Blend pots instead of toggle switche...

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  1. Bussman

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    ...for a pickup selector on a 2 pickup guitar. Any of you guys have tried that? What are your impressions?
     
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    It's pretty awesome on a Tele.
     
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    My XOX Audio Tools guitars (3) all have a blend pot. My last one also has a toggle switch for fast pickup changes, but I use the blend all the time. I like it better as I can get the exact blend of neck and bridge pickups that I want.
    It's a stock feature on these guitars.
     
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    It's a good idea. But I prefer, so far, a middle position with both p'ups on and then using the volume knobs to blend... But that's just habit from Les Pauls...
     
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    Ditto
     
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    The big thing to watch out for is the additional load from the extra potentiometer. Being a variable resistor, it places additional load on the circuit, cutting highs.
    It's frequently necessary to adjust potentiometer values to compensate or a muddy tone can result.
     
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    I did this on my Reverend rebuild last year with mini-hums and it worked great. I used a 500k blend pot from stewmac.

    Pretty nice to roll back slightly from full neck position to clean up mud, and to roll up from full bridge to add some beef. I got used to it pretty quickly.
     
  8. Bussman

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    That's what I'm hoping for.

    This Tele will have an old refurbished DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge wired to a mechanically modified Gibson style toggle for series/parallel/coil cut paired to a GFS Dream 90 (single coil). No tone control. Hopefully the loss of high will be minimal. But yeah I was thinking of maybe going with a 1M pot on the volume if needed.

    I was concerned because the StewMac unit is linear rather than audio but was told on another forum that this is what I want for a blend pot anyway. I guess I'll find out.

    Thanks for the input guys.
     
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    My Reverend Rick Vito has one. I can't say that I really dig it all that much; I'd rather have a 3-way. It's not enough of a hassle to change it out but I definitely wouldn't mod a guitar to add one.
     
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    Played a CS Nocaster with the blend control and it was a real experience. Blending in a little neck pickup with the bridge makes a pretty sublime sound.
     
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    i did it to this guitar, the switch was in such a bad spot for strumming it was my last try before making more holes. it works great, and i mean great, id like to do it to more of my guitars. its nice to add a little of the neck in with the bridge or vice/verse not just 3 positions. theres a middle click so its real easy to pick neck, bridge or both. where it is on this particular guitar allows me to switch/blend pickups like i was using a volume swell, i can trade 4s with myself and it sounds cool. it added a whole new "thing" i never had before.
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    I owned an ES-340 for about 18 years and it came stock with a blender. It just made so much more sense to me.

    I've been looking for a switch to do the in-phase / out-of-phase / off thing like my oldES did. I want to do the same thing to my LP Special.
     
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    I've tried it a couple times. The problem is it seems to reduce output. The first one I tried was a Fralin blend pot/scheme. I Didn't like it.
     
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    On the other hand, I love it on my Reverend Vito, really allows me to dial in the tone I want...but maybe it's because I traded out the original Dual-Pro (Supro-style) pickup for a Railhammer Gnarly 90 and the output of those 2 seem to be more compatible than the Dual Pro, which seemed hotter and had more high-end bite! I don't know what Reverend does, but it does not seem to affect the highs or the output...Joe is pretty clever that way. I also have it on my (incoming) Reverend Decision bass, so hoping I like it in that guitar also.

    It's a mod I would try on my Hell Tele-clone, and may do it some time...:dude
     
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    I have the blend pot wired to as a pull pot on a 3 PU Warmoth. Pull the pot and blend neck and bridge. Master volume and tone for the guitar. Coil taps/splits as well. I like the blend but do not like the taps/splits.
     

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