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Best 6L6’s for a Deluxe reverb

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folks, I'm re-tubing my amp and I'm trying to find the best 6l6's for my 1972 fender deluxe reverb. I play a tenn. rose with few effects (a zvex super hard on and some delay)...

I'm thinking of TAD 6L6 WGC-STR...

I was just gonna go with the middle of the road tubes, but I've been playing for a few decades and my band has been playing out more, so i figure i should start paying attention to this kinda stuff.

I know it depends on the application, so here is what my band has been up to.

thanks for the advice!

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Hey Buddy - Deluxe Reverbs typically have 6V6 power tubes. Has yours been converted to 6L6?

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here's the label, I am not well versed in this stuff.

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OK, so they are 6L6. Never mind.

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Well that's an odd one. Maybe your amp got the wrong tube chart, I've never heard of a stock Deluxe Reverb with 6L6's.

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you're right, i checked the current tubes and they're 6V6...huh...well, is the rest of the graph right? because I'm going to replace everything. already have 2 pairs of 12AX7's picked out and a Mullard 12AT7... i just need the 6V6's and the 5U4GB

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Hmmm....I just double checked my Deluxe Reverb and the tubes are definitely 6V6. The Fender website specs 6V6, as do several (on line) aftermarket tube sets for this amp. Is there a chance that the wrong label somehow got into your amp?

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Hmmm....I just double checked my Deluxe Reverb and the tubes are definitely 6V6. The Fender website specs 6V6, as do several (on line) aftermarket tube sets for this amp. Is there a chance that the wrong label somehow got into your amp?

– Viper

...or perhaps it's not a Deluxe Reverb???

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haha, it's definitely a deluxe. I have 2 friends with the same amp and their's say 6V6...so im pretty sure it's the wrong label.

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TAD seem to have a pretty good selection process for new tubes, they're pretty trouble-free.

But NOS 6V6's are not that expensive yet, worth taking a look at KCA NOS tubes' site, for example.

And get a NOS 5U4 too, they're really much better NOS, and easy to find at affordable prices. Current production rectifier tubes are very hit or miss.

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The problem you might have with using 6L6 in a Deluxe Reverb is that the 6L6 tubes draw more current for the filaments and your power transformer might not want to handle that.

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Dang that is odd... never a stock Deluxe w/ 6Ls, altho some were converted, but really not much difference heard.

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I love TAD tubes.They're filled with this stuff....

Na,not really but they may make your amp seem it's on the juice. :)

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A little late to this party but I run JJs in mine and am very happy with the results. They are a little heavier duty than most 6V6s and some have commented that they are perhaps a little closer to a 6L6. The new 6V6 Tung-Sols seem to get a lot of good comments as well.


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