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Tele Control Plate Poll: Standard, Reversed Tele Controls or Something Else

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by El Tele Lobo, Jan 23, 2021.

Do you keep your control plate standard or reverse it, or do something else entirely?

  1. Standard 3-way arrangement (Switch, Volume, Tone)

    43 vote(s)
    54.4%
  2. Reversed (Volume, Tone, Switch)

    25 vote(s)
    31.6%
  3. Switch in the middle

    2 vote(s)
    2.5%
  4. No Switch

    2 vote(s)
    2.5%
  5. Controls? We don' need no stinkin' controls!

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  6. 4-way switch

    18 vote(s)
    22.8%
  7. 5-way switch

    3 vote(s)
    3.8%
  8. So many switches!

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  9. So many knobs!

    2 vote(s)
    2.5%
  10. I like options approaching aircraft cockpit complexity.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. That's nothing. Try my Jazzmaster.

    2 vote(s)
    2.5%
  12. That's nothing. Try my Jaguar.

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  13. I'm a Strat player.

    4 vote(s)
    5.1%
  14. I'm a Gibson player.

    5 vote(s)
    6.3%
  15. I'm a bass player.

    2 vote(s)
    2.5%
  16. I'm an acoustic player.

    3 vote(s)
    3.8%
  17. I'm a jazzbo archtop player. I would never demean myself with a tele.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. I don't play. I just cruise guitar forums because I'm lonely & it makes me feel like less of a geek.

    3 vote(s)
    3.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I reverse most of mine. But I still have one in the standard configuration. I also use 4-ways switches on most of my teles. What about you? Vote for any options that apply and explain yourselves!!!
     
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  2. Gardo

    Gardo Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I’ve tried several different arrangements but always come back to standard
     
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  3. Boreas

    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Standard for me. A simple mind requires simple tools.

    Tried reversing, but couldn't play left-handed...
     
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  4. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I like reverse but actually my teles now are standard. I have a "plus 1" approach to switching on guitars - I allow one non-traditional switching thing per guitar, nothing too crazy and very KISS principle.

    I do like the Rutters tele plates that give you a little bit of extra space between the volume and the switch knob. Removes one of the reasons to go reverse.
     
  5. TeleBrew

    TeleBrew Doctor of Teleocity

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    Standard. Too many choices and I end up spending more time fiddling with switches and knobs than playing.
     
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  6. nicknklv

    nicknklv Tele-Holic

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    Another vote for standard, although some of those options were awfully tempting.

    I like the position of the pickup switch on a Tele the most. That's one of my gripes with Strats, I keep knocking the darn thing out of position.
     
  7. ReverendRevolver

    ReverendRevolver Tele-Afflicted

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    Full disclosure;
    I've had a 4 way switch and a length of wire in the tele case for awhile, but but haven't bothered installing it.

    Lifes been busy, and I haven't had the hour-ish it would take to do it where I wasn't otherwise engaged in other things. It's not like my mustang or before that the duosonic. Both of those had pickups that were so lackluster I didn't want to play the guitar plugged in. The duosonic was first to get remedied and is great. The mustang was second because it was more complicated and I procrastinated.
    But the tele? I'd like to have the extra click as an option, but the 3 I have are all usable with the 5e5, and bridge or both works fine with everything else.
    I may flip the control plate when I get in there. But its perfectly usable. Being unhappy with how it sounds is historically my motivation for breaking out the soldering iron.
     
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  8. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

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    Normal controls please
    I have a 4 way in most of mine but rarely use it

    Should I get one with a reversed plate , I wouldn't even play before reversing the reversed
     
  9. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I'm definitely a traditionalist. I like to draw and wire up lots of different schemes, but what I actually PLAY is a straight three-way, two single coils, wired in parallel, with no tone pot (no-load, dimed), and either a treble bleed, or 50s to eliminate treble loss.

    In the rare case where I play a humbucker in the neck, it's either (partial) split or wired in parallel.

    Control plate is normal orientation.



    Lately, though, I'm still honeymooning with my latest build, which has a third pickup, and better Stratty tones than my Strats. It's got a super switch, and ten unique positions. I don't use the series settings, except the one with the honky cap. And I need to keep a cheat sheet handy, to remember what the alt positions are. The "normal" settings (S-1 disengaged) are pure Strat.
     
  10. Dobronaut

    Dobronaut Tele-Meister

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    I like a reversed control plate with the controls evenly spaced.
     
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  11. old wrench

    old wrench Friend of Leo's

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    I'm satisfied with the pickup selector switch in whichever variety suits your needs (3,4,5 way), and the single volume and single tone control.

    But, I prefer the "reversed" layout (volume, tone, switch from the top down), because I use the volume control all the time. It's just more convenient for my playing style.

    Don't set your guitar up based on what "looks the best"; set it up to facilitate your playing style :).

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  12. Pcs264

    Pcs264 TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    I'm "none of the above". I'm happiest with the standard arrangement, but on a Rutter controls plate that put a little extra space between the switch and the volume knob. But if I didn't have that, I'd still be ok with a standard control plate. And one of the great things about Teles is that it's so easy for us to have it so many ways. I'm thinking there's not much discussion about moving controls in the Les Paul forum!
     
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  13. loopfinding

    loopfinding Friend of Leo's

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    i have the standard arrangement, but i use the top hat (with some sandpaper in there to keep it put) cause it's easier to flip. i'm thinking about push pull on the tone for a strangle switch, jaguar style, and maybe push pull on the volume for out of phase.

    with switch orientation, i live mostly on the neck, for some reason i feel like being able to flick towards mid or bridge easier every once in a while is more useful than being able to flick towards neck easier every once in a while. maybe it doesn't make a difference or maybe i'm just being stupid. i don't need the volume closer, cause i only touch it for tone differences in dirt, my swells come from a pedal.
     
  14. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Tele-Meister

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    Standard, or two volume-no tone-no switch
     
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  15. GuitarsBuicks

    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Holic

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    I notice that you didn't mention blend control instead of tone.
     
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  16. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Reversed and 4-way.

    Even on my Esquire-H. ;)

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  17. thatkeithmorris

    thatkeithmorris TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I keep my 98 USA tele standard but my black guard partscaster is reverse plate and just feels less cramped. That’s the one I play more often.
     
  18. edvard

    edvard Friend of Leo's

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    Where's the option for "Bacon"? I thought it was an un-written rule that there be a Bacon option on all TDPRI polls. o_O

    I choose Bacon.
     
  19. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    You cannot choose bacon! Don’t make me get the mods involved! :D
     
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  20. Muku

    Muku Tele-Meister

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    I like reversed RUTTERS angled selector.
     
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