Vintage Ampeg Amps


1957 Ampeg M-12 Mercury1957 Ampeg M-12 Mercury

An extremely early version of the Ampeg M-12 Mercury. The Jensen speaker dates to 1956, but the Ampeg book says this amp was first produced in January 1957. The dark covering is also interesting since the cream covering with watermelon grille was the normal look for the Mercury in 1957.





1960 Ampeg Dolphin 5181960 Ampeg Dolphin 518

This rare Ampeg is the same size as a Reverberocket, but is louder (20 watts). The Ultra High control allows you to get much brighter tones than some of the other Ampegs.





1960 Ampeg Jupiter II 720-SN1960 Ampeg Jupiter II 720-SN

A rare find, this Ampeg Jupiter II has two separate preamps that can be used in stereo. Very clean and loud even with its 20 watt rating, but that is fairly normal for an Ampeg. Despite still retaining its original Jensen P12R speakers and tubes, the tone is surprisingly bright, as in "piercing pinch harmonics with a Les Paul" bright. The vibrato isn't functioning yet but hopefully it is a simple fix.



1963 Ampeg Portaflex B-12X1963 Ampeg Portaflex B-12X

Unlike a lot of the Ampeg Portaflex amps, the 25 watt B-12X was designed for guitar rather than bass. It uses a special reverb satellite cabinet with a pair of 4-inch speakers. The amp also has a vibrato circuit instead of the usual tremolo setup.





1963 Ampeg R-12-R-A Reverberocket1963 Ampeg Reverberocket

This Reverberocket has the R-12-R-A circuit, which was the first Reverberocket circuit to use 7591 power tubes instead of 6V6s. 15 watts of power into an 8 ohm speaker. It still has the original footswitch since Ampeg always hardwired them to the amp. One channel, three inputs (guitar, accordion, microphone). The microphone input is definitely the hottest and works well with single coil pickups. Currently the tremolo doesn't function, but the reverb works.



1964 Ampeg M-15 "Big M"1964 Ampeg M-15 "Big M"

This amp seems to be a bit more rare than some of the smaller Ampeg models from this era. Six inputs. Great clean tones but it will break up if you really crank it. You can also jumper the channels to get more output and distortion. Like most 1960s Ampegs, the tremolo is excellent. The overall tone of the amp is a bit different than the other Ampegs I have since this one uses 6L6s.

1964 Ampeg R-12-A Rocket1964 Ampeg R-12-A Rocket

An Ampeg R-12-A Rocket amp from the early 1960s. This amp is essentially a Reverberocket without the reverb. It is much brighter sounding than most of my other Ampegs and stays fairly clean unless you crank it. Three inputs (Guitar, Accordion, Microphone). Tube configuration: 2 x 7591, 2 x 6SL7, 5Y3.

1964 Ampeg Super Echo Twin1964 Ampeg Super Echo Twin

A rare find. A stereo amp with essentially two Reverberockets in the same cabinet. 30 watts of power in mono mode, or two 15 watt channels in stereo.This is the ET-2-B version with 7591 power tubes and solid state rectification. Two inputs per channel (guitar, accordian) and one stereo input. One non-original output transformer.

1966 Ampeg J-12-D Jet1966 Ampeg J-12-D Jet

A small Ampeg J-12-D Jet amp from 1966. This version has a solid state rectifier and stays clean until about halfway up. Uses two 7591 power tubes and two 6BK11 preamp tubes. It has great overdrive sounds but supposedly the earlier Jets with 6V6s are more desirable. There is no intensity control for the tremolo, but it sounds just right to me.

1968 Ampeg J-12 Jet1968 Ampeg J-12 Jet

This 1968 Ampeg Jet amp has the typical look Ampeg would use on most of their amps throughout the 1970s. The circuit is relatively unchanged from the 1966-67 Jets. One nice thing about the Jet amps is they are more willing to distort than most of the other Ampeg models. This one starts to break up before the volume is even halfway up. With 18 watts of power, it isn't incredibly loud so it is a good practice amp.

1970 Ampeg AC-121970 Ampeg AC-12

This 20 watt amp was only made for one year, which isn't surprising since it was meant for accordion. It sounds great for guitar, much better than I expected. The accordion input is quite sensitive so it is easy to get the amp to distort. The tremolo and reverb are also really useful.

1970s Ampeg VT-401970s Ampeg VT-40

The Ampeg VT-40 is a 60 watt amp that was produced throughout the 70s. Like all Ampeg V series amps, it is very loud but can sound good at lower volumes due to all of the tone shaping possibilities provided by the rocker switches and the midrange control. The manual provided at the time even included settings on how to make the amp sound like a Fender or Marshall.

1976 Ampeg VT-221976 Ampeg VT-22

An old Ampeg VT-22 amp. The biggest, loudest, and heaviest combo amp I've ever used. It is easily 100 - 120 watts and puts a Twin Reverb to shame both in volume and tone. The midrange knob and the rocker switches add a lot of tonal options and the reverb isn't bad. This amp has the distortion knob (1976 was the first year the distortion knob was added to the VT-22), but it doesn't sound very good. Fortunately it can only be used in channel one.