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VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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Hand-wired, all-tube goodness with extra gain and unique controls.

With its additional preamp gain stage, amazing variable Watts control, unique Depth control and tube-driven effects loop, the new high-gain Special 6 Ultra combo amp rockets the popular Special 6 platform to the next level.

The Special 6 Ultra combo's added gain stage provides plenty of overdrive for searing leads, bone-crushing crunch, and gristly grind, while its amazingly effective variable Watts control can reduce the volume to whisper-quiet bedroom practice levels-while maintaining the same overdriven tone, texture and dynamic feel.

The Special 6 Ultra combo features the same unique Volume and Tone controls as the original Special 6, the same footswitchable Boost, High/Low Power switch, and a similarly mod-friendly eyelet board. In addition, the Special 6 Ultra features a unique multi-position Depth control that fine-tunes the low-frequency depth; this feature allows you to carefully voice the amp's low-end to perfectly suit a wide range of guitars, pickups, speakers, and musical styles.

The Special 6 Ultra combo ships with a 6V6 output tube for sweet clean and rich overdrive tones, and to accommodate tone-seeking experimenters, it can accept a wide range of alternate output tubes as well. The Special 6 Ultra combo also features an all-tube buffered effects loop, and is loaded with a 12" VHT ChromeBack speaker.

FEATURES
6 watts
One 6V6 output tube
Two 12AX7 preamp tubes
Overdrive and Normal gain inputs
Overdrive gain control
Variable Watts control
Depth control
3-position texture switch
Tube-driven effects loop
Line out jack
Volume and tone controls
Footswitchable Boost mode
High/Low power switch
4, 8, and 16 ohm speaker jacks
Hand-wired
Mod-friendly, eyelet-type board
12" VHT ChromeBack speaker (16 ohm)

Amazing gain with a broad array of tones. Get yours now!

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VHTSpecial 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Good power output (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Performances (10)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Value

I LOVE this amp! I am not a noob beginner just drooling over his first amp. I have been playing for 35 years and have owned many good amps. I have always preferred...Read complete review

I LOVE this amp! I am not a noob beginner just drooling over his first amp. I have been playing for 35 years and have owned many good amps. I have always preferred tube amps, but I was looking very seriously at the Fender Super Champ X2 and the Fender Mustang III. After a in-store test drive of both amps, neither one had the tone I wanted, not to mention the 'fizz' issue with the Mustang III. So, I started looking elsewhere, and I came down to this amp or the Jet City JCA2112. In the end, I chose this one over the Jet City because the Jet City uses a EL84 output tube, and this one uses a 6V6, sort of..... you can literally swap out ANY octal tube in this amp, with NO bias adjustment, and it will just go with the flow. I have, thus far, tried the 6V6 (which it ships with), a Sovtek EL34B, and a Ruby 6L6GC. All of them sounded okay, including the stock 6V6, but the 6L6GC was creamy and wonderful sounding. I also swapped out the stock Chinese preamp tubes for a JJ 12AX7 and a Philips (long plate) 12AXWA.... big difference! They make these amps to mod and play with, heck, they even have mods listed on the VHT facebook page!
The only slight drawback I have with the amp may not even be an issue for many people.... the stock speaker, a 12" VHT 'Chromeback' sounded really 'woofy' at first, I mean I hated it, but the more I played it, the better it sounded. Now that I have put quite a few hours in on it, it really isn't bad. I'm sure that there is some 'better' speaker out there that I would probably be happier with, but for now, I have no problem using this one that came with it.

All in all, this is a great bargain, no, an EXCELLENT bargain. I have played all sorts of music through ths amp (Wes Montgomery style jazz runs, Van Halen, AC/DC, Govt Mule, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Kentucky Headhunters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Country, old clean 50's style, you name it!) and they can all be easiily dialed in on this amp. I did this using my Strat, my Les Paul, and my SG. My Gibsons have all Alnico II pickups, which sound heavenly through my 5150II half stack and through my Marshall JMP 2203. As you can probably surmise, I didn't buy this VHT because I needed a monster, I bought it because I need a good, small, portable combo amp that can give me the sort of tonal variety that I get with my 'big' amps (the VHT is only 6 watts, but WOW what a 6 watts!). This amp delivers big time. It sounds good with the stock speaker, but I also ran it through my 5150 cabinet and it sounded beautiful and full.

