Ideal Toggle Location : Your Picks

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  1. FPicker

    FPicker Member

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    I'm planning to add a pickup selection toggle switch to a particular guitar that has a "different" system, so I started thinking about where best to put it. In this case, the most obvious place may have some drawbacks, so I thought it might be useful to go back to square one, and think about the "ideal world" situation first. This is where I can use some other opinions.

    If you were designing a 2-pickup guitar with a 3-position toggle switch, which are your absolute preferred locations for the toggle switch to go? Which would be #2?

    I'm looking at this mostly from a pure functionality perspective now, as a player; appearance may vary based on guitar shapes, but functionality will not vary so much I'm thinking. You want effortless, nearly unconscious access to the switch within the natural flow of playing, but you don't want to hit it inadvertently when you strum either.

    some choices:

    1) Upper bout, top:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Daves58historic.jpg

    2) Lower horn, well above neck pickup:
    http://www.halkans.com/images3/707guild.jpg

    3)Lower horn, directly below neck pickup:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/Fender_Jazzmaster.jpg

    4) Above & behind control knobs:
    http://www.prsguitars.com/mccartykorina/index.html

    5) below control knobs:
    http://www.prsguitars.com/hollowbodyspruce/index.html

    6) just in front of control knobs
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/ES-335.jpg


    7) Other locations that beat these?
     
  2. Luke

    Luke Senior Member

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    I have all of mine at #6, even if it means drilling a hole.
     
  3. Flyin' Brian

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    Mine are all at 6 except for my Jazzmaster. My absolute LAST choice would be 4 and 5.
     
  4. arthur rotfeld

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    I prefer #6.

    Just be sure it is not in the "line of picking/strumming."

    That's a problem with my Schecter tele, where the switch is too far forward, below the pickup.
     
  5. atquinn

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    #4 Hamer Style

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    It took me about 2 days to get used to it when I first started playing Hamers, but now I love it. Especially nice with a trem, because it lets me keep my trem bar "in position" (where I like it) without having to worry about it blocking the selector.

    -Austin
     
  6. jaycee

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    Number 1 for me. At number 6, i keep hitting it on my way to the volumes.
     
  7. UnderTheGroove

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    Number 1 for me as well.
     
  8. Tone_Terrific

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    MY #1 In an almost Strat position, just a bit lower and towards the rear, likewise the vol pot.
    MY #2 the Lp spot. MY #3 the 335 spot, but I always reach for #1 or #2 first. The lower horn is a long reach but sure is out of the way.
     
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    Tele layout is my fave, but I use it where ever it is.
     
  10. Flyin' Brian

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    Yeah I have a 335 style with the switch there, but I added a master volume Guild style up near the pickguard, so no problem.
     
  11. Motorhed

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    I love the Les Paul location but its not one that works with every shape. I'm fine with it being anywhere thats in easy reach, can't say I've played a guitar that I thought it was at a completely unreasonable spot.
     
  12. Memorex

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    1 or 6, depending on which is easiest to do. I like it where it's easy to get at, but not where I might accidentally hit it while playing.
     
  13. edward

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    Strat style ...guess that's #6. Best place for "on the fly" tone changes for me. Never have hit it (and changed it) inadvertantly. By contrast, "finding" the switch on my LP always takes a conscious effort and a bit more time. On the same note, that strat vol knob that is "in the way" for many players is positioned absolutely perfectly IMHO ...I guess that betrays my true allegiance ;)

    Edward
     
  14. FrankieSixxxgun

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    My favorite spot is the Les Paul location on the uncut shoulder. ES-335/SG style controls are hard for me to work for some reason.
     
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    1 & 6 are fine for me. I had the PRS McCarthy thing happening, not bad. Guess I am not too picky, as I typically don't change during, but between tunes.
     
  16. rooster

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    I like #1.

    rooster.
     
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    2/3 seems great to me. as a second choice, i'd go with tele style.
     
  18. edwarddavis

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    Anything is better than the prs knob, thats one reason I dont own pne
     

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