Back in 1969 things were getting loud, with the rock and roll revolution in full swing. Every guitarist was turning things up to try and make sure at least the first three rows of the crowd were vapourised with a single strum. The first Ampeg SVT amps entered the fray with a health warning because they were so hairy, advising anyone that it was capable of damaging your hearing.
This couldn't have appealed more to Keith Richards and the rest of the Rolling Stones who took them on tour as back line. The rest is history and Ampeg are one of the most respected manufacturers of guitar and bass amplifiers around today. The big beast SVT is still going strong for bassists who want dirt and sweet overtones, plus a number of different valve combos and heads, while they have also branched out into a range of affordable solid state amps. Ampeg offer plenty of overdrive that can be cranked for rock bass or dialed in subtly for a bit more presence.