Over a year ago VHT released a hand-wired 6-watt amp called the Special 6, that allowed guitarists with light pockets to afford a quality tube amp. Along with the Special 6 Ultra, VHT is adding the Special 12/20 – a versatile amp designed for power tube customization in a pedal-friendly package.
Playing with power
The VHT Special 12/20 provides the guitarist with the ability to customize the output stage in a couple of ways. First, as the name implies, the VHT 12/20 offers two output-power ranges, along with a special voltage range switch, all safely located behind the rear panel of the amp. In the 12-watt setting the amp you can go with either 6V6 or EL84 tubes. The amp ships with 6V6s but you will need a socket adapters to swap in EL84s. The high voltage!, 20-watt setting is ideal for the higher powered 6L6 or EL34 tubes. I think that gives you a pretty wide range of choice when it comes to the output stage. Couple that with the Special 12/20′s variable watts control and you could have a bedroom-rockstar, turned gear-head dream machine.
Plays well with others
Turns out the VHT 12/20 is also set up to work well with pedal boards and multi-effects units. It also features a low-impedence buffered effects loop send – with variable send level – that can help drive a wide range pedals, rack effects and MEUs with minimal tone sucking.
But one of coolest features of the amp is the fact they included a built-in 9-volt DC pedal power supply. Genius!
The VHT Special 12/20 Combo has a street price of $524.99; the Special 12/20 head has a street price of $449.99…
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