GT Hardness rating and biasing

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roushc

Does one need to bias if replacing GT tubes of the same hardness?

Example: KT66-HP #4 Duet in Dr. Route 66
 

Blue Strat

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Originally posted by roushc
Does one need to bias if replacing GT tubes of the same hardness?

Example: KT66-HP #4 Duet in Dr. Route 66
Not if the amp has previously been biased for tubes of the same hardness rating.

Note that each GT hardness rating has a fairly wide span so rechecking bias is always a good idea.
 

JDJ

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What's a hardness rating? Where do you find it on the tube? Thanks.
 

Kiwi

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Originally posted by JDJ
What's a hardness rating? Where do you find it on the tube? Thanks.
Layman's answer:

GT tests its tubes and assigns a "hardness rating," so buyers can estimate the response or breakup point.

Their scale is 1 to 10, with rating 1 being very "soft" and quick to break up, and 10 being very "hard", with max clean headroom and late to distort.

It's written on the tube itself, either a sticker on the base or printed on the tube glass. The end cap of a GT tube package should also have it labeled.

Guitar store employees usually do not know this rating system and will hand you the first package they can grab. If possible, ask to see what other GT hardness ratings they may have for that type of tube.

Kiwi
 




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