Control Plate Question - Toggle Switch Between Volume/Tone Knob?

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  1. tonytrout

    tonytrout Friend of Leo's

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    I've seen at least three guitars ("Clarence", James Burton's 1969 paisley & one other Fender Tele) with a small toggle switch between the volume & tone knobs.

    What is the purpose of the switch? Does it act like some sort of a boost?
     
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    I completed a mod on my Highway One Tele a few years ago, which resulted in a mini-toggle switch in the spot you describe. I don't remember what the mod was called, or exactly what was involved, but it basically used a resistor circuit to allow you to get a little bit of the bridge pickup sound (maybe 10%) when the neck pickup is selected and vice-versa. One position of the mini-toggle selects the mod - the other position normal operation. Pretty cool, and makes for other tonal possibilities.
     
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    Burton had a switch to put his pickups out of phase. It can be heard in a lot of early Haggard tunes among others he played on.

    Depending upon wiring and what type of switch it is, you could do multiple things. Some people use a push/pull instead of the extra switch that needs to have a hole drilled in the control plate.
     
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    Series/Parallel is another option, if you don't have a 4 position switch.
     
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    No telling what it does.. I'd most likely put a kill switch there but it could just as easily be a boost, coil tap, phase etc..
     
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    Thanks for the answers, fellas! I've played electric guitar for over twenty years and never knew what those little switches were for until ya'll answered here. Thank you so very much!
     
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    On a 3-pickup '98 American Deluxe Tele, the switch gives you two extra sounds in addition to the 5 "strat" positions. They are bridge and neck combined, and all three pickups combined. There, now you have it all.
     
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