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VHT G-100-UL Pittbull Ultra-Lead Head  

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    The VHT G-100-UL Pittbull Ultra-Lead Head is one of the most versatile tube amps you can own. A 120W all-tube amp (5 - 12AX7s, one 12AT7, 4 - 6550s) featuring three fully footswitchable channels, hi and lo inputs, gain stacking for four stages of preamp gain; boost and mid shift (all channels), edge (rhythm and lead), bright (clean), assignable 5-band graphic EQ, master volume, presence and depth controls, a half-power switch, power amp mute, switchable bias for 6550 or 6L6 power tubes, footswitchable variable series or parallel effects loop, and line out. A comprehensive stageboard footswitch included.


     
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    4.7

    (based on 27 reviews)

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    VHT Rocks

    Features: 9120 Watts of Monster Tone "Very Loud". 6550 tubes. Very good effects loop. Very versitile. EQ option. I am giving a 9 here only because of no...Read complete review

    Features: 9120 Watts of Monster Tone "Very Loud". 6550 tubes. Very good effects loop. Very versitile. EQ option. I am giving a 9 here only because of no reverb. I assume judging by most high end amps that reverb is left off because of the cost of a top quality reverb. Why mess up a fantastic amp with crappy low end reverb.Sound Quality: 10Using with a Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus & a Fender deluxe Fat Strat. Play mostly Hard Rock or Metal Shred. This amp has a very low noise clean channel and considering it is a high gain amp a relitivly quite distortion Channel. The EQ options allows you to pretty much dial in any sound you are looking for! The clean channel is in my opinion the very best you will find in a high gain amp period - end of story! As far as distortion I luv this thing it is really a punch you in the face amp. It's distortion is very different from the generic Mesa saturated sound you hear all the time. It's hard to put into words how really good the distortion is from this amp. It's so tight and focused really a wonderfull departure from the flabby Mesa sound which I do not care much for. I just did some recording with this amp into pro tools with a Beta 58 and both the clean & distortion were absolutly amazing!! even before any EQ/pro tool editing. I can not say enough about how good this amp really is. I know it's cost is a problem for most but worth it in my opinion!Reliability: N/ADon't know yet. Had it a week with no problems so far. The tubes are kept in place very securly! Looks to be built like a tank!Overall Rating: 10Playing 7 years. Stuff I own Marshall JCM2000 TSL100, Mesa Rect. Cab, Marshall 1960A Cab. If it were stolen I would cry and start saving for another. I luv evrything about this amp. Would have liked a great reverb. I have owned all kinds of amps Mesa dual & Single rec/2:50, Fender Twin, Paranha preamp. Let me just say this "You can buy a cheaper amp head i.e. Mesa & Marshall but they are just not in the same league PERIOD".

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    Overrated and Overpriced

    I decided to buy this amp because I heard it was one of the best distortion sounds ever...wrong. It's way too dry and I have a hard time getting it to cut...Read complete review

    I decided to buy this amp because I heard it was one of the best distortion sounds ever...wrong. It's way too dry and I have a hard time getting it to cut through the mix. Theres not much gain to be found either. Clean channel is ok. If you play metal (and I'm talkin real metal, not this crap kids are listening to now days) check out engl or better yet mesa, a double rectifier is 100x more brutal and versatile. Not to mention this amp is much more expensive for only two mediocre channels. Give me a break.

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    5.0

    Brilliant!!

    This head is positively the best I have ever owned as well as played on. I did have a few issues at first until I leaned how to use it. I am used to very basic equiptment, but bought this because of the sound it had when I pluged a tele into it. i play a 7 string dropped to low A and this thing carries it with no problem! It stays clean even when you ramp up the volume. The distortion is one of the best I have heard, it doesn't get "muddy" when it is turned up like so many do. Offers endless capeabilities for all styles of players. It is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for and it is worth the money!

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    5.0

    A class act!

