VHT Special 6 Tube Combo Guitar Amp 6W 1x10
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 Tube Amps for Guitar.