Knowing full well that I will have to mic the amp (or use the included Line Out jack), I would gig with this amp with no hesitation whatsoever. Hey, I'd even love to grab another one to run them in stereo, that'd be a wonderful little rig with a variety of great tones!

Really, I can't say enough good about this amp. I have drooled over the thought of an old blackface Fender for a very long time, because I know how beautiful they can sound, but who can find or afford one? Well, this amp has that same capability, and it is literally made to mod it to your taste. Is it loud? Nope, and it aint supposed to be, but the tone is staggering for such a low-priced (notice I didn't say 'cheap'?) amp. Buy one, you won't regret it!!
Clean and footswitchable (footswitch included) boost volumes (not chanels), depth control, treble range adjustments, 1/2 power switch, fully adjustable output wattage, tube buffered effects loop, this amp is loaded with features.
Build quality is excellent. Sturdy, nicely finished, you could tell the assemblers cared about the finished product.
This is, hands down, the greatest value I have ever seen in an amp. I have been playing guitar and buying 'stuff' for a very long time, and I don't make that statement lightly. In fact, they could charge twice as much and it would still be a good deal, this amp is that good.

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Great sound, poorly constructed

If quality control were raised, I would buy again in a heartbeat.
This thing has great sound at managable volumes. Very Fendery tone. The controls allow for a wide variety of...Read complete review

If quality control were raised, I would buy again in a heartbeat.
This thing has great sound at managable volumes. Very Fendery tone. The controls allow for a wide variety of adjustments and the footswitchable boost is very cool.
I got two of these from Musician's Friend and both had problems and I had to send them back. The first just died - not a tube issue either. The second one, the input jack fell apart the second time I used it. I wasn't interested in trying to fix it after my experience with the first one.
If it worked, it would be a fantastic value. I've tried almost all of the other mass manufactured sub-10 watt amps and this has the best tone by far.

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Value

By RJoz

from Nevada

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Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I LOVE this amp! I am not a noob beginner just drooling over his first amp. I have been playing for 35 years and have owned many good amps. I have always preferred tube amps, but I was looking very seriously at the Fender Super Champ X2 and the Fender Mustang III. After a in-store test drive of both amps, neither one had the tone I wanted, not to mention the 'fizz' issue with the Mustang III. So, I started looking elsewhere, and I came down to this amp or the Jet City JCA2112. In the end, I chose this one over the Jet City because the Jet City uses a EL84 output tube, and this one uses a 6V6, sort of..... you can literally swap out ANY octal tube in this amp, with NO bias adjustment, and it will just go with the flow. I have, thus far, tried the 6V6 (which it ships with), a Sovtek EL34B, and a Ruby 6L6GC. All of them sounded okay, including the stock 6V6, but the 6L6GC was creamy and wonderful sounding. I also swapped out the stock Chinese preamp tubes for a JJ 12AX7 and a Philips (long plate) 12AXWA.... big difference! They make these amps to mod and play with, heck, they even have mods listed on the VHT facebook page!
The only slight drawback I have with the amp may not even be an issue for many people.... the stock speaker, a 12" VHT 'Chromeback' sounded really 'woofy' at first, I mean I hated it, but the more I played it, the better it sounded. Now that I have put quite a few hours in on it, it really isn't bad. I'm sure that there is some 'better' speaker out there that I would probably be happier with, but for now, I have no problem using this one that came with it.

All in all, this is a great bargain, no, an EXCELLENT bargain. I have played all sorts of music through ths amp (Wes Montgomery style jazz runs, Van Halen, AC/DC, Govt Mule, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Kentucky Headhunters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Country, old clean 50's style, you name it!) and they can all be easiily dialed in on this amp. I did this using my Strat, my Les Paul, and my SG. My Gibsons have all Alnico II pickups, which sound heavenly through my 5150II half stack and through my Marshall JMP 2203. As you can probably surmise, I didn't buy this VHT because I needed a monster, I bought it because I need a good, small, portable combo amp that can give me the sort of tonal variety that I get with my 'big' amps (the VHT is only 6 watts, but WOW what a 6 watts!). This amp delivers big time. It sounds good with the stock speaker, but I also ran it through my 5150 cabinet and it sounded beautiful and full.

