Ampeg SVT-2 Pro
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Ampeg SVT-2 Pro

SVT-2 Pro, Bass Guitar Amp Head from Ampeg in the SVT Pro series.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 7 reviews )
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moosers01/23/2010

moosers's review

Ampeg SVT-2 Pro
The Ampeg SVT-2 Pro is a bass guitar amplifier head in a rack mountable casing.  I don't know the exact wattage on the unit, but this thing sure holds a ton of power.  The SVT-2 Pro is a tube based head with a 1/4 inch connection in the front for your instrument and 1/4 inch speaker output in the back.  The unit has buttons for both on/off and stand by.  As I stated earlier, this can also be rack mounted and will take up four spaces.

UTILIZATION

In terms of tone features, the Ampeg SVT-2 Pro has a lot to bring to the table.  For starters, you've got a nine band graphic equalizer that also has an output level slider.  It also has another parametric equalizer with bass, mid, and treble, and the ability to choose between five fixed frequencies for one of the bands.  You've also got parameters for gain, drive, and master volume.  In addition there are a ton of smaller buttons for controls like ultra lo, ultra hi, and bright. 


SOUNDS

I've used the Ampeg SVT-2 Pro both in tandem with a speaker cabinet and sent directly to a console, and no matter which way you slice it, this is a great bass guitar amp head.  I've used the amp with a Fender Jazz bass and an Ampeg speaker cabinet.  The versatility and overall sound quality possible with this amp head is truly outstanding.  I'm a guitar player more than a bass player, but as a recording engineer when I have used this head with other players who are more experienced, it really shines.  The sound covers all of the frequencies you'd want from a bass guitar as it is both thick and low and full of life.  The head really needs to be experienced in order to feel all of its glory...


OVERALL OPINION

The Ampeg SVT-2 Pro is designed for the professional or experienced player looking for an absolutely top notch bass head.  Considering the price as well, this isn't made for someone getting their first head as it just costs too much.  It is perfect for use both in the studio and on the stage, as I really think that it could get the job done anywhere.  If you're in the market for an upper end bass head from what is probably the best company for anything bass amp related, definitely consider the SVT-2 Pro.
Steelcore10/26/2013

Steelcore's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the classic of classics"

Ampeg SVT-2 Pro
100% lamp head (6x6550) 300 watts
control of the drive
9-band graphic EQ that makes the difference with other heads Ampeg
3-band EQ with effective medium for hyper boost, bass and treble
effects loop with mix (I do not use it because I compress the mix only)
XLR line out with hyper useful to choose pre or post EQ (I sent in a microphone preamplifier TL Audio PA1 which has also equalization filters)
tuner output, prove useful
speakon plug for Ampeg 8x10 cabinet that goes perfectly with this head, SWR will be fine as well (I tested with a 4x10)
One defect: what it is heavy! So not perfect, but it comes close.

UTILIZATION

Not need the manual, super simple to use. Whatever the setting, it sounds. EQs provide flexibility so that I imagine that any bassist can find something here.

SOUNDS

Ideal for hard rock, rock, heavy etc ... I am a guitarist and I use this material to give my songs sound classic rock. Ampeg sound goes perfectly with my sound rhythm guitar (Gibson Les Paul Std connected to both a Mesa Dual Recto 4x12 with V30 + and + 4x12 Marshall JCM800 in G12).
I use the SVT2 with classic Ampeg 8x10 cabinet and a Fender Custom Shop Jazzbass 4 strings (EQ more comprehensive than the standard Jazzbass). I chose this combination SVT2PRO + JBCS after hearing the live bassist Jon Oliva (Savatage ex). The sound is full of psychics and mediums low: so he looks great in the mix. Not to mention the end of the handle Jazzbass be a guitarist.
I get her to Geezer Butler. I have more trouble getting closer to the sound of Dave Ellefson (active pickups). By compressing it approaches the sound of Billy Sheehan. Fat, clear and precise at the same time. Beware, the sound is clean for the noizy, go your way unless you use the pedals, which is not my case. If you are fans of Metallica and Suicidal Tendencies, however, with a Music Man or Warwick you can take to Rob Trujillo.
I summarize: the amp gives a classic sound and lays the foundation (heat lamps, dynamic etc.), the lower the tone. And sculpts all with the EQ on the SVT formidable EQ that allows it to stand out from other SVT heads. In fact the presence of the EQ justifies the purchase of this head or not. If you do not need and are looking for a round at the AC / DC, then spend less with a classic SVT. Of course with the pro SVT2, you have this sound, but you'll also others :)

OVERALL OPINION

I since April 2011. Anyway I tested tons and there is that SVT2 to me crack. I waited for all my guitar equipment to invest. I was tired of playing with bassists who did not sound. And as this is the only bass amp model that I like, I had no other choice. One competitor could seduce me: SWR. Unlike Hartke, Gallien Krueger and Trace Elliot. Attention amps these brands are good, we are talking about taste, without any objectivity. Why I prefer blondes to brunettes? The girls and beer elsewhere ... Well I know. It's like that and that's all.
Pricewise, it is obviously too expensive for Ampeg does not make either a perfect gear. The build quality is not the best you could find on the market. I will not complain, this SVT never fell down. But I only used in studio conditions. I do not know if this big baby tolerates touring. Before you take it with you on the road, made to sign a contract stating that they accept the roadies to gun down the back with the terribly heavy gear. History to avoid a mutiny. For the very fact lay his head on a 8x10 cabinet is torture. And to find a shockmount rack that does not bend under the weight, is another matter ...
So you buy a head for it delivers the legendary, but not given, and that is especially difficult to handle.
888elvis04/09/2013

888elvis's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent, magical."

