VHT Special 12/20 who has one? Opinions??

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  1. highfidelity66

    highfidelity66 Supporting Member

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    I have been researching an amp for home playing. I want a good clean platform that takes pedals well. I am considering a Fender hot rod deluxe III and now I just learned abot this VHT amp. Can anyone share comments and experiences? Specifically how does it handle pedals? Thanks!!
     
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    This amp and the VHT Special Six (not Ultra) are the best inexpensive path into good, classic Fender tones on the market........IMHO. I own a Special Six and is so pleasing to use. My lust for a vintage Champ-like amp was satisfied at a ridiculously low price. All it took was replacing the stock tubes.
     
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    Thanks for the thread link and good info so far!!!
     
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    I have both the Special Six and the 12/20. They are great amps. I actually run my 12/20 with a WGS Black and Blue and does this great clean chimey thing that is huge and swirly. I dig it.
     
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    It also handles pedals well, the only thing that is hard to get is edge of breakup at a lower volume without sizzle.
     
  7. doublescale1

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    Do read through/wade through the link above - the Special 12/20 Is Great Thread - tons of info there. I have the non-reverb combo, had it a little over 2 years now - never any issues with it - some of the early reverb/trem models had some noise issues as the link will reveal - they seem to be fixed now. I use my 12/20 with the 6V6's at 12 watts, mic it and play in an 8 piece R&B horn band. Great headroom and pedal platform, perfect for that application. The power attenuator is handy, the 9v power supply is what I use to perch a reverb pedal on top to the amp as the last box into the amp. I find it, with the 6V6's to be very close to a Princeton voiced amp, but with just a tiny bit more mids, still very much in that Princeton family though. A tremendous value in a handwired amp that any good tech can work on and it sounds great too - the stock speaker not something you have to change out either if you are good with that basic solid Fender style, voiced amp.
     

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