EL34 vs 6CA7 – What is the Difference?

EL34 vs 6CA7EL34 vs 6CA7: Spoiler alert: there’s not much difference and they are, indeed, completely interchangeable.

EL34 vs 6CA7: two power tubes that can cause a lot of confusion when purchasing replacements, because they’re very similar and are, in fact, replacements for one another. They do, however have different internal designs, and they’ve changed slightly over the years.

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ECC82 vs 12AU7 Tubes – What is the Difference?

ecc82 vs 12au7 tubesDemystifying ECC82 vs 12AU7 preamp tubes: understanding them, and also knowing how to replace them.

One of the most common problems associated with a tube amplifier is replacing a faulty tube. This is largely because there are many different types available, and many have multiple names. In this post, we are going to look at one such confusing example: the ECC82 vs 12AU7 tubes.

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ECC83 vs 12Ax7 Tubes – What is the Difference?

ecc83 vs 12ax7 tubesOne of the more confusing things about tube amps is changing them, especially when there seem to be so many different kinds available.

Changing tubes in an amp can be a particularly challenging experience, especially since there seems to be such an abundance of them. For this article, we’ll concentrate on the question of the ECC83 vs 12Ax7 tubes. The truth is, there is no difference at all between them, and each one is interchangeable with the other.

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Best Digital Modeling Combo Guitar Amplifiers – Which one is Best?

best digital modeling combo guitar amplifierLet’s take a look at the often frowned upon digital domain to see if it can yet produce a great-sounding amplifier.

Digital Modeling Combo Guitar Amps are finally becoming a much more acceptable way to amplify your guitar sound. Today’s amplifiers use much higher bitrates and frequency rates, along with higher quality analog-to-digital converters. Continue reading “Best Digital Modeling Combo Guitar Amplifiers – Which one is Best?”

Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head from Mesa/Boogie

express 5:50Available as a head, or as a combo amp, the Express 5:50 is a 50 watt all tube amplifier with five 12AXY tubes in the preamp section and two 6L6 tubes in the power amp section.

The Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head is part of a very popular line of amplifiers from the people at Mesa/Boogie. This is a two-channel amplifier that delivers 50 watts of tube driven power. You can buy the Express 5:50 as a head, or as a combo amp. Continue reading “Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head from Mesa/Boogie”

Line 6 DT25 112 1×12 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amp

line 6 dt25The Line 6 DT25 112 1x12 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amp is four boutique tube amps in one, American clean, British crunch, class A chime, and modern high-gain.

Featuring reconfigurable analog components, the Line 6 DT25 also includes HD modeling. This allows you to select your operating class to either Class AB/25 Watts/Fixed Bias or Class A/10 Watts/Cathode Biased. Continue reading “Line 6 DT25 112 1×12 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amp”

Power Tube FAQ: EL84, EL34, and 6L6

power tube faqHave you been scratching your head about EL84, EL34, and 6L6 Power Amp Tubes? Well, our most frequently asked questions about them are answered here.

Power tube FAQ: What are power tubes?

The first power tube FAQ, of course, is about what they are. Also known as an output tube, a power tube is an electrical component, very similar to a transistor, that is built inside of a vacuum-sealed glass tube. Inside the glass tube are a filament, an anode, and a cathode.

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Line 6 Firehawk 1500 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp

Line 6 FirehawkThe Line 6 Firehawk is a wonder in the guitar amp world, with four internal amplifiers that combine for 680 watts continuous (1,500 watts peak) power.

The Line 6 Firehawk features a full range six-speaker system that accurately replicates tones at any volume, and can be used for acoustic and electric guitar. You can even use the amp as a Bluetooth speaker. Continue reading “Line 6 Firehawk 1500 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp”