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"Skunkworks" SVT

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ROCKBOBMEL_old, Jan 7, 2002.

  1. I was reading my "Ampeg, The Story" book that I got for XMas
    and there was a write up about 500 SVTs that were made in 1986-87, but made like the original 1969s from parts that were purchased from the original manufactures. They were hand soldered and built from scratch. They were called SVT-HD for "head".

    Has anyone compared these amps to the original SVTs? They should be exactly the same....
  2. I've heard of these but I've never actually seen one. I'd be interested in comparing if I could find one.
  3. Rickenbackerman


    Apr 17, 2001
    Laurel MD
  4. I believe that that is one. Amazingly one appears at the same time that it is mentioned on TB. One of us has to buy it! I can't because I just ordered an L-2500 :D.
  5. Jeff Corallo

    Jeff Corallo

    May 30, 2000
    Unless I missed it, shouldn't there be a 'standby' switch on the head next to the power switch?
  6. Standby's on the back, on the right-hand side, innit?
  7. Sure is. Pretty stupid, really. It should be on the front.
  8. I agree. If anything, it should be the other way around - power on the back, standby on front.

    I've kinda given up on the idea of ever owning a vintage SVT...the step-down transformer would be about ½ the size of the head! :D
  9. Yea, I saw it there, but I don't know how they are. I must be mental. I just bought a 71 in October but it is back in the hospital. I am getting discouraged, though. So I'm sniffing around.
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I don't like vintage stuff, tube amps generally suck to my ear, and I'm not fond of Ampeg in any way. But somehow, I feel a strange attraction to this amp. Go figure.
  11. Now, if they would make a 300w tubey (hell, or even SS!) that looked just like a Portaflex head, well, that'd be the cat's pyjamas for me! :D
  12. I don't get it?!, You are a strong Eden man. The tone is great. Your tastes seem to be refined.
    How could anyone not care for the vintage Ampeg tone?

    It's like enjoying 2% milk and not caring for whole milk.

    I have an Eden WP100/WT1000 setup and I love it. I have a 73? V-4 and I Love it. I got an SVT and I love it (When it is working).

    Yea, the SS has advantages, but the tone of the Ampegs RULE!!

    I hoe you don't get pissed at me.
  13. lemonadeisgood


    Aug 22, 2001
    Munji's an enigma, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a vest. :D
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    ... a quilted, goose-down vest.
  15. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    ...with sleeves that tie his arms up across his abdomen.
  16. Nightbass


    May 1, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    There's one for sale on harmony-central right now!

    (a Skunkworks SVT, not another Munjibunga...)
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  17. Jona-s


    Mar 22, 2006
    Would 1350$ be a bad price for one of these? If it's in good condition?

    New CLs go for 2400$ around here, so... :meh:
  18. Jerrold Tiers

    Jerrold Tiers

    Nov 14, 2003
    St Louis
    There were some made that can be re-wired, and some export voltage ones were made also.

    But, yes, most vintage SVT are 120V.
  19. Lockout


    Dec 24, 2002
    That was one hell of a bump. :eek:
  20. ...did you check out the picture of the Skunkworks production assembly "team" in the book? I wonder what that cute babe standing next to the long haired dude looks like now??????

    Where are they now!


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