Ampeg V-4B 100W All-Tube Bass Head Reissue
Ampeg today announces a truly remarkable reissue of the legendary V-4B 100W All-Tube Bass Head. The original earned a place in bass history, delivering pure all-tube tone and an unmistakable grind that is truly one-of-a-kind. The all-new V- 4B head embodies this legendary tone in a stage-worthy package that is unquestionably V-4B.
“From the vintage rocker switches to the unique integrated chassis suspension system...the attention to detail is all there,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager Zane Williams. “And, of course, the tone had to be perfect. It’s the classic all-tube Ampeg sound in a head that’s less than half the weight of a SVT. You've got to love that."
While the new V-4B is sure to appeal to fans of the classic original, it is also ideal for bassists who crave the tone of the Ampeg SVT head, but don’t need that level of power or who want a more portable option. The V-4B is the same width as the SVT-CL and SVT-VR head and fits securely onto any Classic Series Ampeg cabinet including the all-new SVT-112AV and SVT-212AV.
“100 watts of all-tube power is really a sweet spot for professional bassists,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager Zane Williams. “With the new V-4B you not only get the sought-after tone of a fully-cranked Ampeg tube amp at volumes more suitable for modern venues and applications, you also benefit from a huge gain in portability.”
The Ampeg V-4B design process involved sampling a wide range of vintage V-4B heads for reference with a goal of achieving preamp and power section circuits and overall tone that are undeniably V-4B. However, by using a modern-day analog approach, there is an increase in both reliability and serviceability. A focused addition of modern features includes an integrated DI with ground lift, a -15dB input for active basses and a range of speaker outputs at different impedances. Maintaining the tone and integrity of the classic V-4B was the primary design goal, but the addition of these features adds flexibility and functionality perfect for today’s players.
The new Ampeg V-4B joins the other Ampeg Classic Series heads and will be available in September, 2013.
That’s not all the company announced today. Ampeg extends its industry-dominating Classic Series cabinet line with two new models – The SVT-112AV and SVT-212AV. Both feature custom 12-inch drivers from Eminence and represent the first time Ampeg has offered a bass cabinet with 12-inch drivers in nearly a decade.
“There is something amazing about using 12-inch drivers on a bass cabinet,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager Zane Williams. “They are the perfect size to bridge the gap between the fast transient response players want and the rich low end they expect from an Ampeg SVT cab.
Both new cabinets are built using rugged 15mm poplar ply and deliver on the vintage Ampeg look, featuring AV Tolex and grille cloth. The classic black grille is available separately from Ampeg for those that want to pair the cab with an SVT-CL or other Ampeg head. With a choice of a single or dual 12’’ design, both with a 1” compression driver, the new SVT cabs provide even more possibilities when building an Ampeg bass rig.
Rated at 300W RMS power handling at 8 ohms, the SVT-112AV is a great match with PF-350, Micro-VR or for integrating with other Ampeg cabinets into a single rig. The SVT-212AV is a 4 ohm cab rated for 600W RMS. This is perfect for the all-new V-4B along with other heads like the SVT-CL, SVT-VR or PF-500.
“With these new more compact and lightweight cabinets in the Classic line, creating a modular Ampeg rig just got easier,” concluded Williams.
The new Ampeg SVT-112AV and SVT-212AV join the other Ampeg Classic Series cabinets and will be also be available this September and you can be sure they wil come with our PAL Promise of the best prices around!