Ampeg SVTVR Bass Guitar Amplifier Head

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Product Description

Tubes, tubes, and more tubes!
The new Ampeg SVT-VR is a vintage reissue of an early 1970s Blue-Line SVT head. The preamp stage, power section, and even rocker switches emulate the exact signal path, tone, and vibe of the original rock ’n’ roll workhorse. Authentic from its input jack all the way to its six 6550 output tubes, the SVT-VR is a must-have for rockers seeking that in-your-face Ampeg bass tone.

Ampeg SVT VR Features

  • Tube Preamp and Power Amp
  • 300-Watts RMS at 2 or 4 Ohms
  • Two Discrete Channels
  • Neutrik Speakon and 1/4 inch Output

The History of AMPEG...
In 1946, Everette Hull, an acomplished pianist and bass player, organized a partnership with Stanley Michaels under the name Michaels-Hull Electronic Labs. Their mission was to produce a new microphone pickup that Hull designed. The pickup was fitted on the end of an upright bass and was dubbed the Amplified Peg or Ampeg for short.

In 1949, Hull became the sole proprietor and changed the name of the company to the Ampeg Bassamp Company. Since that time, Ampeg has produced some of the music industry's most innovative and memorable products, satisifying the needs of musicians all over the world. Many of these products feature incredibly unique features and performance capabilities resulting in six U.S. patents under the Ampeg brand name.

In 1960, a design engineer by the name of Jess Oliver created a combo amplifier with a chasis that could be inverted and tucked inside the speaker enclosure, protecting the inner workings and increasing the portability of the the amp. Nicknammed the Portaflex, this amplifier became the standard in bass combos throughout the 60's and 70's.

Also in the early 60's, Ampeg was the first company to incorporate reverb in an amplifier. The Reverbrocket preceded Fender's Vibroverb (often thought of as the original) by nearly 2 years. In 1969, Ampeg set out to design the most powerful amplifier ever made. At that time, 50-watt amps were considered more than adequate. 100-watt amps were considered plenty loud. Ampeg, however, not only harnessed 300 watts of pure tube power but actually created a new valve (tube) technology - Super Valve Technology, or the SVT. Now the most sought after stage amplifier, the SVT has proven its road worthiness on stages around the world.

In 1986, St. Louis Music, Inc purchased Ampeg and continues the tradition of making quality, musician-satisifying products. The current series of Ampeg Classic models, Pro Series products, B Series heads and combos as well as the updated re-issue Diamond Blue Series are among the latest in the evolution of the professional, innovative and feature laden amplifiers available.

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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-258-6883 Warranty:  Effective September 17, 2010: Heritage Series: 5 years on Electronics, 2 years on Speakers, 180-day Tubes; SVT Classic and Pro Series; 5 years on Electronics, 2 years on Speakers; 90-day Tubes. All PF BA, Diamond Blue and BA Combo Amps: 2 years on Electronics and Speakers; 90 days tubes. Discontinued and B-Stock Products: Limited 90-day No-Fault Warranty

Product Specifications

Product Specifications

Ampeg SVT VR Specifications

  • Preamp: Tube (2 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AU7)
  • Driver Tubes: (1 x 12AX7, 2 x 12AU7)
  • Power Amp: Tube (6 x 6550)
  • RMS Power Output: 300-Watts @ 2 ohms
  • RMS Power Output: 300-Watts @ 4 ohms
  • Tone Controls: Bass, Mid, Treble
  • Mid Tone Control: 3-Position Rocker Switch
  • Ultra Low/High Boosts: Yes
  • Speaker Connections: Neutrik Speakon and 1/4 inch
  • Balanced Line Out: Yes (Transformer)
  • Preamp Out/Power Amp In: Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D inches): 24 x 11.5 x 12.75
  • Weight: 85 pounds

Customer Reviews

Review: Kevin Dunkel Submitted: 3/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

verified buyer


Absolutely love this amp, nothing compares!
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Product Review

There’s a reason you see this amp on stages everywhere, it’s simply the best!

Review: Ted Cendejas, Submitted: 7/22/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

verified buyer


Phenomenal in Every Way

Product Review

Unlike any other amp you have played or will play, this is literally a Goliath in monster bass tone, there is unlimited potential within this amp head... guaranteed that the tone that is being sculpted is one of a kind and genuine and can be mimicked by none, the thing that separates this from any other bass head is that this amp can be felt from anywhere in the room, not just from volume but something that’s intangible and enhances every single aspect of the overall sound from a band standpoint or an individual solo player. This is the only bass head that is second to none and heard on countless songs, that reason is because it delivers low end chest punching fat crystal clear tone that bass needs to feel with the kick drum.. Updated biasing keeps your amp running it’s best to the ability to patch your tone from different channels to bring new tonality. New features on the back panel which keeps the head modern to keep up with sound systems and cabinets but ultimately timeless sounds.

