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I'm gassin big time now! VB3 content

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rickett Customs, Sep 5, 2008.


  1. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
  2. Bassenstien

    Bassenstien

    Jun 13, 2006
    Mississippi
    eight EL34 :eek:
    Im sold :smug:
    wait im broke :scowl:
     
  3. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Just recently discovered, just under 40lbs, because of a "switching power supply", instead of the slightly heavier transformers of other tube predecessors.

    * 300 watts
    * Eight EL34, Four 12AX7 and one 12AT7 tube
    * Universal switching power supply
    * Quasi-dual channel
    * Volume/Overdrive
    * Low/Mid/Shift/High
    * Bright switch
    * Low cut switch
    * Tube compressor with Level control
    * Master 9-band graphic EQ with defeat switch and LED
    * Master volume
    * Master Resonance and Presence controls
    * Single input
    * 15 dB Pad switch
    * Mute switch with flashing blue LED
    * Power and Standby switches
    * Back-lit faceplate for Pilot
    * Buffered tuner send
    * Master effects loop


    I cannot wait until this hits the streets, so i can see what it's all about :hyper:
     
  4. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Does the VB-2 have the same switching power supply?, or the normal heavy transformer. Curious, because I would assume it plays a big part in the tone.
     
  5. The VB-2 uses a conventional power transformer. I don't think that tonal comparisions between the two will reflect the difference between power supplies as much as it will their dissimilar preamps. BobbyBld commented that the preamp voicing of the VB-2 is almost nothing like the VB-3. I'm a BIG fan of the VB-2.
     
  6. chicago_mike

    chicago_mike

    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    I was in deep fear this was not going to come out.

    Sooo cool!!!
     
  7. Willem

    Willem

    Dec 26, 2005
    Belgium
    I like my tube amps NOT looking like space ships...
     
  8. chicago_mike

    chicago_mike

    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    I like my space ships not looking like tube amps. pfft!
     
  9. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Yeah, It definitely does not fit into the "traditional" design, does it?

    That's what intrigues me the most.
     
  10. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    MSRP = $2500.00 !!! :eek:


    Ouch!
     
  11. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Some where I had heard the msrp was gonna be $1499, but now I see it (2500) on the site.


    Also the msrp for the VB-2 was $1200 @press release so i'd imagine the street price should be decent for the VB-3, perhaps
     
  12. dreadheadbass

    dreadheadbass

    Dec 17, 2007
    england
    tube amps are starting to get waaaaay more fancy the days of tube amps only having volume bass mid and treble controls are numbered i just bought a laney nexus about 3 weeks ago same story looks like a spaceship built in EQ compressor, presence, para mid controls etc

    i think in a few years time bass amps will start having their own inbuilt effects like guitar amps:spit:
     
  13. spectorbass83

    spectorbass83

    Jun 6, 2005
    canada
    Finally, its here!
    I wonder what this will be going for at my local Peavey dealer? The VB-2 was going for just under a thousand.
     
  14. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Im thinking its going to be around the same price as the SVT-CL?

    I think the VB-3 looks cool, hopefully it sounds as good as it looks.
     
  15. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    +1

    Actually I'm banking on it. If it sounded just as good as that Dave Ellifson demo with the VB2, I'll be happy with that.
     
  16. KPAX

    KPAX Banned

    Mar 22, 2005
    It might be a great amp but what's up with the look?
    Too bloated and plastic looking and that bright blue!!?
    It doesn't even look like a tube amp.
    Chuck the graphic EQ too - who wants that on their tube amp? Not me. Too much preamp congests the sound and confuses me. It's a tube amp, not a studio!
    They should streamline it and make it look cool and tube guitar-ampy like the VB-2.
     
  17. Visirale

    Visirale

    Mar 23, 2003
    Orlando
    Or you could take the time and learn to use the EQ to better shape your tone to reach your own tonal goals?

    Or even better....

    Bypass it.
     
  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'm sorry, but that could possibly be the ugliest goldurn tube amp I have ever seen in my life! And even though KPAX doesn't know much about John Wetton ( :p ), I kind of agree with him that there's too much useless crap on it.

    But if I was in the market for a tube amp, and this one delivered a tone as good as an SVT at half the weight, I'd buy it yesterday and I wouldn't care if it was pink and purple and had little hearts and unicorns on it.
     
  19. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    +1.
    It is definitely not "your Daddy's SVT" (No offense Jimmy :) ), for someone that has used primarily SS gear, me thinks there will be a fairly smooth transition with the "overly" elaborate eq's and such. Besides Mesa's 400+ had middle, bass, treble and a 7 band graphic eq w/ 4 pull out 2 shifts on the bass and treble and 2 bright settings on vol 1 & 2.
    I'm sure some were not too much on that either.
     
  20. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Those may be an option by the time it comes out ;)

    My curiosity has gotten the best of me (already killed the cat though) I have played on the somewhat old SVT early 70's and one of the B series ( I forget which one, it's only 50 watts though, early 70's. A guitarist i know owns that one, pristine condition, I'm begging him to sell it to me). If that tone or neighborhood of tone can be pulled off, It will be on my "right nut" list.
     

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