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VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head   

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The six-watt Special 6 guitar amp head gets its powerful tube sound from one 12AX7 preamp tube and one 6V6 output tube. It boasts a footswitchable Ga...Read More

Available 12-14-2016

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

The six-watt Special 6 guitar amp head gets its powerful tube sound from one 12AX7 preamp tube and one 6V6 output tube. 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 package.

To further expand its range of tones, the Special 6 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 amp head is easy to customize for home amp builders and tube-amp enthusiasts.

FEATURES
  • 6 watts
  • One 6V6 output tube
  • One 12AX7 preamp tube
  • 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 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Portable (10)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Uh oh.

I've had a whole bunch of amps over the years. Marshall, Fender, Gibson, Goldtone, Matchless, Holland, Dr. Z, Ampeg, Acoustic, Sears, Wards, Musicman, Mesa Boogie, Frenzel, you...Read complete review

I've had a whole bunch of amps over the years. Marshall, Fender, Gibson, Goldtone, Matchless, Holland, Dr. Z, Ampeg, Acoustic, Sears, Wards, Musicman, Mesa Boogie, Frenzel, you name it. This little amp ranks right up there in tone and build quality with the best of them. A little scary, because now they've figured out how to build boutique type amps on the cheap in China.

The clean is dream and the scream is mean. This amp cooks. I don't really care much for the low power setting. If I want scream I crank it and if I want clean I dial it back. I've never been a fan of low power switches, and still am not.

I've heard people complain of the cheap Chinese tubes. So, I got out my box of tubes and experimented with RCA, Sylvania, GE, Sovtek; I even tried a Mullard 12AU7A that I have. They all sounded pretty good, but I have to say, I like the Chinese tubes. In fact, I'm going to buy a bunch of them to have on hand... I like them that much.

Also, I know this amp is touted as a tweakers dream, but I have no desire to mod anything. It's perfect, as is. Maybe not quite loud enough to play with a drummer, but loud enough for your wife to complain. Probably might get a few complaints if you live in an apartment as well.

Highly recommended!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Awful tone

After reading the reviews, I decided to purchase this with the matching 1X12 speaker cabinet. Sound was muddy. No matter what, could not coax more than at best, minimal overdrive tube breakup. ...Read complete review

After reading the reviews, I decided to purchase this with the matching 1X12 speaker cabinet. Sound was muddy. No matter what, could not coax more than at best, minimal overdrive tube breakup. I used my ts9 deluxe tube screamer, Vox Wah and Boss CS3 with disappointing results.
So, off it went back, to the tune of 77$ UPS shipping. Build quality OK. The component quality is cheap electronics...An expensive lesson in you never get more than what you pay for.

Reviewed by 15 customers

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5.0

Nice

By Jeff

from Lodi, CA

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I ordered this based on reviews. Once ordered, I started shopping for a cabinet. When product arrived in hesitated on keeping it. I took it over to my buddy's house to give it a whirl on his 4x12 cabinet. First strum we looked at each other in amazement. We couldn't believe this was 6w. Never turned it past 3 due to neighbors. Great little amp, great tone

     
    4.0

    A fine sooped-up Champ

    By RussB

    from CT

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Skies the limit!

      Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      The amp is loud enough for many small gigs, and can get some nice grind at very reasonable volumes. The circuit board makes it fun for the tinkerers

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very good for what it is.

      By SH

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Inexpensive
      • Well Constructed

      Cons

      • Bass Response
      • Limited Clean Headroom
      • Unnecessary Features

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I bought this for live/recording use with my 3 piece band. VHT takes pains to point out that this amp can keep up with "a strong drummer", and since I tend to favor a slightly overdriven sound I decided to give it a shot.

      The good:

      Solid basic tone. Very blackface Fender-ish. It actually reminds me a lot of my 1966 Bassman head (also has a solid state rectifier), but minus the low end grunt. Chords have a glassy "kraaang" and at higher volumes you get some tube compression happening.

      As advertised it gets pretty loud for 6 watts. Through my old Carvin open back 4x10 it's loud enough for live use. I eventually want to try a more efficient speaker/cab for a little more clean headroom.

      Seems well built and looks pretty good. The tolex is neatly done, real metal jacks and switches, etc... I like that VHT didn't try to make this amp too "vintage" looking.

      The not-so good:

      Low Power mode - Since there is no master volume it's not possible to get the same overdriven sounds out of the amp in low power mode. This could be good if you're recording funk or reggae rhythm tracks and need the extra clean I guess, but nobody really needs clean at bedroom levels.

