By Stephanie Shanks. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 02:51:42 AM.
The third OEM tube is the European JJ ECC83 (ECC83 is the British name for a 12AX7; JJ's are made in the Slovak Republic). They are constructed with short, fat plates and a halo getter, like the Shuguangs, but they have only two spacers and a metal disk above the plates that is connected to the getter. You may see these sold as Groove Tubes ECC83's but the label doesn't matter; they are still JJ ECC83's. As for the sound, they have a more linear tone than the Sovteks or the Shuguangs, and a more prominent midrange. Personally, I think they sound best with Marshall or Vox amps that run EL34 or EL84 power tubes.
Another intriguing development is in the area of computer-guitar interface. This has been long time coming, and if you consider the explosion in the popularity of digital recording with Pro Tools and similar software, it's surprising it took as long as it did. Far and away, the leader in this field is Line 6's Variax model. Now, I will be the first person to admit that I know just enough about computer technology to be dangerous, but I'll try to tell you what I know from what I've read and from friends and acquaintances who have played the Variax. I should also state that I am in no way affiliated with Line 6 or any of their subsidiaries or partners.
If you own a Gibson or Epiphone Les Paul style guitar, you have a ready-made trick waiting for you. It's easy, it's fun, and it sounds really cool. This article will tell you what it is and how to do it. So you can understand how this trick sounds, take a listen to Van Halen's "You Really Got Me". At the 1:38 mark, the music quiets down a bit. Between 1:40 and 1:43, the guitar sounds like it's going through some sort of mechanical jet engine machine. That's the trick I'm talking about.
Magnetic picks tend to use three types of magnets: Alnico II, Alnico V and the Ceramic. Each of these magnets can be generally associated with a type of sound. The Alnico II is known to give more of a bottom end sound; it's bassier and warmer. The Alnico V is a higher output pickup with more treble and more midrange. The Ceramic this has a very high output with a very high treble and midrange sound.
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