Knowing full well that I will have to mic the amp (or use the included Line Out jack), I would gig with this amp with no hesitation whatsoever. Hey, I'd even love to grab another one to run them in stereo, that'd be a wonderful little rig with a variety of great tones!

Really, I can't say enough good about this amp. I have drooled over the thought of an old blackface Fender for a very long time, because I know how beautiful they can sound, but who can find or afford one? Well, this amp has that same capability, and it is literally made to mod it to your taste. Is it loud? Nope, and it aint supposed to be, but the tone is staggering for such a low-priced (notice I didn't say 'cheap'?) amp. Buy one, you won't regret it!!
Clean and footswitchable (footswitch included) boost volumes (not chanels), depth control, treble range adjustments, 1/2 power switch, fully adjustable output wattage, tube buffered effects loop, this amp is loaded with features.
Build quality is excellent. Sturdy, nicely finished, you could tell the assemblers cared about the finished product.
This is, hands down, the greatest value I have ever seen in an amp. I have been playing guitar and buying 'stuff' for a very long time, and I don't make that statement lightly. In fact, they could charge twice as much and it would still be a good deal, this amp is that good.

(16 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BUY THIS AMP!!!

By AL

from Long Beach NY

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Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I have never before left a review here or anywhere alse, even though I have bought and sold 100's of thousands of dollars worth of gear including many boutique amps costing thousands....this piece of gear has inspired me...PLAY MUSIC - DON"T SHOP FOR GEAR!! - BUY THIS AMP!
Don't think of buying ANY other amp at ANY other price. This amp is IT! Sell your collection.
Using the swappable power tubes can take you from very old school Fender Champ/Princeton to full on punishing Marshall - and all very musical!!
Sounds are awesome right out of the box, however, options are what the amp is about.
I put an old 7581 (6L6 variant) in for a power tube, and old 12AX7 in preamp 1, and a long plate JJ in position 2. Forget about it! - I can do anything I want tonally now with all of the interactive EQ and gain structures on the amp. Fender and Marshall tones are all there.
IF YOU WANT TO THINK MORE ABOUT PLAYING AND LESS ABOUT YOUR GEAR - BUY THIS AMP!!!
Well built - simple layout...solid. Don't think twice.
Are you kidding?!

(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best tube amp for the money ...period!!!

By LOOPMASTER

from ASHEVILLE NC

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Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I am a VHT guy for life now, its that good. They do make more expensive models that must be heavenly compared to this amp. For the price concious consumer its a home run. Although it has only 6 watts max it can still deliver enough volume for gigging. Tubes get loud people! mic this cab and put a smile on your face cuz it rocks. Its only other true drawback is that you will need a distortion pedal in order to play metalbut the tonal quality of this amp always shines thru. The amp takes pedals very well whether in front of the amp or in the effects loop. I use both, I have a large pedalboard with 10 stompboxes and half of those run thru the loop. The sound is TOP quality.my tip is to use QUALITY ANALOG effects and you will love the results.I also recommend the TC electronic hall of fame reverb, it is stellar!
all the adjustments you need to tailor you tone to perfection.This amp can be tweaked to achieve many different tones by adjusting the various dials at you fingertips. I am giving it a 9 only because there is no way to switch between channels without unplugging your guitar. This is not a problem for me because i use an EHX Metal Muff and MXR '78 distortion stombox pedals for distortion so i run mainly thru the clean channel with just a bit of grit. If they put a chnnel switch with footswitch in the amp it eould be a 10+.
The build quality of the amp is superior. I had a Blackstar ht5r that literally fell apart on me due to crappy korean construction. this amp is solid as a rock from the wood to the switches and the hand wired board. I did swap out the Chinese tubes which were ok but lifeless. I put an EHX 6v6GT and a Groove Tube 12ax7 in the ultra channel and a JJ 12at7 in the clean channel.the amp really came alive, i love it!!
unless you want a 100 watt amp this is an incredible value, they really should charge more but dont tell VHT I said that, lol!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FenderNut

By Mark

from Mason City, IA

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Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp sounds very nice, has lots of tone choices, is well made and is a great value at this price. It was a great choice for me because I don't need 100W of volume at my house yet there is enough volume to fill smaller venues if needed. Clean and overdrive tones are very nice. Hand wired means you can upgrade parts later if you want. I highly recommend this amp.
This amp has a lot of tone choices for something so simple. Don't confuse simple with lack of versitility. Play with the amp and the range of tones is huge. The push pull clean channel with foot switch is great. I rarely use my overdrive pedal anymore. The watt contoles are great and really add to the versitility of the amp. And yes, it is hand wired. I checked.
I was amazed at how well this amp is constructed. The thing is built like a tank. Nice attention to detail. The individual components are heavy duty. The speaker sounds full and really breaks in nice after a few months of playing. The tubes are some no name brand but sound nice anyway with smooth break up as the amp starts to overdrive. A retube should bring out some additional high end sparkle. Hard to believe this amp is made in China. Don't worry about where it is made. I've had mine for 6 months with no problems at all. I play almost every day so it's had plenty of use. This amp is good stuff.
A great value in tube amps. I shopped around for a long time and did a lot of reserch prior to buying this amp. I have no regrets. Sounds better than some amps that cost a lot more.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Almost perfect!

By Ken LaPerle

from Undisclosed

Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

OK - If you want to play a tube amp at home you will quickly find that 1W can make quite a lot of sound - I have a 1.5w head that when going through a 12" still cant be turned up halfway without being painfully loud. If you want a low wattage amp, you usually have a lot of trouble finding one with a decent preamp section. Here you have a ton of flexibilty - Normal channel, Ultra channel, Boost, Tone, 3-way character switch, and of course variable watts.

It has an effects loop to add the missing reverb, so that isnt a negative. And the speaker isnt great - but its not bad either (still a little early to tell as it needs to be broken in a little more).

Bottom line - a great amp that I can live with in the house - and dont be fooled into thinking you can never play live with it. If you need to - just plug in more efficient speakers. Oh, and its got a line out so you can also p.a. it.
Wonderfully flexible, with a lot of tonal possibilities strewn over a wide range of genres.
Very good quality - no particle board. Its not a boutique amp, but i have returned many other amps due to shoddy or cheap construction. No complaints here.
Cant say enough about the value. Ive wasted far more money to get something i regretted buying. Not so here.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic little amp

By Westy

from Ohio

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Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

If you read my comments above, you'll know very clearly how I feel about this amp. Yes, it's built in China and no, I don't favor anything Chinese, but this amp is superb and I have no qualms about rating it unequivocally as a '10.'
For the price, VHT focused its features selection for this Special 6 Ultra on tone, not on effects. So, you get no reverb or tremolo. Not surprising. Instead, what VHT does give you is an incredible amount of adjustment in tone via the combinations of wattage output, tone, depth, volume, volume boost, and ultra selector settings, as well as this quirky 'texture' switch. This texture switch doesn't appear to do much when you first plug in the amp, but after a week or two of using this amp, I've come to appreciate the subtle changes in tone it does make. With all of these options in tone adjusted in different combinations, you can, in fact, begin to create your own reverb. I'm still trying to dial in the settings that appeal to me the most for my Strat vs. my Flying V, but the efforts in doing so have been immensely pleasing.
Absolutely no complaints. Built with tremendous quality. I took it on the road this Christmas weekend and loading it into the car this morning, my son said, "Dad, is that thing heavy?" He could see how I was struggling a bit with it. That's not to say it weighs too much. It's just to say that it weighs a lot more than you would expect for a 6-watt tube amp. Of course, weight is down to size of speaker, real wood cabinet, etc. , which this amp has got. Which also gives contributes to its great tone. The quality is in this amp is tip-top.
Without a doubt, this amp is one of the best pieces of musical equipment I have ever purchased for the price. It's taken me a lot of trial and error with equipment purchases to discover what's really great for the given price. I'm not a pro player, but I do spend a fair amount of money on equipment for my playing hobby. And because I'm not out playing halls and clubs, I don't need a lot of wattage. So, I've purchased and returned a number of tube amps in the 4- to 30-watt range. This VHT Special 6 Ultra punches far above its weight. It's an absolute keeper.