    By Phrygian

    from Sudbury, ON

    I've had my UL for four months now and feel I can give a truly accurate report on the amp. Let me first start by saying I wasn't convinced on the amp right away. It sounded good but didn't blow me away. It took a lot of tweaking and TLC to get it where I wanted it but I can now say without a doubt that this blows 'em all away, and I own a dozen other high end amps. The stock power tubes are on the darker side so I switched to JJ's. I also changed the pre's to all Tung-Sol's. The clean on this amp is amazing. No breakup whatsoever, all headroom baby! The rhythm has enough gain to put most to shame. It's punchy, tight and punishing on it's own. The lead gives you that hair for added body and sustain. It can easily achieve the same amount of gain as a 5150 but it's all clean gain, no BS in the signal, just clarity and lushing sustain for days! On top of that, the 6 band EQ is amazing, plus the amp has so many other tweakable options. At the price now you would be crazy not to buy it. As for anyone who may give this amp a bad review, you might want to spend a bit of time with it first...I'm glad I did!

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    2.0

    Overrated and Overpriced

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I decided to buy this amp because I heard it was one of the best distortion sounds ever...wrong. It's way too dry and I have a hard time getting it to cut through the mix. Theres not much gain to be found either. Clean channel is ok. If you play metal (and I'm talkin real metal, not this crap kids are listening to now days) check out engl or better yet mesa, a double rectifier is 100x more brutal and versatile. Not to mention this amp is much more expensive for only two mediocre channels. Give me a break.

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    5.0

    Best Amp in the Market today?

    By Mark ArsoN

    from Los Angeles

    You probably won't like this amp if you're a crappy guitar player who likes to hide behind a sloppy amp and reverb. I've owned a Marshall JCM 2000 for a few years now, and did not notice how sloppy my technique was. I decided to buy this amp because a couple of my friends own it, and when I tried them out, I thought they were awesome!! They have a razor sharp attack and release, and the tone is ungodly! Yeah, I know it's expensive, but I honestly think that this amp can make you a better guitar player (cause it doesn't have that "mushy" Marshall sound) and should definitely be in every rock/metal guitar player's arsenal. But like I said, if your technique is crap, and you want your amp to lie to you, then this is not the amp for you.

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    5.0

    Own UL and Sig:X

    This amp is less creamy than the SIG:X, it's a bit more exact and precise. Both amps are amazing and both get perfect 5 scores, but this amp is a bit more RAZOR sharp, if that conveys anything to anyone interested. Where the SIG:X has a bit of Spunge and Warmth, the UL Pittbull is more clear and shimmering, and thunderous in the low end, it almost has no spunge at all if you can imagine that. VERY modern sounding amp. It doesn't sound like 5150's, Rectofiers, Marshall 800's, Bogners, Diezels, or any of them. It doesn't sound like anything you've ever tried, you must listen to it for a long period of time before knowing it's voicing and signature tone. If you like Marshall but want something edgier, than I'd say go for the SIG:X, but if you want something completely opposite from Marshall, and completely opposite from Mesa, than get the UL-100.

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    5.0

    The best

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This is by far the best amp I've ever owned. I'm a very versatile player and I love it.

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    5.0

    Excellent Amp

    By TZ5150-05I88

    from New Jersey

    I owned the Sig:X and sent it back and got this.I realize it's more money, but there is a big difference. Way more gain that sounds full and the effects loop is much better. The EQ makes a significant differance in dialing in many different tones. Easily one of the best amps I have ever heard.

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    5.0

    VHT PITBULL ULTRA LEAD

    By RobertoBruno

    from Poland -Cracow

    I've never played the amp before like this.This sound is more agressive than amp like diezel krank and of course mesa.Eq gives so many posibilites for seekin'big agression in facture of music playin'guitar.I made a sound like grip inc and like Machine HEad.Of course I use a compressor -T -rex.It is very expensive amp but you will happy .RobertoBruno

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    5.0

    BEST. AMP. EVER. PERIOD.

    This has been my main amp for the last 2 years along with the Fatbottom 4x12. Sounds great live and recorded. It has great low-end punch, nice highs that aren't ear piercing, and the perfect amount of midrange bite to cut through in a band mix without being over-powering. Buy one. Do it now.

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    5.0

    Talk about an amp

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This is amazing. The graphic equalizer is a great way to get your tone and really helps with your options, the gain here is really great, and the tone just cuts. Everything about this amp is just great. Good for whatever you wish to play, from clean stuff to the heaviest of metals.

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