Originally Posted by Boschen
You need to build a Faraday cage to rock out in.
Sry, darkhorse beat me to it. Seriously though, the cage just goes over the tube.
Just a note of further weirdness.
I have not got the tube cage yet but I switched back over to JAN Phillips 5751s in the preamps which have less gain than 12AX7s and less tendency to latch onto radio interference BUT it is still there if I step on the high gain without playing. These 5751s really help cut down on fizzy gain but they still crank up when you want them to.
They do not magnify the radio as much, but enough to drive a perfectionist nuts. I thing it is also complicated by the Vox JS Satchurator which seems to latch onto the radio and bring it in where the tubes magnify it. Not a real quiet box like many others I have had. I do like its tones so I do not plan to drop it off. I have no noise at all until I kick this box on and without playing here comes the radio interference. Bad design inherent in the Satchurator??
Another thing I have noticed is some weird effect w humbucklers and single coils. My one strat has three dual rail single size HBs and some shielding under the controls (no pickguard or large route on this guitar. The pickups screw into the wood with just a hole space made for them (no pickguard) so adding normal pr
more shielding is not possible.
Picks up the radio really bad (as per above) no matter what pickups are on, even the 2 & 4 combination which usually makes a further humbuckler.
These are humbuckler type single coils and yet still noise even w 2 together) I am hoping the cage will stop this, "thetubestore.com" guys told me all you need is just 1 cage over the V1 tube.
My other strat a kit I put together, also gets the radio but not as bad and these are 2 AP-11s modified with metal base plates
(neck & middle) the bridge has a full size humbuckler which still gets the interference.
Now here's the weird part. If I turn on position 2 with the two modified AP-11 base plate pickups, every bit of noise stops! I am not sure what does this, as it is more than humbuckler as the dual rails even together are not this quiet. Must be some sort of really good ground shielding, beats me but damn does that position sound great, sounds like the mid woody tone on a Les Paul but with the Strat plunk tone.
I did try and shield this guitar really well and the two base plates are grounded to the pickups ground at the switch. By the way, FYI, the pickup base plates do really alter the tones and improves the pickups. More defined bass and mid and when I engauge the 2 together in position 2 they have so much more punch and dynamic, that position does not sound thin anymore. Cool mod for any single coil BUT it has to be a flat level mate on the bottom with a tape or barrier to avoid any metal to metal or magnet contact, use epoxy to bind the plate in place. The better ones have a pre soldered lug for ground that goes to the pickup ground (not just a common lug). For those wondering, like I did for some time, this relative inexpensive mod really works to increase the punch and power of weaker ohm pickups. My dual rails are already very high output pickups and they have a plate already integrated in their design.
My board, note I use hard gold couplers where possible and really heavy shield no loss Core X2s on my short lines and loop. I only have a 10ft from guitar and only a 6ft to the amp in.
Here is the amp.
The major cool Strat:
Also note the Ebony fingerboard!!