I just learned that my strat has a tone knob.

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  1. cheen2006

    cheen2006 Member

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    Any one else play for years without ever touching the tone knob in their guitar?

    I recently got a hand wired deluxe super clone and am enjoying how much tonal variation I can get from just turning knobs on my guitar. No pedals or anything. Just cranking the amp.

    This is of course old news for many people on here but I've always played fairly loud clean amps and just never "got it" how much fun a decent tweed amp can be.

    So, any one else a late bloomer?

    cheen
     
  2. Coach

    Coach Senior Member

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    Better late than never. I love that tone knob.
     
  3. baseballnolie34

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    I noticed my fuzz responds really well to my tone knob. I also wire my second tone knob to the bridge pup, so it gets a huge workout.

    Glad you've seen the light!
     
  4. j2b4o

    j2b4o Member

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    If I hadn't known about my strats tone knobs I probably would have either given up or bought a gibby. Prob just given up though.
    There are a wealth of tones that just can't be achieved without tone knob tweakin. Hell I would even say half the time the bridge tone is at 0 because there's just no other good way to get that sound.
     
  5. tnvol

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    I never touch my tone knobs. lol Probably missing out on some cool sounds but it works for me.
     
  6. blind radish

    blind radish Supporting Member

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    :dude Playing with your tone knob can lead to blindness ...:wave
     
  7. HeeHaw

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    I only did it until I needed glasses.:wave
     
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    LOL!!

    On a more serious note - I've never been reall using the tone knobs on my guitar. Got to try it out.
     
  9. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Rewire it so that you have a tone control on your bridge pickup. Make a strat quite a bit better, IMO.
     
  10. supergenius365

    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

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    Just got a VHR '62 Strat and the tone knobs are very responsive. Definitely getting some great tones I haven't really heard with other Strats.
     
  11. Frankenstrat2

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    Tone knobs on strats are useless appendages, like an appendix. Rather than having them removed I replace those nasty tone filters with stuff that actually does something, like a mid-boost or mid-cut scoop pot. I don't have to modify the guitar, get much more versatility and lose nothing I needed.
    I wish I could figure out something to do with the volume pot- something else I rarely touch.
     
  12. Ed Reed

    Ed Reed Senior Member

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    YES! A 250K cap and set it on 6.
     
  13. cvansickle

    cvansickle Supporting Member

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    You need the right tone knob. I use the Stellartone Styler on some of my guitars, and I get quite a bit of use out of it.
     
  14. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    I thought when you turned it down you had less tone and when you turn it up you have more tone, so I leave it up. I, like all of you, want MORE TONE!

    JK...

    Too many guitars imho are not helped by reducing that tone knob. I have a couple that are, most notoriously my US Masters, which has a tone circuit that is useful at every level. Very cool indeed!

    Two of my guitars have no tone control whatsoever. My PRS used to, but it doesn't now that it has a volume control for the piezo there, and dang it sounds good!
     
  15. Tone_Terrific

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    If you need tone pots you just don't have the right pickups!:D
    I'll keep the volume pot, though.
     
  16. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    one of Leo Fender's improvements on the Strat when he went to G&L was the dual tone controls, bass & treble, active on all pickups. A BIG improvement IMO, too many Strats have an icepick bridge tone with no tone control.... a G&L Legacy or S-500 (or Comanche) has superior tone shaping and you can dial in the traditional Strat tones as well (cue the obligatory chorus saying that you can never get it to sound "just like" a Strat, LOL).
     
  17. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    me, i love those comanches, and ASAT Z3's w/vibrato bridges.
    they can really be great gtrs, when ya find the right one.

    personally, i use both tone & vol knobs, if they're there.
    i do enjoy having a tone-control bypass-switch on one instrument, though.

    dt / spltrcl
     
  18. monty

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    I never touch them. To my ears, a Strat sound best with everything wide open.
     
  19. fender bender

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    I've been REALLY trying to use them more but I usually wimp out and crank it. When I think somehting is off with my tone the first thing I do is open everything up on the guitar. Now that I have a bridge tone instead of middle I DO use that one.
     
  20. dividedsky

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    I touch the tone knob every time I play to make sure it's cranked!
     

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