By Stephanie Shanks. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 10:10:04 AM.
You can spend all the money in the world on the best guitar and amp, but you won't get the best of your gear if you use a poor quality guitar lead. The same too if you use cheap patch cables. The low quality cables lead to signal loss and interference which makes for poor tone. I am going to tell you how by simply changing to better cables you can improve your tone.
The resistance value of the potentiometer plays an important role in tone; the rule of thumb is to use 250K potentiometers with single coil pickups and 500K potentiometers with Humbucker pickups. Both are commonly found on stock guitars. Guitar pickups can often be "hot", or sound a bit dull. To fix this, swap out the stock 250K pots with premium 500K models. This will allow the pickups to get more high-end sound while brightening up the overall tone.
Here are some suggested combinations of strings pickups amplifiers speakers that I think work well: Roundwound Strings Humbucker Pickups Tube Amp. (6l6 tubes) 15" JBL Speaker (clean sound). Rollerwound Strings Single Coil Pickups Tube Amp. (6l6 tubes) 10" Jensen Speakers (blues tone). Roundwound Strings Humbucker Pickups Tube Amp (el34 tubes) 12" Celestion Speakers (distorted rock and roll sound). Flatwound Strings Humbucker Pickups Solid State Amp. Eminence Woofer (jazz tone).
I think a better way to solve the hum issue is to get a reverse wound reverse polarity (rwrp) middle pickup (Fender Custom Shop Fat 50's have a rwrp middle pickup). That way, if you have a Stratocaster, for example, you will have single coil tone in positions 1, 3 and 5, but you will have no hum in positions 2 and 4. Alternatively, if you have a Les Paul, you could get humbuckers that allow you to split the coils, so that you can convert each humbucker to a single coil with the flip of a switch (Seymour Duncan JB Model humbuckers have four conductor leads, so you can use them with a coil splitting switch). Either way, you can get the best of both worlds.
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