By Annalise Thayer. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 11:41:44 AM.
Seymour Duncan makes noiseless Strat pickups using either a stacked or side-by-side design. I started with this idea, choosing the Classic Strat Stack Plus for the neck position. This pickup can be split, so when it is used in conjunction with another rwrp single coil, it will cancel the hum, and give a better quacky, notchy sound. This pickup is dead silent by itself, and makes an ideal neck pickup if you like the tone but not the hum.
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.
The other primary factor in determining the tone of an electric guitar is the strings. Electric guitar strings are made of nickel and steel. The more nickel, the warmer the sound; the more steel, the brighter and louder the strings sound. Also, the thicker the strings the more volume they will produce. That's why some players like to use heavy strings; they have more tone. If you try them and find they are too hard to play, you can always tune down a half step or more to compensate.
Guitar Wiring Explored – Switches Part 3. Here, we look at the third and final kind of mini-toggle switch, the "ononon" switch. After showing how the connections are made within the switch, and seeing the two types that can be found, we look at two uses for the switch: firstly to create a seriessplitparallel switch for a humbucker, and secondly to use the switch as a three-way pickup selector.
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