Fender 6L6-GE in a Blackface?

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  1. Stormin

    Stormin Supporting Member

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    Hey all,

    Has anybody tried the new Fender 6L6-GE's (Groove Tubes) in a Blackface amp? I'm looking to re-tube my '66 Bassman head, and I don't have the cash to spend on NOS power tubes. I'm thinking of trying these or the JJ 6L6's.

    Any comments? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks for your help.

    ...Stormin!
     
  2. flicker180

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    hmm...i've got a '64 Blonde @ DST-Engineering right now...it's got the 6L6GC power circuit (versus the 5881) so, this might be an interesting side addition.

    dave
     
  3. Sparky6string

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    I've checked them out and they're great but pricey. =C= are better though and cheaper.
     
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    I agree with the Winged-C recommendation. They are the same 6L6s that used to be manufactured under the Svetlana name before EH took over that name. Very warm sounding tubes, and much, much more robust than Sovteks.
     
  6. myles111

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    The winged C are NOT the same as the New Sensor (Sovtek) tubes and not even produced in the same plant.

    The real winged C Svetlana is a design based on the Sylvania STR387, a great tube that was a mainstay of Fender back in the golden era. They also used the 6L6GE during this era.

    I use both the 6L6GE and 6L6R2 in most of my clients amps.
     
  7. Guitar Dave T

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    Perhaps a misunderstanding: I did not say they were the same as the Sovteks. I said they were the same as the old Svetlanas. Same factory and equipment in St. Petersberg, Russia.
     
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    I think I did misunderstand.

    The Svets from the St Petersburg factory are indeed the super ones.
     
  9. Guitar Dave T

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    No worries. IMO, the =C='s are the best bang for the buck in a 6L6 these days.
     
  10. scottywompas

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    I have the GT6l6 GE's in my 67 band master. Very nice in my opinion. Good and clean lots of headroom and very round and full.

    Scott
     
  11. Blue Strat

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    Cheaper, but not better. Tone is completely subjective.
     
  12. slider313

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    Try the new Tung Sol 5881's. Very,very close to the originals.Tight bass with more pronounced mids and sweet highs. Sound great in the blackface circut, IMHO.
     
  13. Sparky6string

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    If someone doesn't know tone is subjective they shouldn't be looking at tubes. Let's not get too finicky here, mmmkay?
     
  14. Guitar Dave T

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    No way, doood. My tubes rock - yours are a big bag of suck! :crazyguy

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  15. Sparky6string

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    :D Right, obviously this is my opinion. If I'm I'm using your opinion I'll say IYHO. :p
     
  16. Blue Strat

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    LOL, thanks for your eloquence on the issue.:dude
     
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    I agree, the TADs are pretty darn close to the originals in tone and the price is right.
     
  18. japhy

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    IMHO which tubes you choose to use make no difference what so ever.

    As a matter of fact , sometimes I use my amps without any tubes , and I think my amp sounds better . I know my family thinks I sound better without tubes in my amp .

    Take this for what its worth , YMMV.

    Darren
     
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    I agree. Removing tubes from amps is one of the secret modifications I do for customers. They've always been pleased with the tonal improvement.:crazyguy
     
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    Personally, I like the GT 6L6GE's a lot more than the winged Svets, or any other new production tube. HOWEVER... they are figgin' expensive! You can get a set of NOS for nearly the same price if you aren't going top shelf. I got me a pair of NOS GE's for $70. I think the GT's are like $60. Plus Pittman is a peice of ****, but that's becide the point.

    Pep
     

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