I hate ampeg, but...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Hate is a strong word. Don't know if I actually "hate" them, but would never in a million years lug around one of their 8X10s. My NV610 puts out way more volume than any ampeg bottom I ever played through, and gives me a sound I like much more. I'm not a fan, and have trouble understanding the love, but that's not what this post is about. The "but..." above is...

    I played through a mini stack last night which was part of a backline and was blown away. Completely!!! I don't gas for amps, but that thing kills, and I think I want one. The club was small (National Underground in NYC), but the volume and tone that came out of that stack was like nothing I ever heard before out of an amp that size. Volume was only a little more than half way up, and I cut through 2 guitars, drums, and keyboards (in a zep tribute) like a razor. And with lots of bottom.

    I hereby suspend my Ampeg hatred. At least for the time being. :)
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  2. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar Guest

    Jun 6, 2011
    Santa Rosa, CA USA
    I like the SVTCL/810E too - they sound great, and I loved my old B15 and I wish I never sold it.
  3. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I loved my SVT and 7Pro, but I've yet to ever find an Ampeg cab that I could get on board with.
  4. Always helps when you've got a Bongo :) They are the answer to blowing guitarists away.
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  5. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    You're not kidding. Those Micro stacks are no joke. I'm considering getting one for myself. The bottom end out of those things is incredible.
  6. Mykk


    Aug 22, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
    I did like my Ampeg 810E, I like my Fender PRO810 even better.

    In my experience in the rock genre, the 8x10" platform is more an aesthetic on stage.
  7. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    I really dig a lot of Ampeg products...just as many as I despise, in fact.
    The V4b, B100R(both discontinued) rocked my world. Their Classic/SVT line of cabs can be hit or miss, but the hits are real winners. I especially liked the 1x12" and 2x10". The BA series of combos are pretty nice...just need tweaking to get a tone that works for me...but there are a lot of usable tones in them.
    Their new micros look real nice, and their SVT line is pretty nice as well.
    You just have to want that Ampeg tone.
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  8. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I, too, have never been an Ampeg fan. Lately, since switching from an active 5 to a passive 4 I have been enjoying more "old school" tones - using a BDDI in front of my Genz Benz - which I love!

    They have a Micro VR locally and I tried it and almost bought it. Really great sound.
  9. Hmm....I've carted a 8X10 from one coast to another for as long as I care to remember - up stairs, down stairs - in and out of vans (and a few cars) and frankly, I don't get what the problem is. I'm 60 years old and STILL have no problem "carting" my gear. I guess if I did, I would change what I play.

    As for the Berg hype - I have played through a couple of NV610s. No big deal to me.

    But hey!! To each his own.....But I think I can honestly say that I don't think that I have ever played through ANY gear that I actually "hated".....I've had a road manager or two that I "hated", but that's another story....:D
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  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    many 6x10 cabs weigh almost as much as an 8x10 cab

    I like the way 6x10 and 8x10 cabs sound.
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Yeah, I get it. A lot of people use Ampeg so naturally there is some backlash for folks who don't want to use what everyone else uses. But just like many Fender bass haters, you plug into one and think, boy, why have I hated this stuff for so long? Never went through an anti-Ampeg thing but I went through an anti-Fender thing for a while...until I discovered that they really are the basses for me. Once you get used to the idea that individuality comes from the player and not the gear, all of a sudden Fender basses and Ampeg amps look pretty good ;)
  12. hired hand

    hired hand Guest

    Nov 6, 2007
    USA, CA, 94585
    Well said.!
    I laugh to myself every time I read 1 of 100 posts about what strings, speakers, or even tuning keys (for Christ Sake....tuners.?) a certain player uses.
    It is the player.
    SRV often had 4 amps on stage.
    If he plugged into Tommy's bass gear, he would have still sounded like Stevie.
  13. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    Yeah, I really like some Ampeg stuff, am indifferent towards some, and dislike some - pretty much the same with most manufacturers...

    - georgestrings
  14. klokker


    Jan 7, 2009
    Steele City, NE
    I've played through Ampeg a few times when that's what was provided. Always worked and sounded great. Wouldn't trade it for my Genz Benz stuff though.
  15. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    The Heritage 8x10 is really something to hear. I've done 5 or 6 gigs with it,and still blown away by it. A 6x10 version of this cab would do really well.
  16. Randall


    Aug 6, 2009
    So what did you play through? micro vr?
  17. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    I don't hate it. I don't love it. If an old SVT came my way cheap, I'd be happy to have it sitting at my house.

    I always think the mythology is something though...my first bass amp when I was first starting to play was an 8x10 and an SVT head. Back then, in the early/mid 80's it was just an old amp. Mine was 'liberated' from the local high school music program by a friend because we needed an amp and they had one that sat at the back of an equipment room blockaded in with other broken and/or antiquated gear.

    For me I like the tone of the heads, but find the cabs a bit too unruly/snarly for my liking, or as I've said before, it's like the big fat*ssed drunk girl on the dancefloor throwing herself around...

    I recently enjoyed the Streamliner 900 for coming VERY close to my memories of all the good aspects of the head...but through my cabs which are a lot cleaner and controlled sounding.
  18. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    Try and fix a broke newer one, it will sort that right out.
  19. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    I play regularly at the club mentioned in #1, and like the rig enough to have just bought a pair of the SVT 210 AV cabs. I'll drive them with a Traynor YBA3 Custom Special or a Genz Benz 6.0.
  20. Toastfuzz


    Jul 20, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Sometime's individuality also includes your look, and a Fender P or Fender J doesn't visually scream "individual" (nor does a Ampeg CL on top of an 8x10.) For me I found I like Ampeg amps, don't like their cabs, and don't like the look of Fenders cuz everyone has one. They sound... ok, but nothing earth shattering... my old Ibanez P copy sounds just like a P bass but has a cool unique twist to the classic P bass look. To each his own... I don't think it discredits people who genuinely don't like Fender or Ampeg... there is no "light" to be seen. Tone-wise, I'd prefer some goofy active PJ's or humbuckers with a cool pre, and when I reach for J or P tone I like that the bass doesn't look like every other J or P around the block.