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 1500 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp is a wonder in the guitar amp world. It is the only 1500-watt amp that I can think of. It has 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”

Preamp Tube FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about 12AX7, 12AT7, and 12AU7

preamp tube faqHave you been scratching your head about 12AX7, 12AT7, and 12AU7 Preamp Tubes? Well, our most frequently asked questions about them are answered here.

Preamp Tube FAQ: What is the most common Preamp Tube?

In answer to our first Preamp Tube FAQ, we can say that the 12AX7 is, by far, the most common type of Preamp Tube used in guitar amplifiers. The 12AX7 has the highest gain value, and it is, therefore, the one most preamps are designed to use. You can often substitute lower gain tubes for the 12AX7s without harming your amplifier.

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Best 50 Watt Guitar Heads

best 50 watt guitar headsThe best 50 watt guitar heads that produce 100 watt tones in a smaller and more affordable package.

Everyone wants the 100 watt amplifier, but many times a 50 watt head is not only practical but also a more affordable and satisfactory substitute. There are cases in which they can even be preferable to the 100 watt head. For many people who do not have the luxury of playing large clubs every night, a 100 watt head can be just too much power for the bedroom or small apartment. Continue reading “Best 50 Watt Guitar Heads”

Vox MV50 Ultra Compact Amp Head

vox mv50Using a new vacuum tube technology, the Vox MV50 Ultra Compact Amp Head also features a VU output level meter and guitar input on its front panel.

The Vox MV50 is a series of ultra compact amplifier heads from a legendary company. The MV50 head comes in many varieties, including High Gain, Boutique, Clean, AC, and Rock. Each one weighs just over one pound and delivers 50 watts of tube-driven power. The Vox MV50 uses NuTube, a new vacuum tube which puts vacuum fluorescent display technology to practical use. Continue reading “Vox MV50 Ultra Compact Amp Head”

Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head

laney l50H The Laney L50H 50W Tube Amp features Clean and Drive channels, both with shared passive three-band EQ, and Volume and active Tone controls.

The Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head is the world’s first 50 watt RMS Single Ended true Class A all valve amplifier. It is also the first amp to use five EL34 tubes in the output section, to create a warm and progressive distortion that responds to a player’s touch and playing style. Besides the EL34 tubes in the power section the amp also uses three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section. Continue reading “Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head”

Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head

bugera t50The Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Amp includes the revolutionary Infinum Tube Life Multiplier technology that extends the tube life up to 20 times.

The Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head is a 50-Watt Cage-Style 2-Channel Tube Amplifier. This head is hand-built and uses four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section and two EL34 tubes in the power section. It is housed in a cage style metallic mirror finish with a suitcase-type handle. Continue reading “Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head”

Best 100 Watt Guitar Heads

Best 100 Watt Guitar HeadsThe Heavyweight Division of Guitar amplification is the 100 Watt head. This list offers a starting point in your search for the one that’s just right for you.

The 100 watt head is pretty much the standard for guitar players of any genre when it comes to live performance. So, what are the best 100 watt guitar heads? Right now, we’re going to look at a few of the greatest available, in an attempt to answer that very question. These all have modern designs, but some of them might be reissues of older vintage amps. They’re designed for heavy overdrive, maybe even leaning towards modern Metal type tones. Continue reading “Best 100 Watt Guitar Heads”

Bogner Uberschall 100W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp Head

Bogner Uberschall 100W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp HeadWith today’s Metal guitarist in mind, the Bogner Uberschall 100W 6L6 is a high gain guitar amplifier that delivers 100 watts of power.

The Bogner Uberschall 100W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp Head is a very high gain amplifier with the needs of the modern Metal guitarist in mind. The Uberschall delivers 100 watts of power using four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section and two 6L6 tubes in the power section. The amp has two footswitchable channels both with extended headroom. Continue reading “Bogner Uberschall 100W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp Head”