ watts IMO.

  6. F*#$NA4


    Jul 11, 2003
    That setup will suffice in pretty much any setting. I have a modest/small Ampeg rig which contains 1-Ba-115 and 1-B100r linked together making a bogus 200watt 2 x 15 combo. It has done well in situations with no PA. When your playing through a house system, it really doesn't matter how big your rig is, I have played in front of a few thousand at the Taste of Chicago with my b100r, just fine. I think your set. GOOD LUCK
  7. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    :rolleyes: bump :rolleyes:
  8. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    why did you bump? Of course Les plugs into the p.a. and he has speakers on stage so he can hear himself! What is the mystery?
  9. i have the Svt3 pro and have giged with it got over a year now. i play in a blues/funk/rock band. i have played everything from Ozzy to Dave Matthews Band to Allman Brothers and have never had a problem being heard. i usually used a 410 and a 118. i just bought the ampeg portabass 212 cab and i am usig that now with no problem. with the 212 however i do go through the PA we have 2 18 subs. we just played an out door gig to 300+ bikers and had now problem woth being heard.

    people say the Svt3pro is under rated i think it's one of the best amps i've played in it price range ( about $800 new)

    well that's my 2 cents