Who's playing a guitar with no tone pot?

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  1. singlecutarmy

    singlecutarmy Member

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    So much tone pot worship, how about those of us who don't really care for it?

    What's the guitar, what do you play, what pickups are installed?

    I was doing work on my black beauty installing a StewMac Parson's Street A2 overwound and was checking my wiring and decided to just pull the capacitor out to take my tone pot out of the signal.

    I love how intense and raunchy it made it, hits a good GnR tone or some of the 80s metal.

    So I was a lot less hesitant and got a melody maker with no tone at all, I might wire the one in my black beauty back in.

    Now I'm wondering what pickups to try it with. It came with an Invader which is pretty badass for the high gain stuff I play.

    I have sitting around in my box of pups a DiMarzio PAF master, 36th anni, Super 2, seymour duncan P-rails and Custom. I also may take the HB-sized filtertron out of my middle of of black beauty and try it too.

    I'm thinking of ordering a GFS Mean 90.

    I'm expecting the PAF master will be too harsh and the Super 2 too bright but only one way to be sure. There's always the treble knob on the amp!
     
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  2. dazco

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    Me. I don't like them. Any reduction of high end i prefer to do on the amp. I just don't like the way reducing high before the amp effects my tone.
     
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  3. singlecutarmy

    singlecutarmy Member

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    Same, it's like it immediately gets rounded off / dampened.

    I guess I could try a no-load pot, I think I have two around but I have no idea where I put them.
     
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  4. sleewell

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    i would love it if mine didn't have them.

    jackson 7 string w bkp war pigs. metal in drop a.


    for other genres i use them, but just not for my current project.

    for sections that need different tones i have so many options on my helix.
     
  5. LikeLinus

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    I own an ESP Page Hamilton sig guitar that only has a volume knob. Other that, all of my other guitars do. That said, I never touch the tone control!
     
  6. freedom's door

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    I like no-load tone knobs , so you have a choice, and the best of both worlds
     
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    My EBMM Axis is volume only, but the majority of my electrics have been retrofitted with no-load tone pots anyway - don’t see any reason not to, as it gives all options. I use detent-less CTS pots (unlike the Fender version with a detent at ‘10’).

    Exception is my LP with a 50’s harness with RS pots, but I’m always using the tones and volumes on that anyway.
     
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  8. dazco

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    I have tried those but then i always leave them on 10 ! I figured why not since i'd have a unused pot may as well make use of it since it will have no effect on 10. But then i never used them so i still have one in one guitar that i may remove next time i'm in it.
     
  9. Ranster44

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    I'm old school. I am constantly using the tone and volume knobs on my guitars.
     
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    Makes me wonder why the JackPot wasn't more popular then. Bypassed both the vol and tone for a straight shot to the output jack
     
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    I never use the tone control either. If I need a bassier tone, I just switch to the neck pickup.
     
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  12. Borealis

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    My Partscaster #1 is a no-tone:
    Just volume, 3-way switch for the humbucker (series-split-parallell) and pickup selector.

    On later projects I've used no-load tone pots for basically the same effect and some more convenience.
     
  13. Chicago Slim

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    I wired my Classic Vibe Strat, with Tone controls on the middle and bridge pickups. No Tone control on the neck pickup, gave me a lipstick pickup, type of sound. Bright, with a lot of low end. I believe they were A3 alnico pickups.
     
  14. sahhas

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    i don't have a tone pot on any of my guitars that I build for myself.
     
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    These Squier 51s have no tone pot.

    What I've realized, is how much the volume pot acts as a tone pot. I didn't understand this, until I bought a bunch of these.
     
  16. RLD

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    Like mentioned, I use pickup selection to change my tone.
    I've wired up my Strats with various tone controls...from one to none.
    [​IMG]
     
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  17. metrokosmiko

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    Can I still have a treble bleed on my guitar if I take the tone pot off? #dumb
     
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  18. dazco

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    Of course.
     
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  19. Rb18L15

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    I've had my tele wired for 2 vol pots for a few years.
    Turning down the volume darkens the tone anyway, and I can do the one on 10 one on 0 switching thing (I also use a LP style 3-way toggle switch), or go from the neck on clean to the bridge on full etc. I find it much more useful for that guitar than a traditional master volume and master tone wiring.

    Edited to mention it's a HH tele, SD Custom Custom bridge, SD Slash/Tonerider Rebel 90 neck.
    Am trying a new pickguard with a Tonerider Vintage Plus tele singlecoil soon.
     
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  20. aldridt11

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    I have been setting up my guitars with a single volume pot for 30 years. Tone pots get removed.
     
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