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Reverse Controls

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Stanford Guitar, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Tele-Afflicted

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    Who prefers reverse controls on their Tele? I'm going to rewire mine, I can't stand hitting the pickup switch all the time.
     
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  2. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yep.. should be stock
     
  3. ricardo1912

    ricardo1912 Friend of Leo's

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    I've often felt like trying reverse controls but never got around to it. I guess the standard layout can't bother me that much.
     
  4. Wrighty

    Wrighty Friend of Leo's

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    Leave mine stock and don’t have a problem. Friend of mine put his replacement selector switch in the wrong way, i.e., towards the neck selected bridge and vice versa. I wondered for ages how he got the tone he did from his bridge pick up, until I played it. Still took me 5 mins. to work it out though. He’d done it the day he’d got it and thought it was normal.
     
  5. Barrenone

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    I much prefer reversed controls. Onstage, I always used to whack the switch to the bridge position in the middle of a mellow tune and totally ruin the vibe of the song until I reversed the plate.
    It was simple on my MIJ Tele, but my Highway One has so much going on under the control plate that it is a ballache to change 'round.
     
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  6. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    I tried it, but kept hitting the volume knob instead. Apparently the problem is me, not the controls. I settled for a strat switch tip and a bent lever. I use the switch a lot, too. For someone who uses it less frequently, I think reverse controls are a great idea.
     
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  7. GeneB

    GeneB Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I prefer reversed. The knobs have rubber garden hose o-rings which are a perfect fit and are easy to manipulate with a pinky.

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  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Not me.

    Reversing the plate puts my most used control, the selector switch out of easy reach.
    No me gusta.
     
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  9. Durtdog

    Durtdog Poster Extraordinaire

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    I (briefly) had one of the FSR Teles with the reversed plate and didn't care for it.

    I've never had a problem hitting the pickup selector, and it just seemed an unnecessary modification.

    I'm used to the controls in their original position, works fine for me.
     
  10. tele_savales

    tele_savales Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    I reverse the plates on all my Tele's. In fact it's the whole reason I started modding guitars in the first place, which then lead to me building a few partscasters and now repairing, modding, and building amps.
     
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  11. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

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    For me its a solution to a problem that doesnt exist
     
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  12. Gardo

    Gardo Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I reversed mine after listening to Bill Kirchen . Great for some of his stuff but eventually changed back
     
  13. Willie Johnson

    Willie Johnson Tele-Holic

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    I have one set up like this and prefer it. Will do my Bullet Tele like this when I get around to installing a 4 way switch and new pots. I haven't tried flipping things around with existing parts, only after rewiring from scratch.
     
  14. Fenderdad1950

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    For me yes, on my #1. On that guitar, I'm a bridge pickup person. The selector switch on that guitar probbly has gummed up:rolleyes:
     
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  15. Obsessed

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    It was the reverse controls that was the deciding factor in buying my FSR and I am so glad I did. I spent too many years before that using my pinky to roll off and on the tone and volume pots of my electrics. That switch belongs somewhere else on the guitar than in your way. Leo must have figured this out with how he positioned the switch and pots on the strat later on.
     
  16. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    Strat switch position is even worse for me, and you can’t flip it. Probably why the only Strat I’ve ever owned is one pickup.
     
  17. Rockhead

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    Reverse control plate for me also! Like Op, kept hitting the bloody switch. :mad:
     
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  18. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Tele-Afflicted

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    I have huge hands, and you know what they say about guys with huge hands.....they hit the selector switch on strats and teles!
     
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    I took it one further.... 2CCA52A6-034A-462C-BE84-BEF70708E401.jpeg
     
  20. GibbyTwin

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    I'd like to reverse mine. I use volume swells when mimicking steel guitar and have been using a volume pedal. When I am playing my Gibson and doing songs like I Need You, I can do the swells with my pinky finger on the guitar volume pot and that's how I would prefer to do the volume swells playing my Tele.
    I just need to get around to doing it.
     
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