Tung-Sol EL84 / 6BQ5
From our review: "They sound very punchy and have lots of gain. The sound was more articulate than anything from Sovtek, EH or Mullard EL84 power tubes and was very similar to the Preferred Series 7189 tubes. Very low noise floor and no mechanical noise. Great crunch is easily achieved with a humbucker equipped guitar, while the sparkle shines through with single coils. When pushed into clipping these tubes just give off amazing harmonics and allow you to access some great, controlled feedback. I’m sold!"
The original Tung-Sol EL84/6BQ5 was a popular OEM power tube for American-made EL84/6BQ5 guitar amplifiers, such as those built by Gibson and Harmony. The manufacturer states that due to its rugged construction and conservative ratings, the reissue Tungsol EL84 vacuum tube is the most reliable current production EL84 tube available for use in Vox AC30 tube amps. Also, it is an ideal replacement for EL84 hi-fi tube audio amplifiers, such as those built by Fisher, Scott, and Harmon-Kardon.
Note: These tubes have a slightly larger diameter than other EL84 tubes so they can not be installed into some '90's era Marshall DSL201 or DSL401 amplifiers, some '90's era reissue Vox AC15 amps, and Bad Cat amps.
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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.
These guidelines may be updated without notice.
Ratings & Reviews
The Tung-Sol EL84 tube made a huge improvement replacing OEM tubes in 2 of my amps. Swapped out the Shuguang EL84's in my Vox AC30CC and a single JJ in a Marshall Class 5.
Both greatly improved clarity and overall tone.
The Vox now has a better chime, the highs sing and can be pushed into thick overdrive just from pick attack. These tubes are dead quiet after rounds of testing in the Vox AC30 torture chamber.
The Class 5 Marshall combo now sounds like it has a 12" speaker dipping lower than the JJ and making the amp sound like it can breathe again. This is a great and inexpensive upgrade for this amp.
In my opinion, this is the best EL84 replacement tube for current production amps.
by Dana Hood
I've been through so many different EL84s is the various Vox type amps I've owned, and none have survived for long. Could this finally be the magic ticket? I had finally resorted to suffering with Sovteks in my AC15HW1X because everything else eventually starts rattling in this abusive combo. Then I found the Tung-Sols, which I'm going to assume are just as rugged because they look IDENTICAL to the Sovteks, but they sound better. I don't know how, but they do. Only time will tell if they last.
by B. H. de C.
Running a quad in an Acrosound 20-20. This amp is known for running the tubes to hell and beyond. So far the Tung-Sol EL84 have held their ground without problem.
The amp is clear and powerful. My favorite modern EL84.
Bit the Dust
by Wm Griffin
Dropped a matched pair of these in brand new Vox AC10C1. Immediate improvement in sound quality..Really Nice....But, this new Vox amp may be the beast that gets the best of these tubes. After ~6 weeks of playing 60 mins a night it developed a Chime\Ring on the Low A & E open string and on E + A Pwr chords if I pushed em at all. ((Became more prevalent this last week so I dropped stock tubes back in and cranked it up..rattled the windows for about an hour then pulled it back and played another 30 mins specifically trying to recreate hum - not a hint to be heard.)) Got a pair of the TAD EL84 STR due to arrive tomorrow so fingers crossed this tube can "stand the heat" - Love the fast\prompt shipping TheTubeStore provides!!
My new go-to for AC30
After being a little bit disappointed with a couple sets of JJs (noisy, seemed to lose life fairly quickly, some were REALLY bad), I've tried out a set of these, and a set of the TADs.
Quite simply, these tubes are fantastic. They easily were the best performers in my AC30. The JJ's sparkle and chime (when they work), but they're noisy and a bit unreliable. The TADs are VERY neutral sounding, which doesn't seem to suit the AC30 very well, but works ok in my american style amp.
The Tung-sols have a chime that almost matches up with a perfect JJ, and everything else about the tube is superior. They have a tighter, better sounding bottom end, they're more balanced throughout the frequency range, and they are incredibly solid in construction, with practically no microphonics even when pushing the amp HARD. They have quite a bit more gain and a little more headroom than a JJ, which actually suits my style better, but my AC30 can quite easily push them to the brink, and when it does they break up beautifully.
I wanted to wait until I had the chance to use multiple sets before rating them fairly, and I've now used 3 sets each one performing fantastically. In fact, they last so well, that I usually have to remind myself to change them or else I just leave them in until they're gasping for air.
I love these tubes and highly recommend them for any EL84 powered amp, but they work wonders in my AC30.