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Myths about amplifier valves and why we recommend JJ valves

Like fine wines with their ‘hints of raspberry’ and ‘suggestion of magnolia’ there is a huge amount of hokum on the forums about valve brands (their ‘clean top ends’; ‘bright mids’ and ‘warm, rich bottom ends’). I’ve been designing and servicing valve amplifier equipment for four decades and here’s my view.

JJ Electronics Valves (formerly Tesla valves)

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? Unlikely.

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.

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. JJ valves or JJ Electronics Tubes are probably the most branded in the world so don’t be surprised if that expensive boutique valve you bought at double the price is really just a branded JJ valve.

We stock and sell JJ valves because they are consistent, long lasting, have superb tonal qualities and come at a reasonable price. For the gigging guitarist or just for use at home we know that you’ll stunned by the quality of JJ valves.