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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

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
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Performances (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

    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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    5.0

    The Grab & Go I've Been Searching For

    By Travisty7

    from Phila. area

    About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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      4.0

      neat amp

      By stormy monday

      from on the boat in florida

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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.

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        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.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          SWEET DIRTY THING!

          By DANGEROUS DAVE

          from Central Illinois

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          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!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great For Recording

          By Billy

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            This amp is now part of my rig

            By Coxm255

            from Salem, Or

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            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.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is the amp I been looking for!

            By KREEPER NELSON

            from CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              GUYS IN THE BAND SAID NO WAY IT WOULD BE ENUFF TO PLAY SMALL VENUES,WRONG!This is the amp I been looking for! I own Marshall and Peavey tube amps but, this amp will do it all, and so easy to haul and setup.I love it!!!

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              (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

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

              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!

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              (14 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              BUY THIS AMP!!!

              By al shapiro

              from Big Apple

              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?!

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              (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Great sound, poorly constructed

              By The Raygun

              from Columbus, Ohio

              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.

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