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great sound, poorly constructed

By The Raygun

from Columbus, Ohio

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Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

If quality control were raised, I would buy again in a heartbeat.
This thing has great sound at managable volumes. Very Fendery tone. The controls allow for a wide variety of adjustments and the footswitchable boost is very cool.
I got two of these from Musician's Friend and both had problems and I had to send them back. The first just died - not a tube issue either. The second one, the input jack fell apart the second time I used it. I wasn't interested in trying to fix it after my experience with the first one.
If it worked, it would be a fantastic value. I've tried almost all of the other mass manufactured sub-10 watt amps and this has the best tone by far.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great For Recording

By Billy

from Atlanta, GA

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I use this in my home studio all the time. Nice to be able to get the sound of meltdown at low volumes. I bought a Jet City 1X12 cabinet, disconnected the internal speaker, and so I use it like a head, powering a speaker in the iso room. Great for crunch, grit. Not the cleanest clean sound but very usable that way. Using a yellow, Boss overdrive, you can get a ton of distortion with a good sound. I've also had good luck running the POD into the effects return, which puts your models through the amp's tube power amp and through a real speaker. Very handy amp.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great out of the box

    By Richard Hallen

    from Pacific Northwest

    Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Solid construction that I expect to last, no pcb or pcb mounted jacks/pots to fail. If ever needed, repair made easy by the layout and use of individual components and turret board. Mods easy if you so desire, but really not needed with this little Single Ended amp. This amp is a keeper.

    Dual input, ultra and clean provide a very wide range of character. Depth, texture, triode/pentode, footswitchable boost, allow fine tuning for use with single coils to hot HBs. Built in VariableVoltage Regulator for bedroom to practice/stage use (mic'd). Solid constructed cab, good size, nice weight, easy to transport.
    Extremely wide range of tones and works with single coils to hot humbuckers. Very usable without any mods. I have owned many of the 5 watt modern production amps/combos, most need modded to sound decent, or offer much versatility. With factory VVR, it goes from bedroom to practice, to stage.
    Layout is great, full size pots, sockets, and jacks are all mounted off the "turret" board. Excellent design!
    Great value with solid construction. My only comment would be that when you plug in speakers cabs to the external speaker outputs it does not kill the internal speaker. And to unplug the internal speaker you have to unscrew and pull the back off. It has 2 external speaker jacks and one internal. I may set it up with the external jacks switching off the internal speaker, or better yet, route the internal speaker wire/plug out of the cab to the external jacks, for easy use of internal 16 ohm speaker with external 16 ohm cab, or hook up to two external cabs. I don't see why you would ever have 3 speaker jacks all connected at once (only 4, 8, and 16 ohm secondary impedance selections).

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best value tube amp

    By Strat man

    from Boston

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    Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    My initial impression of the build quality is pretty favorable. The tolex is tight, the piping around the baffle is a nice clean white and the speaker baffle mesh is a really nice material with a nice tight weave. It feels solid and the knobs and switches feel sturdy. I think my initial feeling about the knobs was that they were cheap and that was only because the amp is so inexpensive. Upon further inspection it was just my own perception which wasn't reality.I played 3 different guitars. I had a MIM strat with CS69's, a Charvel San Dimas with Seymour Duncan Humbuckers, and an SG classic with P90's.Overall I would say the tone of the amp is pretty dark compared to the Fender DRRI and Vox AC15C1 I have. The amp can be brightened pretty significantly with the tone knob. Unlike the tone knob on some amps the Ultra's tone knob is very functional and can drastically alter the tone.The 3 position "texture" switch didn't do all that much as far as I can tell. The middle position, according to VHT is designed to produce the "most harmonically rich texture" so that's where I left it.The depth control knob has 11 settings and can go from a nice boomy fat bottom end (fully clockwise) to a setting (fully counter-clockwise) with more presence and bite. There is definitely a difference to be heard from playing with the depth control. My general feeling right now is that when it's fully engaged it can be a bit muddy with buckers, but fattens up single coils well.There are a ton of tones hidden in this amp and it will take a bit to find all the useful ones. It should be noted that even with low gain and the amp running at it's full 6 watts that there will always be a hair of dirt in the tone especially with humbuckers. The amp does force you to focus on your picking dynamics and learning to moderate your volume knob on the guitar.It will sound pretty muddy if you want to play heavy metal from current day bands, but it can do 80's-90's metal like Dio and Dokken. The wattage knob doesn't decrease the volume that significantly. It's really best for dialing in distorted tones at reasonable volumes. I can hear a noticeable change to the distortion when sweeping back and forth past 12 o'clock. Their is a "Clean" and "Ultra" input. The clean channel is controlled with one volume knob that also doubles as a push/pull boost. The Ultra channel doesn't really feel like a full fledged OD channel, but it does have a bit more grit. In addition, the volume becomes a master volume and you can dial the distortion in with the Ultra knob. The push/pull boost is still functional so it's almost like two gain stages. One from the Ultra knob and then an additional boost from pulling up on the volume knob. The amp does come with a foot-switch that can toggle the boost on and off. I'm really liking the amp so far. I think I'm liking it best with a Strat over the humbuckers and P90's. It's not to say that it sounds bad with those pickups, but I probably tend to favor single coils anyway. It's got a nice strong tone. Maybe not the sweetness or shimmer of a Fender clean channel, but it covers a lot of ground. I'm a fan of a little reverb at all times and I don't have a separate reverb pedal so I used a delay set to a light echo and that did help. It helps add a little richness and complexity to the tone. Long review but I wanted to be thorough. The tubes in the amp were literally no name generics and the speaker was a VHT designed. It looks like the cab is big enough to support something like a Greenback. It also has 2 inputs for cabinet extensions and can accept 4,8, or 16 ohm cabs.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Grab & Go I've Been Searching For

