Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 20:59:52 PM. . By Zendaya Foust.
If you want an nicer, vintage style clean tone or slightly distorted blues tone, the newer tubes Sovtek makes for Electro-Harmonix, Svetlana and Tung Sol are better choices. Each of those tubes has thinner plates that are separated, so you can see the space between them just like the original RCA 12ax7's. To my ear, the Electro-Harmonix 12AX7 is the best sounding lower priced 12ax7 out there (the Svetlana 12AX7 looks like the same tube, but I've never tried one). If you don't mind spending a little more, I think the Tung Sol 12AX7 "reissue" is even better (unlike the Electro-Harmonix version, the Tung Sol has a "halo" getter, just like the RCA). If you want premium tube with a real nice American tone, I'd recommend the Tung Sol 12AX7.
Before taking a look into the differences of single coil pickups and double coil pickups we need know there are primarily two different types of pickups. They are magnetic picks which is where single coil and doubles coil picks are categorized. The other common pickup is piezo electric pickups. Piezo comes from the Greek word meaning to squeeze. The piezo pickup reacts to vibrations rather than a flux in the magnetic field. In the past the piezo pickups were made of ceramic material however now they are mostly made of polymers. As these pickups work with vibrations and not a magnetic field they will work with any type of strings such as steel, nylon or gut. The string used does not matter. Mostly the piezo pick is used on acoustic guitars being installed in the bridge.
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