Amid supply crunch, Western Electric publicly floats expansion into guitar tube manufacturing

The internal electronics and vacuum tubes of a Hayden Classic Lead 80 electric guitar amplifier head unit
(Image credit: Philip Sowels/Future)

Aside from being a major player in the guitar effects industry, Electro-Harmonix is a hugely significant part of the vacuum tube industry. 

Under its own name and a number of umbrella brands, EHX has manufactured vacuum tubes for use in guitar amps for decades, and is the chief tube supplier for many American manufacturers. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.