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Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes

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The Tung-sol 6V6GT is the preferred OEM tube of the '50s-era Fender Tweed Champ and Deluxe amplifiers. The Tungsol 6V6 has a geometry designed to saf...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Tung-sol 6V6GT is the preferred OEM tube of the '50s-era Fender Tweed Champ and Deluxe amplifiers. The Tungsol 6V6 has a geometry designed to safely handle the higher voltages used in guitar amps-plus heavier plate and grid materials. The result: better mids and bottom while keeping the smooth top of the classic 6V6 vacuum tubes. The Tung-sol 6V6 breaks up evenly from low E to high up the neck. Blues players will LOVE these tubes for the way they sing!

Soft tubes reach saturation and break-up quicker. These tubes have lower plate current (Ip) and transconductance (Gm) matching numbers. They are preferred by blues guitarists for the break-up and sustain they provide.

Hard tubes have the highest amount of clean headroom before break-up and distortion. These tubes have high plate current (Ip) and transconductance (Gm) matching numbers. They take longer to reach saturation and are preferred by jazz, country, and bass players. Hard tubes are also used by guitarists who rely primarily on effects pedals to generate distortion.

Medium tubes fall in between soft tubes and hard tubes. They exhibit good headroom, but will break up and distort when pushed. These tubes have plate current (Ip) and transconductance (Gm) matching numbers in the middle of the range. Classic rock guitarists and players who play a wide variety of styles generally use medium rated tubes.


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Tung-Sol6V6GT Matched Power Tubes
 
4.6

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94%

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Pros

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  • Good quality (14)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Functional (6)

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  • Concerts (10)
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Great warm tone

The Tunsol 6v6GT power tube is a great product if you like a warm tone tube with out the "insane metal edge". I repace the EH 6v6 that came with my Fender...Read complete review

The Tunsol 6v6GT power tube is a great product if you like a warm tone tube with out the "insane metal edge". I repace the EH 6v6 that came with my Fender Super Champ, and the difference was impressive. These tubes are quiet and when I turn the (15W) amp up all the way up on the clean channel, I can gently pluck soft and mellow, with clean tube sound, then I can grab a pick and have the cloth ripping crunch only a tube amp. Can put out, the tone in these tubes do not seem to have the ear piercing highs of the EH tubes. Now I can set my treble knob around 5 and not have to turn it down to 2. I also replaced the pre amp tube with a Tungsol. Great tone, but agian, If youre looking for the Heavy Metal razor edge sound, these are NOT for you.....Great for blues and classic rock though!!! BTW I play an Ibanez Archcore as73 w/ d addario EXL115 strings. (also the best strings in my book)and I have a Jensen 10/35 MOD speaker in my Fender Super Champ cab.

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Sound Good? I wouldn't know !

Tung-Sol is a great old time tube brand. But the brand name was recently bought by The New Sensor Corp. and the tubes are now made in Russia, and most likely is the...Read complete review

Tung-Sol is a great old time tube brand. But the brand name was recently bought by The New Sensor Corp. and the tubes are now made in Russia, and most likely is the same factory as Sovtek tubes. The new Tung-Sols have been getting good reviews, so based on that, I ordered a matched pair for my DRRI. Well, these may sound great, but I wouldn't know, as one went thermal immediately. After inspection, it is quite apparent this is a flawed tube and poorly made. The glass tube is installed crooked into the base !!! For all I know, it has already leaked and there is no longer a vacuum in it. So, I shall wait and see what MF is willing to do about it. And I learned my lesson to always by tubes from a seller who actually tests them before they sell them, because, as I now understand, there are more than a few bad ones made and shipped by tube manufacturers.

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Sound Good? I wouldn't know !

By blues58man

from SF Bay Area

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Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

Tung-Sol is a great old time tube brand. But the brand name was recently bought by The New Sensor Corp. and the tubes are now made in Russia, and most likely is the same factory as Sovtek tubes. The new Tung-Sols have been getting good reviews, so based on that, I ordered a matched pair for my DRRI. Well, these may sound great, but I wouldn't know, as one went thermal immediately. After inspection, it is quite apparent this is a flawed tube and poorly made. The glass tube is installed crooked into the base !!! For all I know, it has already leaked and there is no longer a vacuum in it. So, I shall wait and see what MF is willing to do about it. And I learned my lesson to always by tubes from a seller who actually tests them before they sell them, because, as I now understand, there are more than a few bad ones made and shipped by tube manufacturers.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great warm tone

By Toneseeker361

from Corpus Christi, Tx

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Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

The Tunsol 6v6GT power tube is a great product if you like a warm tone tube with out the "insane metal edge". I repace the EH 6v6 that came with my Fender Super Champ, and the difference was impressive. These tubes are quiet and when I turn the (15W) amp up all the way up on the clean channel, I can gently pluck soft and mellow, with clean tube sound, then I can grab a pick and have the cloth ripping crunch only a tube amp. Can put out, the tone in these tubes do not seem to have the ear piercing highs of the EH tubes. Now I can set my treble knob around 5 and not have to turn it down to 2. I also replaced the pre amp tube with a Tungsol. Great tone, but agian, If youre looking for the Heavy Metal razor edge sound, these are NOT for you.....Great for blues and classic rock though!!! BTW I play an Ibanez Archcore as73 w/ d addario EXL115 strings. (also the best strings in my book)and I have a Jensen 10/35 MOD speaker in my Fender Super Champ cab.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Even this Tube Noob Goes

