Turning down guitar volume pot for cleans... what am I missing??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by WholeLottaGlove, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. twotone

    twotone Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    I've tried it and it works okay, I guess. The only drawback is if it's done too much the guitar's volume pot wears out and I'm not too keen on opening up the guitar and soldering a new one in (which I have done a couple of times). One of these days I have to try out an opto-electronic volume pedal.
  2. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Member

    Mar 17, 2015
    Not gonna read through the whole thread but here are a couple of thoughts that probably have been pointed out alredy.

    First, if you're playing with a lot of gain it won't clean up as much and probably wouldn't ever get to dead clean.

    Second, if you're getting all your drive from the preamp it won't clean up as sweetly. But if you're playing at decent (ie: band level) volume and have a decent balance between preamp breakup and power amp breakup, the cleanup is not just more natural but less harsh.

    Third, like anything tone-related, context matters. In a band mix, you don't need to get superclean to sound clean - in fact, a little edge helps. Listen to Hendrix - his cleans aren't ever truly clean, but they sound clean. Perfect in context. So many guitar parts that sound clean in the recording really wouldn't be if you hear them isolated...

    Fourth, YEAH, fuzz. A good Fuzzface or Tonebender is a joy to roll back and even when set for mad fuzz when the guitar's floored, it'll generally give you some great well-defined clean tones if you work your guitar's controls. Many other fuzz pedals will do this; I only name the Face & Bender because they're widely known classics and available in dozens of versions. Of course that other classic, the Muff, doesn't behave like this. It doesn't like to clean up at all.

    I'm totally smitten with the Lovepedal Fuzz 50. Only one control on it: volume. Yet it goes from wild psychedelic lead to instant Jimi semicleans with just a twist of the guitar's knob. Instant 1960s.
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  3. classicplayer

    classicplayer Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Well done! A very good example and BTW, the Naylor is brighter to me than the Wizard. For that reason, it wins...here. How far back down on the neck volume were you? Was that a Les Paul? No pedals involved, I assume?

  4. LPMojoGL

    LPMojoGL Music Room Superstar Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    DFW, TX
    No pedals, 4 on the neck volume, Seymour Duncan Antiquity, 500k CTS pot, small cap for treble bleed to retain highs.
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  5. NatGardner

    NatGardner Member

    Dec 17, 2014
    Thanks Dude! :beer

    I have a 339 epi pro that I love to play Jazz and BB king like blues on. It rips! It's woody, feels nice, set up perfectly and doesn't feedback unless I face into the amp Hendrix wise on purpose. My only issue is that it does not have a treble bleed or 50's wiring. It's a pain in the ass with these semi hollowbody guitars to get to the wiring myself and I refuse to pay over $100 to have a treble bleed cap or 2 put in this $450 guitar. I tried your method and I now don't need a treble bleed. I put the vol and tone on full on the Rhythm p/u and dialed in my amp for a nice Duane Allman solo tone. When I switched to the treble p/u set at 5 / tone on 10 it was clean and cutting The pickup and bright amp setting actually compensated for the volume, tone and gain drop. If I raised the Treble p/u volume a little it has an edge of breakup grind. When both pick ups were on on the tone was a cleanish solo.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
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