Review: george fatolitis Submitted: 3/31/2016

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

verified buyer


so far so good

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i was under the impression this was made in u.s.a.,that ain't so.china?

Review: Rob from Devils Lake, ND Submitted: 5/18/2013

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

verified buyer


This head is exactly what I had hoped it would be!

Review: Robert from Atlanta, GA Submitted: 4/18/2010

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


Worth the wait...

The SVT's reputation is top level and this VR is a step above. It does everything I hoped it would do with quality sound. Have only had it for 5 months now, but have had no problems at all.

The simplicity of the controls, and the ability to get those classic tones with ease.

Just as I knew it would be, deep, full, and plenty of power to spare.

Review: Ted from Kansas City, Missouri. Submitted: 5/25/2009

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


The sound of bass!!!

Very well made. Yes the price does have an initial "sticker shock", but you do get what you pay for.

This amp has remained true to the origional SVT.

Again, true to the origional SVT.

This one will require a strong back, or a good friend to help with moving it.

The tone is true to the origional line of SVT products in the late 60's to mid 70's. My stage rig consisted of: 4 - 8x10 cabs, and 4 - SVT heads in the mid 80's. This amp has the same powerful sound. Highly impressed.

This tolex is different in appearance, but a nice change.

Action? More in the form of power. This is the sound for bass guitar.

Review: Al from Arlington, Tx. Submitted: 1/31/2009

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


The last stop when it comes to tone

I have owned this amp for a year, but have never had any issues whatsoever.

As compared to the SVT classic you have many more features. Two channels each with a normal and bright setting, and three rocker switches to perfectly sculpt the sound you are looking for. There aren't dozens of dials, eq knobs, or flashing lights...this is thing is all about trainloads of thick vintage tone.

Really this amp is very versatile, and you can dial in a whole different range of tones from rock to jazz to metal to funk. I love this amp though because it is the only amp I have ever played that I can get that great warm/edgy vintage sound. I have a fender jazz bass and a fender p bass, and there is no better match up.

The amp is quite heavy, and at times you wonder why you lug this thing around from place to place...but as soon as you turn it on and play you forget about all of that. I sold the first svt vr I bought to pay some bills and thought I was going to buy a smaller amp that was easier to get around...but I eventually realized there is just nothing better sounding than this. I can no longer compromise, and am re-buying this amp.

The best way I can describe it is warm/bright. It is nice and smooth on the low end, but punchy, clear, and think on the mids and highs. This is what bass should sound like! It is so crisp.

The amp has that wonderful vintage look. Classic ampeg.


Review: Brian from Owosso Michigan, Submitted: 11/20/2008

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


Buy it NOW!!!

Ummm... Well, for $2,000 it should be made out of diamonds... It is a good amp. It's solid for sure. It's a real 85 lb tank.

Tone, tone, tone. The CL has nothing on this one. In my opinion, this actually sounds better than the original. You cannot purchase a better sounding bass head at any price. I would find a way to make it cost less. That is the only improvement I would make.

Unbelievable! I own an SVT-3 Pro, a Hartke HA7000, an SVT-2 Pro and this VR. If the VR didn't weigh so much, I wouldn't use any other head.

As basic as it could be.

You can get any tone you need out of it. E-Mail me @ if you'd like to hear a sample of the tone this is able to make.

Just like it was in 1970.

If you spend the money on this, I would imagine you're able to dial in a tone you like within 5 minutes.

Review: AMS Customer from USA Submitted: 2/5/2008

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.



Your general opinion of this product.

This thing is built like a tank. A friend has the same amp and he dropped it 6 feet onto a concrete walkway, and it still worked. The sidewalk was not so lucky. I have not gigged mine yet but the build quality and attention to detail is outstanding. A classic design - you can not go wrong with perfection.

The simple easy to use controls will have you sounding however you want right out of the box. You won't find a 32 band EQ or a fake sounding subharmonic generator or any of that crap. Just good bass tone - the SVT sound. That's all you need from a bass amp.

Like I said - you take it out of the box - hopefully you have a strong friend to help you - and you plug it in. It doesn't get much easier than that.

Make no mistake - these amps are expensive. You will pay a bunch for replacement tubes also, so keep that in mind. If that doesn't scare you away and you want the ULTIMATE bass


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