Changing tubes in an amp can be a particularly challenging experience, especially since there seems to be such an abundance of them. For this article, we’ll concentrate on the question of the ECC83 vs 12Ax7 tubes. The truth is, there is no difference at all between them, and each one is interchangeable with the other.
Have you been scratching your head about 12AX7, 12AT7, and 12AU7 Preamp Tubes? Well, our most frequently asked questions about them are answered here.
Preamp Tube FAQ: What do Preamp Tubes do?
Preamp Tubes amplify the very low signal coming from your guitar. The amplified signal is better prepared to go through the circuitry of your amplifier. This amplified signal then goes to your EQ controls, your Reverb, Auxiliary Outputs, and also into your Output Tubes. All tubes are essentially mini amplifiers within your amplifier.
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The 12AX7, 12AT7, and 12AU7 all belong to the same family of nine contact, twin triode tubes. In many cases, these tubes are interchangeable and can easily be swapped. We will take a look at why you might, or might not, want to swap out these different types of tubes.
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