Help me choose my SVT!!!!!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Sascrotch, Jul 10, 2001.

  1. Sascrotch


    Feb 18, 2001
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I have the option of getting either the SVT 2 Pro, the SVT Classic, or the Original SVT head. Yes I love tubes. I was wondering what you guys thought. I have only had the chance to play the SVT CLassic and SVT 2 Pro. BTW are those the same head just that the 2 Pro has a graphic EQ and is rack mounted?
  2. Get an old SVT. They sound better than the new ones, and are built better.

    The SVTII has more buttons and sliders than the CL. Same power section though.
  3. Bernie


    Dec 12, 1999
    Unless you can check out an old SVT in person id get the SVT II.Used is always a risk sight unseen.Good luck!
  4. Sascrotch


    Feb 18, 2001
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Come on, 2 responses?
  5. A guy here locally uses a SVT-II/8x10 w/ Stingray 5's. Best damn live tone I have ever heard. It's a killer piece of work, great looks and rackmountable. Which is a plus, keeps the gear better protected. And a new one has a warranty. Something to always think about..

  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
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    I like the SVT II PRO. This is what I've been using live for the past few months now & I love it!!!!! I don't use the graphic EQ so I'm running it more or less like the SVT CL but if you use a footswitch, you can use the EQ section like another channel. (Something I've been considering doing) You could EQ it differently & use it as a solo sound or something.

    As for the Original SVT, I love the sound of them but unless you trust the guy you bought it from, <i>I'd be very afraid.</i> :) You never know what might go wrong w/a old tube amp & a warranty is always a nice thing to have. I bought my SVT II as a demo blow out when Sam Ash stopped carrying Ampeg & it was on the display floor for a long time. When I brought it to my guitar tech, we called Ampeg & said I bought a new old stock amp from Ash & the power tubes were bad. ;) They told me to send them the old tubes back & I got a new set of tubes for FREE under the warranty!!!!! I also replace all the pre-amp & driver tubes just to be safe. :)
  7. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    If you're fortunate enough to find an old SVT in good shape (look for something in the early 70's), grab it. You'll have the best of the options you mention.
  8. Rickenbackerman


    Apr 17, 2001
    Laurel MD
    My vote goes for old as well... try to find an early 70's one with the toggle switches. I love mine!
  9. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    go for an old one, much better
  10. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I recently was looking into the svt-2 head, and have played through my friends original svt head. IMO, the svt-2 is the better buy in the long run, simply because you have a bit more options with it..having a graphic eq on the svt-2 head makes it more worth it for me, I like being able to have more than the standard 3 band eq that the original svt's had. I also think the tone of the svt-2 is a bit better with eq set flat.