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Got my SWR-400S out of the shop!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by J Schroder, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. J Schroder

    J Schroder

    Feb 24, 2008
    St Paul MN
    After 10 years of abuse and no problems whatsoever, my 400S gave up the ghost at a gig. Power on...nada. Long story short, it needed a lot of things, preamp board chips, new output transistors, etc.

    Did an old school soul and r&b gig last night with my "new" amp plugged into my new AE410 and playing my '66 Precision strung with Jamersons. Holy **** what a sound. The most serious thud I have ever gotten. Every time I turned around the drummer was grinning.

    I had been thinking of getting a new amp because the SWR was recently beginning to sound tired. Plus, the new lightweight heads were very attractive. Not now. I'll lug my trusty 400S around for another 10 years!

    Happy bass player. Happy, happy, happy. :hyper:

  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    When you get married to a piece of gear like that, it's hard to give it up. Glad you were able to get it fixed. That's one thing about older SS amps...they're easier to fix on the consumer level. With the micro-amps you have to replace whole boards.
  3. Gearhead43


    Nov 25, 2007
    Wow, that's good to hear. I am really digging my 350 now days, nice to know they can be repaired and keep on ticking.
  4. lowfrq

    lowfrq Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Ventura County,Ca
    was that an SM400s?
  5. J Schroder

    J Schroder

    Feb 24, 2008
    St Paul MN
    Yup. Bought it new in 1998.

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