Do you disconnect your tone controls?

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  1. doctorx

    doctorx Member

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    I see a lot of threads discussing tone controls, caps, etc.

    I haven't used tone controls for years. I was replacing a volume pot in my old Strat at some point and realized I didn't use the tone controls, and had trouble grabbing the wrong knob sometimes so I unsoldered them and removed them.

    Since then I have disconnected the tone pots on all my guitars except for my LPJR. When I built my partscaster Tele I put a cover in the hole where the pot would have been.

    I guess it's the way I set up my rig and tone but I don't miss them at all.

    Don't get me wrong, I use the volume control a LOT.

    Anybody else like this?
     
  2. toasteroven

    toasteroven Member

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    My tone controls get a ton of use on my single coil and P-90 guitars. Not so much on my humbucker guitars, however.
     
  3. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    I used to play with everything "wide open".

    Nowadays, I'm all over both the volume AND tone controls. I enjoy having the wider palette at my disposal.
     
  4. gkoelling

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    I also used to play with the vol. & tone wide open. About 7-8 years ago I got back into Tele's and quickly realized the tone knob is essential to me.
     
  5. Troubleman

    Troubleman Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm all over all of the controls on my Strats, constantly adjusting and tweaking. I also have push-pull pot that allows the tone stack to be bypassed completely - that's a surprisingly different sound than even having the tone controls on "10". It's more open and airy, with a more percussive attack.

    jb
     
  6. jackthecat37

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    I had a Turner Model T that had a bypass switch, which I always kept on. From what I understand takes the volume and tone out of the loop. Best sound on the guitar.
     
  7. Blue4Now

    Blue4Now Gold Supporting Member

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    I use the tone controls a lot. On certain pickups they can really chaneg the character of the sound. I happen to like that feature.
     
  8. Shredmonster

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    I don't even get my guitars made with them anymore.
     
  9. Brett Valentine

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    I also use my tone controls a lot, but I did install a tone bypass switch which gets used a lot as well.
     
  10. DejavuDave

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    My volume and tone are almost never wide open. I use them a lot. But I've had one of my strats wired to by-pass tone in positions 2 and 4. Then when I want something brighter I hit those. Big quack with the tone by-passed too.
     
  11. Droptop

    Droptop Supporting Member

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    I put a blender in the second tone position for my strat. Makes the guitar very versatile.
     
  12. crosse79

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    Tone controls are disconnected on my strat
     
  13. RockDC

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    For what I do I could just as well have no tone or volume controls... I EQ my amps accordingly and select my pickups with intent to switch between them rather than roll off any... I used to roll off both from time to time but when I'd review the tape/Camcorder later I noticed my guitar was lost in the mix or drowned out... thats a tech problem but what can I do.
     
  14. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    I used to use the tone controls sometimes.
    Now I can't imagine not having them as I use them extensively and are an intefral part of my tone options.

    Even driving an amp into breakup is an essential use of them alone.
     
  15. s2khawk

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    never connect the tone on the humbucker neck it just makes sense to leave it open for more single coil like tones
     

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