The TAD 6L6WGC-STR produces warm cleans and sweet mids. Perfect for players with vintage amps like the Twin Reverb or Bassman.
- Great in Allen Sweet Spot and Allen Old Flame (Blackface style amps) Review by ModalManiac
I've been using a pair of these tubes in my Allen V-18 (Sweet Spot) for at least 5 years. I just checked bias and still within 1 MA. It beats out every other 6L6 and 6V6 tube I've tried in that amp; great combination of power, chime, tone, etc...
I finally bought a couple pairs of backups from Doug's and decided to try a pair in the Allen Old Flame, which is a Super Reverb clone, and they delivered. My Old Flame hadn't been getting much use, because it's just a bit too crisp and unforgiving for my taste and style. These tubes give it just the right amount of "chewiness", as the other reviewer mentioned. It's just makes these two amps more "playable". Beautiful clean tone across the spectrum, and when I use pedals for overdrive, distortion, modulation, etc..., they sound great. If I anticipate a tight stage, I bring a Fulltone OCD and a clip-on tuner. That's it.
I play a couple of Suhr strat-style guitars and a Telecaster. Rock/blues/etc...
Anybody who says power tubes don't have a huge influence on the tone and playability of your amp are full of bull.
I do agree that the first pre-amp tube is equally important. I currently have a GE long-plate 12ax7 in the V-18 and an RCA 12AX7A in the old Flame. The new production Tung-Sol 12AX7s are really good too. You can do a lot of experimenting with the pre-amp tubes, but for me, I'm pretty set on using the TADs for power tubes. They're like my soup stock, and the pre-amps are my spices.
In my opinion, if you have an Allen or a Fender or Fender-type of amp that uses 6L6 tubes, give these short bottle TADs a shot. They really made a difference for me.
(Posted on 2/4/14)
- A "vintage" tube for a modern amp. Review by Metalmoto
- After trying many different power tubes in my Peavey 6505 plus amp with okay results, I decided to try something different. I installed a quad of these TAD 6L6WGC-STR short bottle beauties. I was stunned! On the lead channel with high gain, these tubes give deep, warm and punchy lows, very harmonically rich mids that give my amp a really cool sound. Kind of hard to explain, the mids give it an almost swirly, chewy, almost liquidy chorusy cutting tone without losing a bit of the punch. The highs are sweet and in know way piercing or brittle. The cleans are warm, yet have a nice chime. This amp is not known for it's clean tones, but these tubes are a big improvement on the clean tones. I play hard rock/shred type music and the tubes are killer for that. Maybe it has something to do with the dual getter design. (Posted on 7/6/13)