Best Valves for amplifiers.
What are the best valves for guitar amplifiers? It’s a good question. Like fine wines with their ‘hints of raspberry’ there’s a huge amount of hokum on the forums about valve brands. Did you know there are only three valve manufacturers in the World? So all those sexy valve names and high prices are, in reality, coming from the same three manufacturers. I’ve been designing and servicing valve amplifier equipment for four decades. Here’s my view on which valves are best for your guitar amplifier.
Best Valves for amplifiers: How do you compare the market?
What you need is a quality guitar amplifier valve which is real value for money. It’s my firm opinion that you would be unable to tell the difference between two tube makes, even if such a test was possible (which it isn’t, see below). E.g. few could tell the difference between JJ valves and Groove Tubes etc.
So you can pay a lot of money and waste a lot of time searching for the ‘perfect tone’ or you can buy sensibly priced, durable, good quality valves, e.g. JJ valves, with great tone – and get on with playing!
Perhaps you wonder why a proper test is impossible? Simple. No two amplifiers (same make, same model) are even close to being identical, so putting Brand ‘A’ tubes in one and Brand ‘B’ in another won’t tell you a thing.
You may argue that you will use just one amplifier and swap the valves (e.g. swap the JJ valves for Electro Harmonix valves). Okay, that’s a better test, but are you really going to remember the tone in the fifteen minutes it will take you to do the swap?
Best valves for amplifiers: Why choose JJ Electronics Valves?
You can trust our valves – they are all made by JJ Electronics Valves (JJ Valve Company) formerly JJ Tesla Tubes. You will often see them referred to as JJ Electronics Tesla tubes as well. JJ Valves are superb quality, great sounding valves – and at a sensible price. Of course you should always buy “tested” valves which means that they have been checked after the production stage to make sure they are in tolerance and operating as they should.
JJ Electronics Valves – best value valves for guitar amplifiers
After 40 years in the business I have seen many different valves used in guitar amplifiers. As I mentioned earlier, JJ valves or JJ Electronics Tubes are one of the three manufacturers who’s valves are rebranded by other companies. So don’t be surprised if that expensive boutique valve you bought is really just a re-branded JJ valve.
We stock and sell JJ valves because they are consistent and long lasting. They also have superb tonal qualities and come at a reasonable price. For the gigging guitarist, or for use at home, we know you’ll stunned by the quality of JJ valves. If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch.