Gretsch: Can someone please explain the Master Tone Switch on The White Falcon?

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  1. Catoogie

    Catoogie Senior Member

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    I am very close to picking up a White Falcon, for years I've wanted one but only the pre-Fender ones with the Filtertrons and a single pickup switch (no Mater Tone Toggle Switch) but since I'm on my new Luke Doucet kick and watching and listening to clips of him with his Gretsch I am having second thoughts and thinking of possibly getting one with the tone switch.

    Can someone please tell me about it and how you like it?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. SGNick

    SGNick Member

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    Think of a tone knob that only has 3 positions.

    10 - 7 - 3


    There's your tone switch.

    I like it on the ones I've played.
     
  3. SGNick

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    Ok, I think from top to bottom, it's actually

    3 - 10 - 7

    or the other way around, either way, I find it way cool, others don't
     
  4. Catoogie

    Catoogie Senior Member

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    So, high frequency roll-off?
     
  5. Catoogie

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    Both of you say 7 for the middle position and everything I've heard says that the middle positions is neutral. ????
     
  6. SGNick

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    "both of you" is actually just me twice.


    nah, the middle position is a bypass basically. the brightest of the 3 positions
     
  7. dead mike

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    from my booklet

    middle - "normal full range NATURAL tone

    up - deep bass tonal shading emphasized. frequency peak approximates 500 cycles

    down - medium tonal shading emphasized. slightly reduces sharpness od NATURAL tone. frequency peak approximates 2/3000 cycles.
     
  8. StJimmy

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    The nickname is a mud switch if that tells you anything. The trick is having the right capacitor values on the switch. I can't remember what they come with stock, but a few guys change out the cap values to dial in the tone they desire and make it more useful.
     
  9. Catoogie

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    So do any of you White Falcon players care to divulge what capacitors you like in the mud switch? Or anyone else, care to share some ideas for what to put in it? I suppose it could be made to be a phase switch or a series/parallell switch.
     

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