That's why I thought this amp was funny. EVH tried to market this as an amp to get closer to his classic sound, but the preamp section is as far away from a 1968 Plexi as you can get, and supposedly the brown sound was achieved with 6CA7 tubes, not EL34s. I remember being excited when a more "vintage-style" EVH amp was being rumored. I thought hey, a cheaper Plexi clone would have been badass. I still bet this amp kicks plenty of ass, though.