Ampeg 1x12 and 2x12 Cabinets

This time around we are going to finish up with the second half of the Ampeg V4B with the SVT-112AV & SVT-212AV Cabinets.

For the most part I have never intentionally used 12” speakers for my bass. I started out with 15’s then 18’s then went to 10’s for most of my professional career. In my mind 12” speakers were for guitar players. I did use a friend’s 4x12 cabinet once when my gear was not available and it sounded cool, But not enough for me to look any further.

Till Now !!!

The Ampeg SVT-112AV & SVT-212AV Cabinets have changed my mind about my speakers and cabinets. I have been using two SVT-212AV Cabinets for larger clubs and outdoor dates and one SVT-212AV cabinet for some casino dates. No one ever thinks I’m using 12” speakers, for the most part people think it’s a 4x10 cabinet. I have also been using the SVT-112AV for my rehearsals. This cabinet is plenty powerful enough for gigs though.

Before we get too far into this let’s get some info from Ampeg for reference. This is taken from their web site.

The Ampeg SVT-112AV bass enclosure delivers pure Ampeg tone in a ported cabinet design that bridges the gap between the fast transient response you want and the rich low end you deserve. The SVT-112AV features a 12″ custom Eminence® LF driver and a 1″ compression driver with 3-way level control in a rugged cab with vintage Ampeg styling. A classic black grille cloth is also available separately. Rated to handle 300W RMS at 8ohms, the SVT-112AV is a great match with the V-4B, PF-350, Micro-VR or for integrating with other Ampeg cabs in your rig

RMS Power Handling: 300 Watts

Frequency Response (-3dB): 70 Hz-18 kHz 

Usable Low Frequency (-10 dB): 35 Hz

Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms 

Sensitivity: 96 dB

Maximum SPL: 121 dB

Dimensions (W x H x D inches): 24 x 17 x 16

Weight: 45 Pounds

The Ampeg SVT-212AV bass enclosure delivers pure Ampeg tone in a ported cabinet design that bridges the gap between the fast transient response you want and the rich low end you deserve. The SVT-212AV features 2x12″ custom Eminence® LF drivers and a 1″ compression driver with 3-way level control in a rugged cab with vintage Ampeg styling. Rated to handle 600W RMS at 4ohms, the SVT-212AV is an ideal match for the Ampeg V-4B bass head. Plus, with an optional classic black grille cloth available, it’s the perfect addition to any Ampeg Classic, SVT PRO or Portaflex Series rig.

RMS Power Handling: 600 Watts 

Frequency Response (-3dB): 71 Hz -18 kHz 

Usable Low Frequency (-10 dB): 40 Hz

Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms 

Sensitivity: 99 dB

Maximum SPL: 127 dB

Dimensions (W x H x D inches): 24 x 25 x 16

Weight: 66 Pounds

Well, now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Both cabinets have a great sound. Rich smooth milk chocolate tone. A nice deep bottom end with a great mid-section and all the top end slapping you in the face. I chose to go with the 2x12 for this gig as it covered more area. I have gotten more compliments on this rig than any other that I have owned before.

I mainly use the 2x12 cabinets live. The gigs I do live I usually need to cover some space and push some air so I use 2 of these bad boys I spread them out and put one on each side of the drums.

The SVT-212AV cabinet is built using 15mm poplar plywood. The cabinet is tuff and light weight. I thought for sure it was going to be heavier than my 4x10 but no. The SVT-212AV cabinet is by far lighter and sounds way better.

The punchiness of this cabinet has made me a believer of the 12” speaker for bass.

Let’s not forget the SVT-112AV this bad boy kick’s butt as well. I have used this with the V4-B head and the micro VR head. Both amps worked great with this cabinet. You still get that great Ampeg sound even in this small package. It’s great to get the same sound and tone in rehearsals as I do at gigs.

Now these cabinets are not cheap, in construction or in price. I have been seeing the 1x12 at $499.00 and the 2x12 at $699.00 but if you want that sound you are going to have to cough up a little more cash. I haven’t been seeing any used ones coming around so it’s going to have to be a new one. Keep shopping you’ll find one.

Just a side note, I have wanted an Ampeg amp for a very long time now but for one reason or another it never happened. Since I have been using the V-4B head with these cabinets more and more players are complimenting me on my sound.

If you want the Ampeg sound you need an Ampeg. I have tried the amp simulators and modelers, I even use one in my direct rig. Some come close but none of them give you that exact tone, sound, feeling or look.

I really really really like this combination !