    By Travisty7

    from Philly

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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 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I tried to replace my Blackstar HT-5R with a Fender because no matter what I tried I couldn't get the Blackstar to sound good with my Wah or X3 Live. After trying to buy Fender Super Sonics three times and a 68 Deluxe Reverb one time and having to return them all for quality issues, the only amp left that fit my specs under a couple grand was the VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Combo.
      I found it to be extremely quiet when idle, the effects loop handles my BBE really well even though the amp doesn't need the BBE nearly as much as the Blackstar HT-5R or the Fenders did.
      The VHT loves all my pedals including my wah and X3 Live.
      The clean compares very closely to my Fender Blues Jr NOS and the Ultra distortion channel sounds good, but I prefer my Boss DS-2 and X3 Live because I need to switch from metal to clean in the same song and this amp doesn't switch channels. No big deal to me.
      It even compares well to my Vetta, both clean and super high gain with the X3 Live.
      All my comparisons were made with my Radial Bigshot ABY using A, B, and Y settings with my Vetta on mono through one speaker and the VHT using a Blackstar HT-112 external speaker cabinet.
      The VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Combo is exactly what I've spent the last year looking for and is now my grab & go amp, I love it.

      (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This amp is now part of my rig

      By Coxm255

      from Salem, Or

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      The only reason I didn't give this a perfect score is because 1) It didn't come with an amp cover 2) No reverb. But the sound is like butter. This amp is now part of my rig (Shure 545 mic, lonewolf delay, and the VHT Ultra mic'd). I prefer this sound to Fender, Peavey, and (wait for it) Silvertone. What? Yes, I just said that. Anyways, great for practice, great for performances (mic'd) and for a reasonable price.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great amp..that no one carries..

      By Dino Velvet

      from Da Burbs

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      Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      The toughest thing about this amp will be finding one in a store to play. As stated , I chose this over the class 5 , but it would be fun to have them side by side for a test. The VHT is way more versatile . If you like hard rock tones without having to use a pedal, this is the amp. It can be brittle at high gain so at some point I will do a tube swap.
      The features have been shown in lots of other places. Tons of value here. Nice to have a speaker out that will plug into anything. All combos should have this. I choose this amp over the Marshall Class 5 because I didn't need a pedal with this to get the hard rock sounds I like, nor did I need to crank it to non house friendly volumes. I wish it had reverb, but you can't have everything.
      So far so good. Well put together .
      Add up the features and you can't beat it. Now look for that coupon...

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      SWEET DIRTY THING!

      By DANGEROUS DAVE

      from Central Illinois

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Sweet Distortion
      • Very Good Distortion

      Cons

      • Stock Speaker Stinks

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Mic It Up
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Change the stock speaker out...it's terrible. I put in a texas heat eminence. Forget the 6v6 and try an El34 or KT66. This amp is NOT about clean sound,,,,what it does is have a great and killer touch responsive distortion. Bypass if you want clean headroom.With a guitar like a Les Paul and the mods I mentioned you have a killer dirty rock n roll amp! Mic it up at a gig and you may rethink hauling a half-stack!

