Originally Posted by YMI5150?
So I was messing around with my 601 yesterday and I'm wondering if preamp tubes affect harmonics. I noticed that on Channel 2 (crunch), in order to get in the ballpark for classic rock (early VH) tone, gain has to be relatively low, however I lose the ability to get decent harmonics. Is it possible to get an amp set up so that you can have both worlds or are harmonics a function of gain?
Kevin: How's it going? To answer your question, "Yes, preamp tubes do affect your amps ability to produce harmonics at different volume/gain settings."
As I think I told you, you need to get a solid high gain set in V1 and V2. This will allow a bigger window for harmonics at a lower volume setting. Now granted, at a higher volume, these tubes will literally sizzle and sound really sweet. If you are ready to buy a couple of these tubes, send me a private email and we can make the necessary arrangements.