Ampeg SVT-2 Pro
Amp lamps, all types of settings are possible, low funk, rock, reggae, blues, drunk, jazz. The sound settings are very accurate and easy.

UTILIZATION

Yes very simple and easy with the manual.

SOUNDS

The book comes with the settings is simple. I play a musicman stingray 5 and the sounds are great.

OVERALL OPINION

I used it for 2 years and I am now sold guitarist. I tried gallien kruegger and EBS, but I do it again the same choice, a bit expensive but an investment that nobody can miss.
ggbassiste11/24/2009

ggbassiste's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ampeg SVT-2 Pro
Great, no other superlative tests with a fender jazz bass, acoustic and electro, no word ...
I expect an American precision, re tests I think sublime happiness.
jeanbarose11/22/2008

jeanbarose's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ampeg SVT-2 Pro
Large head (4 racks) delivering 300W RMS into 4 ohms and 2. Boost acute low gloss over the equalizer in addition to traditional buttons quite sour. A drive knob called wake lamps for the drive info quarter corresponds to the presence of fully svt 3 pro is that the gap between the two amps ...

UTILIZATION

The rules of tube amps are known for the survival of your wallet and it is not the case with semi amp lamps. As they say no pain no gain! If not all bass not too stupid to find an easy way out his SON! Just put in a low ratio, squier fender United States average, but well ... as always, money is the sinews of war

SOUNDS

If you spend about 2000 euros a head you have the right to require so this amp is excellent. After the svt 3 pro I wanted to hang with the multi body full of reasons, but I broke down before this beast of 40 kgs. The range is wide and be mistaken about this amp is good so the sound is warm. Although it sure is colorful even not accurate enough for some. For example, the 3500 ha which is sufficient for 95% of bass players (including me) sound card in comparison.
If there is a point to remember is the sound he forgive the price and weight, and when you see their greatness is not just to speak.

OVERALL OPINION

Really heavy, bulky and expensive this amp is for enthusiasts. It is to forget everything once you plug in and no longer wants him. Watch out for orders in the United States, tariffs are 300 euros, with the transformer puts the European price ... to meditate!
hubbub11/19/2006

hubbub's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ampeg SVT-2 Pro
Amp head all-tube, the description is already done. It delivers 300W into 2 or 4 small flat ohm.Seul not drive channel independent.

UTILIZATION

For proper use must first be a good setting of bias behind soyer but reassured the presence of diode allows a single user to be able to do so. After making this adjustment for you to fiddle with the buttons to find your sound and you will be filled.
Actually the sound is very clean, you can have e very good bass as good treble. You me, say that any money should be better. For it is against the ampeg tube, a warm, round, setting it quickly becomes clear that one can find very traditional ons you remember the good vintage sound of bass but can also have sounds more modena the head is very versatile.

SOUNDS

From the perspective of sound as said before we can have it all. Against by careful, this kind of amp is most advisable with a good source of entry. There is no point spending a fortune in this kind of material if the bass is just sending entry, choose instead a certain homogeneity.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a short time so I would probably update this notice. At first glance I prefer the M400 + mesa because it offers a more rounded, and finally this is a matter of taste.
I paired this head with a 1x18 and it 4x10HLF and impeccable. my bass is a fender model Jazzbass 75.
Today the price of this head is found well down in New alorsn € 1850 a few months ago some of the selling for more than € 3000. What you should know is that the power tubes is expensive, so handle carefully.
snoopy7800003/01/2004

snoopy78000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ampeg SVT-2 Pro
 head amp (6550 6x power, 4x 12AX7 + 1x 12AU7 preamp and  2x12AU7 + 1x 12AX7 for driver)
300w
connections: speaker:  jack or Speakon,   tuner output, effect loop, DI output with a volume 
bias adjustment with LED

UTILIZATION

No more easy to use, we take a speakon, we plug in the head, even to the cabinet (I use an ampeg SVT810E classic) and presto! not need to take the lead with the impedance is lit, you plug the bass and you can enjoy!
Ampeg gives settings "factory" in the doc (rock, jazz, country etc.) very useful to see the possibilities of the beast, but it's short ... 2 sheets, description of the front, rear, of the main functions, settings, problems / solutions and then the diagram of the amplifier. At the same time that I was not too embarrassed ...

SOUNDS

The head amp is really versatile, I have used for a variety of sessions (Rap, rock, variety, French song, my metal band !..), and concerts, and many bassists like it (ask Krucifix the thought that his bass player ...).
I play bass and Fender G & L (see profile) and uses a slight compression, with a bassball from time to time ...
the diversity of sounds is impressive because the EQ is really active! over the head has a parametric EQ and a graphic EQ, switachable via pedal, so you can go from a warm, full and round with fingers snapping sound perfect for slap (example), or equalizer with parametric and correct defects qques frequency with the graph (Koike and 9 bands of EQ are not used much in my opinion, referring to the frequency range of a bass, not very credible .. c .) multiply the various buttons of its variants, bright, ultra bass, ultra high ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it since 1999, have tried many other heads in the studio, I almost fall for an svt classic but not so versatile! Fender asked me not long ago a bassman 100 head ... ki is quickly returned to the factory with its 4x10 cabinet ...
The price is very high, about 3500 euros so be reserved for the rich, or enthusiasts or professionals ... at that price must be added a change of lamps from the beginning (the head was not equipped with groove tubes but by a Polish brand!) if you can afford it (the operation is interesting because your lights will wear of heads ... and how it can save more sessions ...), change every year adjustable + the bia ... the cost of annual maintenance is a small car ...
but I will do the same choice as the must c bass amps, people buy the ki generally keep (I do not see often OCCAZ ')
monstrous head, but not within the reach of every budget, so no note max ...