EL84 / 6BQ5 Tubes
EL84 is a power tube in a 9 pin glass bottle. 6BQ5 is American designation for the same tube. EL84 guitar amps often have a pleasant chime that defined the classic British rock sound. While the chime is the common signature for EL84 sound, the overall tone can vary quite a bit for different makes of EL84.
Replace EL84 Often
EL84 is a small tube and has a higher heat concentration. This makes it wear out faster than other output tubes. It is best to re-tube EL84 often for best results.
In classic audio amps, heavy duty version designated 7189 was often used. Sovtek EL84M is the only tube we recommend for replacing 7189. We also carry EL86, SV83 and 6n15n tubes which are close relatives of EL84. These tubes are popular for DIY and Head-Fi uses, but they are not directly compatible with EL84.
- Svetlana SV83 Matched Pair$19.00
- Russian 6n15n-EB Matched PairOut of stock
- Sovtek EL84 Regular Matched Pair$22.50
- Electro-Harmonix EL84 Matched Pair$25.50
- JJ/Tesla EL84 Matched PairOut of stock
- TungSol EL84 Matched Pair$31.80
- Mullard EL84 Matched Pair$35.50
- Sovtek EL84M Matched Pair$44.00
- Genalex EL84 Matched Pair$53.50