The current Ampeg V-4B

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mo Boogs, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. Mo Boogs

    Mo Boogs

    Mar 26, 2014
    I'm thinking of selling most of my bass amps and getting an Ampeg V-4B with the matching 212 AV cab. I play in a classic rock cover band and this rig will be replacing my SWR SM-400 with matching Goliath 410 and my Peavey Firebass II 700 with matching TVX 410. How will it do? Are the V-4Bs a solid rocknroll bassists amp? Is the volume decent? I like the idea of being able combo many types of cabs particularly doing two 212s when needed.
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I'm a little biased, but I think you will absolutely love that rig. Will it get as loud cleanly as a 400w SS amp and two 410's? Probably not. But it ain't quiet, either.
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  3. High Camp

    High Camp

    Oct 3, 2013
    I am not biased (just an Ampeg fan), and for me it's my go to rig (albeit two 112 cabs instead of one 212 cab).
    And I play in a 8 piece rock band.

    So, to answer your questions:
    - Yes, and even more than that.
    - Absolutely!
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  4. Ya may love it so much that you get another 212.... I'm using mine tonight with 2 115s. .. with one 115 I'd be struggling, but 2... yoooooj!
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  5. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    The V4B is a nice sounding amp. Yes, two 212 cabs would be even louder.

    But before buying any amp, you owe it to yourself to first test drive one if you can. Especially if you are first cleaning house.
  6. Mo Boogs

    Mo Boogs

    Mar 26, 2014
    That's definitely the issue for me. No stores around here keep a V4-B or a SVT classic in stock so I'd have to go on reputation.
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  7. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
  8. P-oddz


    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    V4B and 212AV user here, in a loud, modern rock band. Everything from round, thuddy fingerstyle, to heavy pick attack with fuzz.
    I honestly couldn't praise this amp enough, and the 212 is no slouch in projection and heft of tone. It has been my number one rig (taking over an Orange AD200 rig) since its purchase.

    Huge versatility in tone, lighter package, and it's proven to be ultra reliable for me. Compared to all the SS amps I have played, I would V4B it up ALL DAY. Your ego will thank you.
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  9. I'm not sure how useful this will be of my rig configurations is an original V4B with an SVT-212E. :hyper:
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  10. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    It is a good amp but how loud it gets cleanly depends on the cabinets you use and what you want to hear from them. With my particular choice a V4B wouldn’t even get one moving let alone the two. Will a 2x12 be louder than a 4x10 would depend on how efficient it is.

    Jimmy know more about these than I so, if he says you should be good to go, I’ll bow to his superior experience. :)
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  11. DRafalske


    Nov 6, 2008
    Hebron, KY
    If you're anywhere near Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, you're welcome to come over and try mine. I have an SVT, V4-B, and 212AV.
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  12. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I've been using my two 112AV cabs for every gig lately with either my V4 or other amps. Love those little cabs. Did some gigs recently filling in for a 7 piece band at a brewery and a small bar, certainly not the loudest group but there was plenty of bass in the room (no bass in FOH) and the amp wasn't breaking a sweat. I think if you don't mind a little hair on the tone the V4B with a 212AV would be fine a lot of situations.
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  13. Mo Boogs

    Mo Boogs

    Mar 26, 2014
    A little hair on my tone is exactly what I'm looking for. I love that ole James Gang, Cream, Mountain tone.
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Wish I could use a V4B for hair on my tone. I can't even get it in my band with a PF-50T! I have to use a B-15.
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  15. Mo Boogs

    Mo Boogs

    Mar 26, 2014
    No kiddin! The drummer and lead singer in my band would prefer if I used a cigarette pack amp or a pignose, but they're gonna have to just suck it up when I get my V4-B.
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  16. I own two SVT 212AV cabinets and LOVE them!

    I do not (yet) own a V-4B. I either power one 212AV with a SVT 3 Pro, or I run a SVT Classic through both of my 212 AVs. I would have bought a V-4B, but I got a killer deal on a Classic and couldn't pass it up.

    I think that you will love this rig.
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  17. Mo Boogs

    Mo Boogs

    Mar 26, 2014
    Man I can't wait to get it! I've definitely got my sights set on the V4-B but was also curious if anyone's used the Ampeg Micro VR 210 stack? Sound great in the videos of seen but seems to me it's more like a bedroom, practice amp. Has anyone gigged with those?
  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Sure. More than a bedroom amp, but not a rig i'd use in Metallica. Sub out the PF350 and you get more power. But I would still totally rather have a V4B.
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  19. sjrash


    Nov 30, 2007
    Tampa, FL
    I have been using a V4B and a 212AV for years as my only gig rig. This setup does fine for me in medium sized venues. When playing outside or larger venues, I use the V4B and a 810AV. If anymore than that is needed, I run a di through PA. I set up the gain on my amp so it is clean until I dig into the strings a bit. One of my favorite Ampeg amps.
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  20. outoftune

    outoftune Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    V4B and 212AV is my only gigging rig right now.
    I play in two bands and it handles anything I throw at it.
    I don't have much allegiance to any gear and tend to trade more than I should, but this rig ain't going anywhere.
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