VHT Announces The Handwired “Standard 36″ Head (w/ audio)

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VHT Amplification has annouced a new amp to their “Standard” series – The Standard 36.  The new head is a 36-watt, two channel head that’s driven by three 12AX7 tubes on the preamp side and four EL84 tubes for the power amp with a 5U4G rectifier tube that gives the amp a classic American voice but in a high quality, hand-wired construction that ensures road-worthiness and many years of gigging glory.

VHT hand builds the amps at their factory in Brisbane, CA and each one is carefully tested by the team to ensure a high quality, consistent amplifier.   Check out the sound clips…

Actually hearing the amp is way better than trying to describe it’s tone and the good folks at VHT have provided the world with sound clips.

Semi-clean tone with a little breakup:

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Cranked tone with lots of breakup:

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VHT Standard 36 Control Panel

If you prefer a more textual version of the tone here is how VHT describes their latest amp:

The Standard 36 handwired tube head has a complex tone with articulate highs but adds raw power with its tight, focused lows. The overdriven tone maintains a ton of great-sounding harmonic overtones on top, but it does so without giving up any midrange or low end for the overdriven harmonic content.  The relationship between the preamp and power amp is balanced in such a way that actually makes the overdriven amp seem to crunch harder despite the fact that there is more headroom.  Even with the excellent clarity when overdriven, there isn’t any harshness associated with the harmonic saturation, and it maintains a tight bottom end.  Also, it cleans up beautifully, with a simple twist of the volume knob.  The fact that The Standard 36 can maintain that level of harmonic content without sacrificing anything in the frequency range AND that it’s capable of really chiming when you clean it up is indicative of the way VHT believes amplifiers should work.

The Standard 36 Head has the classic American tube sound sought after by true tone connoisseurs, and has plenty of headroom for live high-volume playing.  It is perfectly matched for the VHT Standard 2×12 Cabinet, or it can be paired with the cabinet of the players’ choice for unlimited tone combinations. The Standard 36 Head lists for $1,899.99.

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