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Les Paul vol controls, moving treble closer, like on a DGT

smv929

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So, a couple of the band members are requesting I play the DGT over the Les Paul. They say I'm more comfortable with it, meaning I perform better and manage my rig/volume better. Know that I'm the type of player who uses the volume knob a lot to control gain. My history is I played strats and teles for 30 or so years. However, two years ago, I began using dual volume guitars: Les Paul, PRS DGT, 335, SG. My main guitar for the last few months has bee the Les Paul.

I admit that I am more comfortable with the volume controls on a strat and DGT. (I won't admit it to them though!) Regardless, I want to use that Les Paul, and I think I could benefit by putting the bridge volume control in place of the neck volume control and vice versa, like on the DGT. For those who aren't familiar with DGTs, the treble volume knob is closest to the pickups, reverse of a Les Paul.

I never hear of people configuring Les Pauls this way. Anyone doing this? I figure if I like it on the DGT, I'll like it on the Les Paul.

This sounds easy to do. Hopefully I won't have to undo any solder joints, but I bet the wires are too short and I will have to solder.
 
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NewbyRock023

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My bud has an extremely similar story, same background, same guitars, same need. He did indeed have to switch up the controls to have more comfort like with his dgt. Treble closest, then neck volume behind it (on the upper controls) and the lower ones were the corresponding tone controls. I think he was just shy on wire length so he had to solder, but he was putting in a new set of pots anyways so he did it all in one shot.
 

mesa/kramer

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This is something i really need to do one day and soon.

Not sure why Gibson has always wired the Most used Volume knob the farthest away.
 

RCM78

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Hey man, It's your guitar and if you're not playing it due to something as simple as the control layout, CHANGE IT!!!

I just gutted and recontrolled my Jackson PC-1 and have been playing it at every show since...
 

walterw

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i doubt you'll be able to do this without breaking out the soldering iron, but why not? it's way less work to just unsolder and swap some wires than trying to remove and re-install pots with the wires still attached.

thing is, if you've got the stock volume pots in there, you'd be better off removing them anyway; they're gonna be those goofy 300k linear tapers that gibson alone has insisted on using since the bad years of the '70s.

removing both of them for some 500k audio tapers will allow for clearer tone and much better control of amp drive from the guitar.

at that point, it's no thing at all to arrange them however you like, say with the treble volume closest to you.

(my own gibsons have all been re-arranged with that closest control as the single master volume à la strat or tele.)
 

loudboy

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I have my LP and my Casino wired up w/just V and T, on the top 2.

Works better for me, as I never blend them.
 

feet

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i had always dreamed of wiring up my four knob guitars so that the two front ones were for the neck and the two in the back were for the bridge, as opposed to the top = neck, bottom = bridge configuration. but i'm just to used to it now, and it would disorienting to do just one, and too expensive to do them all.
 

Stratoben127

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This is something i really need to do one day and soon.

Not sure why Gibson has always wired the Most used Volume knob the farthest away.
I use my Les Paul's neck volume the most. I generally dislike the bridge clean tones, so the volume stays up pretty high a lot of the time, although I still use it a lot with no trouble. My main clean sound is either the neck with the volume down or the bridge slightly lowered and the neck at about half way. I use a non master volume Plexi set dirty, so I use the volume knobs all the time with no problem.
 

nocluejimbo

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i had always dreamed of wiring up my four knob guitars so that the two front ones were for the neck and the two in the back were for the bridge, as opposed to the top = neck, bottom = bridge configuration. but i'm just to used to it now, and it would disorienting to do just one, and too expensive to do them all.
That's just how the PRS Singlecut models are set up. Super intuitive.
 






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