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How is Ampeg quality with new ownership?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by wolfkeller, Jul 10, 2019.


  1. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    I'm curious as to how things are with Ampeg in terms of quality since the new owners came in. I got a new CL, peob one of the first ones made under the new guys and have had no problems BUT it's a home amp, only been out 1 time. I've come to find a lot of problems with the older 4 pros and I wonder if it's still like that with new ones. I have 1 being checked out now, I love the amp but I'm not into constant repairs. Wonder if a new one will have the same old problems? I know they have a new warranty but that means little when I have a gig and it's down.

    Anyone using new ampeg stuff on the road? How about the 4pro?
     
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  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    First off, Yamaha hasn't released anything yet for Ampeg. Second, the 4 Pro's early problems were back in the 90s under SLM, who was two owners ago. I don't have one but I've used plenty of newer 4 Pros on gigs and never had a problem. And all my newer stuff made by LOUD still works.
     
  3. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    I assumed they did. My CL does not have LOUD on the back as my previous one.
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I believe they're going to release new stuff soon.
     
  5. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    I will clarify. I didnt mean something new released, I ment manufactured by. My CL was manufactured after Yamaha took over. It may have been back stock, or recently made. I know sweetwater was waiting for several months for some so seems logical that it was just made.
     
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Huh? Really? Does it say Mfg by Yamaha on the back?
     
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  7. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    It doesn't say who it's made by.
     
  8. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Ohio
    Would you mind posting a picture of the back? I’m curious.
     
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  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'm thinking Yamaha was using backstock and either removed the name on the plate or had some made up without their name on it because it wasn't made by them. But yeah, I wouldn't mind seeing a pic, either.
     
  10. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    1562794467223977624989115884344.
     
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  11. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    Bought Sept 29 '18
     
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Says very plainly that it was mfg by LOUD under the "caution" warning.
     
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  13. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    Well hell...yeah, I'm a dumb ass.
     
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Don't worry...none of us would ever say that to your face :D
     
  15. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Ohio
    Don’t feel bad. Back when I got my Fender AVRI ‘63 P-Bass, I noticed that it didn’t say “Made in USA” anywhere on it. I freaked out, thinking I got scammed. I even posted here on TB about it. A fellow member pointed out to me that, because the bass is a faithful recreation of a 1963 Fender, it wouldn’t state country of origin anywhere on it. Many other members took turns making fun of me for it. Alas, those were the good ol’ days of TB when you could still completely delete a thread. :D
     
  16. mrb327

    mrb327

    Mar 6, 2013
    Colorado
    Nobody Knows
    We still like you
     
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  17. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I’ve owned 4 different 4 Pros over the years, and never had a single issue with any of them. Mine were all manufactured in the 2000’s (bought my first one from Mars Music back around ‘01-‘02).
     
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  18. Lovep

    Lovep Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Indianapolis, IN
    Yeah, I remember a few months back GC and Sweetwater had a massive price decrease on PF50T (maybe more) heads. I asked why the price drop (~40-50%) and they said it was done to clear existing inventory to replace with new units with the appropriate parent company name in the back.
     
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  19. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    I was looking for the LOUD logo which was on my last one. It was completely gone from where it had been. Didnt read the fine print.
     
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  20. I guess we'll all be looking now for when the Yamaha label makes its appearance! :woot:
     
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