By LunaSparks

from Fairfield, CT

Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

I replaced the stock GrooveTubes in my Super Champ XD amp with a pair of these. The stock tubes had a bad rattle and the highs nearly made my ears bleed. After finally getting sick of the rattle I swapped in a pair of these and not only did the rattle disappear, the mids were much improved and the icepick pretty much eliminated. I don't have much experience with tubes, but this was enough of an improvement to prompt a review. Provided these hold up, I will definitely be a repeat buyer!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tungsol 6v6GT's are tonerich

By Anonymous

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I've been playing for about 10 Yrs, and I recently replaced all 3 tubes (2 power, 1 pre amp tube) in my Fender Super Champ XD with Tungsol, I am very pleased with the quiet, warm tube tone of the Tungsol 6v6GT power tubes.I use an Ibanez as73 archcore w/D'addario exl 115 strings. The sound is warm with smooth mids, and no harsh highs.I don't recommend these for Metal players, these tube don't seem to do the "insane metal edge" deal very well.But blues and classic rock they will do, with flying colors, plenty of crunch and full out distortion with out the ear piercing highs I've heard with other tubes.Because my amp is only 15W, I can crank it up all the way and I want to just melt.Tungsol 6v6GT tubes are worth every penny IMO.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smooth and clear tone in Egnater Tweaker

By SimonT

from Jersey City, NJ

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  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

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    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

    I put these in my Egnater Tweaker 15, replacing Groove Tubes 6V6 Mediums which had replaced the stock Ruby Tubes. The new Tungsols sound great with a smooth and clear tone. No harshness or brittleness even when pushed hard. Clean or overdriven, these tubes sound great. Time will tell how long they last, but I'm pretty happy for now!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    good while they lasted...

    By thumper23

    from pueblo,co

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        Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

        they sounded good in a superchamp xd. but one burned out after a month. thought i'd get at least a year. cant return them and tungsol website is kinda lame on return info.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        finally found the sound I wanted!

        By JD

        from Topeka, Kansas

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            Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

            Tried several sets of power tubes in my Egnater Tweaker. This set is the keeper. Overdrive is smooth and buttery. Cleans are nice and warm.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Made my Cheap Amp sound Great

            By Mike Abbs

            from New Jersey

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            Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

            This tube really lived up to it's description. I placed a duet in my Epiphone Valve Senior Practice head and what a difference! It sounds so much better. The mids have some really nice harmonic content in overdrive and everything sounds full yet clear at the same time. The bottom is tight and the highs creamy and smooth. The stock tubes in the head were EH6V6EH and they didn't sound bad but they were a bit pointy in the top end. This set fixed that problem. Just put them in and hope they hold up. They certainly made a huge improvement for this amp model.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fixed my Fender Excelsior amp!

            By Guitar Dave

            from Enid, Oklahoma

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            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality

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              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

              I recently purchased a used Fender Excelsior amp that had set of JJ 6V6S power tubes already installed. The tone was great but the tubes rattled at even low volumes. I liked the sound of the amp so much that I purchased another set of JJ tubes after guessing that the old set had turned micro phonic. Well, the new JJ's rattled just as bad. I am no expert but it was rather obvious that the rattle and ringing noise was from the power tubes. I took a chance and ordered a set of Tungsol 6V6GT's in hopes of fixing the problem. I installed my new matched set as soon as they arrived and magically the shake, rattle and ring disappeared. The tungsols sound just as good as the JJ's. After comparing both brands side by side, the 6V6GT's have support rods inside the tube that obviously work very well. I really love the tone and output of the Excelsior amp and will always use Tungsol power tubes from here on out. I am using JJ 12ax7 preamp tubes and haven't had a problem with them.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A nice upgrade

              By John

              from Washington, DC

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                  Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                  I put these in my Ampeg GVT15-112 amp, replacing the JJ 6v6 power tubes. The Tung-Sol tubes provide added clarity and detail, and make the amp more responsive. They compress nicely and sound great driven!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good tubes, great price

                  By Joey K.

