I did some recording the other day to compare my stock 72 Tele Custom pickups with the Oil City replacements which I just received and noticed in the recordings that the clean tone has a bit of rustle-y distortion riding on top of the notes, especially when I play hard (that's the best description I can think of). I recently returned the amp (a 5E3 clone I built) to stock - I had added a reverb circuit to it and got rid of the normal channel to free up one triode of the preamp valve - and so I'm not sure/can't remember if this distortion is normal or not. I've tried re-flowing the pre-amp solder joints, and adding a 1M grid stopper to the PI, as well as a 10K grid stopper in front of V2 pin 2. None of these has got rid of the sound. Have a listen and tell me: is this just normal onset of distortion for a 5E3, or am I inventing this problem?
I'm grateful as ever for the collective knowledge and advice of the 'Board.