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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tony Gray, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Tony Gray

    Tony Gray

    Mar 6, 2006
    Bought a Skunkworks SVT a couple of weeks ago, right here on TB.
    Got a Berg NV 610 cab from Atlanta Bass Gallery. The past two weeks, I've only been able to play this a little at night. No gigs yet. My kid comes in today, turns it up to 7, and calls me, "Man, this sounds like crap." The speakers are farting out something awful. I've spent about an hour with , trying to sort it out. In order to get something I can stand I turn the Ultra bass to -. Bass at about 2-3, treble 6-8. Midrange 2-3. When it gets loud, it just gets raunchy, not in a good way. I hope it's something I'm doing wrong. It's not the cab. My Mesa 400+ doesn't do this. Help!
  2. See if you can get an electronics store to check the tubes (remove them for them). Maybe one side of the amp is not driving as hard as the other because one tube was damaged during shipping.

    Do not replace the tubes until you have confirmed that they are indeed bad.
  3. Sahm


    Dec 18, 2007
    Delaware, OH
    What kind of bass are you using? If it's active, you could try lowering the gain on the bass itself. Does it do it on all basses, passive too?
  4. I would think it would be something with the amp because it related to the amp volume not the guitar volume and the cab has been eliminated.
  5. Tony Gray

    Tony Gray

    Mar 6, 2006
    Fender Jazz, I'm getting to ready to take my P into the room and see what it sounds like. No active basses.

    And when it's turned up, it's just crazy, not musical at all. Sounds like a cheap amp. Turned down, sounds really good.
  6. GEt it checked- ask orig. owner??? My SVT2 simply gets louder up to 5/10 volume.then OD comes in & it just get's beautifully dirtier & a bit louder from 5-10(full volume) & THATS LOUD!!! Thats thru a NV610 too! As I said It's a GREAT dirty sound One that U just cant get w/ gain & volume AFAIK.
  7. anderbass


    Dec 20, 2005
    Phoenix. Az.
    Sounds like something is wrong with your amp. If it was shipped to you, maybe something was damaged by all the rough treatment it most likely endured...

    I've got a 400+ and a NV610, I recently added a 71 SVT to my collection and definitely prefer it to my 400+ in every way. (except weight) When working correctly, your SVT should be a "plug and play" amp. I haven't been able to find any knob settings that truly sound bad on mine yet.

    You had the volume at 7?

    My SVT/NV610 pairing is so loud with my band I haven't felt the need to get its volume past 5 yet. (usually around 3 or 4 actually) Mine seems at least just as loud or louder than my 400+. (both in available clean headroom and the overall usable volume levels)
  8. Tony Gray

    Tony Gray

    Mar 6, 2006
    I did a search, and took what you gave me in this post. I found a post that Jerold Tiers wrote, and that was helpful. It sounds much better to me now, and I like the P sound better than I ever have before. ALL of the tubes are supposed to be brand new. According to the seller and the shop that did the work. But I'll get them checked. The amp has been on for a good while, and I've been pushing it, and now channel 1 is a little noisy. Ch. 2 is dead quiet, and sounds real good. Something else I noticed, I'm probably WAY too loud for what I need.

    But thanks to your help, I've got a sound I can use. I would appreciate any more suggestions you may have.

    I've got two big gigs this week, and I want to use it. No, I'm going to use it, so thanks for all your help.

  9. Tony Gray

    Tony Gray

    Mar 6, 2006
    Yeah, I think that was part of it. The SVT is much louder than my Mesa, and the Mesa sounds pretty tame in comparison.

    I saw a guy in Nashville last week playing a 400+ and he had one of the best tones I've ever heard.

    But this SVT tone is the bomb. If I can get a handle on it:D
  10. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    How many ohms is the cab? If it's an 8 that's probably your problem. The skunkworks heads don't put out nearly as much power as the 70's head do. I owned one and sold it a few years ago, was no comparison to my 70's heads although it was built like a tank, I bought this head brand new too.
    They are also much lower gain than the old ones, 7 is like about 3 on an old one, but should still be past the distortion point, get an SVT cab to go with it, it'll match much better.
    I run mine with bass near max, mid at 12 depending on the room, mid switch in the middle and treble at max with bright switch on and control the treble with the tone control on the bass, this is with either two 4 ohm B-15 cabs or an SVT cab.
  11. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    I find my SVT sounds great with the bass at noon, the trebble at noon. The mid selector switch is in the middle and the mid volume is probably at 2:00. The other two switches are off. Plug and play is a great way to describe a real svt.
  12. EXACTLY!!!!! Plug n play. I find it hard to get a BAD sound outta my SVT & NV610:D