#1
I was wondering if this would make a difference, and if you guys had any tips. I'm mostly using my crate V30 tube combo right now, it's got plenty of power, and (used to) sound awesome, but I think the tubes are getting near the end of their road (they're about 2 years old, and run VERY hot). It has 3 12AX7's in preamp and 4 EL-84's in power amp. It's class A, with an AC-30 type tone. I'd like to get a bit less of the british style response, and a bit more warmth and drive from it. Any suggestions?
#4
1) We don't sit around waiting for your threads to respond to. So please be patient when expecting responses.

2) https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=473149


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edit: bah!!! beaten by the sauce
Guitar:
Dean Vendetta 3 - Dave Mustaine Livewires

Amplifier
Carvin X100B - Bias Mod - Tungsol 12AX7's - JJ KT77's

I have built the most badass 212 that puts all others to shame
#5
ok, sorry about that. All are still glowing, so they're at least doing their part. I've read that article, but was wondering if you guys ever mix & match tubes? Would that do any harm?
#6
I haven't, but people do that often enough to try to squeeze out more unique tones. I don't think it should harm anything.
#8
Quote by forsaknazrael
Mixing preamp tubes is fine.

That is what I was meaning. Should have been more explicit (d'oh).
#9
Thanks for all the input guys, really helpful, but one last question: does is matter if the tubes have gold plated pins? a friend of mine swears that it makes a big difference.
#11
Quote by forsaknazrael


TS: You're not really likely to get more gain with a preamp tube change. You can use lower gain tubes for less gain...But otherwise, no.


Ok, my amp came stock w/ groove tubes (sovtek?) and I hear these are pretty much junk... will changing over to a matched set of, say JJ power tubes be a good move?
#13
Quote by forsaknazrael
Order from dougstubes.com.
Replace the EL84's with JJ's, and stick Tung-Sol 12AX7's in V1 and V3. Then in V2, stick a Sugang 9th Gen 12AX7.
I'm not 100% sure, but V2 should be for your drive channel.


Sweet. Thanks again for the great input, I look forward to trying these out!