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Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube

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The Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S is a classic Euro type preamp tube with medium to high gain and a linear frequency response. Very clear, even...Click To Read More About This Product

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Clear and tight with a smooth top end.

The Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S is a classic Euro type preamp tube with medium to high gain and a linear frequency response. Very clear, even vacuum tube tone with good bass character.

Country of origin: Slovakia

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Groove TubesGold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (7)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great tube

Ordered a GT Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube to replace the original, 15+ year old 12AX7 in a recently acquired (used, eBay) Rocktron Voodoo Valve Witch Doctor pre-amp. Man, what...Read complete review

Ordered a GT Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube to replace the original, 15+ year old 12AX7 in a recently acquired (used, eBay) Rocktron Voodoo Valve Witch Doctor pre-amp. Man, what a difference. Note articulation, sustain, smoothness and especially the "spongy-ness" of the low/mid-gain is just amazing. A little bright on the high-end, need to dial down the presence setting on a couple patches and on my ENGL head. But it's all good. Best upgrade I have made in a while. As for GT -- they source tubes from different suppliers globally, test and use those that have the best musical properties and durability (mine was made in Slovakia). SO, IMO, the premium you are paying for a GT is to eliminate the guess work and expense of finding a good sounding tube yourself, you know you are going to get one that has been tested and has a definite musical "voice".

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Started to go out fast, but sounded good

I play on a Mesa Stiletto Duce II. Yeah, very high gain amp. The amp is 6 years old have never changed the pre amp tubes have always used GT's in my Marshalls...Read complete review

I play on a Mesa Stiletto Duce II. Yeah, very high gain amp. The amp is 6 years old have never changed the pre amp tubes have always used GT's in my Marshalls so tried them in this amp. The tubes sounded great. The high gain went from super cool to insane the clean tone is awesome. The big problem is that I started losing tubes in my high gain slot after 3 months. I know how to test my amp and everything is factory spec. Maybe it is my amp, but the Mesa tubes lasted forever. I never had an issue with GT's in my old Marshall. These tubes cost more than just about any other out there. Maybe if not using a high gain amp, or maybe I got some weak tubes. However; I'll buy another brand for this amp next time.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you want real British tone then you need these!

By Thunderfingers

from Lynn,Massachusetts

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Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

I replaced the crappy stock Sovtek tubes that came with my Silkyn Super 50 with six of these. What a huge difference. Dan Torres recommended these, and as always,he was right on the money. My amp sounds like a combination of a Marshall, Orange, and a Vox. It's sick! I also put a Eminence Wizard speaker in it too. They're a perfect combination. I highly recommend these tubes!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OMG!!!!

By cptdistortion

from NWA

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Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

I bought 6 of these to go with the GT EL-34L-s Gold series power tubes to retube my 100 watt Marshall Plexi, and my Marshall 9001 3-ch all-tube preamp. Most people say the preamp is not worth having. I have to disagree. With this re-tube of the preamp...Man what a difference. I liked it before but now....It will tear your head off, it is just incredible. like having a whole different preamp. As for my Plexi that I run the preamp into these preamp tubes are phenominal. Same kind of difference for the head. I will stick with Groove Tubes and I will never buy another Ruby tube unless GT goes out of busiess. Groove Tube Rocks!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tube Lites Up Marshall

By Milwaukee Mike

from Wisconsin

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Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

Recently purchased a barely used Marshall AVT 50 and decided to purchase this Groove Tube as I was looking for a lttle better tone and sustain. WOW! What a difference. More tone, more sustain, a much better sound and even more power, which I really didn't need. I am now totally satisfied with the way this amp sounds and this tube made a difference for me.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Clean Bright Tone

By Mr. Guitar

from Appomattox, Va

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Great For Clean Channel
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Thin Sounding Harmonics

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Clean Channel In Fender
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

This tube sounds great in position one of my Fender Hotrod Deluxe, however, when used in position one and two in my Hotrod Deluxe, there were plenty of harmonics but the harmonics sounded a bit too bright and thin. I preferred the sound of my amp with this tube in position one and a Groove Tube 12AX7-C in position two.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tube

By Chris Robinson

from central Texas

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

    Ordered a GT Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube to replace the original, 15+ year old 12AX7 in a recently acquired (used, eBay) Rocktron Voodoo Valve Witch Doctor pre-amp. Man, what a difference. Note articulation, sustain, smoothness and especially the "spongy-ness" of the low/mid-gain is just amazing. A little bright on the high-end, need to dial down the presence setting on a couple patches and on my ENGL head. But it's all good. Best upgrade I have made in a while. As for GT -- they source tubes from different suppliers globally, test and use those that have the best musical properties and durability (mine was made in Slovakia). SO, IMO, the premium you are paying for a GT is to eliminate the guess work and expense of finding a good sounding tube yourself, you know you are going to get one that has been tested and has a definite musical "voice".

