With its additional preamp gain stage, amazing power-attenuating Watts control, tube-drive effects loop, unique Depth control and Texture switch, the new high-gain Special 6 Ultra rockets the popular Special 6 platform to the next level. The Special 6 Ultra's added gain stage provides plenty of overdrive for searing leads, bone-crushing crunch, and gristly grind, while its amazingly effective Watts control can reduce the volume to whisper-quiet bedroom practice level – while maintaining the same overdrive tone, texture and dynamic feel. It truly is amazing. The special 6 Ultra 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 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.
5 Years (excluding the tubes which are 90 days and the speakers which are 1 year)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Let's face it... Every element of guitar tone is a religion... I won't even try to discuss the nuances of the sound here... Hit up your favorite search engine and look for the myriad of clips that demo this amp, and make up your own mind. I'll try to cover some of the quantitative elements here.
Why did I buy this amp? I wanted tube tone and response... This amp has that. I wanted living room friendly volume levels... 6 watts and the built-in attenuator cover that nicely. You can play this amp *quietly* if desired! the 12" speaker was a huge plus... There are few low-wattage tube amps that do that. The lack of reverb is a minor bummer, but the effects loop makes the addition of *your* selection of reverb a simple matter of opening your wallet. I would MUCH rather do that than have a crappy digital reverb grafted on as is the case with many tube amps in this price range.
Ahhh, I got to price. This is an absolutely amazing amp for this price. I'd give it 6 stars if...
I'm just a beginner but this amp is awesome. For only 6 watts its really loud. I play mostly after midnight when my wife is asleep so I like that I can turn the watts down so I can play at low volumes. I only have 2 pedals playing thru this amp and they seem to play just fine. There is a lot of stuff you can do with this amp. Eventually I might put different tubes in it but for me just starting out this thing sounds great. I would definitely recommend this amp.
I purchased this amp on February 1st of 2012 because of the great price and great reviews. I've been playing a long time and have owned a lot of amps, vintage Twin Reverbs, AC-15s, Orange Tiny Terror, Budda Twinmaster, and many other production and boutique amps. I loved the sound and versatility of the amp and I loved the features that this amp had that many small tube amps in this price point leave out such attenuation, bypass switch, and effects loop. In fact, I had planned to purchase the head only version of this amp as well until...
Last week while I was playing through the amp, I started getting a loud buzz along with my guitar signal and it hasn't gone away. I assume it's a bad power transformer or something but I'm not a tech so I can't be sure. I took it to the local VHT dealer and they were unable to help other than to say to contact Amazon. I was outside of the return window so Amazon asked that I contact VHT for service. I sent an email and after several days...
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