VHT artist Joao Erbetta at the Guitar Player studios with Special 6 UltraClick Here To Watch
VHT at Winter NAMM 2013
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"WATT'S NEW!" OUR OFFICIAL VHT E-NEWSLETTER FALL EDITION
Hayward, CA — "Watt's New" The VHT E-Newsletter delivers you all the latest news on our products, artists and more!
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VHT Amplification Announces the VHT / My Jerusalem Preachers Sweepstakes
HAYWARD, CA — VHT Amplification launches a new sweepstakes with VHT artist Jeff Klein of My Jerusalem. The VHT and My Jerusalem Preachers Sweepstakes celebrates the recent unveiling of My Jerusalem's latest studio album Preachers, released October 9, 2012
The sweepstakes runs from Oct. 10, 2012 - November 12, 2012. Prizes include a VHT 12/20RT amplifier, VHT V-Drive pedal, a test pressing of the My Jerusalem Preachers record, signed by the band, and more. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced on November 16, 2012.
My Jerusalem's Preachers leads the listener on a cinematic journey through a reckless, jagged landscape of Raymond Carver-esque stories, fueled by Klein’s persuasive baritone, ominous guitars, dream-like keyboards and a deep rhythmic pulse. Recorded in under three weeks by Spoon drummer Jim Eno (Heartless Bastards, Polica, Black Joe Lewis) at his Public Hi-Fi studio, Preachers is the first My Jerusalem album genuinely made by a band, not just performed by a group of musicians. Pushing aside hard drives and laptops to make way for analog tape machines and vintage keyboards, what Klein describes as the “Post-Modern Southern Gothic Soul” sounds of Preachers were born from organic, live performances Eno carefully captured and tweaked.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a VHT Special 12/20RT amplifier featuring two power ranges with an adjustable Watts control plus a Pentode/Triode switch, a unique preamp designed to excel with pedals and multi-effects units, and an all-tube buffered effects loop with send and return level controls. Also included in the grand prize package is a special gift from VHT artists My Jerusalem: a limited-edition white vinyl record of their new album “Preachers,” and an official My Jerusalem t-shirt!
The Second Prize winner will receive a VHT V-drive overdrive pedal which offers players an amazingly wide range of tones and textures. With separate Select, Texture, Depth, Tone, and Voltage controls, guitarists can shape their overdrive like never before. Also included in the second place prize package is a special gift from VHT artists My Jerusalem: a signed test pressing of their new album “Preachers,” and an official My Jerusalem t-shirt!
The Third Prize winner will take home My Jerusalem’s new album “Preachers” on CD and an official My Jerusalem t-shirt! Persons residing in the United States who are at least 18 years of age are eligible to enter to win.
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More on My Jerusalem: here.
INTRODUCING VHT PRIVATE RESERVE 50’s PICKUPS: TRUE VINTAGE TONE AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE
Hayward, CA — Made with the world’s finest vintage-correct materials, wound with modern precision, and carefully voiced to deliver incomparable clarity, detail, balance and dynamic nuance, the affordably priced VHT Private Reserve 50’s pickups achieve the highest standards for quality and tone — and set a new standard for value.
Carefully handcrafted using period-correct wire and magnets, VHT Private Reserve 50’s pickups faithfully recreate the materials, construction, and tone of the finest 50’s-era vintage pickups. The SSS3 triple single-coil set features high-quality vintage-staggered alnico 5 magnets, period-correct 42 AWG Elektrisola heavy-build Formar-coated wire, black vulcanized fiberboard bobbins, and cloth-covered hookup wire. The reverse-wound, reverse-polarity (RW/RP) middle pickup provides a humbucking function when combined with the neck or bridge pickups. Volume-balanced calibrated DC resistance specs: Neck = 5.7k ohms, Middle = 6.1k ohms, Bridge = 6.7k ohms.
Learn more about our Private Reserve 50's pickups here.
INTRODUCING THE VHT SPECIAL 12/20RT THE PEDAL-FRIENDLY AMP WITH SELECTABLE POWER RANGES — PLUS ALL-TUBE SPRING REVERB AND TREMOLO!
Hayward, CA — The VHT Special 12/20RT adds tube-driven spring reverb and tube tremolo to the pedal-friendly Special 12/20 platform. Like the Special 12/20, the 12/20RT features two power ranges with an adjustable Watts control plus a Pentode/Triode switch, a unique preamp designed to excel with pedals and multi-effects units, and an all-tube buffered effects loop with send and return level controls. It also features VHT’s unique Depth and Texture controls, a convenient built-in 9-volt DC pedal power supply, and an international mains voltage selector switch.
