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Tele people: reverse control plate or no?

Which control plate configuration do you prefer?

  • Standard

  • Reversed

  • You fool, I control my Tele with my mind. Control plate? Bah!


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shark_bite

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I'm especially curious to hear from those of you who use the knobs and switches a lot. Swells, etc. And even more curious to hear from those of you who have a Bigsby on your Tele(s).
 

ImmortalSix

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Normal. I use the volume and tone knobs frequently.

Oddly, I prefer to have the Master Volume be the closest to the jack, and the Master Tone be closer to the switch --- I find it much easier to locate the Master Volume without looking, that way.

I do not play with pinky volume swells.
 

Jim Collins

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I do volume swells all the time, using standard control layout. I use the tone control, a lot, but I do not use it as a wah effect, like Roy Buchanan did. I do not like the volume control to be too close to the strings. For instance, I find volume swells to be rather difficult on a Strat, simply because the volume control is so close to the strings.
 

RGB

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Reversed, but volume is moved to front and tone in the rear.

I was always hitting the switch if it wasn't in the bridge position.
 

Deacon

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Standard

I use pickup selector, volume, and tone controls a lot. I don't run into any problems hitting the selector switch or anything.

I have had an issue now and then with the switch tip coming off if I make a quick change. Stuck it on with a little bit of nail polish and haven't had the problem since then.
 

minjason

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I had Chris reverse the control plate on my new K-Line tele...I love it. I like to turn my amp up to 10 and control volume and gain with my volume knob, so having easy access to my volume control is absolutely essential for me. I play a lot with pinky volume swells too, and I always had a hard time doing them on teles with the normal control plate. I don't switch pickup positions very often, so having the pickup selector out of the way was also convenient for me.
 

d_rasp

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I really need to try reverse. I'm a sloppy/energetic player & use the neck a LOT so I inevitably find myself accidentally swapping to the bridge mid-song. . .
 

buddastrat

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I'm about to do this on my nocaster. Seems like it'd be better. I like to use the volume a lot for swells and it's my noise gate.
 

jimmyj

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Standard. I've bought teles that had the control plate reversed and quickly put it back to standard. Everything is exactly where it should be in standard, for me.

I use the controls all the time but I'm so used to them being there where Leo put them, but I also think everyone should do what they need to optimize their guitar for their own playing so if you like it better reversed, by all means, go for it.
 

PedalFreak

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Standard.

I was going to swap mine to reversed, then I just kept playing it standard (doing a lot of volume & tone swells lately). Now it feels normal to have it "standard."
 

SteveO

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Mine's reversed-volume, tone, selector. Some people just bend the switch down a bit away from the strings, this moves it down and lowers it's profile.
 

RomanS

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Reverse for me (and I do have a Bigsby on my Tele) - I rarely ever switch pickups mid-song (and if I do, it's no problem reaching around the Bigsby) - I use the vol. pot more often than the pickup switch, actually, that's why I like to have it in front...
 

Don A

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Normal. Reversed puts the switch in the way of using my pinky on the tone control.
 




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