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The ultimate head

By Xavy, 27/08/2013
All-tube amp head.
Detailed specifications are on the manufacturer's website.
The power output is 300W (watt lamps, ideal for deafness).
Settings, it is the basic equalization, gain the master + gadjets two buttons (ultra high and ultra low fréquece) for people who do funk or metal.

I note as well I like the amps that are not calculators where 2H handling are required to have a not acceptable sound, a simple EQ, gain the master = THE sound and baste my dream.

The only problem is that it weighs 45 kg. It is (very) heavy. Too heavy. So 3 points less.


The configuration could not be more simple, the knobs do their job, it was the place regardless of his race.

The manual is a bit long to read, with details not necessarily comprehensible to the common man on the electronics and lights inside.

I can not get a bad sound with this head, it sounds low, medium and high see strong volume (even with mediocre speakers).

I note perfect for use level was THE sound without taking the cabbage for 20 years.


I do not really have a defined style of music when I play bass, I'm full of replacements in groups, but it made me dream of all these styles:
- Rockabilly
- Rock ('n' roll, psychedelic, hard)
- Reggae, ska, dub
- Original blues Rythm'n
- Funk
- Blues
I've never faulted, neither I nor anyone else.

I play with a Rickenbacker 4003, it is a perfect combination, and contrary to what you read everywhere, very versatile, we're looking for a little bit and it opens his ears.

No hate to sound with this amp is simply the best. It is perfect.


I use it for a little over a year, repeated in my house (in the lounge), and nothing to say, always waiting for you.

I tried many things before, but eventually, this amp all the other buried.

I love his ability to THE sound with any bass.
I do not like the weight.

The value for money is like anything, when you buy the top, you know what to expect, this is the case with this head.

With hindsight I would not do it again this choice (unless I was up a studio at home and the amp does not have to move), I have back problems and this amp is incompatible with this disease. I repeat Ampeg, but a hybrid head that weighs less than 20 kg ...


By mayeutch, 30/07/2011
All Tube Amp 300 W. No need to present the SVT


One branch, and it sounds.


This head is designed for bass players looking for a big rock sound, very round and precise, with good possibilities of harmonic color mediums.
For polyvalece, FTAs, but left to choose between great sound and its rotten miles, my choice is quickly made.


After using for years a preamp tube Ampeg SVP pro (in Retube Sovtek LPS) coupled to a QSC RMX 850 amp, all alimantant 2 ampeg speakers (4x 10 "and 1 x 15") I found that my system lacked low. SVT with Legacy, I found I was looking for his last years: it's round, warm, and perfectly intelligible in the studio, even when you have to cross a wall of guitars metal.
A highly recommeded, although cete head is very very expensive for my taste and very very heavy, even untransportable (again, the head can not run in 8 ohms, so I must systhématiquement my two 8 ohm speakers to switch to 4 ohms. When you're a fan of the big rock, hard board to another amp when we tasted the SVT CL Heritage

Pretty logo

By gardenas, 17/05/2011
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We also know


The sound is pretty ugly, inaccurate, which is not the case with good tube amps (B15, Bassman 100, Ampeg Vintage)


For me the classic series is a big scam, although there is power, then trace elliot combo compared to the studio we made repeated wow, but the sound has nothing to do with true Ampeg head with a True oldest 8x10 cabinet.
Here is the sound card, the famous warm grain tube is mostly psychological, I find it rather aggressive and ugly, nothing to do with the roundness of an old SVT (with baffle that goes with it of course).
Also impossible, although proposed, connecting the head on a 4x10, finds himself on his narrow, not low, medium even more unpleasant.
The drive is horrible, it almost looks like a bad simulation, and this is not the lamps that were tired because I tried several.

I end by saying that in SVT there is not much good, except maybe the SVT-VR (much more expensive), provided to plug a real 8x10, not the classic.

moosers's review

By moosers, 07/02/2011
The Ampeg SVT-CL Classic is a tube bass guitar amplifier head that's suitable for use in the studio or on the stage. My experience with the amp head has only been inside the studio, which is probably the best place to check out an amplifier anyway. The amp has two 12AX7 preamp tubes and a 300 watt output. It's got two 1/4" inputs in the front (high and low) as well as speaker outputs in the back in both Speakon and 1/4" form. It's also got 1/4" connections for a slave out, preamp out, and power amp in. It also has a balanced XLR output connection for going direct. You're definitely not lacking in options here...


The make up of the Ampeg SVT-CL Classic isn't hard to understand and at the same time there's a ton of control possible over your sound. For setting controls, you've got knobs for gain, bass, midrange (with add frequency control), treble, and master. It also has buttons for both a high and low boost, which can certainly come in handy. I haven't seen a manual for the SVT-CL Classic.


The Ampeg SVT-CL Classic is definitely up there with the best sound bass amplifier heads I've heard. It's really kind of impossible to go wrong here as this amp has pretty much everything you could ask for. In addition to be tube based, it's got all the modern amenities you'd want in terms of routing options and a healthy amount of parameters as well. The session I recently used this head on was for a punk band and the sound of the amp definitely worked well with the bass player's P-Bass. It's a really full sound and will undoubtedly work well for any genre of music.


It doesn't get much better than the Ampeg SVT-CL Classic when it comes to bass amp heads. Of course it's going to cost you a pretty penny but if you're a pro or semi-pro it's going to be worth investing in something that sounds this good and in something that will last a long time like this should. If you're interested in a top of line bass amp head, the SVT-CL Classic is a fine choice!
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Ampeg Heritage SVT-CL tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Ampeg
  • Model:Heritage SVT-CL
  • Series:Heritage
  • Category:Bass Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 02/01/2010

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[Musikmesse] Ampeg Heritage Series

Published on 03/19/10
Ampeg announced a new line of heads and cabs designed and assembled in the U.S.A.

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