By Helene Brinson. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 07:51:23 AM.
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.
JBL and Electro Voice. JBL and Electro Voice speakers are additional important American speakers. Unlike Jensens, JBL's and EV's are very powerful sounding (they have large voice coils and resonance frequencies around 50 Hz), and can handle a lot of volume. The JBL's were well known for their aluminum dust covers, and some of the early EV's came that way too (I think the purpose of the aluminum was to help extend the frequency response). The 12" JBL d120f's were famously paired with the Fender Twin Reverb for blues and jazz. The 15" JBL d130f was also a great speaker for the Vibroverb. Electro Voice speakers are mostly popular with heavy metal players. The original Mesa Boogie amplifiers were known for having a single EVM 12L speaker.
There are also many different materials used for capacitors. A large portion of mass manufactured guitars come stock with a small ceramic disc caps. Many don’t use the tone control, so they never switch them out. However, for the serious tone-seeker, there are plenty of aftermarket caps available. Metal film, paper-in-oil, and polyesterfoil will each have a different effect on the overall tone of the guitar as well as the response of the tone control. Testing is useful to help find the capacitor that provides the right tone.
This effect is very sharp, with a distinct on-off sound. It is very different than trying to turn the volume knob quickly. You just won't get this effect that way. You need the help of the switch to get that sharp cut in and out of the sound. Eddie Van Halen was always cutting up and customizing guitars in the early Van Halen days (when this track was recorded). It's likely that he had only one pickup active at all: the bridge pickup. At the tail end of the guitar trick (at 1:42-1:43), he's switching the sound out very quickly. My guess is that he wired the "three way" pickup switch to be two-way. So he only had to flick the switch up one level rather than two to get the sound to completely cut out.
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