By Sarah Broughton. Guitar Electric. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 04:01:35 AM.
You can spend all the money in the world on the best guitar and amp, but you won't get the best of your gear if you use a poor quality guitar lead. The same too if you use cheap patch cables. The low quality cables lead to signal loss and interference which makes for poor tone. I am going to tell you how by simply changing to better cables you can improve your tone.
Recently, the bridge pickup on one of my favorite guitars stopped working. The guitar is a Yamaha semi-hollow body electric guitar in the style of a Gibson 335. Upon visual inspection of the wires through the f-hole, I quickly discovered that a single wire had broken off at the point where it was soldered to the volume pot. Under normal circumstances this would have been a snap to fix, but the difficulty in working on this style of guitar is that the only way to access the wiring is through the f-hole. There is no back access panel that makes it easy to get at the guts of the guitar, like there is on a Les Paul.
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.
The "Svetlana" brand name is now owned by Sovtek. In fact, Sovtek makes a copy of the SED "Winged C" 6l6 which is sold as the Svetlana 6l6. The SED and the Sovtek Svetlana are not the same tube (the getters are different), and they don't have exactly the same tone (the Svetlana is not quite as bright). But the two tubes are very similar, and the Svetlana costs almost half as much.
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