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VHT Special 6 6W 1x10 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp   (Open Box)
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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 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (26)
  • Excellent sound (25)
  • Portable (25)
  • Warm / comfy (25)
  • Good power output (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (27)
  • Amateur recording (23)
  • Performances (19)
  • Professional recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (10), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Harp Players, Get This Amp

Wow! This little amp is a monster! I am a harmonica player in a full-on blues-rock-jam band and this little beauty sounds great live. I initially purchased it because I was looking for...Read complete review

Wow! This little amp is a monster! I am a harmonica player in a full-on blues-rock-jam band and this little beauty sounds great live. I initially purchased it because I was looking for a smaller more portable amp to use in some of the smaller venues I play instead of lugging around my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. The VHT has been brilliant. I turn the Tone knob up to half, the volume to 3/4 and then I mic the amp. I add several harmonica pedals for effects and the sound is AWESOME! It has that gritty nasty Chicago blues tone so many harp players want and when I want a more in your face Rock tone, I can get that with a simple click of one of my pedals.

I also recently played the VHT at a duet gig with my guitar buddy and it sounded equally as great. I just turned the tone knob up a little more and the volume knob down a little, mic'd it and what a sound.

The one modification I made was to swap out the factory installed Chinese tube for a nice Groove Tube, which was very easy to do.

The unit is small and very portable, it looks sharp, it is solidly built and the 6 watts of power is perfect for harp playing. It can easily hook up to a bigger cabinet if you wish via the 3 1/4inch jacks in the back of varying ohm ratings, but I found that I preferred hearing my harp directly through the factory speaker. More is not always better. I also love the simple design. The VHT has one Tone knob and one Volume knob which are very easy to manipulate. If I want more variety in my sound, I use my pedals. I like the Stand By switch during set breaks and I also appreciate the Hi and Lo jacks which allow me to play at louder volumes for band gigs and lower volumes for practice in the home.

Even my band mates were impressed. Honestly, they were blown away by my tone and the power of this little baby. I have not found this kind of tone in amplifiers 2 and 3 times the price. For the price, it is a steal. Get one.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice if you like your amp to break inconveniently

I've had 2 of these give out and smoke

I've had 2 of these give out and smoke

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An overachiever

By Jack J

from Orland Park, Illinois, USA

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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.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By Dave Herman

from Santa Fe, NM

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

I love this amp. No mods. The Special 6 Combo has that good tube sound and breaks up gradually and nicely from about 75% and up. Has a pretty dark sound, so I use a Tele to get a really sweet tone. You'd have to mic it to a pa for a gig with a loud drummer. Fit and finish are superior. The VHT Special 6 Combo is a great amp.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Champ sounds with a 10

By Nitro1

from East Dundee, ILL

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

I just received my VHT Special 6 and as soon as i took it out of the box i was very impressed by the built quality of this amp, they cared! You can tell when you have a sturdy, well built amp in your hands and this one is! all the features that this amp has AND can be modded to your playing styles! C'mon ... for the price it is a bargain BUT plays AND SOUNDS bigger, and more expensive than it is. Folks i have owned and researched LOTS of amps and for the money,features and quality you are getting (yeah the only thing is Hand Wired in China-and I personally only buy USA products)but i could not find a 6V6 tube amp with all this for under 500 bucks! Takes pedals VERY WELL and goes very well with a small EL84 tube amp running with it! This is based on an American amp (the Vox I own is based of British Amps) so you have your Bread and Butter! its all you need for almopst any kind of music! Just remeber speakers need a "break in" period, from what I was told is to keep the volume under 1/2 and play full rythym chords with either a middle pick up or a middle position for a while with your guitar volume on full, speaker needs those frequencies to "move" the cone to break it in. Don't "distort" the amp when new either (they dont sound "that" good until the speaker ages) Great amp and should be great for a long time!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VHT Special 6

By Dave Herman

from Santa Fe, NM

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

Well built and too loud for the small studio. Has a wide variety of good clean tube tones. Kind of a dark sound, so I'm using a Squier CV 50s Tele. This amp sounds good by itself, so I plugged it into a 1X15 bass cab, and that sound pretty good, too. Now I've put pedals, rev, delay, trem, wah, and OD, and that all sounds pretty good, too. I'd like to make changes to get more natural amp o.d. at a lower volume without the pedal.
Great choice of features! The high/low/standby swithch works well. The high input jack is way louder than the low input jack. The foot switch gives a good loud boost. This amp has 4, 8, and 16 ohm spk out, I use the 8 ohm out to a 1X15 bass cab once in a while. These features make this amp a lot of fun.
It's still pretty new, but, everything seems nice and tight.
This amp is feature rich and worth more than what you'd pay for Pro Jr.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Most Versatile Low Wattage Amp

