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NOS vs. JJ's (tube battle)

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by The Strat Dude, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    me neither...I'm on my phone now, I'll try later.
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  2. Raimonds

    Raimonds Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 28, 2015
    I can repeat myself: tubes do change sound of an amp. Slightly. Speaker do change the sound of an amp much more. Because different speakers are designed to sound different. Tubes are made to specs which are the same between all tubes of one kind, ideally. They are not designed to colour the signal, they are supposed to increase the voltage on the output by x amount if the grid voltage is y and input voltage is z. Sputnik went to outer space with tubes onboard and if they would colour the signal, it would go probably in different direction. :)

    BTW, you should record your playing in looper, then play the same signal with various tubes, record and ask someone to play you the files in different order and try to find which is which. I am not sure you will be able to tell which tubes are which :D

    p.s. nice playing and great guitar!
  3. moullineaux

    moullineaux Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 11, 2009
    Have been using JJ’s for years and never had a problem.
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  4. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    Yep! Just( a few blocks) off 99E.
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  5. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 3, 2016
    Houston, TX
    It's odd to me, being fairly new to tube amps how people seem to either love, or hate JJs. I've also heard the exact opposite about them, that they are among the least dependable.

    No one seems to be "indifferent" to them for some reason.

    I've never tried them myself, so have no opinion on them. I guess I will have to try them for myself.
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  6. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Dental Floss farmer Strat-Talk Supporter

    I have had a couple go microphonic on me over the years, but no worse than any other brand.
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  7. FormerTeleGuy

    FormerTeleGuy Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 17, 2013
    Oak Lawn, IL
    The late && great Bill Machrone said something along the lines of "tubes are like tires; they're round, wear out, and need to be replaced".

    I hear the differences (nice playing BTW) but ultimately two sets of tubers from the same manufacturer could have differences in sound (gain factor, and other factors I don't really understand) which means comparisons between brands can be even more wild.

    This is why I love JJ's. They're pretty reliable and inexpensive and what I use in all my amps.
  8. Tomas83

    Tomas83 Strat-O-Master

    Jul 30, 2014
    NE in the 4 corners
    Hey that was very nice playing! To my ears the JJ’s sounded overall nicer. Both sounded very good.
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  9. Tomas83

    Tomas83 Strat-O-Master

    Jul 30, 2014
    NE in the 4 corners
    That’s true I’ll say this though they are good enough for Angus Young...
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  10. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Coll comparison - I like the JJs better, tighter, fatter, clearer and more Rock´n´Roll.
    I think you got the point straight - RCA more vintage(Jimmy Page) the JJs more modern (AC/DC).
    I like both though.
    I could buy several JJs for the RCAs so I would be a lucky man xD

    All the best,
  11. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    @The Strat Dude

    I hear a slight difference. Very slight. The NOS could be called a bit brighter and the JJ a bit mid-ier...fuller.
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  12. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    Since this thread was pointed out in the other tube thread, I guess I'll resurrect it... I went back and forth between the two several times, listening carefully, and I think the NOS tubes clip slightly harder than the JJs. That is a little fuzzier, more square-wave-like, etc.. It was a very subtle difference though, and if I heard one without the other, I probably wouldn't be sure which one I was listening to. Also, if the NOS tubes were run with the treble knob on the amp turned down slightly, they would probably be almost identical to the JJs.
  13. Borgatomic

    Borgatomic Strat-Talker

    Sep 30, 2017
  14. Class A Knob

    Class A Knob Strat-O-Master

    Nov 25, 2017
    What color is that Epi?
  15. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Dental Floss farmer Strat-Talk Supporter