VHT Special 6 AV-SP1-6 Tube Combo Guitar Amp 6W 1x10

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$480
VHT Special 6 Tube Combo Guitar Amp 6W 1x10

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AV-SP1-6 Overview

As the name implies, the VHT Special 6 Hand-Wired is an affordable tube amp with old school point-to-point wiring, ideal for those who want to customize their own amps.

But it's not just for tweakers and modders because its default setup is already good enough for most guitarists, as evidenced by its high ratings.

This amp comes in a compact combo configuration with a 6W amplifier and a 10" speaker. It doesn't stray too far from familiar territory with its 12AX7 preamp tube and 6V6 output tube.

What sets it apart from other tube amps in this price range is its footswitchable gain boost (in addition to its push-pull gain knob), which gives you the flexibility of a 2-channel amp, albeit in a small and affordable package.

It features a High/Low power switch that lets you attenuate the power down to 3-watts so you can drive the amp at lower volumes when needed.

You can use it with a 4, 8 or 16 ohm speaker cabinet, and when you do it automatically disables the internal speaker.

An interesting application that we came across while compiling hands on reports was a blues harp player who put his miked harmonica through this amp and was very pleased with the results.

Specifications

  • Power: 6W (Hand-Wired Circuit Board)
  • Preamp Tube: 1 x 12AX7
  • Poweramp Tube: 1 x 6V6
  • Speaker: 10" VHT Speaker
  • Input: 2 x 1/4" (Hi-/Lo- Gain)
  • Output: 1 x 1/4" (4, 8,16 Ohm) Speaker Jacks, Footswitch
  • Cabinet: Open Back
  • Controls: Power Switch, Hi-/Lo- Switch, Volume, Tone
  • Weight: 26.75 lbs

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Rating Source Highlights

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Guitar Gear GoofyDawg 96/100
The Gear Page Trotter 94/100
Sound On Sound Sam Inglis 88/100
Audiofanzine Ti 100/100
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Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

I've written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at my local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.