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

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With its additional preamp gain stage, amazing variable Watts control, unique Depth control and tube-driven effects loop, the new high-gain Special 6...Read More

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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 guitar amp head rockets the popular Special 6 platform to the next level.

The Special 6 Ultra head'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 head 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 head 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 also features an all-tube buffered effects loop.

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

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

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VHTSpecial 6 Ultra 6W Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.7

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
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    4.0

    smooth

    By rob

    from Lawndale

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Classic Rock Sound
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

    • Controls On Top

    Best Uses

    • Enjoyable
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    The worse part of this amp.is the top controls.....wont keep up with a.band but.is a good amp.....clean to rock grit

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Little Amp

    By Big Ric

    from Albuquerque

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

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

    I purchased this Ultra 6 Head recently. It has a really good build quality compared to the Peavey 20 MH and the Marshall 5 watt. Switches and knobs have solid feel to them, not cheap or worn out as do some new units. Went ahead and put in some new JJ tubes as others recommended; it has a very powerful sound to it. The various controls let you dial up anything from clean to mean. It includes a footswitch to turn the boost on/off. You can't just go from clean to overdrive without re-plugging the guitar in, only has an input for clean or overdrive channels but you could use an A/B switch to help with this; sort of a nuisance. Lot's of mods out there for this thing; but I am a little nervous about hacking and soldering so soon-maybe after a few years. Has a five year warranty-that's great! But it might void your warranty if you do the mods! If you come across one give it a test drive maybe you'll like it.

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    5.0

    Get yourself one

    By MOJO MIKE

    from MILITARY SPAIN

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      I agree with Hipi, this amp is very well made and can do it all. I got mine at MF when the price was a little less. I have the ultra, and it can crank or it can purr. The picture dose not represent, it is solid and surly bigger than those orange lunch box things. Mine is pack full or tubes and wires, and a sweet 12 inch speaker. Yes I have the combo. You will love this amp.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Little Big Amp

      By hippiekarl

      from Pahrump, NV

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

      • Oversized

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Not Waking Them Up
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Waking Up The Neighbors

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

      I own a lot of tube amps (none over 50watts), and this one's, well, unique. I've had it about a year now, and here's my report: This thing is HUGE! The picture doesn't give you a frame of reference, so you might not realize it. However, this amp (I have the head--not the combo) is the size of a JTM-45; those tall, wide 'Bluesbreaker' Marshalls...it doesn't even have a reverb pan (but there's sure room for one!). I feel like part of a cartoon with this SIX WATT amp that's wider than the 1x12 cab it sits on. The great thing is, though, that if you want to use it in a situation too loud for it with a 1x12, you can leave the cab home, bring a reverb, and line-out it to a PA channel. The saturated sounds are great, but if you plan to gig with it you'll likely have to use the cleaner tones--which are just fine!--and get your OD/Fuzz/distort-o-tone from pedals. I'd recommend you put those pedals on the front end; resist the urge to put them in the loop. As others have explained here, some pedals work, some don't in the EFX loop. Personally, I think the loop's mostly for running 2 of these things one into the other (as they suggest trying in their literature). I do, sometimes, for sick, over-the-top stun-tone, with a 2 watt Fender tube amp and this....
      One observation about this amp's 'bare-bones' tone controls: there isn't really any place you can set the knobs/switches that DOESN'T sound great. So, there's that, too. The clean side (as it were) sounds more 'Vox-ish' to me than 'Fender-ish'.
      At home, with this amp you can 'play loud' as quietly as you have to, via the 'watts' knob. Wow! I used to have a Fender Super Reverb with only one volume (45 watts/4x10); by the time it sounded like it wanted to, the neighbors *were* calling the cops.....the Super 6 Ultra manages the big amp sound at any volume. Personally, I like the unusual, sparse control layout, and with effects in front, I don't have to consider unplugging/plugging back in to change 'channels'.
      Try one; they sound great. You'll like it or you won't, but it won't be because it doesn't sound great!

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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dont judge an amp by its watts

      By bill

      from Graniteville SC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cheap Way To Step Into Tu
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practice Amp

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

        Great little practice amp. sounds great. very well worth the price.

