Never used a tone control!

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  1. a.francis.1968

    a.francis.1968 TDPRI Member

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    In all my 40 years of playing Telecasters, I have never used the tone control on any guitar I have owned its always remained full-on, has anyone replaced their tone control with a volume?
     
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    qblue Tele-Afflicted

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    To me the bridge selection and tone control riding is what a Tele was made for. You wouldn't need anything else really.

    You should look for a Cabronita with one pickup as it has only a volume control. I would never own a Cabronita.
     
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    While I RARELY adjust my tone control from "full on".....I reserve the ability to do so. Every once in a while, I'll want the SOUND of my bridge p/up, but turn down the brightness a notch or two. Doesn't happen often, but when I want to, I like to be able to.
    I also prefer having one master volume, so I don't need two. When I've owned Les Paul-type guitars, I always rewired them to ONE volume/ONE tone. Just made things simpler.
     
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    Got to tame the icepick!
     
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    I’ve played plenty of Teles that had absurdly bright bridge pickups. I could just roll down the tone knob, but instead have chosen Teles that sound how I want them with the tone on 10, and just never touch the tone knob.

    I’ll do silly stuff like make wah wah sounds with it, but functionally I never use it.
     
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  6. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I never used to use them much, but getting a Strat and then offsets trained me!
     
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    bumnote Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    I used to keep all my single coil tone controls on "10"...then I discovered treble bleeds. For me treble bleeds made tone controls useable, the pickups don't get muffled when I dial the tone and volume back.
     
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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I didn't think I needed a tone control, so I bought some of these Indonesian Squier 51s. Thirty of them, actually.

    You can use the guitar volume knob as a crude sort of tone control, especially with a volume pedal. As you turn down (the guitar volume) the highs roll off faster than the other frequencies. And of course you can move your right hand towards and away from the saddles.

    I guess my biggest gripe on an Esquire or Tele, is the tone control is just so far out of reach sometimes. I like the location of the controls on the '69 style Thinlines.

    I also like switching to N + B in parallel. Not so much a "keening" sound.
     
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    you missing a lot of difference sounds. I love riding this tone control and I feel it is essential on a Tele.
     
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    King Creole Friend of Leo's

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    I love the midrange bark of a tele bridge pickup with the tone rolled back a quarter. I could adjust the cap value to get it, but then I wouldn't have the treble bite when I want it.
     
  11. Obsessed

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    Tone and volume knob rider here. You are missing out on waaay too many tones of every guitar including the tele.
     
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    If I mess with the tone control....it's probably by accident. ... bumped it flipping the switch.
    Every now and then I'll roll it back a little, but more often I use the volume.
     
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    Sounds about right to me. Mine lives at 7.5, but gets rolled up at times. I just got a guitar with no tone control, so I guess I’ll find out if that works for me, but it’s not going to have a tele-style pickup, so more high end might be just fine. I can EQ downstream.
     
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    neither have I, my tone pot is now a separate volume for the neck pickup in my tele, but my tele does have a lipstick tube in the bridge that is very hot so i don't need the tone really, and i guess it really does depend on the rig you use
     
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    That's exactly what I did with my '76-'54 reissue LP Special (or whatever the name of it is; might be a '74-'55, all the numbers get too confusing!)
     
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    I have never owned a guitar on which the tone control could be adjusted finer than ON and OFF. That includes my 1968 Fenders (Strat and Tele). There is no subtlety of adjustment; you turn the tone knob down, nothing happens.. until the point when suddenly it sounds like someone stuffed a feather pillow into your speaker.
     
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    There is something wrong with your tone pot.
     
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  18. a.francis.1968

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    Wouldnt using the neck pickup volume be a sort of tone control
     
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    Do you play on the bridge pickup all the time?

    Cabronitas are cool, but it not having a tone control isn't a plus imo...
     
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    To a certain extent, but why limit yourself?
     
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