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Building on the success of the popular VHT Special 6 and Special 6 Ultra, the VHT Special 12/20 features increased power (with two power ranges), a unique preamp specifically designed to excel with pedals and multi-effects units, a convenient built-in 9-volt DC pedal power supply, an all-tube buffered effects loop with send and return level control...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Building on the success of the popular VHT Special 6 and Special 6 Ultra, the VHT Special 12/20 features increased power (with two power ranges), a unique preamp specifically designed to excel with pedals and multi-effects units, a convenient built-in 9-volt DC pedal power supply, an all-tube buffered effects loop with send and return level controls, VHT's unique Depth and Texture controls, and variable Watts control.

To optimize the amp for a wide range of output tubes, the VHT Special 12/20 offers two output-power ranges; safely located behind the rear panel, a special voltage range switch provides the proper voltages for 6V6 or EL84 output tubes (in 12-watt low-voltage/low-power mode). The high voltage 20-watt setting provides the ideal voltages for higher-power 6L6 or EL34 output tubes. The Special 12/20 ships from the factory with a pair of 6V6 output tubes (VHT 6V6-to-EL84 socket adapters are required for operation with EL84 tubes). In addition, the Special 12/20's variable Watts control can reduce the maximum output power to less than one watt for whisper-quiet volume levels.

The Special 12/20 preamp was designed to bring the most out of every effects pedal and multi-effects unit with enhanced clarity, detail, and controlled tube compression. Its low-impedance buffered effects loop send - with variable send level - can effortlessly drive the most difficult pedals without tone or signal loss. Thanks to its variable send and return level controls, the 12/20's effects loop can accommodate a wide range of pedal or rack effects. Those seeking the shortest signal path to the output stage can plug their pedals or multi-effects units directly into to effects return jack - the 12/20's unique output stage Depth and Texture controls are post-effects loop, so the output stage characteristics can always be fine-tuned to accommodate a wide range of instruments, speakers, playing styles and environments.

As an added convenience for pedal users, the VHT Special 12/20 also features a built-in, regulated 9-volt DC pedal power supply.


  • Switchable 12/20 Watts Max Output
  • Variable Watts Control
  • 9-Volt DC Pedal Power Supply
  • Tube Driven Effects Loop
  • Effects Send and Return Level Controls
  • Depth Control and Texture Switch
  • Push/Pull Boost - Footswitch Included
  • Two 6V6 & Three 12AX7 Tubes
  • One 12" 60-Watt ChromeBack Speaker
  • International Voltage Switch
  • Mod-Friendly Handwired Eyelet Board Construction
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Rich Tone; Solid Build

By Tim Hayosh

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about VHT Special 12/20 12W/20W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I bought the Special 12/20 without ever hearing it. There are no good reviews I could find on YouTube. But based on the feature set, I decided to take a chance since it had everything I wanted. This is the first 6V6-powered amp I have ever owned. The tone is full and rich. The low end is impressive and not flabby nor undefined. The DEPTH control will adjust the amp at the low-end to account for humbuckers or single coils. I play mostly single coil guitars, but also use one that has PAF clones. The amp makes the choice of pick-up all the more important as you will hear your instrument with a clarity that most amps cannot reproduce. This amp is unique in my experience in terms of the gain structure and volume. The WATTAGE knob could be thought of as a headroom control. It seems that as you turn the WATTAGE knob down, the power amp section is pushed harder and you begin to hear the 6V6's start to overdrive. It becomes much more important to watch your right hand as it gets very touch-sensitive. From my guitar, the signal goes to a Seymour Duncan Pick-up Booster (which I don't use much anymore), into a Seymour Duncan Doubleback Compressor (used mostly for clean tones). Next, into a Seymour Duncan Classic Overdrive, then a Radial Texas Bones, then to the Special 12/20 input. I only use one distortion box or the other. With both off, I am using the pure sound of the amp for cleans. Whether clean or with overdrive, the amp is punchy, dynamic, and responsive. I have the TONE control set to about 1/2 and the WATTAGE set to about 3/4. I use the VOLUME control to set the overall volume of the amp. I was very surprised at how loud 12 watts can be. However, if you play metal, it won't be enough. Of course, if you're playing metal, you're not reading this. I run a Line 6 Modulation Modeler and Seymour Duncan Deja Vu Delay in the effects loop. The volume of the EFFECTS SEND and RETURN affect the overall volume whether there's anything in the loop or not. It's easy to push too much signal into your pedals, so if things sound strange, adjust the EFFECTS SEND level. I replaced all of the tubes with Groove Tubes, but didn't hear a radical change in tone. It's good to have spares anyway. I may get a set of 6L6's just to hear it at 20 watts. The 6V6's are pushed pretty hard at the volume I play, and it's enough to get over everyone else in the room, but still stay clean when needed. I use in-ear monitoring, so once set-up, I'm not really listening to the VHT speaker directly. I have used the LINE OUT and have put a Hughes and Kettner Red Box in-line with the speaker. The LINE OUT is after the effects loop, but before the power amp section. The Red Box is in-line with the speaker, so it hears the power amp. Both sound good. There is no cabinet voicing on the LINE OUT. It would be good for recording clean parts. Both of these outputs sound good in my in-ear monitors. The amp weighs 43 lbs, and appears to be made from real wood instead of some kind of particle board. It fits behind the driver seat of an extended cab small pick-up. It is a ridiculous amount of tone in such a small, affordable package.

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What a complete disappointment

By Dino Reese

from Los Angeles

Comments about VHT Special 12/20 12W/20W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

What a complete disappointment, it's hard to imagine a Point to Point Amp sounding this bad but the VHT special 12/20 does. Out of the box this amp is just the worst! In all the years I've spent as a player I've always broken in speakers buy playing. The tone and overall Timbrel of this amp is so bad I had to play guitar tracks from the CD I'm working on re-amped through the VHT special 12/20 to break the speaker in. It's that bad, I couldn't be in the same room with this amp or I would have jumped out the window from sheer pain. This amp is not worth the street value nor does it sound nearly as cool as the Special 6 and Special 6 ultra. I purchased this amp based on those othwe models ( I own a Special 6 ultra), they are so different the only thing similar is they're both painted black. I've done everything you can do with an amp with the exception of basing it because this is an auto bias amp. It's been fitted with JJ's all all variates including the EL84's (with the VHT bridge adapter) and both a Vintage 30 and a G12-80 Classic Lead. Finally, it's starting to sound about as decent as a Hot Rod De-ville that's in serious need of work. It's not a good sounding amp period. It's brittle and tinny like a kite string through two soup cans. I'll be at winter NAMM in 2 weeks and will play some of them there, but I can't imagine one off the assembly line sounding anything better then the horrid sounds that come out of this piece of junk. Do yourself a favor, buy an old AM radio and play your guitar through it. You'll get the same tone for the price it's worth AVOID THIS AMP AT ALL COST!

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