Electro-Harmonix 12AX7

12AX7, Guitar Amp Tube from Electro-Harmonix.

moosers 07/25/2009

Electro-Harmonix 12AX7 : moosers's user review


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The Electro Harmonix 12AX7 is a standard tube that can be used for a variety of applications, but I use these for my guitar amplifier.  The model of the 12AX7 is a popular tube these days because it is cheap and gets the job done pretty well.  In addition to making fine pedals, Electro Harmonix has a line of tubes, which in the 12AX7 is probably their most popular tube.  I currently have a few of these in my 1976 Fender Twin Reverb and they do the job perfectly.  While there are certainly some more expensive versions of the 12AX7 out there that sound better, Electro Harmonix's version of the tube is cheap enough where I feel that I can replace them on a consistant basis without breaking the bank every time.  At first I was a bit skeptical knowing that Electro Harmonix is a pedal company and not primarly a tube company, but after installing these in my Twin Reverb for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised and have since continued to use Electro Harmonix tubes in my amps.  I have used the Electro Harmonix 12AX7 in a few other amps as well and have gotten similar results that I have been happy with.  While different tubes won't necessarily change the sound of an amp, when good tubes are installed in your amp you know that your amp is working to the best of its ability and isn't being limited by anything.  Installing the Electro Harmonix 12AX7 in your amp will only take a little while if you are familiar with how to do so, and if not I would recommend bringing your amp down to your local music shop to get it done and maybe have them show you how to do it so you know for the future.  I was wary of chaging them myself in the past until I was shown how and now its great to be able to do so.  If you are looking for a 12AX7 tube, the Electro Harmonix 12AX7 is a great choice both in terms of price and quality.