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looking for an amp like ampeg's svt-cl

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Unemploid, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. what's an affordable combo amp or head that sounds like the Ampeg Classic Series SVT-CL?


    play my gretsch g5123b on this and they love each other, but i can't afford their love.

    any suggestions? btw, doesn't have to be tubed.
  2. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    Never got to really play an SVT-CL other than trial in a music store, so I'm not as familiar with its nuances, but the obvious answer would probably be any of the Ampeg PF series. I've seen people comment on it being a close SVT that's not an SVT.
  3. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    Tech21 VT into something uncoloured.
  4. i like the pf series but one blow up on me, i've been told they do that. it's something i can live with if i know how to take care of it and repair it.
  5. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    Depends. There is an entire monster of thread on here that details the PF500's blowing up, including responses on why it does and how it's a crappy amp, and retorts on why it's fixed and isn't an issue anymore or isn't an issue if you are hip to why it craps out. People seem to not have the same issues with the PF800 for what it's worth. That's what I own. Have you looked into other Ampeg SVT series (used) like the 7 Pro, etc?
  6. Maybe?

  7. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    I heard that the out of production B100R or B50R Ampeg Combo's were the best SVT sound out of any combo of its size. So if you can find one, (I see them between $275 and $400 on CL) grab one.

    Other than that, as previously stated, a VT Bass pedal into anything can get you set.
  8. I've had great luck getting SVT tone out of TC Electronics RH heads, but I'm also not too hip to the nuances between the different types of SVTs. I dime the tube emulator on mine though, turn up the master and use the gain, and it does a great job to my ears emulating the way the power section breaks up.

    Only word of caution is that the low control is a shelf style eq at a decently high frequency, somewhere around 200hz. Because of that, if you're not mindful or willing to learn how to use the eq properly, it can sound a bit muddy through the wrong cab. Ive found sealed back cabs that naturally filter the mega lows help immensly. A TC and RH with an SVT210AV or two would sound huge, with minimal weight and cost.
  9. I have an B-100R and it defo has the "ampeg" tone... but I would say more B-15 than SVT.
  10. I have an SVT-CL, sounds exactly like an SVT-CL

    I also have Tech-21 Bass driver deluxe, I wouldn't say that gives the same sound as a driven SVT-CL. At least, I didn't think so
  11. mancefine


    Jul 7, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Orange Amplifiers and Spector Basses
    I swapped my SVT classic for an Orange Terror Bass 1000. I like the Orange better and it's only tube pre amp and class D solid state power
  12. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
    Allentown, PA
    An old, beat up Ampeg V4 can usually be had for ~$600
  13. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    What's affordable for you, OP?
  14. thefunkgorilla


    Mar 26, 2013
    Maybe try an SVP pro preamp (used around 300) through a used class d power amp also around 300. I have used this setup and it kills, great SVT vibe.
  15. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    That's the important question. Used SVT-CLs can be had for $800-1000 all day. That's not a bad investment for a pro quality head.
  16. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    I've spent plenty of time and money looking for a lightweight SVT.
    I have an SVT-CL
    The SVP preamp with an Ampeg big iron power amp is not as close as my 7 Pro.
    I have ABC'd these with an Ampeg selector and the closest thing to the King is the 7 Pro.
    A Rev C can be found for between $500-600 used.

    A Walkabout is somewhat close.
    Have not A/B'd with the PF series.

    As I recall, John K also rent the 7 Pro was about as close as you can get.
  17. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I think all Ampeg amps except the B2RE/SVT 450H and their descendants have a lot of that SVT vibe, but none of them have it exactly except the other tube amps Ampeg makes. But even their BA series amps have a lot of that vibe.
  18. wow thanks for all the replies. some really cool stuff to look up. under $1000 for head and cab would be great. v4 sounds very interesting.

    What you guys think of the ampeg pf-30 with pf-410hlf?