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How to see knob position???

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Andrew B., Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Andrew B.

    Andrew B. TDPRI Member

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    I might have overlooked something, but how do you tell what position your tone or volume pots are in. The knobs on my MP Tele Plus don't have marks or set screws.
     

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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Ya don't, ya just feel around until yer' happy.;)
    I like to use what some people call "cupcake" knobs.
    They are the knobs from white and brown tolex Fenders amps, circa
    1960-63.
    I like the little black marker line on the white ones, and the little white
    marker line on the brown ones.
    It's easy to see where they are set.
    They are lightweight, have a set screw, and work as well for volume swells
    as knurled knobs, IMO.
     
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  3. telecaster1

    telecaster1 TDPRI Member

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    You have to use your ears. The Tele is special like that. It still cuts through the mix no matter what. Use the tone and volume controls to reach the listeners. Listen to Roy Buchanan. He was a true master at it my friend.
     
  4. Drewsome007

    Drewsome007 Tele-Meister

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    The MP tele's could use better pots anyway, change them out to CTS full size solid shaft pots, and get your self some some set screw knobs. While your at it use a no load pot for the tone position and while the you have the control plate off might as well install a 4-way switch to give you even more tones! God I love tele's!
     
  5. Andrew B.

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    Maybe I should have asked where can I get good replacement knobs that indicate position?
     
  6. jonsongz

    jonsongz Tele-Meister

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    With the volume and tone controls on a tele I never go past 10..after that the tone is too trebly and the volume keeps the neighbours up.
     
  7. Telesavalis

    Telesavalis Friend of Leo's

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    Callaham knobs are the best I've found. You can reference position with the screws. The knurl on them is really nice.
     
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    I use the normal knobs, but I install them so the set screws are at 12 o'clock when the controls are where I usually run them. You can see and feel when they're where they belong.

    Where to get knobs? Google 'guitar knobs'.
     
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    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I also put my knobs on with the set screw straight up when they're at halfway. Gives a visual quick reference.
     
  11. SPUDCASTER

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    As long as it's on I never worry about it.
     
  12. xFallenx

    xFallenx Friend of Leo's

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    +1 I just started doing this a few weeks ago :)
     
  13. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    You just hear where they are.

    Even guitars that have numbered volume knobs, I never look to see where they are set.
    I turn them all the way down when not playing.
    Turn them up by ear when I am playing.
     
  14. sacizob

    sacizob Friend of Leo's

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    I know this is not the answer your looking for, but you need to go by feel and your ears. Learn how to reach down and turn the knobs without looking down at them.
     
  15. motwang

    motwang Tele-Afflicted

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    :lol:And don't forget to reverse the switch plate !!:lol:
     
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    johnnyha Tele-Afflicted

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    Haha! Yeh I love my reverse switch plate.

    I just turn the knobs all the way up and ease them down until I get the sound I want. I can kinda remember/feel/hear how far I've turned them back. Don't need no stinkin' markers. :lol:
     
  17. antennahead

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    I position mine with the set screw at 6:00 when on 10 ...... easy to see the set screw the minute I roll back either one, and use that as my memory marker. :cool:

    John
     
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    Those set screws are for more than holding the knobs on.
     
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    If they spin left & right like they're supposed to, why buy new ones? Take a big black Magic Marker and put a line on them. The end.
     
  20. Hiker

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    Position between off, or all the way open is not that exact. I put my eyeballs on each knob's set screw to gauge approximate settings either at the halfway point, or above/below that-based on the sound desired for a song or riff.
     
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