Fort Hope brings the noise with Ampeg
Fort Hope are already well on their way to taking their place amongst the upper echelons of British rock. They’ve toured with the likes of Mallory Knox, Frank Iero (ex-My Chemical Romance), Jimmy Eat World and Moose Blood, gained a nomination for ‘Best British Newcomer’ at this year’s Relentless Kerrang! Awards and delivered storming sets on the Pit Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.
"Paired with the go-to 8 x 10" Ampeg cab that no self-respecting rock bassist is seen without, Simon has a killer bass rig that delivers the goods night after night on tour."
A Meteoric Rise
Formed in 2013, Fort Hope are Jon Gaskin (vocals, guitar and piano), Jamie Nicholls (drums) and Simon Rowlands (bass). The then unmanaged band gained attention from the major labels when their previous single ‘Plans’ became Radio 1 ‘Track of the day’ and had huge Kerrang! radio support. Live they already have a fearsome reputation, and will be heading out on the road again in 2018.
Putting Together The Bass Rig
Bass player Simon Rowlands chose the Ampeg SVT-4PRO head for its high output and solid build quaility, that can stand up to both the raucous volumes required at Fort Hope shows and the rigors of touring that a busy band subjects their gear to.
Paired with the go-to 8 x 10" Ampeg cab that no self-respecting rock bassist is seen without, Simon has a killer bass rig that delivers the goods night after night on tour.
Onwards and Upwards
Fort Hope have continued to grow with numerous plays on Radio 1. They have been nominated for "Best British Newcomer" in the 2015 Kerrang! Awards and played on the Fresh Blood stage at Slam Dunk Festival. In the summer they will play 2000 trees, T in the Park and Reading & Leeds.
Find out more about the Ampeg bass amplifier range
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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.
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 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.