Ampeg SVT-4 Pro
Ampeg SVT-4 Pro

SVT-4 Pro, Bass Guitar Amp Head from Ampeg in the SVT Pro series.

MGR/Derek Steele 05/02/2004

Ampeg SVT-4 Pro : MGR/Derek Steele's user review

« Ampeg SVT-4 Pro »

  • Like
  • Tweet
  • Submit
  • Email
I was looking for a large, collusium quality amp with many tonal features
Price Paid:A total steal $1400 Canadian
I aquired an Svt4 Pro Amp head and a 810e Classic enclosure off a friend of mine

I like the 9 band equalizer and the fact you can engage, disengage it with a pedal. I was mainly looking for an amp with many different tonal features for the number of different soloing styles I do, Cliff Burton is one of my biggest insparations, so the harmonics and sustain are great. Most importantly it is LOUD. 1600 watts @ mono briged it more power than you'd ever handle. The 10" speakers sound amazing with great punch and don't "fart" when overdriven.

The only problem I had with it is one of the wheels bent on the enclosure so I just went to crappy tire and replaced them with heavy duty casters. The enclosure is litteraly like loading a coffin into your car but this no compliant, If you spend $1200 on any 8x10 enclosure your gonna have to deal with over 160lbs of dead wieght. The head is absolutly great no complaints.

Other than the wheel problem, the rig is really sturdy. As far as the durability of the head goes, LOOK AFTER IT!! It is not bullet proof, if you drop it or mistreat it be prepared to buy preamp tubes as well as getting it fixed buy a technichian. If you par the list price for it (1799$) you should instinctivley know to take care of it.

I would absolutly recommend this amp to any professional or amatuer with alot of money 100 times over. If you look after it you will never have a problem with it. The only thing is I would advise agianst rackmounting it. Unless there is a case out there with vents on the side, if you rackmount it the fan vents will be blocked and I am assuming the system would overheat rather Quickly.

This review was originally published on