NAD! (Warning: Blueline SVT content)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jacksonev94, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. jacksonev94


    May 12, 2012
    About 6 months ago, I started GASing for an all-tube Ampeg. I spent lots of nights cruising Craigslist, the TB classifieds, and eBay looking for a solid deal on an SVT-CL, which seemed like my only option (financially and availability-wise). Last week, I stumbled upon an old Craigslist entry for an old Ampeg SVT head and 8x10. I emailed the poster, who directed me to call the owner, a friend of his who he had posted the ad for. I asked if he'd be willing to sell the head separately from the cab, since I had neither the need or the space for an 8x10. He politely declined, and I figured that was the end of it.

    Several minutes later, he called me back and said he'd be willing to part with just the head. I told him I'd drive down to meet him (about 4 hours away from where I live) to check the amp out later in the week. I went down to NC today and met the coolest old guy ever. His name was Butch, he had a garage full of old guitars and basses (he let me play his '68 P bass!), and he had a ton of cool stories. He recorded in New York in the 70's with some bigger acts, and toured the US, Caribbean, and Europe with Bob Hope's USO show, as well. Tons of memorabilia and the coolest attitude, and he could just slay the bass.

    Then he led me over to the amp. Now, the photo in the Craigslist ad was not great. I thought it was an early black-line SVT in rougher cosmetic shape. What I saw literally shocked me. A blue-line SVT, in the flesh, sitting on an 8x10.

    Anyways, I plugged his P-bass into the amp, and knew I had to have it. Then I plugged my Jaguar into the amp. It was the tone I had been searching for, dreaming of, and desiring since I picked up a bass six years ago. This was the one. I asked him how much he wanted for it, and gladly forked over the cash for the privilege of taking this beauty home with me. It's definitely not perfect cosmetically, with worn tolex and labels. It needs some TLC (mostly cleaning-related, as the inside is insanely dusty and some of the controls scratchy), some new preamp tubes, and a three-prong cord conversion. But it works. And I paid....wait for it.....$800 for it. I am insanely happy, made a new friend, and I'm sure my amp GAS is cured for life.

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  2. Bulltrout

    Bulltrout Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Nice score. Those old Ampegs are nice.
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  3. waltdogg


    May 24, 2014
    Don't forget to try jumpering your channels with a patch cable!
  4. vmabus


    Nov 1, 2013
    Now you need the 8x10!
  5. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    I hate you just a little bit.
    Not really :D
    Man you stole that thing! You need to go to confession and repair your soul.
  6. subbasshz


    Aug 11, 2012
    phoenix az
    Im addicted to punishing volume.
    dibs on the flip i always need "1 more"
  7. Dogghouse


    Jan 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara
    Bass Guy @ Seymour Duncan
    RIGHT ON! Owners of those usually don't sell em. I had to settle for a re-issue.
  8. bluesbass99


    Jun 14, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Congrats...and what a great price. I hope you enjoy it for years to come. There is nothing like an Ampeg SVT. I have one myself. Really can't believe the sound everytime I play it!
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  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Hard not to be happy about a score like that. A little tube advice...

    ---New JJ 12DW7's sound decent but they suck for build quality. NOS 12DW7's are plentiful and relatively cheap. Go NOS.

    ---6C4's that aren't microphonic are next to impossible to find, but it doesn't seem to hurt these amps tonally to have a microphonic 6C4.

    Does yours have 6550 power tubes or 6146b's?
  10. shaginwagin


    Apr 2, 2012
    Wow that is really cool! Great score! Congrats!

    Is that B212 ceramic? Is that what you run it through?
  11. jacksonev94


    May 12, 2012
    Thanks everyone!

    It has 6550s. So, mid-1970 or 71 model? I haven't gotten to open it up to check component dates, yet.

    Yup, they're ceramic and sound really nice with the SVT. It's actually not my cab; I borrowed it from a friend for a show and haven't gotten around to returning it.
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  12. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Congratulations on a great find and story.
    I read on here all the time of CL naysayers and how they are scared to buy from people on there. I have met some cool people buying and selling on CL and made some friends while getting great deals and moving things I don't need.
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Sounds about right, unless it was 6146b's converted to 6550's. You would see small holes in the chassis next to each power tube if that were the case, though.
  14. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    You lucky son of a gun! GREAT amp at a steal of a price! I'm more than a bit envious.....Man! That's nice!

    Enjoy it for many, many years to come.

    The absolute best sounding bass amp I played through was a vintage SVT.

    I've been researching the all the newer all tube heads. My mind is oatmeal.

    I just got ahold of a old friend who's up on all things when it comes to great old tube heads. He has a line on a few old B-15's and V4B's, and he also knows a great local tube amp repairman who knows his stuff. He's on the lookout for a vintage SVT for me, -although he's recommending the V4B as it's going to be the Centerpiece of my Man Cave. He's concerned an SVT is too much for home use. But I'm not settling this time; I have to have a vintage SVT, nothing else will do!

    Please wish me luck to find a beauty like yours. As JimmyM says: They're the King Daddy of Bass Amps. The Voice of the Almighty!
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  15. jacksonev94


    May 12, 2012
    Thanks! I have to say, it is the best sounding amp I've heard in my entire life, and I feel so fortunate to have gotten it at the price I did. Good luck with your search!
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