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        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        vht special 6 ultra

        By Tuff Dawg

        from houston

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

        You can crank it up and its loud enough to hear over other players or you can turn the watts down and not wake up momma. The sound right out of the box was great from clean country to distorted zz top but the first thing I did was replace the stock tubes with a jj el34 and 2 12ax7 groove tubes and holy moly what a sweet difference I love this amp head I am playing it through a open back 1x12 with a quality speaker it gives me all I need its a keeper you won't ne disappointed
        Best bedroom amp I have ever had
        Seems to be built solid and well put together
        I have bought two other bedroom amps the crate v5 and the black heart killler ant and my special 6 is priced better and better over all

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        VHT Special 6 Ultra

        By Thomas Learn

        from texas

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

        Overall a great amp for the money. It sounds good even with the generic tubes that come stock. There is a huge range of sonic possibilities inside this tone machine, but dont expect to be able to switch between them on the fly during a live performance. The tone shaping controls are unique and effective.

        I think this amp is perfect for recording. I doubt i'd ever gig with it, but it would sound good miced through a PA.

        If you're into tube tone without breaking the bank OR your eardrums this might be a good choice for you.
        This thing has some great features that you'd expect to see on a more expensive amp like the FX loop, line out, and the really cool "Watts" control.

        First off the watts knob is not an attenuator. It is an adjustment for a variable power supply that provides the anode voltage to the 6V6 power tube. When turned down your headroom goes out the window, but you get overdriven tones at low volumes. To get clean tones at about the same volume you have to turn the volume down and the watts up together. With the watts all the way down it's pretty much impossible to get a completely clean sound.

        The FX loop send and line out are in parellel and both suffer from the same problem. The output levels are entirely dependant upon the gain levels of the preamp stages. That means that, even at low volumes, the output to your outboard gear can vary wildly depending on your gain settings. I'll probably build an outboard attenuator to solve this for myself, but I'd rather have send level control out of the box...

        One more note on features... To switch between clean and ultra there are 2 seperate inputs. You cannot A/B these inputs with a switch because the jacks have contacts that disable each other when something is plugged in. I modded mine to allow a 2 buttom footswitch to switch between clean/ultra and also still control boost like the stock footswitch. And theres a toggle switch where the clean jack was to change channels without the footswitch. If you're the type that wants to open it up and make changes (VHT notes this as a selling point - "mod friendly" "handwired") then here is a link to my schematic and detailed instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/VHT-Special-6-Ultra-channel-switching-mod-inc-fo/
        Not too bad overall. Before I took it apart i was impressed with the build quality, but when I took the back panel off the first time I noticed that 2 of the screws were put in at an angle and were poking out of the wood on the inside. The wood was splintered where these screws are and they could be ripped out very easily. Seems to me like someone in China got in a hurry.

        Other than that all else was pretty good. Tight tolex, nice molding, etc. I've always felt that the Push/Pull volume knob feels a little loose compaired to the others. It's just REALLY easy to turn. The pull switch part of it feels solid though.
        Cheapest tube amp I have ever seen with the feature set seen here.

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I am Impressed!!

