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VHT Special 6 Ultra Guitar Combo Amplifier

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Product Description

The high-gain VHT Special 6 Ultra Guitar Combo Amp rockets the popular Special 6 platform to the next level. Features an additional preamp gain stage, amazing variable Watts control, unique Depth control and tube-driven effects loop.

VHT Special 6 Ultra Guitar Combo Amp Features:

  • Overdrive and Normal Gain Inputs
  • Overdrive Gain Control
  • Variable Watts Control
  • Depth Control
  • 3-position Texture Switch
  • Tube-Driven Effects Loop
  • Line Out Jack
  • 6 Watts
  • One 6V6 Output Tube
  • Two 12AX7 Preamp Tube
  • Volume and Tone Controls
  • Footswitchable Boost Mode
  • High/Low Power Switch
  • 4, 8, and 16 Ohm Speaker Jacks
  • Handwired
  • Mod-Friendly Eyelet-type Board
  • 12 inch VHT ChromeBack Speaker (16 ohm)

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 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 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.

The Special 6 Ultra Combo and Head share the same chassis, circuit and layout design and configuration. In addition, the VHT Special 6 Combo is loaded with a 12 inch VHT ChromeBack speaker.

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Andy from Washington State
Playability and Feel
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This amp is built like a tank... heavy duty plywood cabinet, metal corners, the soldering is among the most solid I've seen mass produced (or not mass produced for that matter). The speaker is beastly, sounds great low or cranked up.
How has it stood up over time?
Just got it 2 days ago, but barring any unforeseen trips down the stairs (the fast way) I can't imagine this amp not lasting.
Your general opinion of this product.
Cleans on this amp compare with any Vox I've played over the years. They're bright and chimey, and once you put the boost on they break up into a beautiful bluesy crunch. The Ultra channel could easily cover AC/DC, The Who, etc... not ready for metal distortion, but man-o-man does this amp love pedals... so really a non issue, definitely not gonna take a star off for it. Also, this am comes WITH a 1 button foot switch (Fender style 1 button, compatible with the Mustang amps)... can't beat that.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Not so much playability, but I have to say it is awesome to pick up an all tube amp for less than $350 (happy 25th AMS) that sounds this good. This amp is definitely worth every penny at full price, and even better on sale.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Ultra channel sounds a touch darker/heavier/more bass than the clean channel, but A) it could be just me, and B)... it's supposed to in my humble opinion.
How did the stain or paint job look?
On top of all the goodies I already mentioned... the Special 6 Ultra is dead sexy. All the piping is white like it's supposed to be, apart from a couple MINOR scratches on the tolex (I mean minor to the point I couldn't photograph them) this was 100%.
How was the action out of the box?
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