Never used a tone control!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by a.francis.1968, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

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    I should also mention that when I got a PRS SE One a few years ago, that guitar is "kind of" a Les Paul Jr, but with only a volume control. ESPECIALLY with a single p/up guitar, I NEED a tone control....so I added one. A little later, I added a neck p/up, so now I've got a real hybrid model. Vox 046.JPG
     
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  2. KelvinS1965

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    I use mine all the time, especially on my 'new' Esquire. I did put a 0.022uF cap instead of the usual 0.047uF one as this seems to give a bit more control over how it rolls off. Being an Esquire I can always knock the switch to 'fully back' which bypasses the tone and gives a bit of extra bite/volume for solos, etc.

    I find it's useful when using a house amp at open mics or some gigs I play at and the amp might be a bit too bright sounding.
     
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    That Cal Webway Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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  4. BigDaddyLH

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  5. ShortintheSleeve

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    I've got mine rolled back close to a quarter (I actually put a little dot where I like it set). On the rare occasions I play the neck or middle position, I roll it up some, but for the bridge, the 1/4-back roll is where I keep it.
     
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  6. Danb541

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    Install a treble bleed circuit. It's super easy. You can order a pre-made one off ebay or wherever for a couple bucks. All you do is solder it to you volume pot middle lug and hot lug. Bam! you're done. Now when you turn your tone knob down you will keep the highs.
     
  7. rangercaster

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    I used to dime tone and volume ... Now I set both at 70-80 % as a starting point ...works much better for me ...
     
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  8. Lef T

    Lef T Tele-Holic

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    Are you playing a left handed Fender.
    Fender puts right handed pots in their lefties and wires them lefty.
    Totally unuseable till you put left handed pots in.
     
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  9. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I wouldn't avoid a guitar tone control any more than I'd avoid an amp tone control.
    Play a 1-pickup guitar for awhile and discover the wonders of the tone control; and, of course, picking position along the length of the string
     
  10. Skydog1010

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    I use mine all the time, don't want to mess with my amps all the time.
     
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  11. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    You can, however, crank up the treble on the amp and turn it down with the tone control. It’s a different, variable tonal palette than just setting the amp.
     
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    I almost never use my tone control.
    I like to switch pickups and touch for tonal variation.
    I don’t like potentiometers on guitars.
    I are odd.
     
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  13. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Don't believe a word! There's a world of wonderful, usable tones in a quality Tele pickup. All the folks who insist they never use a Tele tone control are just making up excuses to buy more guitars.;)
     
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  14. drlucky

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    I'll have been playing for 50 years next June (and I still suck). For at least 45 of those years I was a "tone control on 10, never touch it" guy. Then one day at band practice while playing the Tele in my avatar, I was commenting on how ice picky the bridge pickup was. The other guitar player (who also has a Tele) says, "why don't you turn the tone control down a notch?"

    DOH!!

    DOUBLE DOH!!

    Now I ride the tone knob on my Tele almost as much as the volume. If you want to get that Kid Ramos tone that he gets on his early stuff, a Tele through a tweed fender with the guita tone rolled almost all the way off (on the bridge pickup) nails it.

    I don't tend to use it as much on my Gibsons or Guilds, but on the Tele...constantly.

    I'm a late bloomer...:lol:
     
  15. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Meister

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    --- Hummmmmm
    '88 52 reissue --- kind of a classic tele sound...but a little subdued.
    '01 Amer Standard ---- pickups are (as my dad used to say) "Hot'r 'n a two dollar pistol"
    '10 Squier --- somewhere in between....

    "just making up excuses to buy more guitars"
    --- turns out this is a valid point, I don't use a tone control...I use a different guitar....;)
     
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  16. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    I don't use my tone control for anything but pinky wahs. A reverse control plate makes it easier to use. Also, a modified grease bucket circuit and a carefully picked potentiometer taper makes it possible to get a lot of tone action at the near off position, which is just what you want for pinky wahs, and then leave it wide open the rest of the time.
     
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    every time i turn the tone down at all it just sounds like mud.
     
  18. Paul45

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    I've never used the volume control either.

    My next build might just have a switch and a jack!
     
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  19. jhundt

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    but every guitar has the same problem. My 5 Fenders, my Gibson, all of them. That's why I gave up and never use the thing at all.
     
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    jhundt Doctor of Teleocity

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    I used to have a switch that bypassed all tone and volume controls.
     
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