Ampeg SVT Head 1980s Black

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Introduced in 1969, the Ampeg SVT was an absolutely revolutionary amplifier, pushing an unprecedented 300 watts through an 8 by 10 cabinet. The SVT has gone through a number of design changes over the years, but remains an unmistakable part of touring rigs and backlines for generations of musicians though the first model ceased production in 1985. The cosmetic changes brought about in the early '80s were the result of Ampeg being purchased by Japanese firm, MTI.

Years of Production: 1969 - 1985

Unique to this era: By the early 80s, SVT amps had switched to all black and white design.

Electronics: 300 watts, two channels, four inputs (two bright, two normal, 2/4 ohm output  

Controls:  Volume, treble, bass on both channels, midrange on channel 1

Notable SVT Players: The Rolling Stones, Les Claypool, Bootsy Collins

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