By Esperanza Roux. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 10:39:35 AM.
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.
Then it was time to test my work. I plugged the guitar into the small practice amp I keep on my workbench, and then I checked each pickup and each position of the switch by tapping the pickup pole pieces with a screwdriver. Satisfied that everything was working right, I unplugged the guitar and very carefully slid the entire assembly back into the guitar through the f-hole. Then I pulled on the floss, starting with the input jack which was the farthest away from the f-hole, to get each component back in place. I put the nut on each component as once it was in place, and once they were tight, I plugged the guitar back into the amp to test again.
Guitar - wah wah pedal - distortion pedal - pitch change pedal - amp - effects loop with chorus and reverb - speaker cabinet. The guitar cable should be long enough to walk around on stage with. But it should never be more than 25 feet in length, since it's an unbalanced cable* (longer lengths will degrade your sound quickly). Maybe 20 feet is a good length. However, since you have a floor pedal setup, you can use this to your advantage to shorten your cable length. Select a 10-15 foot cable for your guitar and a 10-15 foot cable for going from the floor pedals to the amp. That gives you 20-30 feet total, which is plenty for most live club circumstances. (If you have larger stage needs than that, look into wireless setups and balance boxes).
Electric Guitar Tone: Vacuum Tubes. Changing the vacum tubes in your guitar amplifier can change the tone just as much as changing the speakers. Many people claim the best 12ax7 preamp tubes and 6l6 power tubes are the American made RCA tubes that were produced in the 1950's and 60's, like the short, ribbed plate RCA 12ax7 and the black plate RCA 6l6GC, as well as the European made Mullard ECC83. Those tubes do sound great but they are expensive and dwindling in supply, since they are no longer being made. Fortunately, there are also a number of high quality current production tubes that are available to upgrade the tone of your amplifier.
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