#1
I've always been curious how tubes exactly work in an amp.

I know the basics: the tubes use some kind of vacuum to increase the original signal of the guitar/input/whatever.

But from the naked eye, they just look like lightbulbs to me. Can someone please explain to me, in layman's terms, what exactly the physical tubes are doing when the amp is on and in use?

Thank you.
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#2
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Sorry, I had to. Just search it up on google.
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#3
There was a column on this not long ago, have a look around there. If i remember correctly they are pretty much light bulbs.
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Well, when a mommy and daddy love each other very much...

Sorry, I had to. Just search it up on google.




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#8
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Search Google for the RCA Receiving Tube Manual. It explains everything and I found a scanned copy online not too long ago.

EDIT: Here it is. http://www.bunkerofdoom.com/tubes/rc25/contents.html


yeah, the RCA manual is beyond badass (thanks for that link, I've bookmarked it). It gets very heavy very quickly (at least, if it's the same one i've read), but at least you know you're getting the proper info, not a watered-down, dumbed-down pseudo-science version.

The aiken amps website has some pretty good info, too.

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that might have been funnier if you'd spelt "vacuum" correctly.



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yeah, the RCA manual is beyond badass. It gets very heavy very quickly (at least, if it's the same one i've read), but at least you know you're getting the proper info, not a watered-down, dumbed-down pseudo-science version.


I should have mentioned that it gets pretty technical and if you have a short attention span, it's probably not for you. It's extremely useful though and IMO a must read if you want to know about tubes. I haven't found anything with more information in it.
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yeah, it's great, i wasn't meaning to suggest that it wasn't. I made it about as far as tubes worked, maybe 10 pages in (to be fair, my uncle wanted his copy back). But it certainly explained stuff far better than any other book i've read which is more aimed at laypeople- they may be less heavy going, but if you're over-simplifying to the point where some of the info is wrong (or worse, the writer is a layperson him/herself and doesn't understand it properly!), then that's no use either.

Some things are just complicated, and while analogies and simplifications are useful, there's no point if they're giving you the wrong end of the stick.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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