Let's not start a huge thread about this issue. Suffice it to say that through some legal hullabaloo (that would be the technical term) Steve Fryette lost the rights to the VHT name. He still maintains the rights to all of his original amp designs and names and they are currently manufactured under the Fryette banner.
I recently bought a used VHT Sig:X that is functionally identical to the current models with the Fryette badge. It's also possible that one could purchase a NOS VHT Sig:X.
Agree! I just bought a Fat Bottom VHT Cabinet this way and it came with a Fryette badge in a cardboard wrap. Also - the Current VHT badged amps are Low Watt amps for the most part I believe - in other words it's not like they are producing their version of a Pittbull Ultralead etc...
Short story. Loan from AXL to the owner of Fryette, some reason there was no ability to repay, so the name was used as payment. Now the VHT company is a different company making different designs. Steve Fryette is the original owner of VHT, and will honor warranty work for his models. Still same great company, with the same great products, just a different name. Just some sort of problem with the original name, that has been resolved. Don't know if I would have picked Fryette for an amp company name, sounds a lot like fry it. Ha Ha, just saying. Love my Pitbull for metal.