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
Balanced with awesome chime
by Steve Kirby
I just put a set of these in my Divided by 13 JRT9/15. Replaced the JJ's that were in it when I bought it. These are the best EL84s I've heard. The JJ's had a sort of scooped sound. Like some lower mids were cut. These have a better balance. Less obvious bass hump but warmer though the notes. And the chime is better. What chime is supposed to be. Clear and airy, not sharp and brittle on top. Would recommend these for any EL84 amp. Time will tell how they hold up but the other reviews here are positive.
I used to have a Mesa Maverick and would have to look for a set of Sovteks that were tight in the bottles as once they got loose, the amp would get blurry. I can see these Tung-Sols cleaning up the articulation of that amp while making it even warmer sounding.
Perfect for Modern Boxes.
by Best EL84's for modern Vox amps.
I decided to swap these into my AC15CC1X and gut the old EH tubes that were there originally. Instantly the harsh top end was softer but not dark. The low end tightened up nicely when the master volume was cranked.
Sonically, I found these tubes to be pretty close to the JJ EL84's (bright, punchy, articulate) however because they're Tung-Sol's, they're built to handle a lot more stress and after a year and a half the set I put in is still going strong.