By Jon

from Oklahoma

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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:

    My first foray into tube amps was a Traynor YCV40. It was too loud, so I figured I'd get something lower wattage and maybe with a little more of a vintage tone, so I bought a Vox AC30. Yeah, that was still way too loud. Anyway, while I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the Vox I purchased this little guy to use at home for practice. HOLY COW. I sold the Vox, and I use this as my main amp now. It sounds incredible! The tone stack on the tone knob is REALLY useful, and there's more clean room here than you think. It gets PLENTY loud for nearly any gig I could ever play; I always play with a PA system, so I don't see why I would ever need something louder. I play my USA made G&L Legacy Special (strat style guitar) and my Ibanez AS93 (es335 copy) into this puppy, and it SINGS. Great tone, very fenderish, but with the right settings and pedals you can cover vox and marshall territory as well. Even if I wind up adding more amps to the stable some day, this sucker is staying.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Harp Players, Get This Amp

    By drjoel

    from Vergennes, VT

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

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

      Wow! This little amp is a monster! I am a harmonica player in a full-on blues-rock-jam band and this little beauty sounds great live. I initially purchased it because I was looking for a smaller more portable amp to use in some of the smaller venues I play instead of lugging around my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. The VHT has been brilliant. I turn the Tone knob up to half, the volume to 3/4 and then I mic the amp. I add several harmonica pedals for effects and the sound is AWESOME! It has that gritty nasty Chicago blues tone so many harp players want and when I want a more in your face Rock tone, I can get that with a simple click of one of my pedals.

      I also recently played the VHT at a duet gig with my guitar buddy and it sounded equally as great. I just turned the tone knob up a little more and the volume knob down a little, mic'd it and what a sound.

      The one modification I made was to swap out the factory installed Chinese tube for a nice Groove Tube, which was very easy to do.

      The unit is small and very portable, it looks sharp, it is solidly built and the 6 watts of power is perfect for harp playing. It can easily hook up to a bigger cabinet if you wish via the 3 1/4inch jacks in the back of varying ohm ratings, but I found that I preferred hearing my harp directly through the factory speaker. More is not always better. I also love the simple design. The VHT has one Tone knob and one Volume knob which are very easy to manipulate. If I want more variety in my sound, I use my pedals. I like the Stand By switch during set breaks and I also appreciate the Hi and Lo jacks which allow me to play at louder volumes for band gigs and lower volumes for practice in the home.

      Even my band mates were impressed. Honestly, they were blown away by my tone and the power of this little baby. I have not found this kind of tone in amplifiers 2 and 3 times the price. For the price, it is a steal. Get one.

      (6 of 55 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not for faint of heart

      By tim roberson

      from Iowa

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

      Overall a wonderful sounding amp.
      Quality control is unsatisfactory.
      By the time I found the defective 6V6 tube it was beyond warranty.
      Anyway do not mess with this unless you are a builder and know a lot
      about electron tubes and idiomatic anomalies to do with electronica.

      If you don't have an "amp tech" then steer clear of VHT.
      Grreat features- concept just right.
      Dubious.
      Would not buy VHT any more.
      Order extra tubes at the same time as ordering amp.
      Value is good but quality control is missing.

      Good Luck.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BEST SML TUBE CMBO THISSIDEOFTHENUTHOUSE

      By Clark Griswold

      from ATX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I love this amp. It is incredibly versatile, even with only two knobs. I am amazed by the amount of different tones I find with this amplifier. It has a high power and low power switch that not only quiets the amp down but changes its characteristics (darker on low) which gives this amp even more tonal variation. The boost push/pull volume is significant and can produce some pretty great distortion and volume. It takes pedals really well and my original RAT never sounded better(note: looping pedals get muddy because of the single 10" speaker). It is loud and even louder with an extension cab and records very well. There is some slight noise, but hey, it's a tube amp and I've never owned one that didn't make some sort of noise. It will be loud enough for gigs, but may need micing with a drummer. Cheap tube replacement (2 tubes) if you want/need them. And to top it all off, you can play around with different 12ax7's and get an adapter to install an EL84 in the power section. Easily modded. What the hecklebeans! This amp is my new favorite tool. Musicians Friend honored a freshly expired sale for me and got it here quicker than expected. Great service all around.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This Li'l Guy is a Steal

        By Matt

        from Detroit, MI

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        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.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It just needs different tubes

          By Warydragon

          from Concord, North Carolina, USA

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          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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