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Where's the SVT vs. V4 thread?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by whitespike, Apr 16, 2009.


  1. whitespike

    whitespike

    Nov 28, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I know it exists and I hate to be that guy .... surely someone has a link I cannot find. And if not, discuss by all means!
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    OK, I'll start:

    SVT: 300w
    V4: 100w
     
  3. whitespike

    whitespike

    Nov 28, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Hardy har.
     
  4. troyus

    troyus

    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.
    hahaha...

    SVT: Retube costs you as much as a decent bass. Also! Over time must factor in the cost of back injury due to moving SVT from gig to gig.

    V4: Retube costs you a set of pickups.
     
  5. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    V4 = tube amp heaven
    SVT= loud tube amp heaven
     
  6. troyus

    troyus

    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.
    If I could only have one I would probably go with the V4, it's a lot cheaper to buy and maintain, as well as lighter.

    Yeah it is not as loud, but it is still loud enough for a club and bigger venues mic anyways.

    But the SVT does have a little better tone, at least mine does, especially with a P-bass. Might have something to do with the lower fundamental harmonic of the P pickups. You can 'feel' more of the note.

    We are comparing the V4 to the SVT (vintage) or VR right? If it's the CL then I would go V4 without a second thought.

    As far as volume is concerned the V4 can only get about as loud as 10 oclock on the SVT before it just overdrives. The SVT has about twice the headroom.
     
  7. cripula

    cripula

    Dec 20, 2006
    Canada
    That sums it up quite nicely...
    I'll add:

    V4-B = 60lbs
    SVT = 90 lbs

    I love 'em both. A lot!
     
  8. whitespike

    whitespike

    Nov 28, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, I'm tlking vintage V4 vs. vintage SVT. I think the vintage V4s are nearly the same weight no?
     
  9. troyus

    troyus

    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.
    No they are a LOT lighter than the SVT.
     
  10. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I think the V4 is closer to 65-70 lbs, but still at least 20-25 lighter than an SVT. I like the 8/4/2 ohm switch on the V4.
     
  11. mrkreuzschlitz

    mrkreuzschlitz

    Jun 30, 2008
    Dacula, GA
    Aren't they essentially the same amp except the wattage difference?
     
  12. cripula

    cripula

    Dec 20, 2006
    Canada
    I believe the V4 weighs a little more than a V4-B. No reverb tank in the V4-B.
    I bet Johnk_10 could tell us for sure.
     
  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    my V4b weighs about 3lbs less than my V4's. 65lbs for the v4b and 68lbs for the v4's.
     
  14. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    V4B's (at least older ones) use 7027 power tubes instead of 6550
    My V4B does have a nicer tone than my SVT-CL; just not enough power for some gigs or ineffecient speakers

    Pick the one that suits your application (or buy both)
     
  15. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Sweetwater Sales Engineer
    Never played an SVT but I love the V4B. Amazing tone.
     
  16. The 8x10 is heavy and awkward enough without having a head that yanks your arm out of the socket. V4 4LYFE!!
     
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You gals better be careful...you might break a nail.

    You all disgust me. You call yourselves Ampeg fans, yet you worry about 60 lbs vs. 80 lbs. Big deal. I'm 47, fat, and I smoke, yet I sling an SVT like it's a Markbass. Yeah, OK, I have a Markbass amp too, and yeah, you can go back a year and find where I used to be a weight wuss, but you know what? It's really not that bad unless you have a bad back or shoulder injury. So if I can do it, certainly the rest of you can, too.

    Now go man up and sling that iron!
     
  18. I have a shoulder injury!

    Also, my v4 was 250 bucks. Everything after that is just a rationalization.
     
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    A shoulder injury, huh? That's very different. Never mind.

    Great price on the V4, BTW. I wish I could get another V4B. But I'm a little amp heavy as it is.
     
  20. rbonner

    rbonner

    Sep 25, 2008
    Ok lets see here, V4B 65# - Tube SVT 85# - SVT-4PRO rack 375# I think you guys need a new girlfriend to carry your amps, eh Jimmy?

    Bwahahhahahahaa...

    BOB
     

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