What makes different tube amp heads different?



Asked by: Tara Wasson

So you might have channels with different circuit designs in the same amp, but generally if you want a different preamp sound, you have to buy a different amp. Aspects of power amps that affect the sound include: Choice of power tube(s) (e.g., EL-34, 6L6, EL-84, 6V6)Dec 27, 2016

Are all amp tubes the same?





These tubes are largely the same, but feature different gain factors, so you can use them to custom-tailor the response and tone of your amp. Different tubes can noticeably change the tone of an amp, so it can be worthwhile to experiment with various tubes to find the ones that your amp “likes” the best.
Jun 10, 2014

Why do different tubes sound different?

It’s due to minute physical differences in the tube’s structure. A tube’s physical (and therefore electronic) characteristics not only change from manufacturer to manufacturer (as you can see through the glass), they also change from tube to tube.
Feb 21, 2016

Do different power tubes sound different?

Does the type of power tube have a massive effect on an amp’s overall tone? This depends on if the power amplifier is driven hard. The secondary harmonics of an EL34 sound different than the ones from a 6L6GC or others. Each have a distinct tone and shape.
Sep 10, 2018

Do tubes need to be matched?

Power tubes require matching because the way they amplify signal can create exceptionally bad sound if they are poorly matched, but pre-amp tubes generally aren’t used this way and so matching them is unnecessary.

Do input tubes need to be matched?





Preamp tubes are, in the majority of cases, self-biasing. Therefore, they do not require matching. Only tubes that are in a push/pull Class AB circuit need to be matched because they share a common bias voltage. Power tubes are an example of this.
Jan 1, 2021

Does changing tubes change tone?

Off let it cool down swap the tubes out and fired it back up again you've lost your frame of reference. Couple that with the need for purchase validation. Because you just dropped an awful lot of

Do vacuum tubes sound better?

So which is it: do tubes sound better, or is it all the same? Both! If you match everything, they will sound the same, but in real life, things are never matched. In reality, tube amplifiers tend to have enough distortion that does make them sound different.
May 25, 2015

Do tube amps actually sound better?

Now there has been some blinded. Research that's looked at people looking at tube amps and solid-state and occasionally some of those studies have found that people prefer the sound of the tube amp

Are Dumble amps still made?

As of 2017, Dumble still built and serviced amplifiers for mainly prominent recording artists. However, if someone were to purchase a used amplifier, Dumble offered free servicing.



What amp did Jimmy Page use?

Jimmy Page is best associated with Marshall amplifiers. The image of him in front of a wall of 100 watt Marshalls has embedded itself in rock history.

What amps did Hendrix use?

Jimi Hendrix’s Amps



Jimi Hendrix was one of the earliest users of Marshall amplifiers, and for most of his career he powered his sound with three 100-watt Super Lead valve amp heads.
Sep 5, 2018

What amp did Les Paul use?

Single fifteen Altec Lansing speaker with high frequency horn, power amp and Paulverizer attachment built into the cabinet. Topped with a Nakamichi 700, three head cassette player which Paul used to play along with tracks.
Mar 26, 2012



What kind of amps did Kurt Cobain use?

Apparently Cobain’s preferred amp was a 1960s Fender Twin Reverb, which he used to record In Utero, as well as MTV Unplugged. He also used a similar amp during the recording of Bleach, though it is unknown if it was the exact same one. He also favoured a Mesa/Boogie Studio .
Feb 16, 2021

What type of Les Paul does slash play?

Gibson ES-335



Gibson released quite a few models for Slash, and he plays most of them, but prefers the AFD Les Paul, which is the replica of the replica used on the recording of Guns N’ Roses’ first album. Nearly all of the Les Pauls he currently plays feature Alnico Pro II pickups.

How do I get grunge tone?

Oh actually amp wise it's not really much of a big deal if you're rocking a distortion pedal the late 90s is where the amp kind of counts as long as it's got a good clean. Sound.