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Overview

  • 6 watts
  • One 6V6 output tube
  • One 12AX7 preamp tube
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    $319.99
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    - $80.00
  • Your Price:
    $23999

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Hand-wired tube goodness, unique features, and unparalleled value.

The six-watt Special 6 guitar combo amp gets its powerful tube sound from one 12AX7 preamp tube and one 6V6 output tube, with a 10" VHT High-Sensitivity speaker. It boasts a footswitchable Gain Boost feature that significantly expands its range of tones—it's the only amp in its class that excels at both clean and overdriven tones, and it's the only amp in its class to offer a footswitchable boost. With the Gain Boost, players can instantly toggle between clean rhythm tones and overdriven leads, essentially duplicating the footswitchable functions of a 2-channel amp in an all-tube, hand-wired, simple, 2-knob combo.

To further expand its range of tones, the Special 6 combo also features a High/Low power switch that enhances low-volume tones with extra-smooth richness (when in half-power mode). It's a great feature for recording, or for low-volume "bedroom" players. In high-power mode, it's one of the few amps in its class that is loud enough to compete with a strong drummer.

The mod-friendly VHT Special 6 guitar combo amp is easy to customize for home amp builders and tube-amp enthusiasts.

Features

  • 6 watts
  • One 6V6 output tube
  • One 12AX7 preamp tube
  • 10" VHT High-Sensitivity speaker
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Footswitchable boost mode
  • High/Low power switch
  • 4, 8, and 16 Ohm speaker jacks
  • Mod-friendly, eyelet-type board

Six wicked watts that will take you to rock 'n' roll heaven. Order now!

 
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VHTSpecial 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Portable (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Good power output (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (14)
    • Amateur recording (11)
    • Performances (7)
    • Professional recording (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

    Reviewed by 21 customers

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    4.0

    Modifying made it perfect for me

    By MWilloughby

    from Sacramento

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Modify
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Great sound

    Cons

    • Stock Speaker Is Woofy
    • Stock Tubes Aren't Great

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording
    • Small Club

    Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Had to replace the flat-sounding Chinese tubes with vintage ones: Zenith 6V6 and RCA 12AT7. This gave me more 50's clean tone, which is what I was going for. Next, I replaced the VHT speaker (too much bass, fairly harsh) with a 1955 Rola Alnico speaker. Sparkle! Yeah I spent a bit more on upgrades. But what I got in return is an amp that sounds three times what I paid overall. I also own a Traynor YCV40 and a Vox AC4TV. I've done modifications on them as well. However, with them I still need a few pedals to get near the sound I want. With the VHT Special 6 all I need is my Telecaster and a Carbon Copy pedal. Indeed, I've found "my sound." I love that VHT is encouraging modifications. They were easy and totally worth it! If this amp explodes I'll 1) enjoy the fireworks, 2) cry for 10 minutes, and 3) get back online to order another one through MF.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great option for a low watt amp

    By ThreeEchoBravo

    from Northern Virginia

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    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Some Cheap Parts

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    It took me a little while to bond with this amp, but now that I have I really like it. The sound is very defined and nuanced. My playing technique really comes through. It's not very forgiving since I hear lots of subtle sounds, but it forces me to play better. It overdrives fine, especially in combination with an overdrive or distortion pedal. My guitars with humbuckers and P90s sound best; to me it sounds rather dull and weak with single coils.

    This amp is a great contender in the low watt category. It is also pretty easy to modify. I have since changed the speaker, tubes, and even the grill cloth to suit my tastes, and it's even better now. I am fond of being able to tweak something so it's the way I like, and this amp is great for that. The point-to-point wiring allows further modification and easy repair.

    Definitely consider this if you're looking for a low watt amp.

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    4.0

    Good lil amp

    By Madcaprym

    from Pittsburgh,PA

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    Pros

    • Good Practice Amp
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Nice amp for small Amt of cash, I replaced the 6v6 Chinese with a tung sol reissue and the 12ax7 with a groove tube. Sounds way better than the original tubes. Looking forward to try the el84 tube. The amp is sweet for apartment playing and sounds like a fender champ verses a Marshall . The amp is still quite loud and it doesn't break up as much as I thought with my new 6v6.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Li'l Guy is a Steal

    By MattPK

    from Cleveland, OH & Detroit, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Hand-wired
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Well-made

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I wanted the purest, truest, simplest yet full-fledged tube tone I could find for recording, guitar evaluation, and playing in general - without breaking the bank. This li'l guy, IMHO, delivers on all counts.

