AmpegAmpeg is the premier name in bass guitar amplification. Starting with low-wattage models such as the B-15N Portaflex favoured by Motown bass legend James Jamerson, the company later invented the ‘Super Vacuum Tube’ amplifier offering a staggering 300 watts output to accommodate the increasing volume and size of rock concerts during the 1960s.
"Today you will find the classic ‘SVT’ stack on every concert stage the world over, supplying the low-end to bass player royalty such as Sting, Roger Waters, Tony Levin and Stanley Clarke to name a few of their devoted artists."
Ampeg SVT - the original, all-tube bass amplifier
Since its invention, the SVT has become the bass amp that all rock bassists dream of, whether they're famous or completely unknown. Ampeg has modified the SVT concept for a wider variety of sounds, but fortunately, they still make the SVT-VR, which are virtually identical to the ones the Rolling Stones used to put their Jack Daniels bottles on top of. (The SVT-Classic is also available, and is very similar to the original.)
Former Bass Player editor Scott Malandrone put the SVT in perspective this way: "The SVT has done for the sound of electric bass what the Marshall Super Lead had done for the electric guitar—it would give the instrument an identity."
The first choice for artists and professionals
The Ampeg artist roster reads like a whose who guide to the worlds most celebrated bass guitarists, as such these amplifiers have helped define modern bass playing and continue to inspire generations of bands and artists with what has become known as "The Round Sound".
Building on the legacy of the SVT stack, Ampeg now offer a range of amplifiers to suit all styles and players from the traditional fuzzy warmth of the Portaflex series to the precise, fine-tuned tones of the SVT PRO series, ideal for modern rock and metal players.
Ampeg Portaflex Series
Ampeg’s Portaflex line combines the vintage styling of Ampeg’s iconic cabinet design with a selection of modern, powerful heads and legendary all-tube tone.
The PF-350, PF-500 and PF-800 heads are perfect for bassists that demand high-output in a lightweight, portable design. Those who desire true vintage Ampeg tone will feel right at home with the PF-20T and PF-50T all-tube heads.
The flip-top design of the PF-210HE and PF-115HE allows you to store your head, cables, etc. right inside the enclosure for ultimate portability while the PF-112HLF, PF-115LF and PF-410HLF are shelf-ported to hit hard and low.
Ampeg Heritage Series
Designed and assembled in the U.S.A., the Ampeg Heritage SVT-CL delivers classic Ampeg tone and styling, featuring premium components and construction for the professional bassist. The Heritage SVT-CL delivers 300W of power, including “Winged C” power tubes from a company that has made them for nearly a century. Classic Ampeg tone-shaping, including a 5-position midrange selector and high/lo switches deliver everything you love about Ampeg in a premium, straight-from-the-U.S. package.
The Ampeg Heritage SVT-810E and SVT-410HLF cabinets deliver legendary Ampeg tone, style and construction. They’re built from the highest-quality components, including custom-made 10″ U.S. Eminence drivers with 30 oz. magnets for ultimate punch. Rugged construction includes the 15 mm birch plywood cabinet and durable Tolex© covering. It’s Ampeg’s Heritage, but it’s your gear…and has been for over 60 years.
Ampeg BA Series
The all-new BA bass combo series features classic Ampeg tone in a sleek modern design. True 60-degree monitoring angle gives players the ability to position the amp to suit their space and stage setup, while the front-facing controls make it quick and easy to adjust settings while performing. Additionally, the Bass Scrambler™ overdrive circuit provides muscular grit and grind rock bassists demand. The Bass Scrambler™, which is available on the BA-110 and up, includes separate drive and blend controls, on/off control and is foot-switchable on the BA-112 and up.
Offering a wide range of options, the new series is suitable for a variety of applications. All amps in the new BA Bass Combo series feature 3-band EQ along with independent drive and blend controls in addition to master volume, 1/8” stereo auxiliary input, and 1/8” stereo output. In addition the amps feature phantom black powder-coated all-metal chassis with front-panel backlighting.
The smaller BA-108 and BA-110 are ideal for practice just about anywhere. They are lightweight for portability and offer a headphone output for silent practice as well as aux input for playing along with a smartphone or iPad. The BA-112 and BA-115, featuring Ampeg’s famed Ultra Hi and Ultra low circuits, are perfect for musicians who need an amp they can use for rehearsal and small stages. The BA-210 delivers 450-Watts of power for on-stage performances. This performance-driven amp features an -15dB input pad for active basses or additional level control, extension speaker output for connecting additional bass cabs, along with a dedicated XLR balanced line out.