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Ampeg develops the monster amp rig that sets the tone, punch and arena-rattling standard for all future big gun bass amps: the 300 watt SVT or "Super Vacuum Tube" amp, with a pair of 8 x 10" cabinets. The SVT is introduced at the July, '69 industry NAMM show and the Rolling Stones take it on tour in '69 and '72 and thereafter, using it for both guitar and bass….The SVT speaker cabinet is introduced in 1969 using an infinite baffle (totally sealed) design that houses eight 10 inch speakers in four compartments….In mid-1966, Ampeg introduces electric basses-which fondly recalls the upright-with scroll-shaped headstocks, f-holes cut all the way through the body and the "Mystery Pickup," which can be used with gut strings….St. Louis Music, Inc. saves Ampeg with a bankruptcy court buy-out in 1985 and quickly establishes the name with a run of 500 Classic SVT amplfiiers, using '60s production techniques and new parts from the original manufacturers….In 1946, Everett Hull files his patent application for a "sound amplifying means for stringed musical instruments of the violin family." The invention, called the "Ampeg" for "amplfiied peg,"…
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