To optimize the amp for a wide variety of output tubes, the VHT Special 12/20RT 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 12/20RT ships with a pair of 6V6 output tubes (VHT 6V6-to-EL84 socket adapters are required for operation with EL84 tubes). In addition, the Special 12/20RT’s variable Watts control can reduce the maximum output power to less than one watt for whisper-quiet volume levels.
Like the Special 12/20, the Special 12/20RT’s 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 can effortlessly drive the most difficult pedals without tone or signal loss. Thanks to its variable send and return level controls, the 12/20RT’s effects loop can accommodate a wide range of pedal or rack effects. The 12/20RT’s Reverb, Tremolo, Depth and Texture controls are post effects loop, so multi-effects users can plug directly into the effect return and still benefit from the post-effects tube reverb and tremolo, while also fine-tuning the output stage characteristics with the Depth and Texture controls.
The Special 12/20RT combo and head share the same chassis, circuit and layout design and configuration. The Special 12/20RT Combo is loaded with a 12” VHT ChromeBack speaker.
Learn more about our Speical 12/20RT Combo and Head here.
THE VHT SPECIAL 12/20 — THE PEDAL-FRIENDLY AMP WITH SELECTABLE POWER RANGES
Hayward, CA — 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, an all-tube buffered effects loop with send and return level controls, VHT’s unique Depth and Texture controls, a variable Watts control, and a convenient built-in 9-volt DC pedal power supply.
To optimize the amp for a 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. Players seeking the shortest signal path to the output stage can plug their pedals or multi-effects units directly into the 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 players, the VHT Special 12/20 also features a built-in, regulated 9-volt DC pedal power supply.The Special 12/20 Combo and Head share the same chassis, circuit and layout design and configuration. The Special 12/20 Combo is loaded with a 12” VHT ChromeBack speaker.
Learn more about our Special 12/20 Combo and Head here.
VHT's New V-Drive pedal Puts players in the (over) driver's seat
Hayward, CA — The VHT V-Drive does it all, boldly going where no other overdrive pedal has gone before:
From clean boost to creamy-smooth sustain to raging harmonic complexity, the new VHT V-Drive overdrive pedal’s unique controls offer an amazingly wide range of tones and textures at an awesome value. In addition to standard Drive and Volume controls, the VHT V-Drive offers four more unique controls:
The V-Drive’s 11-position Select switch provides ten different clipping diode configurations plus a clean-boost diode-bypass mode. (Clipping diodes are the heart and soul of nearly every classic overdrive pedal design, and the type and configuration of these diodes defines the overdrive texture and dynamic response character.)
The V-Drive’s Select switch replicates the diode type and configuration of the most popular overdrive pedals of the ‘80s and ‘90s as well as some of today’s most sought-after boutique designs. The V-Drive also offers several new diode types and configurations for some fresh tones for the future, enabling players to make their own unique contributions to the advancement of the art of overdrive.
The V-Drive’s Texture control adjusts the overdrive texture and harmonic content. Working in conjunction with the Select switch, these two controls provide an unprecedented range of fine-tunable overdrive choices. Warm and smooth or bristling with harmonic activity, the choice — and voice — is yours.
The V-Drive’s unique 11-position Depth control fine-tunes the low-end response to perfectly voice the overdrive depth to suit a wide range of guitars, pickups, and musical styles.
The V-Drive’s Tone knob is voiced higher than is commonly expected. Unlike most overdrive pedals, it adjusts the treble content without altering the midrange.The V-Drive’s Tone control works in conjunction with the Depth control to provide a wider and more useful EQ-shaping range than conventional overdrive tone controls.
The unique Voltage control uses a special voltage multiplying integrated circuit to increase the pedal’s operating voltage for a tighter, punchier, crisper, quicker-responding and more authoritative tone — ordinary 9-volt pedals can’t match this new level of dynamic response. The Voltage control can also reduce the V-Drive’s operating voltage to as low as 5 volts for a softer and spongier attack. Like a box full of pedals in one, the innovative, revolutionary — and surprisingly affordable — VHT V-Drive introduces the next chapter in the quest for the ultimate overdrive.
Learn more about our V-Drive Pedal here.