Ahhh….the little magic bottles that helped to invent rock ‘n roll. Guitar amp tubes have a certain mojo about them. They are like a gearhead’s fine wine. NOS tubes are disappearing and modern production companies, like Groove Tubes and Electro Harmonix, have been slowly coming out with new guitar amp tubes ever since the comeback of the tube amplifier. Below is a list of NOS tube stores, tube manufacturers and other great guitar amp tube resources. Thank goodness the ’80s are over!
Do you sell guitar amp tubes, want to increase your exposure and attract more customers? Feature your business at the top of this page. Learn more.
This tube store has a big focus on antique radio tubes, but also specializes in NOS guitar amp tubes for vintage amps (or modern amps where a vintage tone is desired). Having been in business for multiple decades, Antique Electronic Supply has the largest stock of NOS tubes in the world. They offer more parts and supplies beyond guitar amp tubes.
Brent Jesse has a huge selection of NOS guitar amp tubes that are tested and ready to be plugged into your amp’s tube sockets. He not only sells guitar tubes for amplifiers, but also tubes for vintage radios, televisions and vintage hi-fidelity audio equipment. He can match tubes for your amp and he sells his guitar amp tubes are very competitive prices He will even refund your money if you find the same tube at a lower price within 30 days of purchase.
While Crowthorne Tubes can be difficult to deal with on the customer service side of things, they do have an entire outlet of vintage guitar amp tubes and audiophile parts. They’ve been in business for 50 years. Consider this the thrift store of tubes. You may not get exceptional service, but there’s exceptional selection.
Hoffman doesn’t just make amps, they also sell guitar amp tubes and other parts for building guitar amps. Specific part types include: vacuum amp tubes, tube sockets, output transformers, resistors, capacitors, jacks, hardware and everything in between. Great company.
K&D Electronics is one of the industry-leading guitar amp tube resellers that focuses on NOS tubes an dall sorts of guitar amplifier-related electronic parts (tube sockets, capacitors, resistors, cables, fuses, transformers and more). As a result, K&D is a great starting point when looking for tube guitar amp kits and other DIY projects.
Kropotkin Classic Amplification (aka “KCA”) is known for their rigid testing methods on NOS tubes (power amp tubes and preamp tubes). They test their tubes to be free of unwanted noise, accurate gain ratings, low microphonics, optimal bias range and more. They offer balanced triodes on many of their preamp tubes by request. They love Mesa Boogie amps, so you’ll have fun talking tubes for your Boogie with them.
Ruby Tubes are well-respected vacuum tubes for guitar amps made by Magic Parts (who also sells plenty of guitar amp parts, tools and other gear. They sell to dealers, so consumers should look elsewhere. You can find Ruby Tubes at some of the other guitar tube companies listed on this page.
New Sensor is an old-fashioned catalog-style business that sells NOS tubes for guitar amps and other uses. Popular tubes that they carry include Sovtek Tubes (various 12AX7 types, 6550, 6L6 and KT88 power tubes), Electro-Harmonix and more.
Having been in business for multiple decades, The New Tube Company has a lot of knowledge about guitar amp tubes and related products. They offer the personal advice that you can’t get at Guitar Center, and will help you sculpt your tone to where you want it through select guitar amp tube choices.
SND Tube Sales sells a wide range of NOS tubes for guitar amps, tube testers and manuals, vintage audio equipement and other electronic parts.
The Tube Store is one of the better places to find desirable NOS tubes for all guitar amp types and vintage, hi-fidelity sound systems. They are happy to speak with you about what sort of tone you want and match that feedback with knowledge of your particular amplifier in order to help you choose the perfect guitar amp tubes for your situation. They have a huge selection of NOS tubes and all-around-tube knowledge, so definitely reach out to them.
Tube World is the place to go for Cryo-Valve NOS tubes, tube sockets, transformers, chokes, metal can capacitors and other guitar tube amp parts. Great selection.
TubeMan.com is known for their incredible selection of high-end NOS tubes used in guitar amps and vintage Hi-Fi audio equipment. They match their tubes to pair perfectly with your guitar amp and they’re all tested to sound amazing right from the day you get them. These are some of the best NOS tubes in the land, so give TubeMan.com a look.
Vacuum Tubes (a division of Radio Electric Supply) boasts the largest inventory of vacuum tubes on the planet. Whether that’s true or not…we don’t know. But, they sure do have a fantastic selection. Ceramic tubes are kept in stock as well, in case you’re looking for those specific tubes.
This company sells over a thousand different new tube types along with used tubes that are tested and ready to rock. They are always purchasing desirable tubes, so reach out to them if you have some choice NOS tubes to sell. Check their “bid list.” The used tubes that they sell are tested using a transconductance tester to ensure top quality.
Selling everything from guitar amp hardware (corners, casters, handles, etc.) to preamp tubes, power amp tubes, rectifier tubes and an deep selection of vintage NOS tubes, Vibro World is simply a great guitar amp tube resource. What’s unique about them is they also build a stereo vibrato unit which is super cool. The new tubes they carry include Ruby Tubes, Sovtek and Mojo-Tone.