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Harp players should take a nice long look at this amp, too

      By Will Jennings

      from Iowa

      Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I won't ever give up my 4x10 Clark Congaree. Ever. And I love my vintage Les Paul Gibson champ clone. I even found a way to love my Fender Pro Jr. as a harp amp. But, really, the VHT is a real love-at-first bite steal for this price. You save enough to buy a good quality verb/delay pedal and have enough options to experiment even before you start looking to dig deeper into board mods.Out of the box great amp for harp players who want nice tube tone w/o feedback problems. And your neighbors won't tell you that you're still not nailing the phrasing to LW's Juke....
      I'm giving an 8 here because I've not yet had the chance to put this amp through all of its paces as live gig gear. But so far, I'm really excited about the versatility this amp offers me for rehearsing at home & playing with quiter combo/singer song writer side-guy set ups. I already own a ground-up built 4x10 Clark Congaree tweed bassman dialed harp amp with a built in attenuator and that's my rolling stock for a full-fledged ensemble gig in clubs or on festival stages. Too bad Clark no longer makes them because they are a killer boutique American made harmonica amp...I got the VHT because it's been generating a lot of great buzz on the harp internet channels and one reason is that players who also want to mod their amps have found this to be a great amp on a wide array of fronts.
      The amp appears well-built and everything is accessible for those who are inclined to tweak or mod their board or tubes. I've replaced the tubes it shipped with by using new-old or deadstock tubes of higher quality (to my liking and ear) and always carry spares to gigs. The tolex is tight and the amp is well put together for this price range. Not a fan of the logo styling, but then again I don't want to pay another 500 bucks to dime out the facade. My 4x10 looks killer, but is so heavy, ain't nobody gonna wander off with it when my back is turned. So the fact that this doesn't look like a more expensive amp is fine with me. It looks like a solid state cheapy in some ways, but sounds like an amp that'd be worth half again as much in cost.

      The array of controls for tone, texture, volume, grit, grind, punch, roll-off, shimmer, bottom...all been discussed well enough in other reviews here. I'll just add that as a harp player, I use a quiver of mics and each of these has it's own voice that will sometimes play very nice with one amp, but not with another. I've used vintage and new built crystal, em cartridge bullet mics, an Audix Fireball, a tiny condenser button mic, and sure 545 and even a 58 via xlr-to-1/4" plug adapter. And every one of them plays nice with this amp and can be dialed in so many different ways it just keeps me playing around with settings for hours just to see what flies...and ain't nothing crashed yet.

      For non-harp players, you need to understand that the signal from a hand held mic is way hotter than your guitar pick up that feed back is usually a problem long before you get decent tone...so generally you have to swap out the pre-amp tubes to 12ay or 12au etc. and even mod the board to rolloff and get punch. And you need to be able to go from apartment rehearsal volume to competing with drums and multiple guitar players who all think they are SRV or Jimmy Page. This amp lets me do all of this, especially with the line out and an FX loop so that the verb, delay, and chorus pedals I might use don't get muddied in the overdrive of the preamp. Dig it, this amp does it.

      Again, I'm only at an 8 here because time will tell. As a stay at home rehearsal amp, I don't see much of a rigors issue. And, again, a board that is easy to mod is also easy to fix...so that seems a plus to me simply as a matter of access and design. I keep spare tubes on hand all the time just because I'm inclined to be prepared. But if you treat your gear hard and are playing a hundred plus shows a year, then, well, who knows. Get an Anvil case for it.

      I'm undecided about the speaker. That's a personal ear thing. So far, the shipped-with is doing just fine and I expect more break-in will improve it further. That said, at this price point, swapping out for a fave that fits this board or your mods to the board would be your choice and it's done easily enough.
      Look, I'd rather buy American. And I own vintage American build Gibson, Fender, and new-build Clark amps. That said, are you freakin' kidding me? This tone and versatility at this price point speaks for itself. The line out is wonderful, too. And and FX loop is such a plus. This amp just does what harp players need done at a very, very, very reasonable price. And plays nice right out of the box. Another local harp player (who is a monster player) and someone who builds and mods his own amps with remarkable skill, really loves the less expensive VHT Special 6 for his quieter harp combo gigs. I admire this guy's playing, no question---killer tone and chops. But he knows the insides and outsides of amp builds. If he gives the VHT the thumbs up, all I can tell you is that was enough for me to go all in.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      SMOOTH, WARM, AND ROCKS

