By Clarissa Nadeau. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 12:40:29 PM.
Another thing to consider with single coils is how the construction will affect the way the pickup responds to electrical interference. You may love the way a big, fat single coil like a Gibson p90 sounds, but you may also find the extra wiring that makes the pickup sound so good makes it hum louder too. So there is a trade off if you like that sound (more wire louder, fatter sound = more hum).
Um, How Are You Gonna Make This All Work? Once I got the pickups picked out, I went to work on the wiring. This is based on the fact that I don’t want any switch positions that I won’t use, and only ones I do. I don’t like having tons of options either, as it makes it harder to get to the sound I want.
The second option for a more vintage sounding preamp tubes is the long plate tubes Sovtek makes under its own name as the 12AX7LP (the "lp" stands for "long plate"), and the tube Sovtek sells as the Mullard 12AX7 "reissue." The two tubes look identical, except for the name, but the quality of the Mullards is much better, I think. In addition to Sovtek, Groove Tubes also sells a US-made 12AX7M, and it looks like TAD is now selling this tube as their new TAD 7025. Also JJ has a new long plate tube called the JJ ECC803.
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).
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