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

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                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

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                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                    I put a set of medium deut tung-sol 6V6's in an old 70's Princeton Reverb and am quite happy with the tone. I run a solid state rectifier which helps drive these into a subtle sweet overdrive on heavy attack but stays nice and clean during lower volume playing. If i were still gigging this amp I'd most likely go for the hard duet for more clean headroom, but at bedroom volumes these work fantastic using humbuckers with coil taps. HB for a subtle warm drive , then lower volume a little or tap to single coil for clean brightness.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect for my 5e3 Deluxe Clone

                    By SimonT

                    from Jersey City, NJ

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                    • Functional
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                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                      The Tung Sol reissue 6v6GTs sound amazing in my 5e3 Deluxe clone, better than JJ 6V6, Ruby 6V6 and Groove Tubes' 6V6. Quality seems to vary - my first pair is still going strong 2 years later while another set lasted for 6 months which is still pretty good! The tone is so good that I can't bear to use any other current production tube.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Tung Sol 6V6GT power tubes soft duet

                      By Hambone

                      from Key Largo Florida

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                      Pros

                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound
                      • Solid Full Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                        Purchased these tubes for a Magnatone 413. Had the Chinese groove tubes 6V6GTs in it. I can say the Tung Sol 6V6GTs are a great improvement in the tone department. Louder and a much fuller tone with a full bottom end and smooth highs. These sound to me much like the RCA grey plates from the 60's. Tubes came packaged well with no problems. Price seemed a little high for Russian tubes but I see quality control is much better. But more important they deliver good solid tone.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        when you order-request a high Ip rating

                        By Jim

                        from Hampton

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                        Pros

                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                        Do yourself a favor , ask for a high Ip rating,which basically is the natural draw in milliamps per tube.
                        I redplated a TS 6v6gt rated at 23.5ma and now i get these in the 32-33.5 milliamp range.
                        These tubes break up nicely when driven so a early breakup isnt reccomended in my rebel 30 amp running 369volts on the tube plates,just learn from me.
                        These are great but use them with a high voltage and DO GET a HIGH Ip RATING,trust me !

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        great match for excelsior amp

                        By Mississippi Dew

                        from ma.

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                          • Concerts
                          • Excelsior

                          Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                          I have 2 excelsior amps.. one with stock output tubes and one with 6V6GT. very easy to A/B the sound. In my opinion there is nothing to complain about with the stock tubes, sounds real old school.. but the GT's smooth out the tone and has a nice slight edgy break-up. I perform with both amps, one with the GT's and one with the Chinese stock tubes'tied" together most of the time.. sometimes only one or the the other. Using high end cables makes a difference in most amps but with these minimalistic amps any change is a big change.. tried other high end tubes but for my use the GT's were the obvious choice hands down.

                           
                          5.0

                          great value

                          By SteveG

                          from Wisconsin

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                              Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                              Replaced Groove tubes with these to freshen up amp.

                               
                              5.0

                              Great tubes. You'll be able to afford a back up set in case

                              By Peter12

                              from Malone NY

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Quality
                              • Improves Sound

                              Cons

                              • No cons yet. just got the tubes

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing
                              • Small clubs and recording

                              Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                              I bought these along with the 12ax7 Tung Sol preamp for my Fender Super Champ x2 head( came with Groove tubes). I play three guitars through the head An Ovation acoustic Electric, on the clean channel. An Epiphone Dot Studio and a Les Paul mostly through Channel 2. The results are outstanding. Each guitar has its own character, however the top end is more pronounced, the Dot and Les Paul now have the "old school" chime without sacrificing the mid and bottom. The Ovation is cleaner but with some low end enhancement. Great Tubes. If you want to bring your Champ, Princeton or Deluxe Reverb to life these are the tubes. The Matched Medium Duet are an exact replacement(no biasing)according to my research.

                               
                              5.0

                              Creamy Overdrive!

                              By JayF

                              from Lancaster, Pa

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                                  Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                                  The Tungsol 6V6 Tubes provide smooth, creamy overdrive.
                                  If you play the Blues, then these are the tubes you need. Period!
                                  As for reliabilty, I finally had one go bad after 2 1/2 years of playing my Fender Super Sonic 22 fully cranked with a 212 speaker cabinet attached. I consider this pretty reliable and the price very reasonable.
                                  The amp is also loaded with Tungsol pre-amp tubes as well.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  BEST RCA REISSUE FOR FENDER

                                  By Arch69er

                                  from Clinton, MO

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                                  • Functional
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                                  Cons

                                  • SOMEWHAT EXPENSIVE

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing
                                  • Recording

                                  Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                                  Put a "medium breakup" rated duet of these tubes into a Fender Super Champ XD2 head recently; sweetened the tone, increased the headroom, and had nice, controlled breakup when pushed. If they have the longevity everyone else has obtained, I will be a very happy camper. So far, the sound is awesome. The way I see it, I got a very expensive reissue amplifier head for less than three hundred, requiring only some attention to details and a bit of research.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Good ole 6v6 tone

                                  By Billiamaire

                                  from Granitevlle,SC

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                                  • Good Quality
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                                    • Concerts
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                                    Comments about Tung-Sol 6V6GT Matched Power Tubes:

                                    My rebel 30 212 came with jj 6v6 tubes.. Although they sound nice, especially clean, they where different sounding. I've read articles about the jj 6v6 tubes sounding like smaller 6l6 and that is fairly accurate. The tung sols are little creamier. Have a better sound on the gain channel. quality wise.. I checked the bias and they where good to go even there. I had actually stopped playing that amp in favor of my tweaker.( I play it through a green back custom built can) I'm back to playing this amp and also I seems to take pedals better now..

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