      You can do just about anything with it. High/Low power, boost On/Off, and HI/LOW inputs give you 8 combinations over which to vary the Volume and Tone controls. Speaker outs let you make it sound big. Mic-ing to a PA even bigger. Takes pedals well for pretty much any style of music.

      So far, so good, and I wanted 'hand-wired' not so much for mods, but for easy repair if ever needed. The easiest 'mod', of course, would be to change out the 6V6 tube with an EL84 using the available adapter for a variation in the amp's character.

      The 10" speaker gives it a solid, focused sound that I would be hard-pressed to improve upon. The movement of air I think is important, as direct-in and modeling just don't cut it for me. And you'd be surprised the tonal variations that mic placement can make.

      This li'l guy is a winner. And a steal. And probably offered as such by the company as an introduction to its products, which I would give serious consideration to if I ever needed to look at something bigger.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      An overachiever

      By Jack J.

      from Orland Park, Illinois USA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Value
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Stock Tubes Just Okay

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Practice Amp

      Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Using as a grab 'n go amp. Is surprisingly loud for its small size. Only a little hum with the boost engaged, and is quiet for a Class A amp. Stock tubes sound good, but not great. Upgraded to Tung Sol 6V6GT and 5751 for clean sound with stock tubes as backup. Speaker is very good. Loves pedals. A keeper. Chosen over Fender Pro Jr. Would recommend for use in a small space, and for anyone on a budget.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It just needs different tubes

      By warydragon

      from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Blues Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        After I changed the tubes to a Tun_Sol 12AX7 pre-amp and Ruby JJ 6V6GTCZ power tube, this amp has the great blues sound I was seeking.

        There's nothing wrong with the speaker.

        This is a very good value.

        The point to point wiring just adds to the flexibility of this little amp.

        I have since bought a second VHT Special 6 specifically for modifying. I didn't want to mess with the one I am using all the time.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best money I've spent in a long time

        By Jon

        from St Petersburg, Florida

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I'm absolutely amazed at the sound of this low-priced amp. First of all, it's got amazing clean headroom for a 6w amp with a 10" speaker. If you feed it a low-power signal it will easily go to 9 o'clock on the volume before it hints at breaking up. BUT - if you feed a hot signal it will breakup and give you a nice warm tube tone with emphasis on low mids. It's very responsive to a boost pedal. Using a Timmy pedal with a little gain boost and manipulating the guitar's volume gives you amp perfect amp for small gigs and recording. I would definitely recommend this amp to anyone looking to play blues, country or classic rock.

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          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pretty darn Special

          By Natural Bob

          from Chicago area

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I wanted to love the Fender Pawnshop amp 'cause it had the great retro look, but other reviewers complained about no tone control, plus a 15" speaker seemed wrong. Musician's Friend's website has the great feature of suggesting similar choices, which I explored and came to the VHT amp, which I had never heard of, but is 90% what I was looking for, at a better price than I could expect for a hand wired tube amp. My only real reservation is that it doesn't have the cool retro look I wanted. Something more 50s or TV box old Gibson amp vibe, or even a tweed look would raise my review to 5 stars. But it made more sense to settle in appearance than sound.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Sweet Amp

            By joey

            from minnesota

            About Me Professional Musician

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              Cons

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                  Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This thing cranks. One clean channel with a gain boost for solos. IT gets WAY louder when you engage the gain boost. I call it my Ted Nugent channel. Great amp for a rhythm guitarist. Doesn't have the attack but boy its warm and creammy goodness fills up the room. I gigged with it for over a year at night clubs replacing my 212 vintage tuck n roll kustom. I'm the singer but I do a few leads and it worked great when mic'd. put a stompbox in front and it will do anything you want from crystal clear to shredding metal. The cops will come if you crank this thing past 3/4. I know from experience.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great little multi-purpose amp!

                  By Brian-LxDyr

                  from Undisclosed

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Just a great little amp with many possibilities! I've used this for recording my music with a H&K tubeman ii as a preamp and it sounds even better with the flexibility of the eq to refine your sound. After listening my play back with layers of rhythm and lead. I was blown how big it sounds coming from a 1x10 combo! I also changed the tubes. I currently have a NOS Mullard and a JAN Philips 6l6 for a whopping 10 watts instead of the 6v6 6 watts!

                    If I took this to an open mic gig? It would have no problems! It's solidly built and has no frills controls with just tone and volume along with a wattage selector.

                    This is value for your money! I thought about the special 6 ultra, but the inability to switch channels was a turn off. Priced at 150.00 more than the special was another factor.

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