SR-212RT review by Ampeg

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.1 (12 votes)
Ampeg: SR-212RT
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Price paid: $ 1824

Purchased from: Billy Hyde

Sound — 10
I mostly play hard rock and I think it's perfect for that, rock, blues and anything really. It has a huge range of sounds yet it has it's own unique and good one! I doesnt't quite hit the real heavy metal so if you are into that you would need a pedal ect of some sort. I play strats mainly (use Lace Sensors a lot too) and the two seem to complement each other very well. As mentioned before I haven't got clean to distort and the distortion has a very full warm tone.

Overall Impression — 10
I have to say I love everything about this amp bar the weight. Ampeg have always been known to make great bass amps and it seems they certainly match them in guitar amps. I feel as if there are somewhat undiscovered but this is one of the best combos I have tried (and owned).

Reliability & Durability — 10
Reliability & Durability. Never had a problem with it. This is a very well built amp. Very solid and even has a cage for the tubes. The wires are placed under the amp section just behind the speakers so you also have the option to tilt it with out anything getting damaged.

Features — 9
100W all valve amp (groove tubes) with 2x Celestion speakers. Has 2 channels a superb clean IMO more impressive than Fenders and also a sweet very full distortion with a great punchy fat sound. They share the one EQ and built in effects are tremolo (also sounds great) and a beautiful lush sounding reverb. A seperate EQ and maybe vairables on the Reveb could be nice but this amp is very easy to use! It is extremely lound and I can't really see me turing the volume above 3. there is no unwanted distortion and is very clean most probably due to the fact they are mainly bass amp builders the valves don't Drive till about 8. Downfall would have to be the weight at about 36Kg.

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    ibanez_rules_94
    looks like a pretty good amp valve amps are always the best as transistor amps tend to give a tinny sound but with 100 watts of output that looks pretty good but the price is too much im looking for a valve amp project as its much cheaper (and easier if you have experience with electricals)
    qotsa1998
    I want an Ampeg guitar amp. they make some very professional bass amps, and lots of bass players use em. Robert Smith used a vintage ampeg, and he has a nice tone. There is a cheaper Ampeg amp, so ill try that out.
    Master Shake
    ibanez_rules_94 wrote: the price is too much
    Yeah its not the cheapest, but then I wouldnt take too much notice on what "I" payed for it. I live in Australia and everything is a complete rip off!
    DR_SH
    qotsa1998 wrote: I want an Ampeg guitar amp. they make some very professional bass amps, and lots of bass players use em. Robert Smith used a vintage ampeg, and he has a nice tone. There is a cheaper Ampeg amp, so ill try that out.
    Robert Smith,as in the guy from the Cure?
    higherworlds
    i own ampeg vt-22 1973 , it has the best tone ever, homme from QOTSA use one and wow sick, sick tone, other good apmeg amps are v 4, vt-22, vt40, vt120, and sr-212rt but th vt's are the best
    brownfender
    GUYS!!!! (N GALS) YOU HAVE TO TRY THE NEW AMPEG "JET" J-20 its all POINT TO POINT WIRING.. ( no pcb board ...all hand made.....) ...for that quality i mean its crazy ...i paid 700 for it it was a repacked from factory...anyways its 20 watts 2x 6v6 ...3x 12ax7....and its so clean and mean.!! only a volume and a tone plus the tremolo who is SOOOO SWEET...i had it 2 days ago and im drooling....its the circuit of the BROWN era DELUXE (fender 1962-63)...it got more headroom than a tweed but its realy warm tone....im amaze that FINALLY A CO. WHO UNDERSTAND..!!! try it OR GIVE ME YOUR INPUT ABOUT IT
    rocketj911
    i'm an old school ampeg freak for the last 40 years, thier stuff is just great with bullet proof reliabilty ... i gig with a 50 watt reverbarocket patched thru a marshall, and i just get killer tones with that combination ... thier not as popular as fenders, marshalls, or mesa-boogies, so you can get a decent deal used if your patient ....