By Annalise Thayer. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 14:38:24 PM.
All of these tubes have long, thin plates that are separated, so you can see the space between them just like the original Mullard ECC83's. To my ear, these vintage style tubes tend to have a fairly flat eq, which I associate with a more European sound, as opposed the Tung Sol's, which accentuate the highs and lows more and have more of an American tone. The problem with these long plate tubes is they tend not to do well in high gain amps and combo amps, if they are not very well made. The only one I have found to be reliable in a guitar amp is the Mullard 12ax7 reissue. It costs a little more, but if you want a premium tube that has more of a European tone, that's the one I'd recommend.
This new style of pickup inadvertently gave birth to a new sound to guitars. The single coil pickup still is in wide use today. The single coil pickup has a cleaner or brighter sound. There is also less output on the single coil in comparison to its brother, the humbucker. The double coil or humbucking pickup tends to have more power and will have more bottom end or a bassier sound. Which pick is better is a matter of personal choice. Both of these picks have advantages and disadvantages.
Guitar Wiring Explored – Introducing the Super Switch, Part 2. Following on from the previous article, we look at the grand-daddy of all pickup selectors: the 4-pole super-switch. The possibilities with this switch are endless, and we scratch the surface by coming up with a wiring scheme for an HSH guitar that auto-splits the humbuckers in the 2 and 4 positions, and combines both humbuckers in the middle position.
Many people believe, quite wrongly in fact, that the external electric amplification of an electric guitar simply makes the sound of the string much louder. If you switch off the amplifier, you'll notice that simply making the resulting sound louder would be a pitiful quality of note, and despite its name, the amplifier does not simply make the sound produced by the string louder. It is actually not the sound that the string makes which is detected, but its movement. An electric guitar is so named because effectively, each of its strings is a wire in an electric circuit, and it is by strumming or picking these wires or strings that movement is created. The harder the string is plucked, the greater its movement, and it is this movement or resonating that is detected.
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