      Boost mode - It sounds pretty harsh and at lower volume settings is a really big jump. Since there is no way to adjust the level or character of the boost it is what it is, and to me it is useless. The footswitch is also cheap and hardwired at the switch end.

      Low end - This should not come as a shock to anyone, but the bass suffers when the amp is cranked. With humbuckers it can be downright murky.

      Noise - for what it costs it's not reasonable to expect a miracle in this area, but it's still noisier than I'd like.

      Bottom Line:

      It's pretty impressive for the money. It would be better without the low power and boost. Eliminating that stuff and enabling the option to install a tube rectifier (for lower volume and "sag") would have been a better design choice.

       
      5.0

      Best Little Tube Amp

      By Benneth01

      from Tallahassee, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Incredible sound from this all tube amp. There is no better sound than from a tube amp, and this one specifically has been well designed and built. It's perfect for practicing in a room with other players or just playing alone. In addition to playing this amp cleanly, I also use an effects pedal which still allows the tube tone to come through. I really can't say enough good things about this amp. I have wired it to several different speakers, and the tone sounds great from every one of them. It's not going blow the doors off the house; that's not the right application. But if you want the best tone, portable package, and a great price, then this is your amp.

         
        4.0

        Great Class A Tone

        By Craig

        from undisclosed

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Great Class A Tone. Wasn't sure of this one one when I first got it, it didn't sound bad but I thought it was lacking a little in the tone department. Then a few days later I dimed it and tried hitting the input stage a little harder with some preamp gain... what a difference, the amp came alive and sounds great. This baby likes to run wide open. Don't let the simple controls scare you away, the various combinations of high/low inputs, high/low power, tone, and volume provide a surprising variety of great tones. Very touch responsive, it can go from clean to dirty just by using pick attack. Amazing head for the price.

           
          5.0

          vht special 6

          By zbest

          from Puyallup Washington

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            The clean sound that I can use to adust my guitar or effects pedals are great. The warm up is perfect. The range of sounds whether I change speakers or adustments is outstanding.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I don't get the 1 star review

            By StevenEddy

            from Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I don't get the one star review guy.

              I have use this amp in the past and it was a great sounding amp.

              My guess is the one star guy didn't know how to operate an amp - much less a tube amplifier - or had other problems with his rig.

              This little amp get positive reviews everywhere I look - some people just gotta be haters.

              (2 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Awful tone

              By lessonlearned

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Sending It Back

              Cons

              • Limited Functions
              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • BOAT ANCHOR

              Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              After reading the reviews, I decided to purchase this with the matching 1X12 speaker cabinet. Sound was muddy. No matter what, could not coax more than at best, minimal overdrive tube breakup. I used my ts9 deluxe tube screamer, Vox Wah and Boss CS3 with disappointing results.
              So, off it went back, to the tune of 77$ UPS shipping. Build quality OK. The component quality is cheap electronics...An expensive lesson in you never get more than what you pay for.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Sounding Amp Head

              By Blue Sky Band

              from Farmingdale, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                Wonderful sounding amp head. In my opinion this amp with a 2-12 or 1-12 bottom can be used for small to medium venues miked to a good PA system. I really enjoy the way in which this amp head starts sustaining at lower volumes. This amp is worth a look at to see if it meets your playing style and needs. Boutique quality at a very reasonable price!

                (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Uh oh.

                By Jack Hicks

                from Bemidji, MN

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Everything
                • Inexpensive Well Built

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Clean To Scream

                Comments about VHT Special 6 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I've had a whole bunch of amps over the years. Marshall, Fender, Gibson, Goldtone, Matchless, Holland, Dr. Z, Ampeg, Acoustic, Sears, Wards, Musicman, Mesa Boogie, Frenzel, you name it. This little amp ranks right up there in tone and build quality with the best of them. A little scary, because now they've figured out how to build boutique type amps on the cheap in China.

                The clean is dream and the scream is mean. This amp cooks. I don't really care much for the low power setting. If I want scream I crank it and if I want clean I dial it back. I've never been a fan of low power switches, and still am not.

                I've heard people complain of the cheap Chinese tubes. So, I got out my box of tubes and experimented with RCA, Sylvania, GE, Sovtek; I even tried a Mullard 12AU7A that I have. They all sounded pretty good, but I have to say, I like the Chinese tubes. In fact, I'm going to buy a bunch of them to have on hand... I like them that much.

                Also, I know this amp is touted as a tweakers dream, but I have no desire to mod anything. It's perfect, as is. Maybe not quite loud enough to play with a drummer, but loud enough for your wife to complain. Probably might get a few complaints if you live in an apartment as well.

                Highly recommended!

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