#1
1)What are the differences between a tube amp and.....what's the other one?
2)what does it mean when someone says "single coil"?
3)what's the difference between a tube screamer and say, a BOSS pedal?
thanks!
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PRS Standard 24
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Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
BOSS BF-3, TU-2
#2
1) A tube amp runs on tubes. Tubes look like big glass bulbs, basically. Although they are ancient technology, they offer a warmer, more responsive tone.

The other amp type is Solid State. This runs on transistors adn integrated circuits. They're cheaper, and more durable, but don't sound as good.

2) A single coil is a pickup with one coil, like on a Fender guitar. They look like this

They, generally, have a bright sound, adn are good for clean tones.

3) They sound totally different.
The Tubescreamer is famous as being "the holy grail" of overdrive pedals. This is probably because it doesn't colour your tone. What goes into your pedal comes out exactly the same, just louder. The name should tell you that it was designed to push tube amps (see point 1) into overdrive.

Hope that helps
Last edited by sashki at Feb 16, 2007,
#3
Quote by PMaurer
1)What are the differences between a tube amp and.....what's the other one?

Solid state. A tube amp uses vacuum tubes to amplify the signal, whereas a solid state amp uses transistors.
There's also modelling amps, which use digital (or, in some rare cases, analogue) processing to emulate the sounds of other, well-known amps.

2)what does it mean when someone says "single coil"?

"Single coil" refers to a type of guitar pickups that have just one magnetic coil. The coil is where the vibration of the strings is translated to electric current.
Opposed to the single coil pickup is the humbucker, which is essentially to single coil pickups connected after one another, causing a fatter, more powerful sound, and also cancelling out external noise.
There are also other types of pickups, like split-coil and P90, to name a few.

3)what's the difference between a tube screamer and say, a BOSS pedal?

I assume you mean a comparable Boss pedal, like the Blues Driver.
Apart from the obvious fact that Tubescreamers are made by Ibanez (or, if you want to be historically accurate, by Maxon until 2002 or so), the differences are mainly in the circuitry - the overall design as well as the various components used. I'm not familiar enough with their construction to outline any specifics, so someone else will have to elaborate on this.