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Review

    By Fender/Gibson

    from Georgia

    Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

    This is the tube that GT "traces curves" on sophisticated equipment and packages with their Special Application Group (SAG) kits. STRONG GAIN with this tube--pushing a STOUT signal through the front end of a cascading gain amp is what this tube does GREAT. Additionally, the cleans sound like someone took the "blanket" off the amp--mids are definitely THERE!!! My tech also installed a Matched Phase Inverter (MPI). These tubes made a B-I-G difference in my FENDER:-)

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    High gain with tone

    By justaguitarplayer

    from Louisville, KY. USA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

        These JJ/Groove Tubes ECC83-S type tubes have high gain with tone. I may like them slightly better than the Sovtek 12AX7LPS. Or at least about the same. I'll keep buying them as long as they keep making them. I don't like low output preamp tubes. I want a lot of drive, distortion and harmonics. And these have it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I got my gain/tone back!!!!

        By Matt-SzxBc

        from Houston Texas

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        Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

        I've had a Marshall AVT150 Combo for a few years, and had lost my tone, and gain. One new tube, and I had it back, and then some!!! My amp came new in a box, and it has more gain now than it did new!!!! Get one now!!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sound...

        By CPC

        from Nashville, TN

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        Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

        I've tried several other 12AX7/ECC83 type tubes and keep coming back to the Groove Tubes ECC83-S. In fact, I like it so much, I replaced ALL my preamp tubes with it! It has a good hot tone, but still clean enough for when you don't want to play loud. It woke up my dead-sounding 5150 amp.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Started to go out fast, but sounded good

        By thebigempire

        from Hot

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

        I play on a Mesa Stiletto Duce II. Yeah, very high gain amp. The amp is 6 years old have never changed the pre amp tubes have always used GT's in my Marshalls so tried them in this amp. The tubes sounded great. The high gain went from super cool to insane the clean tone is awesome. The big problem is that I started losing tubes in my high gain slot after 3 months. I know how to test my amp and everything is factory spec. Maybe it is my amp, but the Mesa tubes lasted forever. I never had an issue with GT's in my old Marshall. These tubes cost more than just about any other out there. Maybe if not using a high gain amp, or maybe I got some weak tubes. However; I'll buy another brand for this amp next time.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great tone

        By ChrisPC24

        from Nashville

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        Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

        I filled up my 5150 combo with these tubes, and the tone is so fat now. I had 12AX7s, but these are so much smoother and richer; they just sing. Buy them if you want that fat, midrangey '70s rock tone like Brian May, Pete Townshend, etc.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Groove Tube ECC83

        By Marshall for life

        from Grove City, OH

        Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

        I put one of these in my Marshall AVT50h and it sounds like a brand new amp. I would recommend buying these if you have a hybrid amp or just need new life in your tube amp.

         
        5.0

        Love it!!!

        By Iam Az

        from Arizona

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

          I bought what I call a trial & error bundle of preamp tubes and out of 3 manufacturers the GTs were way noticeable in sound upgrade. I'm planning on getting more for my Engl E530 preamp. I used these in my Blackstar HT Metal 100 amp head and it is well defined to my liking(considering all ears are different I love these).

           
          5.0

          BOOM! What a difference!

          By Brian

          from Guntersville Al.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

            Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

            Brought my Marshall back to life. Had to finesse the retainer back on because of the extra length, but made my sound really stand out.

             
            5.0

            Excellent tubes!!

            By Mark

            from Lawrence, KS

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            Pros

            • Bought Pair Well-matched
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All the time

              Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

              Tried some JJ Gold 803S tubes. They were ok for a while, but not as good as these. These have always been my go-to tube and glad to have them again. Add to that, the circuitry in the preamps I use likely were designed for these tubes. Let them burn in through active use and the sound really opens up to a sweet, full character.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Groove tube

              By 3 fingers

              from Smithville,Mo

              Pros

              • Better Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

                  Improved sound immensely.

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Groove Tubes Gold Series GT-ECC83-S Preamp Tube:

                  Among my various amps, I own one of those Marshall hybrids - the AVT50. I wasn't too fond of my tone in that amp; there was nothing memorable about it. A friend who works for Marshall told me to give one of these puppies a try. The tone is to die for. I was getting Clapton-like tone when using a strat through that amp. It will change the way you view hybrid technology, I assure you!

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