One "bonus function" for your guitar's electronics - what would you choose?

What function would you add via switch to your S/S guitar?

  • Killswitch

    Votes: 3 7.7%
  • Treble bypass, like position 1 on an Esquire

    Votes: 1 2.6%
  • Mud switch, like on a Gretsch or position 3 of an Esquire

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Phase switch

    Votes: 4 10.3%
  • Series/parallel switch

    Votes: 13 33.3%
  • "Blower" switch - send the bridge pickup straight to the jack, bypassing all else

    Votes: 4 10.3%
  • "Cocked wah" tone, like the Eldred mod for an Esquire

    Votes: 3 7.7%
  • Onboard volume boost

    Votes: 4 10.3%
  • Onboard effects

    Votes: 1 2.6%
  • Something else entirely!

    Votes: 6 15.4%

  • Total voters
    39

Carbohydrates

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First of all, this is not a thread to solicit advice! I don't have a specific guitar in mind and I already know what I'd choose, so this question is purely for fun. Here's the scenario:

You have a guitar with two single coil pickups (because otherwise, I think "coil split" would overwhelmingly win). Imagine something like a Telecaster, an LP Special, a Casino, a Duo-Sonic, etc. For the purpose of this question, all you have currently is a pickup selector switch, volume, and tone controls. You get to add 1 switch - a push/pull, mini toggle, whatever - to add 1 function to your guitar. What do you choose and why?

P.S. "Nothing" is not an option: although I have nothing but respect for the minimalists, it rather takes the fun out of the thought experiment!
 

cap10kirk

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It depends on the pickups for me. I really like having a bass cut with P90s, but I don't find it nearly as useful with something like Tele or Strat pickups. Same with a phase switch, I find it more useful with a pair of P90s than with Fender singles. With a Tele or Jaguar though, I like series/parallel switching...but I don't like 2 P90s in series at all.
So there's not really any one thing I would do to just any guitar. Except maybe a kill switch, but that's only so useful imo.
 

Amp_Addicted

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A 4 way switch for a Telecaster doesn't add much, so it would be happening on the guitar to begin with. I would add a Treble Boost circuit
 

sahhas

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i have always been awed by the Teuffel Tesla, so i like having on/off switches for the pickups, a 60 cycle hum switch , and a feedback switch ...it's fun to play with....
i have these in my last 3 guitars....
 

clothwiring

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I like a treble bleed mod as it allows you to work the volume of the guitar more effectively without losing clarity. To me is a key feature allowing one to go direct to an amp and let the amp work more for you. For sit in gigs I like to take a Tele and my Two Rock Jet. Set the Jet and forget it as long as I have a treble bleed on the tele. Allows it all to work smoothly and I can drive the amp from the guitar without sacrificing clarity.
 

Jayyj

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I always feel like a bass cut is an underused control, although I agree with @cap10kirk it depends on the pickups.

My Rickenbacker 381JK has a cool little active treble boost circuit, a bit harsh to use on its own but great for lifting yourself to the front of a mix for a lead moment.
 

Urobouros

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I'd like to try an OBEL but generally am a fan of simplification, if nothing else to offset my natural tendency towards complication :aok
 

Tony Done

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Switchable active tone control ala Blade VSC. I had a Blade for a while, and installed a similar setup in one of my other guitars.
 

doublescale1

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on a strat - a blender control for the Neck & Bridge pickups where the first tone control usually lives - being able to roll neck into bridge and vise-versa opens up a lot of tonal possibilities on a strat and is a great cure for a thin strat bridge pickup without the need for going to a HB strat bridge cure. That's how my Suhr S-Classic came wired and I'd not have a strat without it again. The second tone control becomes a master tone control and you're good to go.
 

derekd

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I went for a kill switch as that seems like something I'd be more likely to use that I don't already have.
 

IAE

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Because I have a Jaguar I can add that extra something without any aesthetic alterations.

Years ago I came up with wiring for it: series/parallel and phase reversal.

You can hear a guy who used my wiring diagram here:
(I was happy to see someone use it)



Personally though, I’d include a spice box!
 
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BigDoug1053

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I picked series-parallel switch - though I prefer the 3-way series-single-parallel switch on my Jacksons. The bass contour is another very helpful tone control that is especially useful dialing in high gain settings that are crisp and enuciated.
 

vivaoaxaca

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Definitely phase switch for me. I have a SG Classic and I modified one of the pickups to have Fender-style two-wire leads instead of Gibson-style with the wire mesh shielding for the ground and a push/pull pot to switch between in and out of phase. It sounds fantastic and particularly loves my Princeton NR.
 

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i have always been awed by the Teuffel Tesla, so i like having on/off switches for the pickups, a 60 cycle hum switch , and a feedback switch ...it's fun to play with....
i have these in my last 3 guitars....
Came in to say this. Didn't realise it was a Teuffel thing. That would be a lot of fun and something I think I'd get a lot of use out of.

Hard to choose between that and a blower switch though. Love tones using the volume and tone controls, and it can be tricky to get back to full bore (and vice versa) quickly.
 

Betos

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Agree it depends on the pickups.

Phase switch or series/parallel for Fender single coils, blower switch for P90s.

I like a kill switch, but it’s not as usable as having another voicing.
 




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