      By MOJO MIKE

      from MILITARY SPAIN

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE QUALITY OF THIS AMP. IT SOUNDS GOOD, AND EVEN WITH 6 WATTS CAN REALLY GET LOUD. IM STILL SEARCHING FOR THE BEST PEDAL FOR DISTORTION. IT OVER DRIVES AND BREAKS UP NICE, BUT NEED A PEDAL FOR THE METAL SOUND.
        IT BRINGS OUT EVERY LITTLE SOUND IF YOU RUN AN EFFECTS UNIT INTO THE JACK, SO BEST TO USE EFFECTS LOOP. IM STILL TRYING THAT TOO. STAND ALONE, THIS SOUNDS GOOD CLEAN AND DISTORTED WITH ITS BUILT IN POWER BOOST, BUT TO GET LOUD YOU MUST OPEN BOTH VOLUMES AND THEN LOOSE THE CLEAN. LOVE THE VALUME CONTROL TO THE SPEAKER. CAN CRANK THE TUBES WIDE OPEN, AND THEN TURN DOWN THE SIGNEL TO THE SPEAKER, SO COOL. LAST THING, IT IS BUILT LIKE A TANK, AND THE SPEAKER IS VERY NICE. I MAY TRY DIFFERENT TUBES ONEDAY, BUT NOW THEY SOUND JUST FINE.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is a great, great amp! Best amp ever? YES.

        By Joe Spada

        from Undisclosed

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        Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        So, there are a lot of reviews of this amp floating around out there, just google vht special 6 ultra review. I haven't seen any bad reviews. Here's mine: First of all, A HAND WIRED TUBE AMP at this price! You may ask "Is VHT crazy or just awesome?" Answer: AWESOME Yes, it's made in China. So what? I like Chinese people. They are super nice people, AND this amp is built like a tank! A TANK, I SAY! All plywood construction, not particle board. It is designed in U.S.A. and if you want one made in U.S.A. just get one of the Standard series VHT amps. Yes, again, hand wired and designed in the U.S.A. for $$$! Mega Awesome. Between the clean and ultra stages, all the tone and depth knobs, boost, wattage control and all the other bells and whistles, you can get a slew of different tones from this. Tons of different sounds, from glassy/rich cleans to gritty/scalding distortion. The sound is on the darker side, but if you mess around enough with your guitar's volume knob and all the knobs on the amp you can definitely get nice bright tone. And if it's still not bright enough, or you're not getting the tone you want.... swap the tubes! The ones that come with it are no names that don't sound bad, but throw in some Tung-Sol tubes and you've got a tone monster on your hands. You can cram, just about, any tube you want into this thing - although the combo can get tight for some of the larger tubes. They even have an adapter that you can buy to put in an EL84! This amp was designed with modders in mind. It's cheap enough so you can afford to upgrade the tubes or the speaker without breaking the bank. Best amp ever, IMHO!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        neat amp

        By Stormy Monday

        from Path of Matthew

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Plenty To Adjust

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          this is my first tube amp. Bought used. It has a great sound. once you get used to the depth, texture and boost functions you can get the sounds you want for what every guitar you plug in. I play mostly clean so the ultra channel is kind of along for the ride.

          One fault is that the clean and ultra channels are not foot switchable. The foot switch activates the boost.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little practice/ recording amp

          By __Zeus__

          from Boston

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          Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          An unbelivable sounding amp for $300. Really impressed with the quality and tones I can get out of it. This amp excells at quiet distortion/ cruch. My only gripe is that the handle is a little frail to hold up a 30lb. amp. I can see the handle getting ruined in no time if there is a lot of transport done.My Boogie has some stiff competition...

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Steal.

          By Matthew W.-UDJCS

          from Durham, NC

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          Comments about VHT Special 6 Ultra 6W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          This is my first tube amp, and it's pretty unreal. I now understand the fuss about tubes...it does in fact feel much different than a solid state amp; it's much more responsive. I also can ditch my overdrive pedal now because the amp itself gives me all the overdrive I need, especially with the attenuator built in.This amp is probably best for practice or small club settings, but crank it up and mic it and you'd fill whatever space you need to. For bedroom level, the low power setting at about 1/3 wattage and volume cranked most of the way gives you a really nice overdriven sound. I mean, the kind of thing that keeps you sitting there playing for hours at a time.Bottom line: if you're looking for a great-sounding tube amp without going bankrupt over it, check this amp out!

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