So I got one of these shortly after they came out. I admit the impulsive buy, but I was too anxious to get something after staying up looking for a small tube amp. It was either the blackstar ht-5 or the vht; lost the bid to the blackstar and ended up with buying a new Special 6 ultra with free shipping. I received it a week ago and spent the last few days toying with it and got some really nice sounds out of it.
Out of the box, everything appears where it needs to be and in good working order. Exterior looks nice and firm with the switches and knob on the controls intact. The footswitch cord is pretty long and shaped like a ringer bell instead it only weighs a few ounces. The thing with the footswitch is that the right angle connector doesn't have enough clearance on the back panel to move past the bottom but it's not really an issue. The controls are quite simple to use. There is the clean and the ultra channel (I haven't used the original Special 6 so I don't know if it has 2 channels or not). Ultra channel has its own gain knob. The volume knob has a pull boost which can be used in both channels. Using the clean channel with the boost on can make it sound more like the ultra channel. The regular clean channel sounds nice, and it can get chimey sounds if dialed correctly. I'm using a Washburn WI-66 Idol with a Custom 5 in the bridge. If you adjust the watts knob it adds more headroom response to the clean and distorted channel. It's best if the clean channel is used in low watt settings. The watts settings in relation to the volume knob also has an affect on pick attack and chord voicings. Otherwise I tend to not use the watts knob past noon setting or it might get too boomy. Anyway just first impressions after a little playing. More comments later.