The Svetlana EL34 is the perfect tube for classic rock. The midrange is very pronounced and the high end is smooth. The bottom end response is not the best, but in a guitar amp it becomes a moot point. In the test amp the mids just rip through the mix. No guitar player is going to get lost in the mix using these tubes. These tubes deliver incredible crunch making them perfect for that ZZ Top, old EVH sound. Seven string down-strokers may not be as pleased because they don't have that crushing bottom end. The Winged "C" SED EL34 tubes definitely have the advantage in bottom end but we find that it can get a bit boomy. For guitar players that need an EL34 tube and play classic rock music we don't think you can find a better tube than the Svetlana EL34.
If you are curious about how these fare in a hifi stereo amplifier be sure to read the Wall of Sound EL34 tube comparison for details.Other Svetlana tubes EL34 Tube Types
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Warranty Information and Return PolicyWarranty Period: 3 months
All our tubes are guaranteed for 3 months from the date of purchase. (Any exceptions will be noted on that tube's Warranty tab)
If you receive a tube that does not perform to the manufacturer's specifications, please do the following:
- contact us to get a return authorization
- return it via regular mail within 90 days from when we shipped it, and we will provide an exchange or refund of the full purchase price of the tube.
Returns not related to warranty or defect will be considered at our discretion, and are subject to a 15% restocking fee.
We can not accept returns that don't have an authorization, are past 3 month, or are returned improperly.
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Ratings & Reviews
As promised; classic rock favorite.
I had the fortune to receive about 5 sets of old tubes with an old Marshall I purchased and observed all to be Svetlana (but inconsistently this and the SED EL34. I liked the amp sound when I bought it, and based on the reviews bought these too (and they keep going ...).
I am very happy with the overall performance, durability, price, and pronounced mids / mid-highs. As noted by thetubestore, lows aren't as big as some others (it's hard to say how. High end is a given, the amp has tonnes of brightness). 4 stars because for "that sound" they're great but newer metal-heads (or other styles) might be let down by bottom end.
by Dave F.
I highly recommend buying tubes from The Tube Store, I recently received my Svetlana EL34s (not SED) and I cannot believe the difference! They make my Ampeg flat out scream. Thanks Tube Store
by J. M.
Pleased with the Svetlana EL34s that I purchased - gave me the tonal
change that I desired. Easy to order, delivery within a week.
A little over a month ago I ordered a sextet of these Svetlana EL-34s for my Mesa Triple Rectifier. I settled on these tubes after reading and re-reading the reviews here on The Tube Store's website, along with threads on various forums. These tubes did exactly what I expected them to (great description on the Tube Reviews here on the Tube Store, by the way). They tightened up the flubby bottom end of my amp, brought the mids up closer to where I like them, and shaved off some of the top end fizziness that Mesa Rectos are known for. It's still more scooped out than my Marshall JVM and my Splawn Pro Mod, but it is far more useable than it was before. And a big thank you to The Tube Store for selecting a set with the proper bias range for my Mesa. They sound great!
by Henrik Christoffersen
Thanks for sending 4 Svetlana tubes with same bias point as the old tubes in my Marshall 6100le. They sounds very good in this amp. :) Easy to order and fast delivery.