Didn’t take long to get some nice sounds out of it, although I’m sure more tinkering will produce a far larger range of tones. I can say that this is one little amp that really made the most of the pickup configurations available on the guitar I was using. I was expecting the amp to be very good, but wasn’t too sure about the speaker. I shouldn’t have worried……..it’s loud, and very clear!!!
Also, for ‘bedroom’ use, the ‘Low Power’ (3 watt I think) option is great for getting some distortion at volume levels suitable in the home. On high power the 10″ speaker goes much louder than I was expecting – seriously too loud for the house. Footswitchable boost (footswitch included in the package) is handy as well.
Absolutely love it!! And as I said to our lead guitarist when I was telling him what I thought of it, I love the leather carrying handle – I know that sounds daft, but its things like that which add a nice little touch of class.
Hand wired valve amp at this price?
Well worth every penny of £120
There’s another look at this amp here
Here’s what the VHT website has to say:
Boutique amp players will love the Special 6’s combination of handwired tube goodness, unique features and unparalleled value. The mod-friendly Special 6 is easy to customize for home amp builders and tube amp enthusiasts.
The Special 6 gets its powerful tube sound from one 12AX7 preamp tube and one 6V6 output tube. It boasts a footswitchable Gain Boost feature that significantly expands its range of tones — it’s the only amp in its class that excels at both clean and overdriven tones, and it’s the only amp in its class to offer a footswitchable boost. With the Gain Boost, players can instantly toggle between clean rhythm tones and overdriven leads, essentially duplicating the footswitchable functions of a 2-channel amp in an all-tube, handwired, simple, 2-knob package.
To further expand its range of tones, the Special 6 also features a High/Low power switch that enhances low-volume tones with extra-smooth richness (when in half-power mode). It’s a great feature for recording, or for low-volume “bedroom” players. In high-power mode, it’s one of the few amps in its class that is loud enough to compete with a strong drummer. The Special 6 combo is outfitted with a special high sensitivity 10″ VHT Special Design speaker.
One 6V6 Output Tube
One 12AX7 Preamp Tube
Volume and Tone Controls
Footswitchable Boost Mode
High/Low Power Switch
10” VHT High-Sensitivity Speaker
4, 8, and 16 Ohm Speaker Jacks
Mod-Friendly Eyelet-Type Board
Hand-wired In China