By Emely Greenfield. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 02:28:50 AM.
Guitar - wah wah pedal - distortion pedal - pitch change pedal - amp - effects loop with chorus and reverb - speaker cabinet. The guitar cable should be long enough to walk around on stage with. But it should never be more than 25 feet in length, since it's an unbalanced cable* (longer lengths will degrade your sound quickly). Maybe 20 feet is a good length. However, since you have a floor pedal setup, you can use this to your advantage to shorten your cable length. Select a 10-15 foot cable for your guitar and a 10-15 foot cable for going from the floor pedals to the amp. That gives you 20-30 feet total, which is plenty for most live club circumstances. (If you have larger stage needs than that, look into wireless setups and balance boxes).
Of course, many factors affect the eventual sound of the note, in addition to simply how hard the string is plucked. The thickness and manufacture of the string, how close it is to the body, the body's shape and design, the type of pickup, the number of pickups, to name just a few. Once the signal reaches the amplifier, all manner of different effects and distortions are possible to create an individual voice for the instrument.
Another thing to consider is the location in the amplifier of the preamp tube you are replacing. The preamp tube that is located the furthest away from the power tubes will generally have the greatest effect on the tone of the amp; and the preamp tubes that are closer to the power tubes will have the least effect on the tone. So you could put a premium Tung Sol or Mullard in V1, but then a less expensive JJ or a Chinese tube might make more sense in V2. Even if you find a long plate too noisy for any of those positions, a long plate tube might still make a good phase inverter tube for the V3 position (or whichever position is closest to the power tubes).
The best guitar cables will have a solid insulation using a material that wont allow this interference into the core of the cable. The job of your lead is to get the signal from your guitar to the amp without anything any contamination, so you need a material that conducts electricity very well. The high end and studio spec guitar cables will be made from oxygen free copper or silver, both of which are great conducting materials.
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