# Vacuum Tube - 5881 / 6L6WGC, Sovtek

The 5881 is a very reliable tube that is widely used in many current production tube amplifiers. It has a warm tone with good 'bite.' This modern version is able to tolerate higher voltages than its 5881 / 6L6 cousins. The Sovtek 5881 delivers a warm, round tone that "sweetens" any vintage or modern guitar amp design. Built to rigid military standards, the 5881 will tolerate higher voltages than any other 6L6. In fact, they're frequently used as replacements for the old 7027 model in vintage Ampegs. Extremely consistent from piece to piece. The Sovtek 5881 has a heater voltage of 6.3 volts at 0.88 amperes. Maximum plate voltage is 250 volts while maximum plate current is 73 mA. The 5881 has a Transconductance rating of 6000 micromhos and a maximum output power of 5.8 watts.

Single or Matched | Our Part Number | UPC/EAN |
---|---|---|

Apex Matched Pair | T-5881-SOVT-MP | 609722124010 |

Apex Matched Quad | T-5881-SOVT-MQ | 609722124027 |

Single | T-5881-SOVT | 683274021294 |

Capacitance, Cathode to Heater | 11 pF | |

Capacitance, Transfer | 1.0 pF | |

Capacitance, input | 11 pF | |

Capacitance, output | 6.7 pF | |

Cathode to Heater Insulation Resistance | 4 MΩ | |

Filament Current (I_{f}) | 840 - 920 mA | |

Grid 1 Insulation Resistance | 200 MΩ | |

Grid 1 Inverse Current | 0.5 mA | |

Grid 2 Current | 6 mA | |

Height, base to top | 3.25 in. | |

Internal Resistance (R_{i}) | 18 kΩ - 75 kΩ | |

Non-linear Harmonic Distortion | 15 % | |

Output Power (P_{Out}) | 5.8 W | |

Plate Current (I_{a}) | 60 mA - 86 mA | |

Readiness Time | 50 s | |

Transconductance (S) | 5.2 mA/V - 6.8 mA/V |

Packaging Dimensions | Apex Matched Pair version | T-5881-SOVT-MP | 5.1 in. × 3.5 in. × 1.8 in. |

Apex Matched Quad version | T-5881-SOVT-MQ | 5.1 in. × 3.5 in. × 3.5 in. | |

Single version | T-5881-SOVT | 1.5 in. × 1.5 in. × 4 in. | |

Weight (Packaging) | Apex Matched Pair version | T-5881-SOVT-MP | 0.294 lbs. |

Apex Matched Quad version | T-5881-SOVT-MQ | 0.588 lbs. | |

Single version | T-5881-SOVT | 0.147 lbs. |

T-5881-SOVT-MP - Apex Matched Pair version | Capacitance, Cathode to Heater | 11 pF |

Capacitance, Transfer | 1.0 pF | |

Capacitance, input | 11 pF | |

Capacitance, output | 6.7 pF | |

Cathode to Heater Insulation Resistance | 4 MΩ | |

Filament Current (I_{f}) | 840 - 920 mA | |

Grid 1 Insulation Resistance | 200 MΩ | |

Grid 1 Inverse Current | 0.5 mA | |

Grid 2 Current | 6 mA | |

Height, base to top | 3.25 in. | |

Internal Resistance (R_{i}) | 18 kΩ - 75 kΩ | |

Non-linear Harmonic Distortion | 15 % | |

Output Power (P_{Out}) | 5.8 W | |

Plate Current (I_{a}) | 60 mA - 86 mA | |

Readiness Time | 50 s | |

Transconductance (S) | 5.2 mA/V - 6.8 mA/V | |

T-5881-SOVT-MQ - Apex Matched Quad version | Capacitance, Cathode to Heater | 11 pF |

Capacitance, Transfer | 1.0 pF | |

Capacitance, input | 11 pF | |

Capacitance, output | 6.7 pF | |

Cathode to Heater Insulation Resistance | 4 MΩ | |

Filament Current (I_{f}) | 840 - 920 mA | |

Grid 1 Insulation Resistance | 200 MΩ | |

Grid 1 Inverse Current | 0.5 mA | |

Grid 2 Current | 6 mA | |

Height, base to top | 3.25 in. | |

Internal Resistance (R_{i}) | 18 kΩ - 75 kΩ | |

Non-linear Harmonic Distortion | 15 % | |

Output Power (P_{Out}) | 5.8 W | |

Plate Current (I_{a}) | 60 mA - 86 mA | |

Readiness Time | 50 s | |

Transconductance (S) | 5.2 mA/V - 6.8 mA/V | |

T-5881-SOVT - Single version | Capacitance, Cathode to Heater | 11 pF |

Capacitance, Transfer | 1.0 pF | |

Capacitance, input | 11 pF | |

Capacitance, output | 6.7 pF | |

Cathode to Heater Insulation Resistance | 4 MΩ | |

Filament Current (I_{f}) | 840 - 920 mA | |

Grid 1 Insulation Resistance | 200 MΩ | |

Grid 1 Inverse Current | 0.5 mA | |

Grid 2 Current | 6 mA | |

Height, base to top | 3.25 in. | |

Internal Resistance (R_{i}) | 18 kΩ - 75 kΩ | |

Non-linear Harmonic Distortion | 15 % | |

Output Power (P_{Out}) | 5.8 W | |

Plate Current (I_{a}) | 60 mA - 86 mA | |

Readiness Time | 50 s | |

Transconductance (S) | 5.2 mA/V - 6.8 mA/V |

Specification Sheet | All Models |

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