Who actually uses their tone knob?

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  1. XXTwighlight

    XXTwighlight Supporting Member

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    Do you use it to take the edge off a bright tone?
    Do you use it for a wah-like effect when you strike a note and turn it on and off real fast?
    Or do you not use it at all?

    I've been playin' 25 years and still have yet to use it.
    I just put together a warmoth guitar and ordered a vol knob only, no tone pot.
    I think a "blender" pot is usefull as it fattens up the tone while remaining clear, but a tone knob sorta darkens and takes the edge away.

    - Robert
     
  2. Adam Betts

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    I roll mine off to about nine all the time and set up my core tone with the controls on the amp. That way I can add a little extra bite on the fly should I require it. Have also rolled them down for the "woman tone" sound every now and then.
     
  3. ReddRanger

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    Depends on the situation, but a little tone roll off on a Tele bridge pup can be a very useful.
     
  4. Troubleman

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    Strats? All the time, tone controls and volume. Les Pauls, since installing RS Kits - I'm using them a lot more...

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  5. Ricky_Rockhardo

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    Yep, use a lot. Tele, Strat and LP all get a work out. Not so much on the Strat as the others.
     
  6. Birddog

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    Strats - frequently.
    LP's - very frequently.

    For me, it works as a nice quickie-EQ during songs to tide me over until I can walk back and tweak my amp.

    During Santana covers, I am all over that tone knob.
     
  7. GregoryL

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    Definitely with teles ... mid position tone full up, bridge position tone slightly rolled back.

    And breaking out the tone pot as a wah trick every once in a while never gets old.

    I don't really use it though on any other guitars - gibsons, gretsches, or strats.
     
  8. snarkle

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    Who actually uses their tone knob?

    Me, constantly. I love 25 1/2"-scale guitars, but tend to go for a jazzier tone than the typical Fender twang, so I'm always fiddling with that control.

    And I fool around with an E-Bow quite a bit...for me, it's almost unusable on guitars with no tone control. Back the treble off, however, and you're almost into cello territory.
     
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    Use it all the time on my Tele.
     
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    Constantly with single coils in the bridge, not so much with buckers unless I'm funning with the woman tone
     
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    Four of my Gibsons have Stellartone ToneStylers on the bridge pickup, and I can get all kinds of variety with those. So yes, I use the Tone control - it's better when you have the RIGHT tone control!
     
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    I have a Strat, a Tele, A LP Jr, a LP, and a 335. The only one that has a tone control is the junior, and that's because I'm too lazy to disconnect it.
     
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    I've tried... but it just seems to make things sound muddy on both my Les and my Tele.
     
  16. Betos

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    All the time on a PRS. So many different sounds/tones available with a simple adjustment.

    I play through a Constellation, which is really designed to work with the guitars controls.


    ~Betos
     
  17. LPguitarman

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    I rarely use mine on my LP. But maybe after reading some of these posts, I'll give it a try and see what I can get out of it.
     
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    Maaayyyybe on a recording, but pretty much never. -E
     
  19. PedalFreak

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    I use them ALL THE TIME. And the reason always changes, I fiddle with volume/tone knobs til I find the tone I'm looking for.
     
  20. guitarplayaman

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    I ride that sucker like a drunk rides a fat chic...use to never use em but tone consciousness has led me to tame the shrillness of strat bridge pickups
     

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