When you start to push an amplifier, the characteristics of these tubes become more apparent.
Power tubes can have a dramatic effect on your amplifier’s sound. At low volumes, the difference between one tube and another can be difficult to decipher; it’s almost not worth talking about. Once you start to push a little air, however, your amplifier will show off what it can do and the power tubes will display their individual characteristics more. Keep in mind, that by using pedals, you can make pretty much any amp sound like any other amp, so this discussion is focused on how a few of the most popular power tubes differ from each other when using the amp to get your sound, and not the pedals. The tubes that readers ask about most often are the EL84, EL34 and 6L6. Here is a rundown of how these tubes differ in sound.
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