By Emely Greenfield. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 06:13:57 AM.
The only true small bottle 5881 currently in production is the Tung Sol 5881 reissue that is also made by Sovtek. Like the Sovtek 5881WXT, the Tung Sol has lower output than most 6l6's. But when it comes to tone, there is no comparison. The tone of the Tung Sol is head and shoulders above the 5881WXT. The problem is, unlike the Sovtek, the Tung Sol apparently cannot handle the high voltage of most modern tube amps. As a result, most people looking to upgrade the standard Sovtek 5881WXT will do better with a 6l6 tall bottle or one of the new clear tops. In addition to the Tung Sol, Sovtek also has a premium tall bottle 6l6 called the Sovtek 5881WXT+ (not the 5881WXT, the 588WXT"+", which is a very different animal) and the Electro-Harmonix 6l6EH (near as I can tell, the WXT+ and the 6l6EH are the same). Both the 5881WXT+ and the 6l6EH have longer plates, more volume and a much nicer tone - with more harmonic complexity - than the Sovtek 5881WXT.
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.
How do you know what cable is right for you? The simple way is to go to your local guitar store and try them out. Everyone has a different taste so what sounds good to me may not be the best for you, so you can't really by on someone else's opinion. Find a similar guitar and amp to yours in the store or take your own gear with you to try the cables out. This way you can work out what option is best for you. The great thing is that you can spend around $25 or $30 and this can make a huge difference to your guitar tone.
Three (3) of the five tube types have a short, fat plate structure where the two plates are so close together you can't see the space in between them. The other two (2) tubes are made more like the way the RCA 12ax7's and Mullard ECC83's were constructed in the 60's. They have two thin plates that are separated, so you can see the space between them, and the plates have a ribbed imprint on them that looks like a ladder.
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