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The VHT Special 6 Ultra is based on the Special 6 head that was released at last Winter NAMM, but has an EL34 power tube. The Badwater USA prototype is based on the popular Badwater import series created by AXL last year, but now they are bringing the guitars from their privately-owned Chinese factories and having them assembled, fret-dressed, and fitted with high-quality components in their California shop.
The Special features hand-wired, point to point circuit board with 1-12AX7 preamp tube and 1-6V6 power tube. It boasts a footswitchable Gain Boost feature that expands its range of tones--the boost footswitch is advertised to make the Special 6 work/sound like s 2-channel amp with its distinct tonal differences. Also, the Special 6 also features a High/Low power switch that enhances low-volume tones with extra-smooth richness (when in half-power mode) and the High section is said to work at gigging volumes within a competing full-band scenario.