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

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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-Sensitiv...Read More

Available 06-18-2016

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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 36 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (23)
  • Portable (23)
  • Warm / comfy (23)
  • Excellent sound (22)
  • Good power output (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (25)
  • Amateur recording (21)
  • Performances (17)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), 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.

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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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5.0

A wonderful clean

By Greensound

from Indiana

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    I needed a portable amp and had looked at a few others in the low-watt combo game. Since I only ever have to hear myself over a self-controlled drummer (an important thing kids) I didn't need anything over about 12 watts. After trying a few decent choices in store and at various live situations I stumbled on this by accident. The guy trying it in the store before me opted for something else and I am so glad he did. This has the perfect mix of smooth clean tone and pleasant tube saturation. Add to it remarkable portability, solid reliability and straight-forward controls and you have my vote. In fact I opt for this over my other amps on hand every time.

    Would I change anything? Maybe an effects loop to add some reverb but that's it.

    Affordable. Portable. Reliable. Fantastic tone. What's not to like?

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    5.0

    The best point to point wired all tube amp at this price

    By AlB

    from Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        This is what I've been looking for. Great headroom, tone , and built solid. There is no competition for this amp at this price point. Very pedal friendly. I used the following with great results: RAT overdrive, TC HOF mini reverb, and JOYO compressor. This is a classic rock/blues dream come true.

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        5.0

        I would for sure buy one again!

        By lowell

        from chi town

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Love it! I gig (harp) with a Mission 32-20, a real professional amp! but my god this little amp is cool! ! I will use at home, when need to keep it down and at practices and small gigs.I would say any harp player should have one even if they have professional grade amps.

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          5.0

          Rockin 6 watt powerhouse

          By StevenEddy

          from Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great cleans
          • Powerful
          • Screaming leads
          • Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Great clean tones
            Fantastic leads
            Wonderful little package

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            (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Nice if you like your amp to break inconveniently

            By Me

            from San Francisco

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • sounds ok

            Cons

            • Fragile
            • Poor craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • paper weight

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

            I've had 2 of these give out and smoke

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            (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Perfect if you like your amp to break at inconvenient times

            By Me

            from San Francisco

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

              Cons

              • fragile
              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • paperweight

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

              I've had two of these blow up

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              5.0

              Good little tube amplifier

              By KC

              from Central Wisconsin

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              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:

                When I first purchased this amp it sounded a little harsh so I took others advice and replaced the tubes.
                Then it sounded a bit better, but still a little brittle. Now that the speaker is fully broken in it sounds good. I also recently bought a TRRI and decided tonight to plug the internal Jensen speakers into the 8ohm output on the VHT. This amp breathes with life and is very loud with the two 12's. You could even use this to gig with if you had an external cab. Does it sound better than the TRRI? In my opinion they both sound different, but on the same level. The TRRI is glassy, transparent, and cleaner( obviously with the higher wattage headroom). The VHT is warmer, fatter, and dirtier. Depends on what you are playing.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Holy Tube Tone Batman!

                By Brian

                from Salt Lake City, UT

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Practice

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

                  I'd been using a solid state, but I was just getting really unimpressed with the tone and wanted to switch to tubes. I wanted a good and simple tube amp to play in my two bedroom apartment without disturbing the neighbors or waking up my baby. There are enough options in this amp to deliver a good range of tone and volume, and it handles overdrive pedals really well for when you want to play dirty. The boost pedal is also a really sweet plus, though you have to crank the volume to really get it working. I also like that I can plug it into a speaker cab for more volume with the input jacks in the back of the amp. If you're on a tight budget, like me, and you want a portable, easy-to-store, low-to-mid volume amp, get this one.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Start Tube Amp

                  By Adam Baba

                  from Bethlehem, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Modify
                  • Excellent Sound

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

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

                  After 19 years of playing guitar I finally made the switch to a tube amp and could not be happier! I bought a Fender hybrid half-stack early on and have used that for a very long time. I was originally just looking to switch to a smaller amp. I played a lot of the modeling amps like the Mustangs and Valvetronixes but they sounded a bit flat/uninspiring. I thought tube amps seemed too expensive but this is a gem, especially for the price.

                  I think you have to be an experienced player to hear and feel the difference a tube amp makes. You can really hear every nuance in your playing and it forces you to be more disciplined.

                  The Special 6 is a perfect option for me because it is pretty small but can still get plenty loud for household use. It sounds really great, well balanced but very slightly on the dark side. The reason I chose this over a Bugera or Vox is the circuit board is made to be hacker friendly and there are a lot of mods documented online. (I am also an electronics geek.)

                  If you are looking to define a signature sound I think you need to get a tube amp. This is a great one if you don't want to shell out too much money. The speaker and tubes are easily upgradable, and there are a lot of mods, so if you are into it you can really customize this to your liking.

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                  5.0

                  Great amp - Awesome value!

                  By Glen J

                  from Chico, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Hand-wired Tube Tone
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Practice Amp
                  • Professional Recording

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

                  Great value for a modest price. Has great tube tone, with dynamics and complexity that hold up with similar low-wattage amps that can cost 3 times as much. Purchased two of these; I now have a true stereo guitar amp set-up that makes my stereo effects stomp boxes sound great. Turned up all the way, this amp has modest break-up, but it takes distortion pedals really well. Easy to modify the tubes. I replaced the 6V6 tubes and put in EL84s using VHT's adapter. Gives me a warm, blackface sound. Love these amps!

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