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


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

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Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 250+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

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 builders because its default setup is already good enough for most reviewers, as evidence 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.

It features a push-pull gain knob that lets you engage VHT's gain boost, which is essentially the overdrive channel of the amp.

Finally, it features a High/Low power switch that lets you attenuate the power so you can drive the amp at lower volumes when needed.


  • Power: 6W (Hand-Wired Circuit Board)
  • Speaker: 1 x 10"
  • Preamp Tube: 1 x 12AX7
  • Poweramp Tube: 1 x 6V6
  • Input: 2 x 1/4" (Hi/Low)
  • Outputs: 3 x 1/4" (Speaker Out),
  • Weight: 25 lbs.

The VHT Special 6 Hand-Wired is received warmly by most, even those who were skeptical at first change their minds after trying the amp for themselves. Tone wise, it is mostly commended for its clean tone, which works really well with various guitar styles. Surprisingly, even non-guitarists are using the amp's clean sound to add warmth to their instrument. The overdrive channel also have a good number of fans, many of them say that it sounds great for blues and rock, especially when paired with good pedals. Guitargear.org summarizes their review by saying: "This is a hand-wired, solidly built tone machine that packs great features for an unbelievable price. The value proposition alone is enough to turn heads, but add superb tone to the equation and you have a winner! "

Experienced players report getting great tones after swapping out the default tubes with new ones from reputable sources. There are also a few who feel that the amp's build quality is not as solid as they hoped it to be.

If you're looking for a pedal-friendly tube amp that can easily be modded, then check out the VHT Special 6 Hand-Wired.

At the time of publication we are featuring this amp in our guide to The Best Combo Amps Under $500.

Below is another Metareview of the VHT Special 6

The VHT Special 6 Combo's claim to fame is its hand-wired circuit, which quite special considering its price. The amplifier section features a 12AX7 preamp tube and 6V6 output tube, both of which work with the circuit and 10" speaker to produce vintage style clean and overdriven tones that emphasize the upper frequencies. But what sets it apart from other tube amps in this price range is its footswitchable gain boost, which gives you the flexibility of a 2-channel amp, albeit in a small and affordable package. Another interesting feature is its Hi-/Lo- power switch which lets you choose between loud and quieter volume levels, while keeping the voicing of the amp intact. Finally, because of its straightforward hand-wired design, the VHT Special 6's amp section is easy to customize for up and coming amp modders and builders.


  • Power Rating: 6W
  • 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

Even without popular brand backing, the VHT Special 6 Combo is doing great in the entry level tube amp market. Most users commend its vintage style bright clean tones, but its not limited to just that, because there are those who find the overdriven tones to be of good quality. One guitarist described it as a "soulful" amp, so much so that even harmonica players took notice and have been playing through the amp.

There are some who notice tone changes after playing for a while, but thankfully most of them find the change to be better. This is why some users recommend playing the amp a bit longer before making any judgments. The tube quality is also questioned by users who experienced dramatic improvements after switching out the tubes with branded ones.

With its impressive positive feedback and high ratings, the VHT Special 6 Combo is the tube amplifier to beat in this price range.