anyone else clip volume/tone pots out...or am I weird?

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  1. Boogs

    Boogs Member

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    I have found that on humbucker guitars, since I have never played around with volume and tone pots while playing, that I always end up clipping them out of the circuit. On the only guitar I have that has both a single and a bucker, sure enough the bucker goes straight from p/u to output (well, it's grounded).

    I find that they live very comfortably with my Tele and ASAT Classic after doing this, and I can switch back and forth with no adjustment to the amp...I just make sure the tone is rolled down a hair on the single-coil guitars. Of course, pickup selection makes this work as well...

    Oh yeah, and most importantly I love the sound of buckers after clipping the controls out. My Heritage H535 with it's '59s straight to output is a joy to behold. :)

    So, anyone else do this?
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    1 meg pots would give you the same sound. (with the ability to, i don't know, turn down between songs?)
     
  3. hjcooper

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    I recently disconnected the tone pots from my guitars. I did it on one first and liked the results so then did all the rest. Different strokes for different folks.

    You're in good company. There's a vid on youtube of Robben Ford talking about his gear. He says his guitar has the volume and tone pots disconnected. He uses a volume pedal instead.
     
  4. Rosewood

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    Tone pots maybe, volume pots no.
     
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    I couldn't get by without them. I control the gain from the guitar and switch from neck to bridge that are always at different volumes. I also love the tone range I get from the RS kit. One volume pedal wouldnt do it. My amp only has three knobs, and once set I dont touch those. The pedals in between dont get touched after they are set either(except buddawah). Everything happens on the guitar, tone tweaks, gain level, volume swells, whatever. I used to do it the other way, when I used the JVM and made the channel volumes do that for me. I feel more connected to the guitar doing it the old school way. I also love the different tones you get at different volumes.
     
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    Thom yorke of radiohead has several teles wired in this fashion...just volume pots...personally i prefer the tone controls...


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  7. Boogs

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    FWIW, I remember 1 Meg pots still darkening the sound somewhat. Turning down between songs might come into play if I start gigging...of course, single coils create more need for this, but even humbuckers "hum" a little.

    Thanks for the replies. Anyone else have experience with clipping out controls?
     
  8. Mike9

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    Good pickups with good pots with good PIO caps lets you shape your tone. I hate listening to guitarists who sound monotonous.
     
  9. twangbanger

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    you could always put in a switch to bypass the vol and tone, then if you want to use them switch them back in. Unless of course if you think that the switch might be a tone sucker!
     
  10. syxxstring

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    make that switch a 3 way toggle and you add in the morello kill switch
     
  11. gtr777

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    I have the tone pots diconneected in most of my guitars for two reason. One I like the sound better, two for some reason I guess it's the way I strum I end up turning them down by accident while I'm playing.
     
  12. EADGBE

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    Depends on the guitar. Some are so bright that they need a tone contol.
     

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