        By Runnin Late

        from South Ga

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

        I have been toying with the low wattage amp thing for a while. Don't play out like i used to. I have a couple of Valve Jrs (One Modded), Pro Jr, Haze 15 and various cabs. Aside from that i have played and owned my share of Big Boy amplifiers in my day as well. JCM 800s, 900s, Mesa, Fender Hot Rod but I have to say that the tone of this Ultra 6 is one of the most satisfying i have ever plugged in to for Rock music. The Ultra side could spoil you in a hurry. If you need some Gain in your sound this more than has it. I dont think i have ever plugged into an amp that didn't make me want something to juice it a little. I could play straight into this but of course i don't..LOL. I do like using my BBE Freq Boost in front but that is really just for more bite than just adding more gain. More of an EQ really. Just gobs of sustain. Adds a nice fuzz to single notes and chords still ring out with clarity even when you have a lot of gain. The clean side is nice and sparkly and overdrives very nice as well when cranked. Especially with a Les Paul type or in my case my 81 Ibanez Artist. There is quite a bit of control over your tone as well mentioned by the above review. The Watts Control does have a cool effect on the headroom of the power section on either the Clean or Ultra side. In small increments from full on back you can add just the right amount of sizzle to your top end. Doesn't effect volume that much unless on extreme reduction. Really works well and of course you can dial it all the way back down to minimum and riff and wail away and it is a perfect late night volume but yet still sounds good to me. The Depth Control is not a huge change as you adjust your low end frequencies but is more like a fine adjustment to your tone. I find my self tweaking this quite a bit between different guitars and i do think it works well. The Tone Control is what it is and even on it's lowest setting the amplifier doesn't go into complete mud like some i have run across. The 3-way Texture Control i keep in the middle. Manual says this allows the most harmonic content and i like it there. Haven't found a use for it in any other setting but maybe i will down the road. The Boost feature is a good feature and does allow more cut for going into leads. Footswitch that operates this is nice and small. Fits on the pedalboard. One thing worth mentioning with this amplifier is that it's sound is a little on the thin side but then again i am not expecting wall shaking volume/thump from a 6watt amp either. I will not ding it for that but just figured i would mention it. Compared to say the Valve Jr, The Valve Jrs tone is thicker but i do like the Ultra 6 better in the stock tone department regardless. Also to me they are Apples/Oranges. An upgrade to the stock tubes was an improvement also. If there is a slight disappointment in the Ultra 6 it is the effects loop. This feature was the initial reason for buying it because i do like some echo for ambience when playing. Hard to get a low watt amp to stay clean enough to run delay before it thus "Hey, this has a loop...wow!!" I have a Carbon Copy and a TC Nova Delay. The CC was not going to work for me. Seems like the loop just clips that pedal so that was a no-no. The Nova does do better because of the Loop/Instrument input feature on it but i am still not satisfied with the tone of it. Might want to consider this if your in the market for the Ultra 6 for the loop alone. An instrument level effect is going to be hard to get right in this loop from my experience. May try the big Boss Delay next and see. I have played once on a backporch jam with this head and a 2 1x12 Cabs. It was almost loud enough. We did some Floyd, Allman Bros, etc so nothing outrageous but i had it pretty much dimed and did wish it had a little more headroom. I think miked it would've been perfect because i did like the tone i got with my strat that night. A little bit of delay and i might've been Gilmour for a moment. Aside from a couple of things i am still very impressed with this head. I have not regretted one second purchasing it. If nothing else it is making me now look at the VHT 12/20 for possible live use if it has this same sound. If the Ultra 6 only sees that one night out that is fine. It's still more than worth having and i'll use it to record/practice with it. In my "studio" It makes me want to play and i find it kind of inspiring when i do. I am definatley keeping this one.
        I will not go into the specific features since they are already listed. I will say you get a lot for your money/
        Mine came in perfect condition. All the controls feel good to me. All of the screws in the chassis was tight (a 1st!!) Tolex, Piping and all the aesthetics are there.
        A rediculous asking price for what you get. I can't believe there are only a couple of reviews. Some folks are missing out.

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        5.0

        Incredible, cannot say enough about this amp.

        By Trevor Gilbert

        from houston

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

        I own the head version, no comment on the combo or quality of speaker. i run it through a 2 x 12 with an old celestion borrowed from my precious 70s marshall combo and a greenback.

        Ability to swap out tubes. The attenuator works a little differently than expected whereby you turn down the wattage and you get an increase in gain. Almost as if the power tube is pushing less and the preamp tubes are pushing more.

        Ive swapped out 6-8 tubes and ended up settling with a kt88 and 2 NOS 12AT7. Ive got 11 amplifiers in my collection including 3k boogies and a 64 bassman(not a reissue, the 6g6 circut) and with the tubes I have in it now Im torn between it and the bassman. It is warm full, plently of tight bass, but its the hign end thats so smooth and sparkly. There is no fizz or brittleness where you are trying to get the right amount of high end to it but end up with a ice pick or turn it down to get rid of the ice pick and the high end disappears and becomes too dark.

        I truly understand now when ive read discriptions of amps and they say how the notes bloom.

        For those with a little technical savvy its designed to be modified to carve out the tone you want, allthough in my opinion its perfect with the right tubes.

        For this price? Do not hesitate. In all seriousness, at least take the time to wander down to a shop and plug it in.

        Final note, it is not a modern super high gain. I play a clean strat style. But hey, want high gain? Throw a pedal in front. But you cant throw a clean pedal in front of a hig gain amp to clean it up.

        My 2 cents. Buy it. Im buying another one. Stereo, wicked.
        Tube effects loop, attenuator, several tone shaping switches, line out, 2 speaker outs, 4, 8, 16 ohm.
        Ok, now the tricky part. I got one of these and it didnt work. I popped the hood and saw a blown cap and an unsoldered wire loose. But i decided to try another one. Man, am I glad I did.

        MF send a return form, no questions asked. Top marks.
        Hand wired for this price? Enough said.

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