SVT-VR is a vintage reissue of the 70â€™s â€˜blue-lineâ€™ SVT head 31/01/06
Ampegâ€™s SVT is quite possibly the most respected bass amp of all time and now the company have announced the SVT-VR, a vintage reissue of the highly sought after 1970â€™s â€˜blue-lineâ€™ SVT head.
With the new SVT-VR, the Ampeg engineering and product development teams had one primary goalâ€”get as close to the coveted tone of the â€˜classicâ€™ SVT as possible. As a result, the preamp stage, power section, and even the rocker switches of the new SVT-VR emulate the exact signal path, tone, and vibe of the original rock â€˜nâ€™ roll workhorse.
Ampeg Product Manager, Tommy Wilson told us, â€œThe original â€˜blue-lineâ€™ SVT has a tremendous legacy. It remains one of the most respected and sought-after Ampeg products of all time. For years, artists at all levels have been asking us to re-issue the vintage design. Of course, we didnâ€™t want to take on such an important project until we were absolutely confident we could recreate the tonality of the original.â€�
So important was their desire to recreate the classic SVT sound, that the Ampeg development team enlisted the help Dennis Kager, a member of the original Ampeg QC team and operator of a New Jersey-based restoration facility specializing in vintage SVT heads.
â€œHaving been affiliated with Ampeg products for nearly four decades, Iâ€™m very encouraged by Ampegâ€™s commitment to the original design and their desire to accurately recreate its sonic signature,â€� commented Kager. â€œIâ€™ve long known that there is a tremendous market for this product and Iâ€™m honored to have been involved in the development of the vintage reissue.â€�
The all tube SVT-VR amplifier is driven by a total of six 6550 power tubes for massive power and tone. In addition to the 70â€™s style dials and rocker switches, the SVT-VRâ€™s preamp circuitry has been faithfully recreated to match the original. Even the classic blue graphics are there. Price and Availability
The Ampeg SVT-VR is currently available and carries a manufacturerâ€™s suggested retail price of $2,799.00.